Seeing as I am leaving for Italy and Spain in about four days and won't return until after the New Year, this is most likely going to be my final blog entry for 2007. I don't have much to say or anything insightful to share; I just figured I should write down a couple of random thoughts to neatly sum up what has been an incredible year.

This year, above all, signified growth. I've been at my job for about a year and a half now, and the past few months have taught me so much about the world around me, what it's like to be a working adult, and the kind of life I want to lead. Looking back to when I first started, it's hard to believe I've gotten as far as I actually have. It has been a wonderful experience.

Aside from work, my performance skills have grown leaps and bounds. I've taken a lot of risks this year, and though it has required a lot of hard work, the pay off has been amazing. There are so many people I owe a great deal of thanks to for believing in me and constantly encouraging me to reach my potential. This huge part of my life, of myself, has been given a lot of attention this year, and for that, I am so grateful. I cannot wait to see where this will take me.

I had the wonderful fortune to meet and befriend so many inspiring people. I sometimes wonder how I got to be so lucky.

There were so many things I had set out to accomplish in 2007, and I actually surprised myself by getting around to every one of those things. Some turned out better than others, but being able to mark everything off my list is extremely fulfilling in itself. I'm proud of what I've done.

Yet, there is so much more to be had out there in this world, and I'm really starting to feel like I've exhausted all the opportunities my home has to offer. Everything thus far has sort of built up to this moment of realization, and I think I'm ready to take a huge leap. Now is the time to move on to bigger and better things. I've been contemplating moving for close to a year now, and I think it's time to put those plans into action. I'm starting to apply to jobs that will take me out of the Bay Area and into some place new. I'm hoping that something will change for the better and the growth I've experienced this year will continue to flourish. But if that's not where life is ready to take me at the moment, I'll be okay with that. I can deal. I'll find something to make me happy.

Onward, then. That's the only way to go.