2012 in Review

Don’t worry– I’m not going to talk about every single thing that happened in 2012, because a lot of things happened. I was in a show. I broke my foot. I went to New York for the second time ever in my life. I lost my job. I became a for-real writer. Not a run-of-the-mill year!

But I do want to talk about how I did on last year’s resolutions: be weird, live with less, and know what I want.

On being weird, I’m gonna give myself an A+. You have no idea how weird, crazy, and scary it was for me to venture out and be a blogger. I have never done anything even close to freelance before, and always worked at a steady job with a regular income (even in college), so this was a big step for me! My blog also helped me work through writing outside my comfort zone. (Yeah, believe it or not, dropping f-bombs was not in my comfort zone in January of 2012.) I let go of the fear of offending a few people and wrote with my own voice and humor, and it paid off big-time. Weird is the word, guys.

Living with less made a huge difference when I lost my job in July. We’d already cut back on a lot of things, but cutting back on a few more to make ends meet without a steady paycheck from me really didn’t seem that painful after the paring down we’d already done. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that my biggest gain in this area has been setting up a housekeeping routine for myself, and living without my maid service. I know, I know– that’s not a big deal for most people, and I was extremely blessed to have ever been able to afford a maid service, but I was totally used to it. It’s not my favorite thing to do without, but now at least I know I can!

I’m still working on that whole knowing what I want thing. Like most people, I’m very good at verbalizing what I don’t want, but knowing and verbalizing what I do want is harder– maybe because once it’s out there, I have no excuse not to go after it! More verbalizing, fewer excuses will continue to be a goal in 2013 (and the rest of my life, I’m sure).

How’d you do on your 2012 resolutions?

Here’s what else has been going on this week:

What I Wrote

I had to explain Grumpy Cat to my husband. And then I made one.

I attempted to create the ultimate holiday glut-fest dessert: cherpumple. (I failed.)

It’s a Christmas clearance sale miracle: stemware snow globe!

What I Watched

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Loved it! Lots of great characters, cool story, great scenery, and the ending was perfect.

The Dark Knight Rises – OMG, snore. So boring. It was mostly talking heads, very little blowing up of stuff. Needed more explosions, more character motivations, less gravelly-voiced pseudo-heroes. Blech.

Margin Call – The genre of this thing is “financial thriller.” I dare you to be thrilled.

Cashback – Robbie picked this one. If you’re into full frontal nudity, you might like it. I thought it was weird and sort of boring.

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking – These make me want to write scifi, like, really bad. Super cool and fun and brain-bendy.

Other Crap

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  • It is so awesome to see how you have really taken control of your own voice and online presence and been successful at both! You have also cleared some hurdles and not let setbacks stop you over the last year 🙂 I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for you and Robbie both! I look forward to cheering you both on in whatever endeavors you decide to try! All the best to you both!

    • Thank you @KE4ZNR:disqus !

  • You totally rocked those resolutions! Also, I can’t believe it’s only been a year since you started Pintester. It feels like I’ve been enjoying the kudos from people for directing them there for much longer. That’s right; I use your blog to make myself look cooler. Thanks for that, by the way.

    • Aw, thanks @twitter-1000866463:disqus ! Your directing-of-traffic is muchly appreciated!

  • Kate George

    Oh, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! I loved that. I am now going to buy a copy. Yes, right now!

    • Glad to do my part to stimulate the economy. 😉