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Lessons learned from my life's journey through 2011

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As I admired the beautiful holiday lights at Van Dusen Gardens on New Year’s Eve I thought to myself that 2011 was a very interesting year. Life is a fascinating journey of ups and downs which presents you with endless challenges. You constantly stumble upon new discoveries and interests that can develop you as a person and broaden your horizons. Above all, you learn that it is important to move forward in life.

We all meet many new friends and foes along our life journey as well. Some people turn out to be everlasting friends, and some don't, but most everybody can teach us valuable lessons.

I have learned to listen to my first instincts this past year. I do not ignore that inner voice anymore. I hear what someone is saying, but I read the  meaning in their eyes. As you mature and go through various experiences in life, you learn to listen to your heart.

I feel very grateful for 2011, and everything that happened; the places I went to, the trips I took, the people I met, the lessons I learned and all the invaluable experiences I had. I have made some very important discoveries and realizations. I now have a clear goal in mind for my future, and I am excited to start working towards it.

I have really come to appreciate my best friends who truly care for me, support me and believe in me. These are special friends who happily celebrate my victories, encourage me and cheer me on through hard times, and always have time to listen and spend time with me. Friends like these are worth gold, and I try to be just as good to them as they are to me.

I have seen the true colors of some people around me, and I realize now that time is too precious to spend with people who bring negativity, hidden messages and trouble into your life. It is important to recognize individuals like this, and as you get older you do.

My two-week holiday served as an important time out for me. I was able to reflect and analyze the year that has passed. I enjoyed some wonderful times with close friends. We shared some good laughs and made some new memories. The only people missing during my holidays were my dear parents who celebrated Christmas on their own in Sweden. Luckily, we were able to spend some precious time together via Skype.

I wish all of you a spectacular, exciting, and wondrous year. Remember to be grateful for the good things in your life, and enjoy every minute. Happy New Year, and in Swedish: Gott Nytt År!

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