Boy was 2012 a challenging year, with visa issues for Jamie while I was working and studying full-time at the university. I didn’t feel like I was at a happy place in my life most of the time, it was a constant struggle. There is so much more to the story that I don’t wish to share here, it would just be too private. But all in all I had some wonderful moments as well, thanks to my dear friends and family who kept me sane through it all.
There are times I miss living in Bergen, Norway, but the timing was just off. Either that, or the universe gets a kick out of playing cruel jokes on me! Hats off to my parents, who have been there for me through everything. Traveling here, traveling there, working here, working there, moving 12 times during the past decade, back and forth like a restless caterpillar. I think sometimes I don’t allow myself to feel completely happy in case I jinx it. It’s a terrible feeling, and I have battled with anxiety for years now. Sometimes I think that if I am just content, something bad will come along and ruin it.
So I have decided not to allow myself to think like that anymore; the universe has a plan for us all, and all we can do is ride along and do our best. That is why I will try my hardest not to dwell on possible dangers around each corner. I hereby choose to look forward to what 2013 will bring me.
Here is what made me happy in 2012:
* Getting a job at TV 2 in Bergen so I could continue my career in broadcast journalism while living in one of the most beautiful cities in Norway. Added bonus: most of my friends lived there and it was happy times when we all got together. I cherished every moment.
* Finally making enough money to justify a college degree. Just saying.
* Living closer to my parents and my extended family. Getting to see my cousin’s newborn and be a part of her baptism. ❤
* Endless bus rides Bergen – Sykkylven.
* Being able to eat the foods I missed while living in the US.
* Attend lots and lots of family dinners, coffee parties or just hanging out with loved ones.
* Snuggling with my cats again.
* The view from our house in Sykkylven. It’s the most beautiful sight ever. It’s literally breathtaking.
* Seeing Jamie help my dad with work outside the house.
* Being able to attend my mom’s choir’s concerts.
* Free healthcare!
* Making new friends and finding out once and for all who were my true friends through it all.
* The smell in the springtime after a really heavy rainfall.
* Norwegian fauna.
* I discovered Californication and Entourage. Geez. What took me to long?
* I traveled back to the US again when the time was right. It was one of those things that made totally sense in the moment. Even though Jamie’s visa was approved two days later. Remember what I said about how ironic my life is sometimes? Obviously this is not meant to be easy.
* I got to be in Erik & Snehata’s wedding, and snuggle with Rudy again!
* I got to see new parts of America that I’d never seen before.
* I’m probably bragging a little, but I’m becoming quite the cook 🙂
* I fostered a dog from the local humane society.
* I gave more money to charity and homeless people.
Jamie and I are still together, we will celebrate our 6th anniversary on February 14th. We still don’t know where we will be at the end of this year. But we will make it fabulous.