Lisa and Amber in Chicago for a girls weekend, hosted a book club where we read The Bungalow and the author Sarah Jio, actually called us, started the Joy Equation, and after more than a year of friendship and months of love letters, I met Hannah for the first time. My monthly goal was to create more time for reading.
balloon wreath for Ben's birthday in March. This is also how I learned craft stores give me panic attacks. This was also the month I was a finalist in the first annual Stratejoy Essay contest and although I didn't win I was very proud of what I wrote! My monthly goal was to go to bed at a decent hour.
Ben's 30th birthday, I took a trip to Williamsburg to visit Megan, and talked about brave I thought it was for her to move some place completely new. I also joined a Find Your Passion Work group. My monthly goal was to push myself with writing.
baby showers, April was kind of a rough month. I talked about how I thought it would get easier, and how who I am is not who I see. My monthly goal was to focus on being healthy.
90th birthday with a surprise party, and gave my two weeks notice at a company I'd worked at for over five years. Forget the month - all of that was within a one week time frame! My monthly goal: be kinder to myself.
a Chipotle burrito), re-invigorated my love for cheetahs by visiting the National Zoo, and started the sugar detox. My monthly goal was to be emotionally gentle.
the eve of their wedding, went to NYC for a day, got back into yoga, started working with a holistic health consultant, chose the Detroit Lions for my football team, mourned for Aurora, and savored moments while my niece was visiting. I must have been too busy for a monthly goal because I forgot to create one - whoops!
Amber and had so much fun with her and Mandy playing tourist in my own city. I declared myself the comeback kid (with a little tongue-in-cheek humor), completed the sugar detox, celebrated the first birthday of More Love Letters, and got back into knitting. My monthly goal was to take advantage of what's around me.
Ethan Stone, P.I. and I celebrated with Ben and Mike by attending the Baltimore Comic Con. I started blogging more regularly about PCOS, we had our first appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist. I celebrated my last birthday in my 20s, and had my first of many root canals. My monthly goal: take it one week at at time.
five years of marriage with a trip where we attended an awesome wedding, and I was mocked by a penguin. The month wasn't all fun though as I had another root canal, which definitely tested my monthly goal of breathing through my areas of resistance.
baseline testing, we celebrated Thanksgiving, I had yet ANOTHER root canal and talked about lessons my teeth have taught me. I kind of did the ten days of thankful (although I fell off the bandwagon a bit), and we took photos for our holiday card which was a lot of fun! My monthly goal was to put my health first.
This month was pretty emotional. We had our follow-up fertility appointment where we didn't get horrible news, but also didn't hear what we wanted. I dove into the second year of the 12 days of letter writing, I knitted like crazy, my heart broke for Newtown, and I talked about what it's like to be a warrior. I once again signed up for Stratejoy's Council, we attended a handful of holiday parties, and my monthly goal was freedom.
Tonight I will say goodbye to 2012, and hello to 2013 - I'm looking forward to what the new year will bring.
Happy New Year!