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Choose one word.
Encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. Explain why. Imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you?
Process: (n) a systematic series of actions directed to some end.
This year has been twelve months filled to the brim with various processes. Having surgery was a process. Getting an official medical diagnosis was a process. Trying to conceive was a major process (described in every other post on this blog). Visiting fertility doctors' offices was a process. (One thing I learned: Fertility doctors have excellent waiting rooms. Why? Because they make a SHIT TON more money than your average MD. Not really sure why that's relevant or interesting, but whatever.) Getting infertility testing was a process. Filling out paperwork was a process. Actually, I believe I have spent the greater part of this year filling out paper work.
Stepping away from the fertility-related processes, I can also sum up L and I's second year of marriage as a process. We have literally been implementing a systematic series of actions directed to some end; and that end is financial security and freedom. I mentioned a big pile of debt awhile back. I can't get too giddy yet, because that pile is still there and going strong. But, man, we have been working really hard to make that pile disappear. I guess you can say we are finally "growing up" and "taking responsibility"? Adulthood kicked in more than ever this year. That is one process I am so proud of for us.
In terms of next year's word? That's easy. Hope. If I can get through next year without losing sight of hope, I think I will be good to go.
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