2012. What can I say about you? The world didn’t end, so that’s good news. Honestly, 2012 was a fantastic year and I was incredibly blessed to have so many great experiences.
For Christmas, Santa brought Matt and I a little yearbook of our first official year as a couple. It is one of my favorite gifts ever. I cherish it so much because it is full of firsts and memories. Thanks to Shutterfly you can take a virtual peek into our family year book by clicking HERE.
This will become an annual tradition. Every Christmas we will get a book to reflect and relive on the past year spent together. I really couldn’t think of anything better. I can’t wait to see how our collection grows and the contents of the book changes.
In the spirit of reflection, I’d like to share with you a few things I learned this year. It’s not an excessive or elaborate list, but these lessons are worth their weight in Manolos and it would be rude of me not to share.
- Focus on making other people happy. (Yes this may seem simple (it is the golden rule after all), but when I have had an extremely long day of work, events, class, and running errands, all I want to do is go home and kick my heels off. Luckily I have a boyfriend who is so caring and sets such a great example, that when he asks me to swing by the store and pick him up some popcorn on my way home, I think to myself, what would Matt do? If I asked him to do the same for me, he would not hesitate at all and he would brave the scary grocery store to find me whatever I asked for. He would do it for me so I should do it for him.)
- Working at a place where you enjoy your coworkers makes all the difference.
- Taking a leap of faith can pay off big time.
- Reading signs while traveling is a major help…if you can read the language.
- Bribing yourself to get straight A’s in graduate school can really work.
- My body is a work in progress.
- Family is what you make it.
- One person can be the only person you need sometimes.
- Just because there is an open bar, doesn’t mean you should try one of every kind of drink. Mixing liquors = no good.
- Save money; it will help you out later.
That’s all I have for now. I hope 2012 was good to all of you! Does your family have a tradition of looking back on the year? Anyone else ever tried a family yearbook? Has mixing every kind of alcohol known to man ever landed anybody else with a 2 day long debilitating hangover?