I posted this awesome quote on my Facebook last week, and I feel like it sums up my 2012 pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good! I started off 2012 comfortably without a clue how things would shake up or shake out in the 12 months to come. To be honest, I didn't really have ANY of these changes planned--but this year has surely been an adventure! Here's how the big changes stacked up:
|Hold on tight! It's going to be an adventure!!!|
- 25 years I celebrated life (I can now say I am a quarter century old, how fancy)
- 3 homes/moves (life throws you curveballs, but I am happy to be a West Sider again!)
- 2 trips to the West Coast (San Fran and Seattle)
- 1 trip to the East Coast (DC with Marie!)
- 1 year of blogging! (oh the friends and adventures I've had along the way!)
- 1 major career move (looooove my new job!)
- 1 new car (finally laid Percy to rest! And purchased my first car)
Whew those are some major big girl changes! When I look back and reflect on the year, I can't believe how many unexpected events and experiences cropped up--but that's exactly it, someone with a Greater Plan decided to shake things up for me. Did I have to step outside of my comfort zone in ways I never imagined? You bet! Did I grow and become a better and stronger woman for it? ABSOLUTELY! I stretched, and overcame, and put myself out there. and created a more beautiful life by choosing to focus on the positives!
|Your journey is unfoulding exactly as it should be!|
Professional S T R E T C H
I left my first job I had from right out of college, only to be greeted by a tremendous team of supportive, hard-working, women who have grown to be an extension of family. Making a career move is certainly new, uneasy, and different--but it's often in that stretch that we grow exponentially! I am grateful for the opportunities I had during my first 3 years as a working professional and the lovely people who helped me along the way. In my new position, I have met so many wonderful people while networking and have such awesome mentors and encouraging women who want me to succeed in my career. 2013 I will begin my SEO training (*marketing nerd out moment*) and could just squeal I am so excited to take on that challenge! I am one lucky lady to have landed with my company and team of great people!
|My office all decked out by my co-workers on my 25th birthday :)|
I was extremely fortunate to be able to travel so much this year. I ventured out to the West Coast twice to visit my favorite cousins, once in San Fran (read my recap here) and once in Seattle (I am halfway through the recap post, I got distracted during the holidays, but stay posted it IS coming!)
|Gnarly shot I took of the Golden Gate Bridge!|
from "CLE Kids in San Franny" Post
|Marie and I in DC!|
from "10 Things I Learned in DC" Post
|Marie's niece, Stella, giving me a big DC welcome!!! What a cutie pie!!!|
My 2013 travel plans? ABROAD! It's my New Year's Resolution, and my thoughtful sister gave me a jump start with my Christmas gift and gave me the passport application and adorable passport cover booklet to remind me of my goals. Turkey here I come!
Creative S T R E T C H
|my favorite e.e.cummings quote, "It takes courage to grow up, and become who you really are."|
from "Screw Factory Artist Open House in Lakewood" Post
Personal S T R E T C H
I never came right out and wrote about it, but I am sure my dedicated readers and friends have put 2 and 2 together and figured out I had a lot of personal changes this year too. After 3 1/2 years of being with my boyfriend and 1 1/2 of living together, I decided to move back home with my parents in August. Living back at home with the roomies at 25 is certainly something I never anticipated after being on my own since 20. But, that's what family is for, to help you grow and stretch and love you through any change. Sure, everyone wants to give you their unsolicited 2 cents while going through a breakup--but thankfully my family and friends have supported all of my decisions and encouraged me along every step. I stretched, and grew, focused on myself, and took better care of myself rather than always trying to take care of someone else.
|Work it out, girl!!!|
The most important thing I learned from stepping into the uneasy and making these "big girl decisions"--was how incredibly resilient I am! That dedication to growth, and learning, and development is where the magic really happens!
|Remember your roots, and keep on growing!!!|
From "Monday Meditation: Remember Your Roots" Post
So my lovely CLE Believers, I look forward to kissing 2012 goodbye and stretching into 2013! May your year be productive, adventurous, positive, and happy! Embrace the change, and keep S T R E T C H I N G! Life is too short not to JAM! xoxo