Family Life · Heather

2009 Recap

2009 was the year of change. Many, many changes. But most were good changes–no, most were amazingly wonderful changes.

2009 has been the most eventful year of my life. And I say that with certainty.

And now, without further ado, a list of some highlights of my 2009, in no particular order:

  • Work:
    • Worked as an assistant for my grandparents (BEST JOB EVER).
    • Worked as a technical writer for an online furniture company (I learned a lot).
    • Worked as a legal secretary for a law firm (also BEST JOB EVER).
  • School:
    • Graduated from University of Utah with two degrees in English and Philosophy with a 3.95 GPA, magna cum laude, etc., etc.
    • Once graduated, missed school a lot. Until I got used to working and found out that I really like working.
  • Home:
    • Moved out of my parents house for the first time in my life.
    • Moved into my aunt’s house.
    • Moved into an apartment with my husband to a far away land 2 hours away.
  • Church:
    • Went to the temple!!
    • Served as Relief Society president for 2 months
    • Called as Activity Committee co-chair with my husband
    • Called as Ward Organist (one of the callings I always wanted)
    • Began going to a student ward for the first time. After I graduated from school.
    • Started going to church in a new church building (previously, I have gone to same church building ever since I could remember).
  • Hobbies:
    • Revived out of my Great Writing Slump that started in the 18-hour fall 2008 semester and started writing again on a regular basis.
    • Designed and put up my own personal website (, photography site, new photoblog, and new family history blog.
    • Learned a lot about hunting. And went with people so they could hunt.
    • Photographed my first wedding (for my sister).
    • Learned how to cook (still learning).
    • Learned how to shoot a compound bow. Even got my own bow.
  • Family:
    • Have nieces and nephews for the first time. (And my twin sister had my first blood-related nephew, Peter.)
    • I have more in-laws too, both from my husband’s side and a new brother-in-law.
      (Who are also pretty awesome.)
  • Other:
    • Changed my last name.
    • Met lots of new people.
    • Had a distance-relationship.

But the best thing  of 2009:  I GOT MARRIED!! To Dillon Hoyt, who is now my husband.

And that’s at least some of my crazy, wonderful year.  Oh, there were very hard times–when I was engaged was about the hardest, and right before I got my new job as a legal secretary was hard too. But I’m happy now, and I’ve learned a lot, and I feel like a much better person.


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