2008 has been a rollercoaster of a year. For me personally.
I started off 2008 with just about a couple of hundred dollars in my bank account desperately looking for jobs. I got turned down for 22 jobs (not an exaggeration) due to “lack of experience“. I was starting to get depressed since I told myself I was not good enough and due to being inactive.
Finally, in February, I got offered a permanent part-time position at a school as a psychologist. In the same month I applied for my permanent residency. A couple of months later, I was fortunate that another job opportunity came my way, albeit a maternity leave position. Still, it would give me the experience I lacked. Amidst all this, there was still the pressure of not having my residency and not knowing what might happen. In October I got offered another part-time but permanent position as a psychologist within the health system and I accepted it. I also finally got my driver’s license the same month (after failing the test twice!) I also applied for a third job to work Saturdays and was offered the position. And then, best of all, in the first week of December, I got my Australian permanent residency. I ended the year by buying a second-hand car and going on holidays, which I am ever so grateful for considering how I started my year.
I know the economy is in turmoil. There are countries at war with one another. There is poverty in several parts of the world. Terrorists continue to attack. But as selfish as it may sound, 2008 has been a great year for me. It has been a good year despite the stress and the initial uncertainty about the future.
And now, I look forward to 2009. With hope. For me. For the world we live in.
I also have resolutions for myself. Whether they will last is not known.
- I aim to lose weight, exercise more and eat healthy
- I would love to make new friends and join an interest group
- I aim to finally learn to play the guitar and maybe learn a new language
- I hope to go to India to visit my family and friends…finally after 4 long years.
- I aim to try harder to call my friends and talk over the phone. Less texting, more calling.
- I aim to become less negative and less cynical. I get the feeling that people don’t appreciate having someone so cynical most of the time.
- I am going to try to become a better person. A more positive person.
- And finally, to continue to blog and read blogs 🙂
I hope 2009 has something special in store for each and every one of you. I hope you achieve your goals, your dreams and even stick to your resolutions if you’ve made any.
I thank you all for visiting my blog; the comments are truly appreciated and some have made my days brighter.
Looking forward to a hopeful 2009…
Until next time,