Ringing in 2013

Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. — Michael Josephson

The new year is like a fresh journal with pages blank — this is your opportunity, what will you write? For me, a new year means a fresh start, a chance to try everything over again and a chance to try new things. Right now I have a few 2013 list items, but I am trying to cut down my list a focus on just a few.

2012 in a quick overview:
• Hosted my first Christmas.
• Saw Jersey Boys and Le Miserables.
• At work, kept busy, nomintated for the Employee of the Year, received a promotion and accepted nine awards in an Illinois marketing awards conference.
• Celebrated my sister's nursing dedication.
• Transitioned from my old blog to this new space.
• Short summer getaway with friends to Milwaukee Summer Fest.
• Visited Valentino Vineyards with my Mom.
• Vacationed in Cape San Blas.
• Nick ran numerous races, including a relay race from Madison, WI to Chicago (199 miles), an ultra-marathon (50K) in the mountains of Chattanooga, TN, and won for his age division, a 10K race in Indianapolis.
• Celebrated Nick's graduation from grad school and receiving his Illinois license.
• Planted in our first community garden.
• Visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple.
• Traveled on a family cruise — saw the Mayan ruins in Mexico, snorkeled the world's second largest barrier reef in Belize and atv-ed the Honduran jungle.

So many things to be thankful for in the year of twenty-twelve.

What were your 2012 highlights? Do you have any 2013 goals, resolutions or ambitions? I would love to hear, share below!

I want 2013 to find me as a better woman. As Oprah once said, "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."



  1. I love a fresh new journal! I'm glad you have a list of what all we did this past year, it's funny how easily I forget all the great things we did. We should make a 2013 bucket list.

  2. You have accomplished quite a bit in 2012! Congrats on all your work accomplishments too, I know you've been running ragged at work and it looks like it has been paying off...it also helps to love what you do and it seems like you have found a great fit. Also many travels and things to be thankful for this year. I like that you have it all documented from year to year as well. For me 2013 I will be caffeine free! (The final wean has been accomplished over the week of Christmas, but I did do a half decaf from Starbucks on my way home from work today!). And I am going to try to have one green smoothie a week, hoping to see your concoction soon! As always thank you for sharing so much, I love your blog! Happy New Year!