Monday, January 04, 2010

My 2009: Highlights & Lowlights


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In 2009 I believed for the first time there are ways to have a happy life and work toward at least some of what I want despite having chronic migraines. Some days are harder than others, and I still get down. But it seems like I'm having more positive attitude days than ever.

I attended my first blogging conference, BlogHer in Chicago, and met an awesome group of health care bloggers. That session was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I felt uncomfortable during most of the conference because I didn't know anyone there and I'm about as good at making new friends as a tom cat, but I'm still glad I went and put myself out there.

I found a great program that taught me skills for coping with and managing my health and emotional challenges.

I started volunteering, which makes me feel better about myself by allowing me to contribute a little something to other people and getting me out of the house.

I read a bunch of awesome books. In total I read 62 books in 2009. Some were great, some not so much. Among my very favorites were Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Unexpected Blessings: Finding Hope & Healing in the Face of Illness by Roxanne Black, Cutting for Stone by by Abraham Verghese, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

I wigged out on my birthday, sobbing, locking myself in a bathroom and chugging from a bottle of cherry schnapps because my plans fell through. This lead to the bold realization I choose how to react to disappointment and have control over my own moods. Life is what you make it. That is what Oprah would call an "aha moment", people.

I wasted countless hours I'll never have back playing games on Facebook. There is something oddly soothing (and completely embarrassing) about decorating a house for your virtual pet.

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