Good morning my fine friends! I hope this day finds you well. I know I’m in a good mood knowing that a low key and relaxing weekend awaits. Also that a new year awaits! Since this is the last Friday of 2012, I thought I would do a little Scenes from the Year post instead of my regular Scenes from the Week. Partly because I always love seeing other yearly recaps since, let’s face it, it’s easy to miss some cool things, and also because I realized I really needed this today.
You see, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this year. 2012 had quite a few moments I wish I could brush away. I dealt with some never-ending smaller frustrations like injury after injury after injury that just wore me down. Then there were also much bigger frustrations like some seriously stressful house problems. Our basement flooded with sewer water for practically 2 weeks straight a few months ago and we have to spend the next who knows how many months basically rebuilding the entire back side of our house.
Amidst all that, we also faced the tragic loss of Roxy which still leaves me with moments of deep sadness…and, won’t lie, guilt. And, while we aren’t sugar coating things, this year was probably my hardest year dealing with old mental demons in the past 3 years. I have had weeks upon weeks where I really feared that I was slipping back into depression. That doesn’t include some other very trying things going on with my family that I simply will not get into publicly on the blog.
Despite those things, I still know how incredibly blessed I am and refuse to let them define this past year. This past year certainly had some incredibly bright spots and lessons I value tremendously, which I know have led to growth I would not have otherwise experienced. So, instead of dwelling on the lows, I want to highlight those bright spots here and now. For myself…and for a fun way to end the year.
Celebrated Braedon’s First Birthday
And I refuse to believe he will be TWO in just a couple of weeks. Ahhhh!!!
Kicked off Best Body Bootcamp
April marked the very first round of Best Body Bootcamp this year and then I held two more rounds over the course of the year. I have SO MUCH FUN with these workouts and the interaction with the people who participate. I truly love love love what I do and having the chance to share it with many this way. I hope to make fitness more accessible and fun, which this seems to accomplish.
PS – Don’t forget to enter that giveaway that ends TONIGHT! And then registration ends on Monday.
Speaking of Blends…
I also had the best time at the Blend Retreat this spring and cannot wait to return in 2013. I cannot say enough about what a great experience the retreat is and how it truly brings the blogging community together. I think I did a pretty good job expressing my love in my two recap posts.
Which may very well be my first and LAST marathon, but whatever. It was an experience I will never forget. Although I do hope my body can forget it eventually.
Basically an adult’s playground and just the way we wanted to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. I think we had smiles literally plastered to our face the entire trip.
Words still fail me at how to capture the joy of that day.
A Runner’s Dream
Finally Meeting a Dear Blog Friend
Making those signs for the Chicago Marathon was pretty dang fun too. My weekend in Chicago was without a doubt a huge highlight of my year.
Celebrating Makenzie’s 4th Birthday
We attended a few special shows around her birthday, like Disney Princesses on Ice and Beauty & the Beast on Broadway.
That image reminds me of another blessing – joining a new church that we absolutely LOVE.
Fulfilling a Passion
I get to do what I love day in and day out. I get to be a mom and wife, while also spreading around my love for fitness with my online personal training. I would never have expected this blog and my online training to have gone the way it has this past year. All glory goes to God on that one! And in all things, really. I also feel incredibly blessed for the friendships it has established.
I got to visit Charleston with Peter for a fun weekend away and to race a neat race.
Then, finished out the year celebrating with friends old and new as well as my family that I hold so dear. Yea. Not such a bad year at all. I can say cheers to that!
Your Turn: What was the highlight of your 2012?