I hope you had a wonderful holiday! First, I want to say something to those of you receiving this in your inbox. It’s been almost a year since I wrote here, and for that I apologize. (You’ll learn more about that if you keep reading…)
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Okay, enough of that. I thank you if you’re still reading! I wrote previously about how to do an end-of-year review. I won’t rehash it now, just go ahead and check it out, and come back here. I’ll wait.
So. 2012 was one heckuva year for me. Actually, it goes back to about halfway through 2011, but I think 2012 was the true test of my strength. It was HARD. It was miraculous in that I was blessed with a perfectly healthy, happy baby girl who couldn’t wait a second longer than 36 weeks before she came into the world. But I’d also buried my paternal grandmother, who was the only grandparent that survived past my age of 8. So for 26 years, she was it. No, she never got to meet my daughter. She never even got to know I was pregnant.
We moved into my grandmother’s house, after (too) MANY months of remodeling/redecorating. We had two huge garage sales, and still have a ton more stuff to go through. My Grammy was here for 60 years.
I sold a painting. I also got licensed with a fabulous company that produces (and successfully sells) all kinds of cool stuff with my art on it. I also put together a Zazzle store (or two or three still in progress), and have sold products there as well.
I had to say goodbye to the one greyhound that “picked me”. Had her for 10 years. She was amazing, and I’ll never forget her.
I made lots of polymer clay stuff. I went to teach at a senior living community, and taught my ladies there all sorts of cool things to make.
I put in an application for teaching at a new community arts center in my city. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a gig or two there that will happen in 2013, which is way cool.
FAR cry from where I was in mid-2011, having worked with Darren Rowse of ProBlogger for almost 6 years, then with Blog World Expo, Tassimo, Country Time Lemonade, Gevalia, LiveNation, and some super cool startups I’ll be telling you more about soon enough… and then very little in the blogging/social media realm at all this year.
For the most part, I spent the year building a baby in my belly.
Not that I didn’t try, but it was quite the emotional year for me, and to be honest, now that my daughter’s here, and she’s healthy, I’m totally ready to say goodbye to 2012. It’s so bittersweet, because my baby girl made ALL the hurt go away. But I certainly didn’t forget.
However, it’s now time to move forward, and despite the fact that any time I’ve made “resolutions” I’ve failed at keeping them, I still see every Jan. 1 as a blank slate. Time to do some major life designing!
In the next day or two, I’m going to share parts of my plan. One thing it does involve is me talking more with you here, on the blog and in the newsletters. You’ll hear from me more often, be it en masse, or individually. I want you to know that my email “door” is always open, and you’re free to comment here or contact me any way you wish. I love having real conversations, and unless I’m feeding or changing the baby, I’m here for ya!
Please start thinking about 2013, the things you want to learn, know, do, and share. That’s what I’m doing, because I always need a plan!
Thank you again for staying subscribed, if you are, and I look forward to connecting with you all very soon!