Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas. I had a wonderful time with my family, but am currently suffering a case of the Christmas Blues. This is a yearly occurrence with me, caused when I have to leave my family and go back to my lonely apartment. While I love Albert, it’s just not the same. Oh well, I’ll get over it soon enough.
I know I’m a few days early for year end reflections, but I doubt much is going to happen in the next 6 days. So, without further ado, 2012 in review:
Job: I worked at AAA all 12 months – 9 months in the weekend unit, and 3 months in a regular unit. Luckily, I didn’t have to work weekends regularly after February. Unluckily, I had to work a hellish catastrophe. I still don’t like what I do, but at least now I like the majority of the people I do it with. I’m actively looking for a new position, but I’m not as desperate as I would be if I were still working weekend claims.
Love life: There’s literally nothing to put here. I don’t think I went on a single date or had a single crush. The only thing that might fall into this category is Mark’s possible crush on me, but I think I snuffed that out fairly efficiently.
Travel: Seattle and Vancouver at the end of June. Glad I went, don’t need to go again. Japan in November. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Family: We’re as close as ever. I get to see them at least once a month, and usually more. This is an improvement over 2011, when I was working most weekends and would be lucky to see them on a bi-monthly basis.
Grad school: I applied to Chicago Booth’s part time mba program with a 2013 summer semester start, but after going through the interview process and having some one-on-one conversations with the admissions director, a mutual decision was reached that it would be better if I got a few more years of work experience and relocated to the Chicago area before applying again. So, that’s the plan. My GMAT score doesn’t expire until October 2016, so I have some time.
Health/Fitness: I spent a night in March getting a blood transfusion in a hospital because of extremely low iron. Several tests later, I still have no idea why it happened, but my iron has been normal ever since, so I’m not worried. I worked out nearly every day, moving on to more challenging workouts as the year went on. Overall, I’m pretty happy with my health.
Now, looking ahead to 2013:
Job: I want out of AAA asap. Ideally, I’d like to get out of insurance, but if I have to take a job adjusting claims at another company with an office near Chicago that I can transfer to, I’ll do that, since it’s much easier to find a job in a city if you already live nearby.
Love life: No plans. If it happens, it happens, but I’m not going to be looking for it, especially if I’m trying to relocate. Now if I get to move to Chicago, things may change….
Travel: This one’s up in the air. My initial plan was to go to London and Paris in September. But I want to take my brother with me to Rome, Venice, Munich and Berlin in June 2014 (Italy’s for me, Germany’s for him), a trip which will cost me a substantial amount of money and time. Depending on my next job’s salary and vacation policy, I may push London and Paris to 2015 and take smaller trips to NYC and LA in 2013. Or maybe an Alaskan cruise with mom. It really all depends on that next job.
Family: I struck a good balance in 2012, my only goal for 2013 is to keep it going. Even if I move to Chicago, I still want to see them at least once a month. It’s not that far away.
Health/Fitness: Staying out of the hospital would be awesome. Other than that, just keep chugging along doing what I’m doing. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Santa got me weighted kickboxing gloves 🙂