2012 is going to go down in history. (My personal history, that is.) As bad as 2011 was to me, that’s how good 2012 was. I ended 2011 sad and discouraged. I end 2012 bouyant and on top of the world, for one reason: this was the year I got my baby. Oh, it wasn’t the easiest road – Peanut was a teeny little 31-week preemie who spent seven grueling weeks in the NICU. But since I’ve spent the vast majority of 2012 being wildly happy, first to be pregnant and then to be a mom (especially after Peanut came home from the hospital), I’m calling this year the biggest WIN ever.
Oh, but I did have some goals that I set at the beginning of the year, and then revisited six months in with a progress report. Now I’m ready to look back on the year and see how I did. Here’re my grades…
Goal: Clean up categories and redesign blog to look less like a strictly-food blog and more like the creative space I envision when I write here.
Notes: I made time for almost all the blog clean-up I wanted. I did reorganize the categories and the tag cloud, and I added a Goodreads widget, so the blog doesn’t look like a food blog anymore (since it’s not a food blog anymore). I’d still like to shoot a new header, so maybe I’ll find the time to do that this coming year.
Goal: Finish painting! And plant a gigantic vegetable garden.
Notes: I only painted one room: Peanut’s nursery. Well, to be honest, hubby painted it while I watched. And while it’s super cute in there, the rest of the house is desperately in need of some love. The builder bland look is SO not my bag of chips. I set a goal of painting the master bedroom purple before I turn 32, but as for the rest of the house, I’m seriously considering hiring someone. Normally I’m very much against paying someone to do something that hubby and I could do ourselves. But I think the time has come to admit that we’re just not going to do this and we need to call in a professional and just get the job DONE already. And as for the garden, hubby kindly planted me one while I laid on the couch, having been knocked sideways by spring allergies and first trimester exhaustion. But the northern Virginia sun done burned it all up. Boo, sun. I think our cauliflower is finally coming in, though, ten months after planting. So…
Goal: I’d love to run another half marathon, if circumstances are right.
Notes: When I wrote “if circumstances are right,” I secretly meant “if I continue to be irritatingly un-pregnant.” I knew that 13.1 miles while preggers, which some women don’t blink at, was beyond my capability. But I figured that another half mary would be a good distration as long as I wasn’t knocked up. However. The pregnancy gods finally smiled upon me and I spent the bulk of the year either pregnant, trucking to the NICU, or caring for a baby at home, so the half didn’t happen. I’m not planning one for 2013, but maybe 2014.
Goal: Plow through my to-read list and make some headway on reading the books I already own.
Notes: The main driving force behind this goal was a desire to save money and stop buying so durn many books. I achieved that by going nuts at the library. So I think I complied with the spirit of the goal. And I did read a handful of books from my to-read list. This one was a solid effort, although I can do better. I have a lot of books that I actually own and would like to read, so I think I’m going to revisit this goal in 2013.
Goal: Wake up smiling and live each day with exuberance.
Notes: It helped that I spent most of this year enjoying an easy pregnancy and a mellow baby. Aside from the seven depressing weeks in the NICU, I’ve had a wonderful year, which made it easy to smile most days (unlike 2011, when my facial expressions pretty much cycled between scowl, frown, and whimper). I’m not sure I am at a point where I can smile even when life throws me tough circumstances – goodness knows I didn’t smile much between August 21st and October 11th this year – but at least I know I can appreciate the good when it comes. I hope 2013 is as good to our family as 2012 was. I’ll split my face from grinning.
In my post welcoming 2012, I mentioned that I had a big dream I was cherishing for the year, and that I’d tell you what it was if it came true. Well, it came true. I’m finally a mom, and motherhood is every bit as magical as I’d hoped it would be. Peanut has lit up hubby’s and my life, and we’re so in love with her we can barely function. And I promise no more secretive hinting – all my goals and dreams for 2013 will be out in the open!
How was your 2012? Did you meet your goals? Or did you fall a little short, but feel great anyway? Share with me! (Please.)