Gosh, 2012 was simultaneously one of the best years and one of the worst and I feel the need to debrief here in this space if you’ll allow me. Lots of happymaking things happened but I just really struggled — with my job and then Will losing his, figuring out what I want to do with my life, with longtime friendships floundering and just altogether feeling like I’m not exactly happy but not sure why. Lots of smiles, lots of tears, lots of laughs, lots of NEWNESS in my life….2012 was most certainly a memorable year. Got to take the good with the bad, yes? And with some of those BAD things I do see hope for the future. I am having high hopes for 2013. So let’s just recap my life in 2012:
Let’s preface this with that most of my life revolved around wedding planning this year!
2012 started off marvelously! In JANUARY my beautiful niece, Genevieve Grace, was born and that has changed my life in the most wonderful way. I’ve loved watching her grow and learn and she’s just such a blessing and has brought my sister and I closer together.
In MARCH my company moved buildings and so my life was consumed with moving, moving, moving and then wedding planning. Nothing of note.
In APRIL I got to meet my blogging bff JEN from Makeshift Bookmark FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME and hang out with my other besties again — Anna and Tara — in Chicago for RT Con. This was honestly the most fun weekend I had all year and one of my best memories..and that’s saying something considering HUGE life changes happened!
MAY was definitely busy with wedding planning but we had a great Memorial Day with new friends! May also signaled the crazy in my life — mostly everyone at my company got laid off.
JUNE started off amazingly! I couldn’t get off the whole week for BEA but I went for a few days to go to some publishing parties & Book Blogger Con. It was so amazing to be reunited with great friends! It was the type of few days I really needed in the midst of crazy wedding planning. The rest of June was crazy awesome — we got our apartment that’s closer to the city & then I had my bridal shower.
And then AUGUST rolled around in all it’s glory and I LOST MY JOB a week before the wedding (knew it was coming), I got stressed induced shingles that week BUT I GOT MARRIED TO MY BEST FRIEND AND LOVE OF MY LIFE after dating for 5.5 years! We then went and honeymooned in Mexico!
SEPTEMBER brought meeting JOHN GREEN with Alexa and a ridiculously fun trip to DC for the National Book Fest!
OCTOBER brought all things FALL — we did pumpkin patches and pumpkin cookies and just all things Fall! I celebrated my 27th birthday and dun dun dun…Will got laid off (but got hired back within a month). Luckily the weather was beautiful so we did some hiking on our unemployed days together.
NOVEMBER brought our first Thanksgiving, family and lots of eating. I fell off the working out bandwagon.WOMP WOMP.
And DECEMBER brought our first Christmas, new traditions, and an end to a year that had really life-changing things happen. It sure had some real struggles, sleepless nights and days where all I could do was cry but I’m learning and growing and that’s really all that I can do.
I’d say the word that best sums up 2012 would be CHANGE. And, despite the fact that some of it on the surface seems like bad change, I’ve always personally welcomed change into my life because it means new experiences and that I’m not staying the same. So as hard as I’ve tried to hold on to some things this year, I’m letting them go in 2013 and embracing moving FORWARD — with a new perspective, hopefully a new job and new friends.