This year brought with it some great joys and many hardships and even some shocking heartbreaks. I made new friends, learned a lot about myself and my ability to handle various situations and made a very big decision as to my future. Something I never thought I would do, or would happen to me. Isn't that always the case?? I remember starting my PhD program hearing about people that had to switch labs halfway and thought to myself, oh, that won't happen to me. I'm going to be on top of everything and I'll make it work. And so, here I am, preparing myself to start a new lab and a whole new graduate school future. I still have doubts, lets get that out there for the world to hear...I HAVE DOUBTS...and think I always will, but if I've learned anything, it's that I really want this to work, not just to prove to myself that I have it, but to make my husband and parents proud and to also prove to the world that this crazy girl over here has what it takes to be a scientist. SO IN YOUR FACE WORLD! Humph. That sounded better in my head...but that's ok...you get the idea :D
As with all my resolutions in the past, I rarely manage to keep with any of them, sigh. But, that doesn't mean I'm giving up. I just have a whole new set of resolutions to make. I thought about making it real simple this year, but there is so much I want to do, so with that being said, here are my new New Year's resolution:
1) Be a better person. Learn to forgive, forget, be patient and less judgmental. It has been really hard this year, with so many unexpected things slapping me in the face, but I'm hopeful that with the help of God I can learn to manage my inner anger towards so many things.
2) Become more in touch with my spiritual side...there's always room for improvement and I have lots to make.
3) Keep up with a regular exercise regime (Pure Barre!!!!).
4) Finish reading the Quran (I got far, but not that far...)
5) Better time management (less tv, more studying, more cooking, more time for family and friends).
6) Work on my Seattle scrapbook (it's been over a year in waiting).
7) Train myself to wake up early (cough...good luck with that one, if it didn't happen last year...it ain't happening this year...ha!)
8) Get a really good grasp of PhD work and stay motivated and focused on my new research path.
And of course, last but not least, keep this blog going :)
All in all, this was a year with crazy ups and downs, but here's to a new year filled with many more surprises, (hopefully good ones) and much success for all those whom I love and cherish dearly (you know who you are) and for all those out there struggling with doubts and inner demons, remember you can do anything you set your mind to, and don't forget, put your trust in God.