Phew. Now that the holidays are over and I'm a little more settled, I think I might have some more time to focus on the blog. Maybe not because there never seems to be enough hours in the day but I'm going to try. That's all I can promise right now.
I haven't even had time to write my one word post even though I've chosen my word for 2013. I haven't finished any good books even though I'm in the middle of three of them. I never got Christmas cards out. My tree is still up. I have piles of laundry that need to be washed. I've been busy.
I want to start this year by looking back at 2012, even if I'm a week late. More specifically the last 6 months of 2012.
I started the year a little lost. I had just been promoted at a job that I truly loved but that I knew I wouldn't be staying in much longer. I spent the first part of the year trying to figure out how I could be happy in a place that simply wasn't home. I started focusing on the positive in my life and finding ways to either cut out the negative or simply make it more positive.
I spent most of the summer traveling for work and driving back and forth from Kentucky to Wisconsin for weddings, parties, and family functions. I moved into a wonderful studio apartment in Lexington just before the Fourth of July and then traveled home for my sister's wedding.
Let's be honest - for a variety of reasons, that wedding was the turning point in my year.
It made me realize that all of the driving back and forth was insane and that I really just wanted to be back by my family and friends. I was missing things that I couldn't stand to miss anymore. It was after the wedding that I started looking for the right job to bring my back to Wisconsin more seriously.
It was because of the wedding that I met the wonderful man that I am still dating. Who knew that after all the crappy dates I've been on in the random states of lived in the guy that I really wanted to be dating was busy living with my new brother-in-law during college?
2.5 months ago, I decided to take a huge leap of faith. I gave my preliminary notice at work, found someone to sublease my apartment, and applied for a job that I thought I might really like in a place I had never seen before that was only a few hours away from my family and friends (and yes, my boyfriend.) I interviewed for the job, gave my actual notice, and got offered the job a week later. I haven't looked back. I have never once questioned my decision to move back.
It's hard to believe that I've been back in Wisconsin for 7 weeks already. In some ways, it feels like I've always been here and that the years I spent down South are all a dream.
If 2012 was all about finding positivity in my life, I think I succeeded. What does 2013 hold for me? Check back Wednesday when I finally get around to revealing my word for the year!