so long, 2012

Another year has come and gone. At first thought it seems like it happened in a blink of an eye; but when looking back on where I was on this day one year ago, there is no denying that this has been the longest, most intense year of my life. I began the year in anticipation. Although I might not have seen it at the time, I glistened with the glow of pregnancy and overflowed with love and bliss. I was the happiest I had ever been. I had the highest hopes for what was to come.
For the most part, 2012 was everything I dreamed it would be. I became a mother and a lawyer. I said goodbye to one beautiful land and hello to another. I created wonderful memories with family and friends. But it wasn’t all easy. There were more than a few times when my inner strength was tested. There were times when people let me down; times when I felt that one last gust would make me shatter. I mostly avoided talking about life’s more difficult moments on this blog, not because I wanted to paint a picture-perfect life, but because I’ve always been good about filing away the negativity in the deep dark corners of my brain. I’d always rather carry burdens on my own, rather than create even more negative energy by causing people to worry. I guess I get a lot of philosophy from Pennywise songs, and this one in particular comes to mind as I talk about these things:
I have learned a lot in 2012- about life, love, friendships, and how much I can handle (which at this point I think is pretty much anything.) I’ve learned that making your year (or life) awesome, isn’t always easy. It takes a lot of energy and sacrifices. There will be setbacks, and you don’t always get back what you put in. But when you look back and realize how far you’ve come, and when you’re able to find happiness in the things you have created for yourself, it’s all worth it.
At the end of 2012, I find myself in a brand new place, far from everything I’ve ever known. I have countless adventures ahead of me. I have a law degree under my belt that I can’t quite use yet. I have a beautiful almost-toddler who I adore more than anything in this world. I have the most amazing family and friends rooting for me back home. 
2012 has been a crazy year. 
It has been the best year, 
but I’m glad it’s over. 
It was exhausting. 
I’m ready to start the next chapter in my book of life. I’m ready for 2013. It has A LOT to live up to, but I have high hopes. After all, 13 is my lucky number. :)

Highlights of 2012:

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Comments

  1. says

    Erica! I love this posting. It had a different take, now that I’ve gotten to know you better. I don’t think you’ve given yourself enough credit either! You are most definitely the strongest woman I know and I am looking forward to being a part of your 2013!

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