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January 1, 2008

Happy new year, all!

I was reflecting back on the last year and realizing that it was not a terrific year for me. Oh sure, I had some successes, and I am proud of those, but I also had a horribly stressful year as well as some “failures.” Frankly, I’m glad to put 2007 behind me.

This is not to say that 2008 won’t have it’s share of stresses, but I think they are the kinds of stresses that I know how to deal with. The bar exam will be hard, but it’s a test, and I have taken many tests in my life, and I know how to deal with that kind of stress. We may be moving because of career developments, but we’ve moved across the country before, and I know how to handle that. Thankfully, my job situation shouldn’t be a stressor even if we do move, but even if I have to find a new job, well, I’ve looked for jobs before, and I know how to keep my sanity. I’m not saying any of these things will be fun—I know the bar won’t be, and I hate moving, and I hate the mass resume drop—but I know that I can deal with all of it.

And maybe that’s why 2007 was so stressful for me—I was doing a lot of things I’d never done before, and doing them under intense time constraints and while picking up a lot of other people’s slack. I struggled for balance, and I don’t think I ever really achieved it. I regret that. I have a few more months of dealing with those duties and frustrations, but I’ve learned a lot from my experiences in 2007, so I think have a better grasp of how to achieve balance now—and a better sense of when to not to just do it all myself. I wish I’d found that earlier.

So here’s to a good 2008. I have some specific resolutions (for instance, I want to lose a few more pounds before I order the bridesmaid’s dress I have to wear in May) but I also have a more general goal for this year: to achieve balance. That goal has a lot of nuances for me—I need to balance personal with school, journal with non-journal, perfectionism with delegation, and initiative with distraction. But I think it’s also very simple—my life needs to be more balanced. I’m eager to get there.

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  1. LL
    January 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Balancing “perfectionism with delegation” – a perfectly put and difficult goal. I think that will be my biggest challenge in the working world. Good luck in your efforts to achieve balance this year and Happy 2008!!

  2. January 1, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Happy New Year to you as well!! Achieving balance is a wonderful goal.

    Oh, and my shoe size is 5.5. Not very common!

  3. anon
    January 2, 2008 at 10:53 am

    That’s great, k. Some of your more stressed out posts from last year were sort of worrisome, so that’s great that you’re able to try and make a change. Good luck! Hopefully your journal is one of those that does elections and handoffs early!

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