No matter how I look at it, even if I summon my most positive self, this past year has been fairly unexciting. The main reason being that I have been looking for a job for that exact amount of time, after living abroad for a few years. However. I like consciously doing everything I can to generate as little regrets as possible. So there have been some good things (not in order of importance):

- Started running, and am aiming for a semi-marathon in a few months (lost 16 pounds in the process)

- Rekindled with old friends

- Spent lots of time with family

- Walked in Paris, from left to right and right to left (including trips to the museum and little restaurants)

- Read (a lot of Ken Follett and John Le Carre)

- Went on mini holidays in Bordeaux, Toulouse, Biarritz, Quiberon, Chamonix, Grenoble, Bruxelles

- Learned to cook curry and quiche lorraine

- Learned the basics of programming

- Co-author in 3 scientific reports

- Contacted by Al Gore’s staff. Twice.

- Gave my blood

- Made progress on my kids books projects

- Became very efficient and reliable at my temporary job

- Grew baby tomatoes that turned out to be yellow peppers

- Drank Mojitos with my sister

- Opened a savings account

- Herd sheep in the mountains

- Hiked a 11 500ft

- Networked and reached out a lot, new contacts include the former CEO of the WTO and World Bank analysts

- Dared to give my cell number to a tall, dark and handsome man (still looking for the right one)

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