Reflections, 2012: A Year In Review

2012 passed by so incredibly quick, don't you think? It seems like only yesterday I wrote a post about the changes I would make in 2012. Some of them came true, others did not, so this year, I am not making any big promises that I cannot keep.

The year ended with immense tragedy that we're all still struggling to make sense of. December was more emotional than other years, filled with lots of tears, laughter, and happy times with the entire family. The only thing I have learned from all of this is how important it is to cherish every moment. And that's my only resolution for 2013. I'm going to enjoy it all. Or try to, anyway. And I'm going to remember the importance of putting things in perspective. When you do that, you see how you really have nothing to complain about. And that everything you need... you already have.

Here are some of my 2012 highlights:

This year, I discovered my new favourite show ever, Mad Men. And then I discovered another incredible show, Homeland. And now I cannot wait for 2013 so both these shows can start again!

I talked about the Wonder Years, and the importance of friends.

And I made a list of the 36 things I love.

Thanks to some amazing sponsors, I attended Mom 2.0 in beautiful Miami. This was one heck of a conference filled with incredible, inspiring speakers and attendees.

Of course, what would the year have been like without a war or two on something as ridiculous as... Nutella? That's right, things got heated in the kitchen.

I shared with the world my embarrassing celebrity childhood crushes  because well, as a blogger, that's what I do... I share my most embarrassing stories with you, so you can laugh
at with me.

I also wrote about all the songs that define me, because I am passionately in love with music.

Volkswagen Canada sent me to Mont Tremblant to be their official blogger for the 24 hour skiing event, and over 2 million dollars was raised to help sick children. It was such a great honour to be a part of that, and it was awesome to go skiing again.

I co-hosted the morning show on DAWG FM here in Ottawa (with an old friend I worked with years and years ago!)

I talked about the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone.

I blogged about what I want my boys to remember when they're older.

I made new amazing memories in south Florida with my family.

I had a great night out and shared many glasses of wine with Mr. Wolf Blass. Yes, the man behind the Yellow Label is just as charismatic as you'd imagine. He's quite inspiring, too.

I happily continued to blog about everything to do with shopping on my Yummy Mummy Club shopping blog.

I blogged about my love for Canada... and continue to give thanks for living in this awesome country.

I went to NYC for BlogHer 2012. I had an amazing time, and even danced with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

I attended and was a speaker at the third annual BlissDom Canada conference in Toronto. That was one amazing and memorable weekend in 2012.

I wrote about the truth about motherhood. We're all in this together, after all.

And I talked about the lazy, hazy days of summer. And also, how to vacation with children.

Mastercard sent me shopping, too. It was a blast!

I hosted a few events, I cheered loudly at every single one of my son's soccer games, and I didn't miss one swimming lessons that my boys atteneded. It's not only the big things that made 2012 a memorable year; it's the little things, too, those day-to-day events that take place that make the great memories.

My wish for this upcoming year is that everyone has more time to enjoy it all... and I hope for so much peace in the world.

Cheers to 2013!
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Mamarific said...

Great list...sounds like you've had an incredible year! Best wishes for 2013. Glad to find you through Mama Kat :)

Carol said...

I agree! 2013 should be the year to enjoy and make it a good one. Sometimes we make our New Year's resolutions too far out there. I like the idea of taking it one day at a time. Reflection can take place at the end of the day.

Alisha said...

Great list for sure. I am going to go back and read them all.

I am there with you in making 2013 just a good one. Sometimes we get side track off of the road with all the good stuff...good thoughts...just the good because the bad stuff takes 2013 is the year of the good stuff for sure.

Cheers to you!!

Here from Mama Kats...looking forward to browsiing.

Kim @ This Belle Rocks said...

New to your blog, so I'll have to go check out your posts about music and embarrassing childhood celebrity crushes!

Here via Mama Kat. I didn't get to submit a post this week, but still wanted to participate by visiting folks :)

Mama Kat said...

Wahoo for sponsored trips, TV shows, and you still had time to create great content. Here's hoping 2013 is even better!

Scary Mommy said...

I want to see more of you in 2013!!! XO

Tina @ Life Without Pink said...

Sounds like you had a pretty exciting year! Can't wait to see what 2013 brings for you. Happy New Year!

Avitable said...

My 2012 was all about depression, so it's nice to read a recap with a happier note!

anymommy said...

An awesome year ... I hope this one is just as good.

designHER Momma said...

I love ya. And am glad to know you another year. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Great list! Loved discovering your blog this year.

Stephanie said...

Oh what a fun and fabulous year. Here's to an even brighter and enjoyable 2013!! (oh and I'd love to hear more about Mom 2.0, I was just looking at that conference yesterday!)

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

You haven't done anything interesting this year, have you:)