It's amazing the perspective a little rest can give you. The past month has been hard. It's been intense and exhausting, but it's been no harder than any other month. Life has a way of evening itself out. For every trial there is a blessing.
This last year I've lost people who were important to me, but I've met incredible new people. I've travelled and had the chance to learn in ways I could never anticipate. I've learned to relax, to let go, and to trust that everything that is meant to happen will - in the right way and right time. I know what is important to me and what doesn't matter at all.
We've lost two members of the family this year, but we've gained two as well. I have a new nephew and a new sister-in-law. I got two internships - one at GSBS and a second next summer at G. I also got a job.
I've travelled, and made up for lost time doing it. In 2006 I spent time in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, London and Paris. I moved to Salt Lake City for two months, and drive back there every week to work. I've gained confidence while I wasn't looking. I've won a few competitions that have opened doors. I've filled sketchbooks. I've written and blogged and taken thousands of pictures. I've done more than I could have planned for, or hoped for, or conceived of. It's amazing what a year brings. I wonder what will happen in the next one.
I was recently told by an architect that the definition of luck is proper preparation combined with an attitude of openness to the possibilities. The work is hard and taking risks is frightening, but the rewards are rich and worth the effort. There are a lot of things I wish for, even more I hope for. All I can do now is be open and trust. That is the definition of faith.
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