I'd be lying if I didn't acknowledge that 2012 was a tough one for me, both personally and professionally. To say I'm healing from the death of my dad is a reach. A stretch at best. It is what it is. But one of the greatest gifts I received from my dad was that of positive thinking. My dad was an action-taker, and a worry-hater. He would encourage me to find what's been GOOD about 2012. He would remind me that there is SO MUCH to be thankful for. That my struggles are small compared to others. So here's to you, daddy.
2012 was the year Emily got engaged. I could not be happier to officially add Kevin to our family.
2012 was the year we got Nelli. She is such a joy in our lives, and I can't imagine our home without her. Well, I can . . . it would be neater. I digress.
2012 was the year we spent the summer exploring Michigan. We were on vacation 29 days. We saw so much of our beautiful state, and had some seriously needed R&R.
2012 was the year my family welcomed the beautiful Colton to the family. I could not be happier for my nephew, and my sister the proud g'ma.
2012 was another creative year for me, being part of the Webster's, Simple Stories, and Elle's Studio DT. I am thankful for each and every opportunity.
2012 was a year that I had the honor of teaching roughly 250 kids over the last two school years. Students who remind me why I do what I do . . . why I love being a teacher. I am so fortunate to be in a profession that puts me in contact with amazing people on a daily basis.
I am intrigued by the One Little Word movement for 2013. Of course I have a list of my sarcastic faves, but I will spare you that list. I also found this worksheet (teacher much?) about unraveling 2013 and setting goals. I'm not sure I'm deep enough to really get at my word, or the direction I would like to take. But it's worth a try!