Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ending a Year

One thing I do every January 1 is to take the kitchen calendar and use it as a tool for looking back over the events of the year. The trips, appointments, celebrations that are written down serve as way of remembering other things that don't get written down. For me, reflection is a better way of moving forward than making resolutions. Self-reflection and clarifying. Backwards and forwards. In fact, I found it interesting to learn that the month of January was named after the Roman God Janus who had two faces – one looking backwards and one forwards. Makes perfect sense.

I've spent quite a bit of time this year thinking about how I live my life. I know many of you are aware that Tom and I have toyed with the idea of moving to Pittsburgh. Well, beginning in February, that's where I'll be. We rented a duplex for 6 months as a trial; I'll spend most of my time there, coming home every other month for a calligraphy class and spending some time in the office. I'll be working remotely and developing a once-in-a-lifetime relationship with my grandkids. Tom will visit for sure, but will primarily hold the fort down here. We both have a certain amount of trepidation, but there's also an excitement about it. Probably more for me than for him.

When I originally started talking about cutting back on my job, taking a piece of it that would permit me to work from basically anywhere, this is what I had in mind. Spending time away from Tulsa when possible. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out. A new journey, that's for sure.


Jennifer said...

I especially enjoyed the trivia about the Roman God Janus. As for the big move to Pittsburgh, I wish only the very best. This has been a decision long time coming and as mom said to me as I left on my first time adventure to DC, "don't let pride stand in the way of returning home." I love you.

Teresa said...

You're so lucky the grandkids are in one place, as I have to stay in OK, which is in between FL and CA. Plus, just know Carrie & Doug will start their family soon! I'm excited for you, but glad you'll be around here, too! I like the way you make things happen!!

Sarah in Disturbia said...

I completely agree with reflection as a great way to move forward. I, of course, LOVE that you and Tom are taking the step to rent a place here and explore new opportunities. It may sound wacky, but I really believe that all that matters is now. Anything could turn out wonderful or horrible. But we'll never know. Because all we have is now. We can wonder and speculate and plan but in the mean time we're wasting NOW.