Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Reflecting on 2012: Try, Try Again

When reflecting on 2012, I find it helps to ask certain questions. 

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
I ran a 10K. It was amazing! I've never been able to run that far before, so I was thrilled that I could do it.
Wasatch Wellness 10K
We also went to the Color Festival.
Cute little guy.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I wanted to run a 10K, and I did. I also wanted to finish my weight loss memoir, and I didn't, but I have more than 50K because of NaNoWriMo, so I'm going to counting that as a win. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. My sister had a 3rd child. A boy named Hamish. (Sounds like a book title.)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My sister-in-law suffered from a death in the family. 

5. What countries did you visit?
None. But I went to Disney World twice and I hiked to Calf Creek Falls in southern Utah.
Disney World in January. My friend Lisa flew me out.
Disney World, Oct. 2012
Calf Creek Falls

Hiking near Grand Escalante

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
More financial security. (This was my answer last year too.)

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My trip to Orlando in January. It was a unbelievable reunion between old friends.
And the first couple of weeks in July. It was significant deadline that was met. If it hadn't been met, I would be living an entirely different life.
As a man.
Just kidding. It just sounded like something terribly dramatic should punctuate that sentiment. Truthfully, it wouldn't have been as life-changing as a sex-change, but there would be remarkable changes if that deadline wasn't met.

Also, Layne's baptism on Dec. 1st. It a day after the 15th anniversary of Cole's baptism.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Running the 10K and teaching the creative writing camp at BYU.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I entered 3 writing contests and didn't win any.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I suffered a bout of depression off-and-on during January and February.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My school provided me with an iPad, which I love! But I didn't really buy it. I really like these shoes though.
Great summer wedges
Lots of height on these babies

And I finally got my ring resized. Thank you, zman.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Food, mortgage, bills...

Some went to shoes.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Going to Orlando and Disney World in Jan. and Oct. And I got to go snowboarding on the last day of the year!
Sundance. Dec. 31, 2012

14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
"Somebody I Used to Know" by Gotye. I liked it at first, but it wore itself out.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? happier
thinner or fatter? fatter (by 5-8 lbs.)
richer or poorer? poorer (Cole started grad school = More school loans)

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Relaxing during the summer. I also had the opportunity to learn how to scuba dive, and I wish I'd had enough money to follow through with that.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying about things I can't control.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
At home, then at my mom's.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
Doctor Who. Number 10, specifically.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
P!nk's "Try". The video is an interpretive dance of the lyrics, which is about the fire and struggles in relationships.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
  Avengers (thank you, Joss) and The Dark Knight Rises kicked it this year.  

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I'm 31. Cole took me to a fire-breather and thrower show in SLC, then out to dinner at Macaroni Grill.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I had won one of the writing contests I entered.    

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Dresses. Comfy cotton or knits.

26. What kept you sane?
My dog Spike, my kids, chiropractic visits and massages, writing, caffeine, exercise, therapy, and prayer. Not necessarily in that order.

 I highly encourage you to reflect on the past year. It's a great way to inventory the blessings and challenges in your life.

Happy New Year! And here's my athletic goals for 2013.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011. 
 I learned to let go of the things I can't control. Well, it's a work in progress. I've realized that I can control me, but nothing else in the universe. Accepting that helps let the other stuff go, creating a more peaceful and less-stressed me.

Also, if you want to be something, stop making excuses and do it.


  1. Great year! Great shoes! Great age! [how I did I not realize we are the same age?]

    1. Thanks, and I don't know. That's awesome. 31-ers rock.



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