Another Year in the Books!

I say it every year, but I honestly can’t believe 2012 is over!

Last year, I put together a few resolutions, which I naturally forgot about a few weeks into the year, but now that I go back and look at them, I’m surprised at how well I did engraving some them into my daily lifestyle without even knowing it!

Just kidding. :)

Just kidding. 🙂

Let’s take a look:


  • Eat more fruits and vegetables – This happened. We try, at least. 
  • Eat more whole grains – I only buy whole grain noodles and try to eat whole grain bread when we eat bread.
  • Take yoga more seriously – This totally did not happen. Not really sure if it ever will, but I hope to be able to do some regular yoga in the upcoming year.
  • Ride my bike more often After Kevin got his bike, we hit the trails all summer long! 
  • Run the Susan G. Komen 5K – DONE! And so proud of our my time! I can’t wait to sign up for my next race!


  • Go to one new state – We went to Minnesota for a quick weekend trip, South Dakota to go storm chasing, Arizona for a bachelorette party, Massachusetts for my friend Katie’s wedding and I went to Virginia for the first time for work! We also went to the Bahamas for the first time! Check, check and check!
  • Explore Lake Saylorville I miss that dang lake.
  • Do something we normally wouldn’t do – we went on a few last-minute trips, does that count?!


  • Buy my own domain and self-host – Checkity-check-check-check! 
  • Write more consistently – I think I’ve done a pretty good job at this; I’ve posted at least twice per week each week. I’m hoping to do even more this year!
  • “Meet” other bloggers – Jess and I actually became really good friends in Des Moines and we miss her and Chris dearly!
  • Participate regularly in the blog world – I like to read blogs from start to finish like a book, which tends to lead to a lot of obnoxious comments. Sorry, Alyssa. 😉 
  • Save more money – Thanks to Mint, Kevin and I have been saving like crazy AND we hope to make a house purchase in the very near future! 
  • Use more coupons – Eh, I need to get better about this.
  • Cut out junk – Surprisingly, I’ve done really well at only buying necessities. And staying away from Target as much as possible.
  • Save for a new car – Ole girl is still kicking, but I have a nice emergency fund saved for repairs or a replacement should the time come! 
Random Ass Category
  • Be better about responding to emails – SO much better at this! If I see it, I respond right away if at all possible. 
  • Floss often – DONE! I’m really proud of myself for flossing almost every day. And I wear my retainer at night. I’m cool.
  • Stop biting my nails – They’re not as bad as they could be, but they could be better. It’s a nervous habit!
  • Try new foods – I like sushi now. And I ate an oyster. Enough said.

To be honest, I haven’t thought much about any 2013 resolutions. Like I said last year, I’m not huge on New Year’s resolutions because sometimes I feel like they are just empty words and promises.

Instead, my favorite part about the end of the year and the beginning of another, is reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the future. (I’m stealing this format from Alyssa because she rocks.)


I turned 23 and celebrated with some great friends in Des Moines. I also took Kevin to his first concert and saw my favorite band in the entire world.




I got a new job, purchased my blog’s URL, made enough food to feed a football team for just us two during the Superbowl and recreated my dad’s famous chicken wings. On a more depressing note, I went to Orlando without visiting [the real] Disney World and my favorite restaurant in the entire world closed.


Tried sushi and loved it, hosted my first blog giveaway, Gracie had eye surgery ( 🙁 ) and we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with my family in Chicago!



I declared 2012 as the Year of Travel, Kev and I “celebrated” being together for 4.5 years, I became a certified storm spotter (told you I’m cool), went home for Easter, purchased my first pair of wedges and taught my readers how to be a Blues fan.



I went to my favorite city in the world, New York City, went to the 9/11 Memorial, visited the Friends building, saw Jake Gyllenhaal in real life, ate the best burger of my life, watched the taping of David Letterman, saw 5 famous people in one day, and watched my favorite musical in the entire world live on Broadway. Also, my baby brother graduated from high school! (And I got my first speeding ticket.)


Oh you know, no big deal. We just got ENGAGED! And we went camping with our best friends.



Went to Destin with my incredible family, tried raw oysters, discovered the great Fong’s and Hessen Haus.



Started wedding planning, celebrated Gracie’s first birthday and went to Scottsdale, AZ for Katie’s bachelorette party.



Found out we were moving to Louisville, celebrated Katie and Jake’s wedding, poured shots at Cheers in Bawstun and picked a date for our wedding.



Packed for our big move, scored some Templeton Rye, ran our first race, went to our engagement party place for one last beer, “celebrated” dating for 5 years, visited Louisville for the first time and began house hunting.



Moved out of Des Moines, said goodbye to our friends and moved to Louisville. Oh, and Kevin turned old.



Celebrated Christmas with both of our families, took a fantastic family Christmas photo, put our first offer on a house and walked away, went on an awesome cruise vacation, went to Disney World, took a copious amount of time off work and my parents visited Louisville for the first time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith that being said, that’s a wrap, 2012! It was a great year, but I have a feeling 2013 will be even better. 😉

I wish you all a very happy and safe New Year’s Eve!

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2 thoughts on “Another Year in the Books!

  1. Congrats on a great year! I’m getting ready to write some year-end posts, too, just trying to gather my thoughts on all that’s happened. (I made the jump to self-hosting this year, too–any wisdom to share from that process?)

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