End of the Year Post #1: 2012 Reflection

Consider this Part 1 of a three-part New Years series. The first is a reflection on 2012, and the second will be my year in numbers, and the third my hopes and goals for 2013. 

Oh, 2012. What a year you were. Years from now, if I look back on 2012, I’m not sure which parts are going to stick. It was the year of drastic life changes. It was the year of running. It had some of the hardest things. It had some of the most awesome accomplishments. It was a year of goodbyes, and a year of fresh starts.

One year ago, I had a different job, different apartment, and different relationship status.

I ended a 4 year relationship. I left a job I was at for 7 years. I moved into a new apartment and went back to living on my own.

There were some days where I felt like 2012 was a lot of steps backwards for my life.

Later I was able to realize that each of those steps was really a step forward toward where I want to ultimately end up.

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2012 wasn’t just a year of loss and start-overs. It was a year of accomplishments.

I started a new job that I truly enjoy. I have an apartment that’s all my own, in a neighborhood I absolutely love. I ran my first marathon. I traveled several times. I crossed off 14 things from my Life’s List, and surpassed my 12 Things in 2012 goal.

I think if I had to sum up 2012, I’d probably say two things:

  1. It was the year of necessary changes.
  2. It was the year of races.

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And maybe the second was my way of making it through the first.

All in all, 2012 was a monumental year. A reset year. I’m ready for 2013!

The Year In Review

I know I’ve been MIA for a while, but I’ve had quite a lot going on in my life. Since my last post, I ran a half marathon in Las Vegas, lost my job, got a new job, partook in at least 4 different holiday celebrations, and managed to keep working on things from my list.

Since New Year’s Eve is a good time for reflecting on the year, I thought I’d do a little recap of the year’s highlights.

  • Dance Experiment – DE was definitely one of the highlights of my year. I met 21 amazing new people, performed on stage at the Park West, and unbeknownst to me until several months after the fact, also accomplished something else from my list that night – receiving a standing ovation! (Check out the edited photo and original by Rich Chapman, which helped me realize this accomplishment!)

  • Running It’s no secret that running played a big part in my life this year. At the start of the year I had never run farther than 6 miles, and by year’s end I have 2 half marathons under my belt, I’ve almost reached my goal of a sub-30 5K, and I completed a 20-mile training run, in the snow! While I’m still slow, and I still can’t say I love running, I will always attribute 2011 to the year I first could call myself “a runner.”
  • 12 Things in 2011 – My biggest project of the year was to cross off 12 things from my List this year. Not only did I surpass that goal, but I also am well on my way of crossing off two more in the first half of January. (Run the Disney Marathon and go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.) This year had quite a few ups and downs, but the focus I was able to place on accomplishing these things really helped me stay positive through the rougher times and left me with the feeling that the year was a success.

That said, successes are not always possible without some failures as well. Here are a few of the things I attempted but did not accomplish:

  • My knitting project  – It’s over a year later, and my scarf is still incomplete. 
  • Running a 5K in under 30 minutes This one is not for lack of trying. I ran as fast as my little lungs would take me, and I missed my goal by 7 seconds. But, I think I’m okay with this particular failure because my focus this year was on distance, not speedwork. I think if I could get this close without speed training, it’s definitely attainable in the near future.
  • Learning to write with my left hand – another story of another abandoned project. Not something detrimental, and I can always pick it up again later. It’s just more proof that I don’t always accomplish everything I set out to do.
  • Become a godmother – Clearly this is one outside of my control. But in a year where at least 5 of my closest friends and my sister had babies, this was not the year of the Godmother for me. Maybe this is something that will never happen for me, but it’s not something I’ll take off the list because you never know if/when it might happen.
  • Watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy – I’ve tried. I keep trying. I just can’t make it through the first movie without falling asleep or getting bored and distracted. This might be one of those items where eventually I realize it’s just not worth it, and take it off my list completely. But for now, I might give it one more shot.

Overall, I think the year was a success, and I plan on doing 12 Things in 2012, too, so be sure to stay tuned.

Happy New Year!