While I can say that I didn't enjoy this past year, I cannot say it wasn't filled with huge, important life lessons. If I look at it this way, I might even say it was the most important year of my life.
I learned so much about myself in this year that I wouldn't have learned otherwise. I learned to trust in myself and the decisions I make. I learned to be grateful for every minute I am given. I learned to be thankful for what I already have, instead of longing for things I don't have. I picked up some new hobbies. I traveled a bit. I stopped being so hard on myself (I struggle with this often). I ate healthier, cooked more, and loved my body.
I learned how to deal with difficult people. I learned how to deal with difficult situations. I feel a sense of calmness in me that I've never felt.
When I look back now, I feel nothing but gratitude for all of these obstacles. I know it sounds cliche, but I really am a stronger person now because of them. I am afraid, but also extremely excited about what 2013 will mean to me.
Here some words that pretty sum up my thoughts during this year:
Here are some things that have made me smile throughout this year: (photos taken by either me or Greg)
Hobbies I picked up:
*On a side note, I'm hoping to post more frequently throughout the next year. Why I decided to start a blog during one of the busiest times in my life is beyond me. Once this moving process is over, I'll be sure to post more often. Please, bear with me! :-)