Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank you, 2014

2014 has been a good year for me and I am grateful. 

After a rough re-entry to the US, I find myself feeling comfortable for the first time in years. Truly content for, perhaps, the first time ever. 

I feel settled in my cool, sunny, South Loop apartment. 
I work alongside a truly sophisticated and admirable leader, in an incredibly stimulating environment.
I went to Portugal and am infatuated with Lisboa. 
I earned my Masters this year--upon completing my final project in Brazil.
I visited my brother's new digs in Utah.
turned 40 in Iceland! And I feel no need to hide it: I'm way cooler than I ever imagined I would be at 40. I laugh at the little streak of grey hairs coming in near my temple.
I visited great friends in Austin. 
As this posts, I am counting blessings and contemplating next steps in mystical Bagan
Yesterday I bathed an elephant. 
My friend Rick once commented on how impressed he had been by the quality of the people I brought 'round. It's true. I am blessed with a really dynamic, comedic, and dedicated circle of friends. All over the world, but tight and enduring. 

There is nothing that I need. I have been constructing things in my life practically nonstop for as long as I can remember. As my wise friend Melissa recently observed, my feeling of contentment reveals a hard-won in-between state: I am between "building." 

Spot on. 
It's foreign and delightful.

But there is building on my horizon. 2015 is going to bring changes. I am genuinely excited to see how they unfold. And because I am content, there's no longing. No anxious anticipation. Just calm and trust in the knowledge that everything is streaming toward my highest good. 

For years, I have been picking theme songs for New Year's Eve. They are usually optimistic tunes that somehow resonate with me. Sometimes they're travel-appropriate. I'm starting a soundtrack.

I think I'll add Pharrell's "Happy" to the list this year. I feel like a room without a roof.

I wish the same to you all...

Jenjinha

The Good Times Soundtrack 
2013/14  San Diego, California 
"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk
2012/13  New Orleans, Louisiana 
"Laissez les bon temps rouler" - Quasi
2011/12  Berlin, Germany 
"Good Life" - One Republic
"Empire State of Mind" - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
2009/10  Sweet Home Chicago 
"I Gotta Feeling" - Black Eyed Peas
"Viva la Vida" - Coldplay
2006/07  Clifden, Ireland 
"Float On" - Modest Mouse
2004/05  Budapest, Hungary 
"Section 17 (Suitcase Calling)" - The Polyphonic Spree
2003/04  New York, New York 
"All the Small Things" - Blink 182 
2002/03  Wells, England 
"Me Gustas Tú" - Manu Chao