When I think about my 2012 as a whole, I have such raw, all encompassing, downright intense emotions. Some stuff, I blogged about. Some, I held to myself.
Joy at a friend’s wedding. Anxiety from new grad school challenges. Love for my incredible husband, family, and friends who make me happy everyday. Shame felt for body image issues. Thrill during our Asia adventure. Excitement for the future. Grief from family members’ passings in January.
The steady constant has always been you, Weez. You hold me up when I’m down, and lift me higher when I’m happy. Everything is better because of you’re in my life.
But it’s time for a recount of photographed memories from 2012… here we go!
Jan: Priya visited us in Colorado
March: I flew to Texas to visit my nephew and fam
April: Seeing Obama in Boulder
Jan-May: Racing 5Ks on the PRS Fit team (best time, 20:32)
May: Attended Luke and Courtney’s gorgeous mountain wedding
June: one of Dad’s visits to Colorado!
June: Trip of a lifetime to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia
June: A quick weekend stopover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
July: 7-days in my old hometown of Singapore! I went to present research at a large conference in Singapore, and stuck around for a few extra days of vacation
July: Melon’s bachelorette party weekend in Madison, WI
July: Vegas for a research group retreat with my labmates and stayed for a few days of fun
August: 3-day backpacking trip on the Colorado Trail with Peter, Laurie, Nick, and Weez (Nick not shown)
August: my best friend’s wedding!!
Aug: exploring CO when my hilarious, fun, down to earth cousin came to visit us for a whole week
Sept: celebrated our 1-yr wedding anniversary with a lovely weekend getaway in Ft. Collins, CO
Sept: PRing at the Equinox Half marathon (time, 1:31)
Oct: PT surprised me with amazing tickets to see Madonna in concert!
Oct: Cheering friends on at the Boulder Trail Marathon
Nov: Hosted a surprise baby shower for my bff (/my godson’s mama)
Nov: Hosted FriendsGiving (and cooked my first turkey!)
Nov: spent Thanksgiving in IL with my aunt and extended family
Dec: spent every waking moment with this lovely lady before she moved back to France
Dec: celebrated our second Christmas married, with both sides of our families (aka, the best Christmas of my life)
Looking through the photos, it’s easy to see 2012 was spent surrounded by friends and family :) Just the way I want to live life! I wouldn’t be who I am today, if it weren’t for the people I am so lucky to have in my life.
Life has it’s hardships, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies; I cried with a heavy heart more than a handful of times this year. But those dark moments were lifted by all the warmth and love from happier times.
2012 was truly somethin’ else, and ya know what? I’ve got a good feeling 2013 might – just might – outdo the amazingness that was 2012. Cheers to the new year!