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Happy 2013

Dear 2012,
Things could have been worse. I’m not going to gloat about how good you were, but there’s really no reason to complain either. A year ago I was miserable and lost. Though sometimes I can still feel that, things are definitely looking up.Your positivity definitely outweighed your stressful events, and that’s all good stuff.

Now lets take a look at 2012 in bloggy recap style:

January // I started this blog on my mom’s birthday. It was an incredibly awkward experience and I wasn’t sure what it would turn into.
February // Our failed manatee viewing day was really fun even though we didn’t get any sea cow action.
March // My most popular post of 2012 was my tutorial on how to make simple yarn dolls from my childhood.
April // We moved, got our kittens (I need to post updated photos), and I shared the perfect way to make a cup of green tea.
May // In may I jumped on the “Are You Mom Enough?” bandwagon.
June // We had some fun flying kites with our friends, I opened my tiny shop, and little did I know that while I was writing about my baby fever I was actually growing a tiny embryo. 🙂
July // I wrote & vented about how to be a better guest at a restaurant.
August // July was slow, and I apparently took all of August off from blogging.
September // At the end of September, I came back to the internet and I announced my pregnancy.
October // We went on our family cruise to put my Omi to rest, Gaia was a mermaid for Halloween, and we found out we were having a boy!
November // I made my hatred for due dates publicly known, shared why I wouldn’t be cloth diapering this one right away, and finally found some peace regarding my ex-husband.
December // I participated in several swaps, shamelessly used my blog for charity, Gaia turned 5, and we spent Christmas in Ohio.

So ‘Sup @ 2013.
I have high hopes and fantastic goals for you. I am making this year all about self-improvement. I need to get normal again. I refuse to spend so much time suffering with the depression and anxiety issues I’ve had in years past. I’m going to work on improving my mental stability and my physical health. 2013, I’m going to kick your butt.

Goals (if I call them resolutions I’ll fail):
Meditate and do yoga. Work on clearing my head and making myself feel good. I used to do yoga regularly, but it’s honestly been about 5 years since I had a routine. I felt better then, and I need that feeling back now.

Start running again. I started running last spring, but when I moved and then was working and then fell pregnant I conveniently forgot all about it. That’s not cool. Running is good. I should run more.

Spend more time with family and friends. I’m a bit of a hermit and I think social interaction is needed. A majority of my anxiety stems from dealing with people, and I think I can maybe re-teach myself to be better at social interactions.

If all else fails, seek counseling and medication and stick with it. Being sad and feeling overwhelmed all the time sucks. I need to be able to successfully work and help out with our family’s income by the fall. We want to live more comfortably, and the only way to do that is to generate more steady income.

Craft or work kitchen magic at least four times a week. I miss creating things and enjoying my mad skillz. I totally have enough supplies to spoil our house with hand made goodies. It’s always been a  dream of mine, and I should get on that.

Covered in Grace



  1. You had a great year! Good luck on your goals for this next year, I need to get more active and start walking more once we get out of this neighborhood that we are in now!

  2. wishing you a happy 2013!! 🙂


  3. Love the way you wrote to 2012. :)I like your creativity goal – such a great one! Looking forward to your magic!

  4. What a busy year! I think your goals are good ones and will get you feeling more balanced again mind body soul.

  5. I love this summary. Congratulations.

  6. Our goals are really similar! I think I have mad skills to…lol!

  7. I love your goals. I too can’t call them resolutions because I won’t do it.

  8. I totally need to set aside time to craft too! I used to scrapbook all the time, and then I had a baby, lol! But my 3 year old loves to craft so maybe it’s something we can work on together!

  9. Congrats on your first year of blogging. It seems like you had a nice full year! May 2013 meet and hopefully exceed your expectations! Keep up the awesome work!

  10. Your goals for next year sound great, and easily achievable if you stick to them!

  11. Love your healthy goals. I want them all

  12. Seems like you had an eventful first year of blogging! I wish you luck with your goals for 2013.

  13. Oh, yay! I found a place where I can get to know you!

    I found you via the I Love My Post blog hop. I’m following you now, I hope you will follow me, too!


  14. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance. .Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that started. It’s Weekly Goals Link Up. It’s a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. 🙂

  15. Awesome post! Just got back from my trip…finally able to hop around from the 2012 year in review link up! Thanks for linking up with us! I’m a Happy New Follower!

    Ramblings of a Southern Belle

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