I have filled out this same Year In Review on New Years Eve every year since 2008. I’m not even sure where I found it, but I’m sure it was on LiveJournal since that’s where I’ve posted it every year. I thought I would post it here this year in my new blog (as of this year). I took out a few insignificant questions and added a few others, as well as re-ordered the questions.
Where do you live now?
Nashville, TN – in our home for 2 years this month
Where did you begin 2012?
David and I spent our New Year’s Day in our home. We stayed up until midnight then promptly went to bed like old folks.
What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
Engaged to David, together for 3 years at that time.
Where did you go on vacation?
Savannah for the wedding in February
Center Hill for crafting weekend in March
Las Vegas for MMS in April
Orange Beach for Labor Day in September
Detroit for David’s Grandma’s funeral in October
Detroit for Thanksgiving in November
Did you know anybody who got married?
David and I in February
Megan and Todd in December
Did you know anybody who passed away?
Lucy Proffitt (David’s maternal grandmother) on October 8th. She was 94.
Any new additions to your family?
Have any life changing events in 2012?
Getting married in February
Weight loss surgery in July
How old did each member in your family turn this year?
Tonya – 35
David – 42
Shelton – 13
Copper – 10
Penny – 5
Dad – 65
Mom – 58
Matthew – 28
January – Game Night with the Introverts
February – Wedding in Savannah
March – Crafty weekend
April – Las Vegas for MMS
May – Gisel & Devin visited
June – Dad’s 65th Birthday
July – Surgery July 23rd
August – Wilson County Fair
September – Orange Beach trip for Labor Day
October – David’s Birthday at The Melting Pot
November – Thanksgiving in Detroit
December – Gingerbread Housemaking
What was your best month?
What has been your favorite moment(s)?
Marrying David and the whole Savannah vacation
Thanksgiving with David’s family
Christmas Eve and Day with my family
Gisel and Devin visiting for a week
Describe your birthday.
Pie in the Sky Pizza with the family
Favorite Night[s] out?
Savannah nights with the family, especially the ghost tour
Little Black Dress Club events
What’s the one thing you thought you would never do but did in 2012?
Finally be approved for weight loss surgery
Made new friends?
The Chandlers – we met them late last year but really got to know them this year
Jennifer – My closet mate at work
Were you in school (anytime this year)?
No school, but I took a few classes at work.
Did you have to go to the hospital?
Yes, I had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery on July 23, 2012.
Did you have any encounters with the police?
What sporting events did you attend?
Did you make any major purchases?
The wedding was definitely a major purchase.
We also had to pay nearly $4K to get my Volkswagen’s transmission replaced.
We purchased new chairs for the living room.
I bought a new Alienware laptop.
Change your style?
I had a keratin treatment in May that straightened my hair for a while. It was cool while it lasted but really all I wanted to do was control the frizz. The wearing makeup thing that I did in 2011 didn’t seem to carry over very far into 2012.
Start a new hobby?
I can’t say that I started anything new this year, but I did read more this year than last year. I got a Kindle for Christmas last year that I have thoroughly enjoyed. There are a TON of free and lost cost books that I discovered this year that I might not have ever read if I didn’t have a Kindle.
What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
What was the best way you used your time this past year?
Writing and blogging
What was an unexpected joy this past year?
Getting back into writing has truly been joyful for me. Writing daily in the months of October and November were very rewarding for me, but I found that having a daily writing prompt is what I need to write every day. Halfway through the month of December, and I haven’t written anything!
What was an unexpected obstacle?
The first year of marriage.
In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?
I learned that I have many flaws that I need to learn to control or change. I am not easy to live with, and it’s not always easy to live with others. I need to manage my expectations of others better.
In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?
With blogging again, I got back into the root of my Christianity. I sought out a new church that fits my beliefs. I am still learning every day to just love people no matter what.
In what way(s) did you grow physically?
I shrunk physically more than I grew, thank God! For a while after my surgery I was into exercising again, but when Fall hit I got back into my old routines.
In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
I have learned that with some people in my life, I have to stop projecting my expectations onto them or stop predicting how they will react.
What was biggest thing you learned this past year?
I have a food addiction that weight loss and surgery will never “cure.” I learned that just like any addiction, I need to focus on one day at a time.
I’ll say it again: I try not to live with too many regrets. Just learn from them and move on.
Are you happy to see 2012 go?
I always look forward to the future and a new year.
Overall, how would you rate this year?
This year was pretty awesome again. David and I are still learning to live together, even after two years. It’s proven to still be a big adjustment for both of us, but it gets better every day.
I no longer feel like a newbie at work and definitely more comfortable with my role.
Create a phrase or statement that describes 2012 for you.
Just For Today
2013 and Beyond
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
Cook healthy meals
Usually the same each year, but I’m adding a few more items this year:
Be more patient
What do you want to change in 2013?
Lose weight, save money…but what’s new with that?
What are you wishing for in 2013?
Health, love and happiness
Notable Books Read in 2012
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson – I discovered Jenny Lawson in 2011 when several thousand other people discovered her when she posted her blog entry, And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles. Her humor amuses me to no end, and I wish my style of writing was like hers. I patiently awaited the release of this book and was lucky that it came out the week that I was on vacation. I laughed so much that my husband read the book and insisted that his mother read it, as well. Her sense of humor isn’t for everyone, so if you’re not familiar with her, I suggest that you check out her blog first, because her book is very much like her blog entries. She is brutally honest about her relationship with her husband, as well as her struggles with depression and illness.
- Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue – I came across this book thanks to one of the Kindle newsletters that I receive for discounted and free Kindle books. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of it before, as it seems to have garnered a lot of publicity when it came out 2 years ago. The story is told from the perspective of a five-year old boy who has lived his entire life in a single room due to his mother being kidnapped 7 years prior. I really learned to view life from a whole different perspective in reading this book and counted my blessings in the ‘normal’ life that I have lived.
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker – This book was discussed through an online book club that I follow. The idea is that the author took 7 areas of her life and concentrated on one a month to see how she could live a more simple and less excessive life in each area. It’s truly a learning experience in the materialistic ways that we have become accustomed. I have yet to have tried my own 7 experiment, but the book still resonates with me.
- The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson – I found a link to this book sometime in 2011 and bookmarked it on Amazon. When I got my Kindle and an Amazon gift card for Christmas last year, I decided to give this book a try. I was reminded after reading the book that the author is the cousin of a co-worker of David’s. I enjoyed this book because of the quirkiness of the family in the book. The parents raised their two children in a unique way, but the children longed to just be normal.
- The Quickening by Michelle Hoover – I really don’t know what drew me so strongly to this book. This was another Kindle deal that I found that I believe was a freebie at the time. The genre is historical fiction, and focused on the lives of two women over the course of several years. I enjoyed stepping back to what life was like nearly a hundred years ago and to see how different it could have been if I was born in a different time.