An Overview of 2012

What a year it has been!  Here are some highlights:

January

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Started my first solo teaching job at a beautiful high school, and LOVED it
Began my final semester of my Master’s program
Quit waitressing, once and for all

February

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Committed to living and teaching in Indonesia
Attended my college’s first ever off campus ball 🙂
Sat court-side at my first Bulls game

March

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Spent a wonderful weekend with my family in Chicago
Traveled to Colorado for an unforgettable Spring Break
Attended my senior banquet

April

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Was introduced to the world of nannying by a precious little girl
Road-tripped home for Easter with my roommate for the last time for a long time
Saw FUN. perform live at a sold out show in Chicago with friends from home

May

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Finished my Graduate classes and said goodbye to college life
Stocked up on Indians and Stallions games to counter my time with no baseball
Went skydiving!

June

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Enjoyed a fabulous month at home with my family
Learned to box
Went on an epic tour of Washington D.C. with my dad and sister

July

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Moved to the other side of the world
Began my first full-time teaching job
Met the wonderful people that I will be living life with for the next 2 years (at least!)

August

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Went on the craziest and most fulfilling hike that I have ever been on
Survived the most thrilling fireworks show of my life
Became a PADI certified SCUBA diver

September

Discovered my hidden track coach and student council sponsor selves
Went on a fantastic retreat with the 7th grade class

October

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Ate dog meat and bat wing
Earned my advanced SCUBA license and swam with sharks
Learned and performed a traditional Indonesian (impossible) dance

November

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Journeyed to Jogjakarta and visited two incredible temples
Started feeling like I could get around with my new Indonesian vocabulary
Enjoyed many Thanksgiving dinners with my new “family” here 🙂

December

long boats

Lived through a sleep over with the entire 8th grade
Spent a week and a half in Phuket  and on Phi Phi Island with a friend from home

And to top it all off, I just met my wonderful family for two weeks of adventuring around Thailand, exploring Bangkok, Cha-am, and Chang Mai.

I feel like the luckiest girl alive!

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2 thoughts on “An Overview of 2012

  1. Ilona Fender says:

    I agree! what a year. God is so good. to you. and through you! You are blessed and are a blessing! Great job encapsulating your year. not sure how you did that so well, but you did. Enjoy your time with the Fam! much love and good wishes for a year that tops this past one! love, Ilona

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