The toddler was successfully potty trained.
We took a fun family vacation to Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona for spring break.
My best friend from childhood visited me and we spent a weekend at Snowbird, including a day at the Cliff Spa.
Our family travelled to Chicago for two weeks.
I started running and triathlon training again and competed in my first triathlon after adrenal fatigue.
I painted a lot more and started sharing my art with people on this blog.
I ran my first 10K and half marathon.
My parents celebrated 50 years of marriage and I celebrated 19 years of marriage.
Oh, and I was fired from my job on April 9, 2012.
Of all the things that happened in 2012, getting fired has been the biggest catalyst.
I haven't written about getting fired because I was so upset and frustrated. I didn't want to write in anger and appear bitter or vindictive. But, I was both of those things for a long time. The crazy thing about getting let go is that it completely minimizes you. In my case I had no warning and was completely blindsided when I had worked so hard to show my employers how much I wanted to help the company succeed. In the end, though, I wasn't enough...and that's what devastated me.
Now, though, I can look back and see all the beautiful things getting fired taught me.
- Getting close to your kids and husband is fulfilling and joyful
- Nurturing talents feeds your soul in a lasting way
- Personal value is deeper than your career or job
- Meetings are overrated and more often than not—unnecessary
- Focusing on your blessings and helping others will always help you feel happy
Although I wouldn't wish that on anyone, I am grateful for the lessons I've learned about life, about human nature and about what's really important. I'm ready now and looking forward to the lessons of 2013.