2009 was the year in which...
I (finally) decided to stop doing development consulting work.
I chose to become a full-time jewelry artist.
I worked the equivalent of 3 full-time jobs during our last months in Mozambique in order to make as much money as possible before the big career change.
I applied to and was accepted at the California College of Arts.
Rico and I decided to leave Mozambique and relocate to the Bay Area.
We bought and moved into our first house, Casa Cali.
We bought our first new car, a Subaru Outback.
I traveled to Brazil (Rio, Angra, São Paulo, Monte Verde), South Africa (Nelspruit, Kruger, Hazyview, Johannesburg, Barberton), Kenya (Nairobi), Mozambique (Bilene, Tofo, Macaneta, Nampula, Ilha de Moçambique), and the US (California, New Mexico).
In all, 2009 was a good year for me (and I believe for Rico as well). I know it was not that way for everyone, so I am particularly grateful for our blessings.
2010 will be the year in which...
I start regularly going to Nia and other dance classes again.
I get a massage at least once a month to deal with my recurrent back pain.
I launch my jewelry website, complete with new product lines and photos of models wearing my creations.
I get my jewelry into at least 3 retail shops/galleries.
I join the Point Richmond artists' cooperative.
I make the effort do my hair and makeup every day.
I learn to parallel park properly. Sigh.
I go to Houston, Providence and Boston to visit my dear friends Hannah, Kyle, Angel and my cousins AJ and Renaud.
Rico, Clauds, Dave and I go to Burning Man.
I actually use the phone to talk to the people I love in this world more frequently instead of only putting the poor thing to use as an alarm clock.
I paint the walls of my office a beautiful color.
2010 will be a year of hard work and changes, but I hope to reap great pride and happiness as a result. Best wishes to all of you for the New Year.