It’s funny… the things we choose to look back on. Some of those things, we look back on not because of choice, but because of coincidence. I was thinking about what sort of blog post I’d like to write for Thanksgiving this year and, in thinking about that, decided to look back and see what kind of post I wrote for Thanksgiving last year.
Did I even write anything for Thanksgiving last year? I feel like, whenever I think about writing something for this particular holiday, it’s easy to fall back on something cliche. What are you thankful for? Like there aren’t 2.74 million bloggers writing about what they’re thankful for on the fourth Thursday in November.
Honestly, though, when I looked back at my posts from last November, I didn’t even get as far as Thanksgiving Day. I got held up at something I posted on November 29.
See, last year at this time, I had decided to participate in a “30-Day Blog Challenge.” Really, it was something that I had written as a rerun of something I did a long time ago on the blog I previously maintained called Carp Dime. But I stopped and read the post for Day 29 because the prompt was: My Hopes, Dreams, and Plans for the Next 365 Days.
I was curious about that. What had I written? Did any of those hopes, dreams, or plans come true. It’s only been 360 days, so I’ve got some time left. But the real question is, did I follow through on any of the things I wrote about last year?
So I read. First I mentioned that I don’t like making plans. Yeah, that sounds like something I’d say. But then I said I hoped I’d still be living in Blacksburg. Check. Well, I nailed that one. What else have you got, past Aaron?
“I hope I’m doing something different on a full-time basis.” Check again. Man, I am on a roll. Last year, I was careful to mention that I didn’t hate my job. And I didn’t. I just wasn’t content in it anymore. I wasn’t drawing any satisfaction from spending an hour and a half in my car every day and dealing with the exponentially increasing stress that the job entailed. Now, I can happily say that I am working full-time for my church, doing so many things that fall under my job title(s) that I love to do. I wake up in the morning and I actually look forward to going to the office. I love the people I work with so much, I’m actually a little disappointed when I find out that someone isn’t going to be there. This week has been rough, with so many people out of town for Thanksgiving. It’s an amazing thing, to finally feel like you’re doing what you’re meant to do.
I wanted to find more time to read. Well, not having to spend 1.5 hours in the car every day has helped with that, though it did cut into my audio book listening time. I wanted to find more time to write. Well, since my job with the church involves overseeing the church website and blog, that’s definitely happened. I wanted to figure out how to edit video footage from the retreat I had gone on a month before that post.
Uh… that last one didn’t actually happen. I mean, I’ve since been able to obtain some decent video editing software and I think I’m learning the ropes pretty well, but I never did put together a good video from the retreat last year. Instead, I focused my attention on this year’s GAP retreat. So, if you’re interested in seeing how my editing skills have come along, I invite you to watch the video below.
All in all, I’d say it’s been a good year.