Sunday, December 31, 2006

A look back at 2006

Well, another year has passed and this year has been very eventful in some ways for me and not so eventful in other ways. I look back at this past year and it was such a whirlwind of memories, I can't believe its about to be 2007.

My life has completely changed from the start of the year until now, going from moving out of Nate's place in New Orleans to moving into Mike's place around the corner. At this point, my house in Lakeview was still sitting there from the flood and my house uptown was just renovated and rented out to help me pay my mortgage. It took me almost 6 months from this point to sell the house in Lakeview, sell the house on Sycamore place, sell all my furniture and get packed up to move out of the city. In the meantime, I quit my job, spent some time with my sister in South Florida and did a sisters weekend in Key Largo, spent some time with my mom and friends before packing up my car and heading west.

In June, my cousin and I packed up our cars and followed each other to California where I dropped my car in LA and then headed up the coast to help her drive to Milpitas. From there, I spent a little bit of time in San Francisco and then headed back down to LA. I left a week or two after that for my trip to South America where I went to the Galapagos Islands, Cuzco, Lima, Macchu Pichu, Iquitos and the Amazon.

Then from there, I had some good friends come to Cali and I got to enjoy the coast a little bit- doing some diving in Catalina Island, camping in Big Sur, lounging at Glen Ivy Spa and riding up Pacific Coast Highway, which is such a beautiful drive (but you start to feel nauseated so thank god Cecilia drove!). I also spent some time with my mom in Las Vegas for Labor Day weekend which was a lot of fun.

After my travels were over, I finally landed a job with Internet Broadcasting after about a month of looking and then it seemed like the next 4 months were gone in a flash. I was traveling a ton for work and really trying to get the hang of this gig, so all of my time was dedicated to this. In November, I finally got a little break and my family and I and my cousins went on a cruise in the Bahamas for Thanksgiving. It was nice to be just with my family and away from everything, although it had been a while since I was in Pensacola.

Christmas creeped up on us so quickly as well and after flying to Minneapolis for some meetings, I was able to spend some time with my family in Pensacola, making a pit stop in New Orleans on my way there.

So that is my year in a nutshell. Although much has happened and there have been so many changes for me this past year, literally so much has happened that I haven't had much time to just sit and think... which I have been doing a lot these last few weeks. Before, something always had to be done- like move, look for a job and a place to live... pretty big stuff. But now things have calmed down for me- I got a job, a new place to live, etc...- and now I am sitting back absorbing it all and reflecting on this past year and it has really hit me like a ton of bricks! Its just now that I am feeling the shock of everything that has happened since my divorce, Hurricane Katrina and moving my life to a completely different place and its really pretty heavy.

I am hoping that 2007 will be the year where I find myself and really come to terms with everything so that I can move forward with my life and live life to its fullest. I want my family and friends to know that I appreciate you guys every single day because without you, I wouldn't be able to pick myself up in times where I am just unsure about where I am in my life, where I am going or choices I have made this last year. I need you all so much and thanks for being there for me always. You guys make me strong and you make me feel complete. I love you all and I just want you to know how much I appreciate you.

15 comments:

Roger Jr said...

Thanks for being you, Riza! I'm excited for you in LA- charge forward! Love and miss you ;)

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