I know it's a little late for this, but I saw it on my friend's blog and thought it was a fun way to reflect on the past year and how I have grown.
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Moved off-campus, worked at the SD County Fair, witnessed my brother's baptism, sent my best friend on a mission, served as a Girls' Camp tent mom, went to BYU education week, babysat two kids for a whole week, took clogging and folk dance classes
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I've made some new goals in my life because I needed to make them, not just because it was the new year. I have committed to read the Book of Mormon at least 10 minutes every day and to work on loving others without restraint.
3. What countries did you visit?
I still haven't ever left the country, but that's ok. There are enough people here for me to help.
4. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A greater portion of the Spirit, more selfless love, more missionary letters, more time with my family, more trust in God and His plan
5. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 20th Brian went through the temple on the 10th anniversary of his family's sealing and 2 days after my parents' 20th wedding anniversary, May 9th my brother got baptized, June 3rd Brian went into the MTC
6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Learning how to be happy every day and acting on that
7. What was your biggest failure?
There are many little things I could have done better, but I don't think I had any huge failures! And those little things have just taught me to be better.
8. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
HSM 3 on DVD, my family coming for General Conference, being a tent mom at girls' camp, the possibility of going to Europe, my best friend's mission, a whole summer at home, applying to be an EFY counselor in 2010, my great-grandma's bread recipe, coming home to 80 degree San Diego for Thanksgiving and Christmas, trying out for several performing ensembles
9. What song will always remind you of 2009?
"Draw Me Nearer, Lord" by Meredith Andrews
"You Belong with Me" and "The Best Day" by Taylor Swift
"Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble
"Single Ladies" by Beyonce
"Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World
10. Compared to this time last year, you are...
Happier, older, stronger testimony, more confident, better understanding of who I am, less worldly, more independent, more old-fashioned :]
11. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Family History and temple work, appreciating the little wonders around me every day, looked for those who needed the love I could give
12. What was the best book you read?
I discovered the Betsy-Tacy books this year and read them all. They are fantastic! I also read my favorite book, "Little Women" twice. Guilty Pleasure :]
13. What did you want and get?
A better understanding of who I am, peace in trials, stronger relationship with my family, wonderful roommates
14. What did you want and not get?
Admission into Womens' Chorus, Folk Dance and Nauvoo Performing Missionaries. But looking back I am grateful I didn't get those things because I learned soooo much by not getting in that I will use for the rest of my life.
15. What was your favorite film of this year?
Most definitely Up!
16. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 19 and went to see Up with my family! It was so nice.
17. What kept you sane? The Gospel and my angel mother.
18. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Give yourself over to the Lord and He makes your life better than you can make it, it's ok to give yourself a break and not be a perfectionist!
19. What are you looking forward to in 2010?
School, hopefully being an EFY counselor, meeting more people and serving them, Girls' Camp again, my sister hopefully coming up to BYU, hearing more wonderful missionary stories, finding new ways to serve!
20. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"For the mountains shall depart and the hills shall be removed and the valleys shall be lost beneath the sea, but know, my child, my kindness shall not depart from thee."