Plan to be surprised.

Somewhere along the way this year, I realized that as much as I want to be in control of my life, if I really were, that life would be very dull and boring — and safe.

Erin & I last year at The Annual Christmas Soiree. (photo by Annie?)

2010 was full of unexpected things for us, and last year this time, I never dreamed:

Indie Craft Parade would come together
we’d finally visit our friends in Europe
our favorite college student would be living with us
we would still be in our current house
I wouldn’t be part of the new CoWork space
I’d have a brand new job
that we could be dog owners
we’d be attending a different church
every couple we know (pretty close!) would be expecting
that we would say goodbye to Mimi

It really is amazing how fast things can change. So much happens in a single year, and who knows what 2011 will be like for us, for our friends and our family. I used to wish for things to stay the same. But when I stop and think about how much I’ve changed and grown since last December, I know I would never want to still be where I was then.

The funny thing is that I’m sure I’ll feel the same way this time next year.

*The title was borrowed from one of my favorite movies, Dan in Real Life