Goodbye 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

photograph for purchase by Mala Lesbia

This year was a pretty good one for me while nothing major happened I have felt really content the whole year through - and that sometimes can be the best thing in the whole world. As every year comes to a close I usually look back and can see there was a theme or a lesson of sorts that I needed to work through. In 2011 I think it was taking personal risks and believing in myself in a different way by starting my Etsy shop and this blog, working from home so I could continue to have my kids apart of all my moments and mostly just realizing that failure isn't nearly as scary as never having tried. All of that led to many good things for 2012: not missing a beat with my boys, a thriving shop and getting to know so many of you through your blogs and mine.  It may sound corny but I work from home and raise little ones at home, so having this blog has really been more of a positive for me personally than I ever would have imagined. I am constantly inspired/amused/validated/moved/entertained by all of you and it truly has made 2012 a great year.

Do you feel 2012 provided you with any lessons or skills you can carry forward into the new year? I think my lesson for this year was working on understanding the true meaning of having boundaries for oneself as well as not losing sight of my goals.

Any big new years night plans? This is one night I like to just stay in and kick it old school watching the ball drop with a bottle of wine. Have a happy and safe new years eve friends!

11 comments:

  1. The feeling is totally mutual, my dear. I'm always floored by how overwhelmingly amazing this little blog community is. I'm so happy to have found you this year! I'm so grateful to know you!

    Lessons learned this year? Hmm. Do what you love. Seriously, it sounds cheesy, but I needed to learn that one this year otherwise I wouldn't have started writing OR booked another trip to Paris. Life is too short to NOT do what you love. Definitely carrying that with me through the next year. xo

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    1. it feels kismet <3 one of my favorite new peeps. i have vision of us having a long over due conversation in paris someday. and you are so right, do what you love! that was what i learned too, i am so happy to take that with me for all the rest of my years. xo

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  2. You're so absolutely right - this year has been about finding out what failure is all about and that it's hardly as scary as people make it out to be. It's about putting myself out there and being very honest about who I am and what I'm about. It was a growth year and hopefully one that I'll look back on fondly when I'm old and decrepit and talking about my lost youth :)

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    1. it's really freeing isn't it?! i was always afraid to fail now i am afraid to not be looking for ways in which i might fail. better late than never i say, here is to 2013 and all the success and failures it has to offer. xo

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  3. I love your reflection on your year. Really, really nice. I had some struggles this year. Mostly work related and I ended up making the same choices you did. For me, it's always family first. And that feeding my creative spirit feeds the rest of us. My word for last year was meant to me "leap," and at first I thought it wasn't leap, but it really ended up being that way...just in an unexpected fashion. Happy, happy dear. Looking forward to many more happy, happys ahead.

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    1. i so agree about feeding your creative spirit feeds your whole family. i think when you are creative, you are conscious, you are proactive and that's such a key to being present for those you love. xo

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  4. This is such a wonderful post, Christine. I came here to wish you a happy new year and now I feel like I'm walking away with a little gift. Thank you. I feel much the same way you do about the blogging community - It is full of inspiring and generous people. I'm feeling grateful that we discovered each other just in time to ring in a new year together. Cheers to 2013 and happy new year!

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    1. oh theresa that is so kind. i feel really blessed to have met you. my life feel much more rich from our exchanges and i am so grateful to know i will have that in the coming year too. xo

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  5. Cristine i love your reflection on your year. Really, really nice!!!!

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  6. I'm so glad you had a wonderful year! And here's to another great one!

    The one thing I learned from 2012 is to "get out". Get outside, get out of the city, get out of bed. I try to make the most of every day by getting out. I thought I would be exhausted when Evan and I planned five events in one day but I found I was more energetic and excited. I get panicky when I am bored so learning to just get out and do something has been really beneficial for me.

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  7. Good to know that your 2012 was a good one! Mine was good as well. Although there are down moments, I had more ups as well. I don't usually make lists for the new year but for 2013, I have listed some as goals and reminders for myself. This year, I hope, is a better one to all of us. :)

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