Just taking a quick moment to look back at the year and remind myself how fortunate I am. In the last year, I have fallen in love, traveled in and out of country, and received a handshake for a position that is perfect for me. I have made great friends in Baghdad, strengthened friendships in other parts of the world, and am generally happy and content with life. I got a bracelet for Christmas – it says “Life is a journey, not a destination…enjoy the moments.” My New Year’s resolution is to live up the this saying, and enjoy the moments that come into my life, as they are what makes life worth living. While there are some tough moments for sure, life is defined by how you react to what happens. I plan to react with love in my heart and a song on my lips.
Wishing everyone a happy and loving new year!
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! My holidays this year were some of the best in recent memory. In Baghdad, no less!! While I was unable to make it back to the U.S. to see family this year, I ended up having so many laughs over the past week that I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. I am so fortunate to have such awesome people in my life. Between game nights, dinners, karaoke, movies, and calls from my family, it was FABULOUS.
We (boyfriend and I) made sushi and egg drop soup for Christmas Eve dinner – I had brought back some cold smoked salmon with me from Greece to use in the sushi – and it was delicious! I made my first attempt at a rainbow roll – it was so pretty I had to take a picture.
We ate, then my mom called, wondering if we had opened presents yet. I had received one, but it didn’t end up being the one from her. I had her on speakerphone, and so the boyfriend and mom got to say hello to each other. We opened presents, then friends came over and we played games – and talked to my family some more while we were playing (EVERYONE got to say hello and LOVE YOU MOM) – it was a perfect night. Christmas Day we watched one of my all time favorite non-traditional Christmas movies – The Ref. It was his first time seeing in and he was not disappointed. We made it out of the apartment and to the DFAC for Christmas dinner. It was a wonderful way to spend the holidays – with the one I love.