I want to try to do this without looking at old posts so I'll focus on what really stood out. 2012 certainly gave me quite a bit to ponder and look back on. In a scant 365 days,
- J turned one, began walking fully, learned to sign, and started to make a few noises that sound like "mama" and "dada"
- He started speech and physical therapy, which have legitimately helped him
- I'm also VERY proud to say that if you ask him what sound a duck makes, he will indeed respond with a recognizable "quack quack quack"!
- He knows where his tummy, hands, and head are and understands quite a lot.
- He made a great transition into day care, going from crying for half the day to barely registering when I drop him off
- After months of searching, networking, and resume variations, I got a job...in a field other than teaching. I learn something new every day, including the fact that I don't really miss the classroom. Had I not lost my previous job, I wouldn't have known that. Yet I still get to use my skills as a lover of English, grammar, and words. How lucky that I was able to wait it out and find something that suits me.
- I learned that you can, indeed, function on one salary and unemployment and still go out to the occasional movie, with help from very generous parents
- My niece and nephew each turned one, another set of twin nieces and nephews turned two, and my youngest sister married the love of her life in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, perfect for them
- My sister M started a new job
- My grandmother made it through one more year when we all doubted that she would due to illness and sheer age (she's 97 with a birthday in April) and got to see her great-grandson smile and wave at her
- One cousin started college and another is a junior in high school, earning top grades
- With the help of a new eating plan, T and I have lost over 60lbs and 25 lbs, respectively. We feel healthy and more energized than we have in years.
- T and I grew as friends and in our marriage in so many good and healthy ways
- We finally made it to Tadoussac after four years and introduced J to that gorgeous, special place
- I made some new friends and reconnected with old ones
- On that note, I began to do more for myself outside of my family and realized that that's not selfish; it's good and necessary for me
- I read more books
- I found a system to help me and my family become more organized, and I've discovered there might be something to this Type-A way of living
- I got to spend time with J, teaching him and watching him grow in all ways
- I learned to knit
- I changed my hair
- I learned a great deal about the ins and outs of health insurance, more than I'd ever want to know, yet not enough to truly understand it
- I fell in love with cooking and finding recipes that work for us (thank you, Pinterest!)
- I came into my own as a person, understanding more about who I am and what I can do to be the best, healthiest, strongest version of myself. It's still a work in progress, but that's the best way to be, I believe. And I thank you all for reading this blog and sharing some of your responses with me. It truly means a great deal to me.
I've always made resolutions, but I feel that that word leaves no room for error. If I "resolve" to do something and then it doesn't happen, I feel guilty (and boy, am I still learning that lesson--to stop beating myself up because it accomplishes nothing) for not doing it. So instead, I want to make some *goals* for 2013. Maybe I'm nitpicking with words, but hey, it's my job. So I have a few goals:
- Stay with my eating and exercise routine...but recognize that missing an occasional workout or eating a decadent dessert every so often does not make me a terrible person who fell off track.
- Continue reading books, either in paper or electronic form
- Stay with that organization--all it does is make my life less frantic in all aspects, particularly personal and work
- Continue to communicate well with my husband
- Reach out to friends I've lost touch with because they help enrich my life
I can come up with more, but let's stick to five for now. I think that makes it more manageable, and if I want to add more, I can. When I look back, yes, I had a tough year financially, but it made me truly focus on all the other riches in my life, and I am fortunate enough to have many.
So here's to 2013 and what it may bring. Happy New Year, folks. May it bring you much love and happiness.