There's something about a new year that makes me sappy and nostalgic. I like thinking back over the year and everything that has happened. To be honest, I have had better years than 2005, but still, so many great things have happened to me this year. Winning the title of Miss Wayne ranks up there with my trips to Costa Rica and London. I like the idea of the New Year bringing a fresh start, and I am ready to start my new life as a working adult/Miss America hopeful. I am comfortable that I am exactly where I need to be right now, and that's a great feeling.
It has been a while since I have written, and I need to backtrack a little. A lot has happened since Thanksgiving!!! I have been extremely busy with finishing school, preparing for graduation, and the usual hustle and bustle of the holidays, and I am grateful that my duties as Miss Wayne subsided for the season. Actually, I was supposed to light the Christmas tree for the city of Livonia, but an evening MBA course took precedence. Alas, the nightmare of finals, papers, and projects has ended, and I am officially a college graduate.
However, what I had originally thought would be a very proud day for me was actually a rather humbling experience. As I sat on stage and listened to the faculty members describe the accomplishments of the three honorary degree recipients, I realized that this is really only the beginning for me. Their stories inspired me to continue working hard and making my dreams reality because that is what has made their lives well-lived (wow, how cheesy does that sound?). It's not that I didn't believe this before, it just made a lot more sense to me in this situation. I wasn't the star of the show. What I had to say was important, but it paled in comparison to the words of a wise heretic named Freeman Dyson who had the life experience to back his claims. The day left me hopeful that one day I will be that wise old woman doling out advice to young people who, in turn, will only truly understand it in time. It's kind of fun to imagine what might happen between now and then.
Okay, existential comments aside, I had an amazing time, and I loved celebrating with my friends and family. If you would like to see any part of the graduation ceremony, you can download it from www.umich.edu/news.
After graduation, I spent the entire week moving. First, I packed up my apartment and moved everything back to Dearborn or "pageant headquarters" as I like to call it. It took me an entire day, so I had no time to unpack anything before I headed to Chicago to help my mom move into her new home. It was a tiring week, to say the least. I spent my entire first day in Vegas inside watching movies, reading, and basically avoiding any sort of productive activity. I haven't had TV in my apartment for a year and half, so I had to take some time to rediscover it. Truthfully, I never missed it, and I still wouldn't have it if I had to pay for it.
Now I am headed back to Dearborn, and I am dreading the mess of boxes that await me. I have two days to get myself settled before I start traveling. I'm working tradeshows and whatever other contract work I can get for the time being, so I will be out of town for most of January. I'm looking forward to spending some time with friend and former Miss Wayne County, Stacey Heisler Mason, on a snazzy new music arrangement for my talent performance. Other than that, I will be working like crazy and spending some quality time in the gym. My New Year's resolutions are to be on time and to be better at writing these updates regularly. Plan on hearing from me again soon (I hope).
Wishing you a happy and successful New Year,