Happy New Year!

What a crazy week! Between getting sick, visiting my family, David getting REALLY sick on the last day of our trip, and making the 8 hour drive back, and returning to an apartment that looks like it’s ripped from an episode of Hoarders, it’s been quite the start to 2013. I’m happy to be home, but sorry the holidays are over, and kind of sad that I have to now face all of the stuff I said I’d deal with ‘after the new year’.

I really do love this time of the year. There’s nothing I love better than planning, and aren’t resolutions just plans for the upcoming year? I also like to think about what I did over the past year, and reflect on any lessons I could/should have learned from my experiences. Overall, 2012 was a pretty quiet year for me. I didn’t have any major breakthroughs in my personal life, or work, although I feel like I definitely made progress toward my goals. The best part about 2012 for me was that it was a banner year for a lot of my friends and loved ones. Helping them celebrate their milestones brought us closer together, and I feel lucky that I was able to devote a lot of my time and energy to being involved in their stuff.

2012 included:

+ 5 weddings, and 3 bridesmaid gigs. You know what’s amazing to me? It’s amazing that an event that follows such a traditional, prescribed formula – Ceremony, reception, food, speeches, cake cutting, dancing – can feel so personalized and special to a couple. From counting down to midnight on the dance floor at Jeff and Aimee’s wedding, spending the night before Elizabeth and Joe’s wedding having a heart to heart with Elizabeth about our hopes and dreams for the future, to seeing all of the stuff we’d helped Ryan and Gabie craft come together to create an amazing experience, watching my childhood best friend marry someone absolutely perfect for her, and laughing as Jason and David performed the Elaine dance at Jason and Kellsie’s wedding, every experience was so memorable and fun, and I feel honored to have been included, and grateful for the amazing memories! Even though I may have complained about the number of trips I had to make to David’s Bridal, I still loved every minute of being a bridesmaid – and I’d do it all again in a second.

+ A giant road trip that definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, and helped me feel a lot more confident about future trips. I’ve always wanted to take a cross country road trip, and now I know that I can. It turns out I love being on the road. Since I’m such a homebody, I never would have expected this about myself, but when the time came to come home, I could have kept going for another couple weeks.

+ Helping my brother move to college. It’s been a transition, but it’s awesome to see him doing so well, and loving school!

+ Staying in touch with my long-distance friends. Between Jessica’s trips to Raleigh, and our trip to Boston to see Liz, it’s hardly felt like anyone has left. I hope that this is a trend that doesn’t stay in 2012!

+ Got into a lot of healthy habits. I’ve been going to the gym regularly – or I was before Christmas – and eating well most of the time. I’m excited to continue this in 2013.

I’m excited to see what the upcoming year holds. I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty great.