Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

My last post was 9/30/12.  Shameful.  Sort of reminds me of what someone says when they walk into a confession booth. I'm not even Catholic.

Anyway, I remember when it was the year 2000.  It was so strange having to write 2000 after only ever writing 19** your whole life.  Yet here we are, already at 2013?  Time flies. 

I don't typically make resolutions and I'm not doing anything differently this time.  However, I will be striving for improvements with some things.  Some things that don't necessarily have to be listed out here, but otherwise, the usual.  Focus on health, my passions, be a good present.  I often have a tendency to think too much, and sometimes get too wrapped up in "what if".  At least I recognize it.  Now to just refocus the energies.  I can do it.

Other than that, 2012 was pretty great to say the least.  The official ending of some chapters (thank you God!), and beginning of other pretty amazing chapters (again, thank you God!).  With a few hours left in the year, I thought it might be a fun idea to share a few photos of things that happened in the last 365 days:

Friends had babies.
I flew alone for the first time (to Germany!) and spent time there with my cousin Kate.  It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm most thankful to have done it.  I may never be in this spot again.....but then again.....who knows, right?
I finally got myself to the local sunflower fields after years of forgetting, bad timing, or whatever.  I'm glad I did it this year.
Unexpectedly met the most wonderful person who has made me feel like every love song was written by him for me.  The highlight of 2012 and really, my life.  Thank you, Breandan.  You are my person.
Even our dogs fell in love.
Took a trip to the beach with Breandan and got up to watch the sunrise.
Photographed for one last time, the corner where 34 years of memories reside for me.  Next time I go to Ocean City, it won't be my dad's place.  It'll be the beginning of someone else's adventure.  Bittersweet, but I'm thankful my dad can now enjoy the fruits of his labor and finally take time for himself.  Tears fell as I hugged my dad in the office that day. 
It was the very last time I would in fact, stand inside of Anderson's Exxon. 
Thanksgiving brought some reunions within my family that I am happy to have witnessed.
Thanks to God for these blessings and so many others.  Another year gone by but like a fine wine, we are just getting better with age.  Appreciate the blessings in your life and happy new year all year through!
Peace and love.