Today is the second day of the second decade in a new millennium and it feels like an auspicious date for reflecting on 2009. Here is a quick recap of the things that caused major changes in my relationships, my health, and my job this year.
- Starting out the year as newlywed couple was obviously the highlight of the year for both of us. A lot of crazy changes happened this year, some good and some not so good. I am truly thankful for my husband and the life we have together.
- John and I both loved having his 4 year-old-son, Caleb, with us for the summer.
- November was a hard month, but at least I got to spend it with my amazing family.
- My grandmother’s death in November was really hard to deal with.
- Two friendships came to an end this year. I’m not usually one for giving up on people, but when friendships turn sour, sometimes it is best to forget about it and move on. Since this decision, my life has been a lot less complicated and stressful.
- Finally, an end to my health problems. These past two years, I’ve been sick more often than I care to admit. The doctors at NTUH were finally able to pinpoint the problem and give me proper treatment. It was a long, rough year health-wise, but I am back on track and feeling strong again.
- I’m back at the gym on a regular workout schedule and I’m happy to report that I’ve started running again.
- My hearing got a heck of a lot worse.
This year was a big one for me professionally. I have continued to work at the publishing company, and I spent a considerable amount of time and effort building my freelance portfolio. I found freelance work as a writer, editor, and photographer with publications like Hip Compass Escapes travel magazine, Wandering Educators, and Travel and Leisure Asia this year.
I started two new blogs, redesigned Taiwan Photographers, and invested a huge amount of time into branding My Several Worlds. Expect a facelift on MSW, and some really cool, new interesting features this year. All of my sites are doing well and in July, I finally started drawing a steady monthly income on all of my sites.
I am thinking about scaling back on my work hours and focusing more on my web activities. This year, I have a number of ideas that have gotten off to a good start. When the time is right, I am hoping that I will be able to focus on my own business full-time.
Travel in 2009
John and I did a lot of short excursions in Taiwan this year. Owing to my health problems, we weren’t able to travel as much as we had hoped to. Nevertheless, we journeyed to Singapore, Canada, the US, and the Pescadores this year.
In the first part of 2010, we will be journeying to Palawan in the Philippines. I will be also be spending a considerable amount of time in Canada and the US this summer. I’m making my first trip to Las Vegas in July.
Books: Visit my GoodReads profile for a complete list of books that I tackled this year. Among my favorites this year were:
- Anything written by Jodi Picoult or Philippa Gregory
- The Heretic’s Daughter by Katherine Kerr
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
- I reread Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth, one of my favorite all-time books, and then delved into the long-awaited sequel on Kingsbridge Priory two hundred years later in World Without End.
Music I got into this year:
Lily Allen, Elbow, Lady Gaga, Ladyhawke, Drive-By Truckers
Things to forget from 2009:
- This one is a tough one, because I want to forget it with all my heart, but I know I can’t. The video of Neda Agha Soltan as she lay dying in the street after being shot during the Presidential Election Protest in Tehran, Iran.
- The Tiger Woods sex scandal
- Kanye West