"How Nicole Got Her Groove Back"

I can’t think of a more fitting phrase to describe 2008. It was a good year, despite reminders that people can be cruel and that ‘friends’ are not always ‘friends.’ But no matter, as a lesson learned is knowledge gained.

I’m actually writing this from my grandparents’ house, where I am celebrating New Year’s with my family. Canada is beating the US 5-4 in a crazy World Junior hockey game and I’ve eaten more than I should have. But back to the subject at hand.

I am very excited for what 2009 may bring. My brother is getting married in August, an event which will be the focus of my family’s year. I WILL finish my thesis, hopefully by June, and maybe finally find a job. I am still going to apply to law school, but I’m going to keep my options open. Not painting oneself into a corner is a lesson I have truly learned.

This year I rediscovered my love of reading, writing, politics and academia. Master’s school has felt like ‘home’ since September, and I often find myself wondering why it took my so very long to get there. I have a wonderful supervisor who has rekindled my thirst for knowledge (excuse the melodramatic language), and I find myself thinking more critically than I have in years.

I also reasserted myself this year. I quit Walmart (best decision I’ve made after choosing to return to Saskatchewan) and moved to Winners; when I wasn’t happy there, either, I quit. I’m not much of a quitter, so quitting two jobs in the space of four months was quite momentous. To be honest, I’m almost proud of it.

I discovered new interests and learned more about myself. I find myself reading more and more about feminism and feminist issues. My Wii has turned me into quite the little ‘gamer.’ I know there are others, but they escape me at the moment.

My favourite part of the year? These past two weeks. I have not had two weeks to myself since I returned to Saskatchewan. I worked full-time for over a year and a half while going to school full-time. When I started my Master’s program in September, I was ridiculously bored for the first month or so after being on auto-pilot for so long. But I eventually found my ‘groove’ and am now more relaxed than I have been in years.

So 2008 was a good year. I think 2009 has great potential for me, and I plan to take full advantage of it!

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