That's it! That was the end of 2012! What a year it has been. For me, it was a year of discovering myself, of discovering what it is I want to do with my life, of taking chances, of making changes and sticking to them. It was the first year in my life since I was 3 years old where I was not enrolled in some form of education, and this was both frightening and enlightening. 2012 was the year I tried, and failed, to be a freelance translator. And while I know that the short period that I worked in the field may not sound like a lot to some and that it sounds like I just gave up, to me, it was plenty of time to figure out that it was not what I wanted in life. One of the best decisions I made in this past year was to stop trying out as a freelancer and dive head-first into my new job in IT. I have enjoyed every single step of the (sometimes steep) learning curve that working in IT has been for me, and I look forward to keep working here and learning more!
On a personal level, though the two levels are intrinsically intertwined, this past year was about learning to love myself again, and starting a new and weird and fun and exciting journey of losing weight, getting fit, learning about healthy living and food. So far, it has been a weird and emotional journey, and it has been successful in more ways than one, but it's one I will hopefully reap the benefits of in 2013, and in many years afterwards. In numbers, I have lost 17 kg and while this may not be an awful lot considering it took me 6 months, I would say I'm off to a good start!
One of my high-lights of the year, though, was getting engaged. I know we're not making a big deal out of it, and we'll keep the wedding small, intimate and casual, but still. It's the next step in our relationship, and one that simply feels right.
Though I don't particularly care for new year's resolutions, I've made a small list of them anyway. Just for fun.
- I want to spend more time knitting and crocheting, taking on more exciting and challenging projects.
- I want to eat healthier, and find more easy and healthy recipes I can include in our day-to-day cooking.
- I want to keep up going to the gym at least twice a week and want to do at least some sort of exercise every day. My goal is to log points on Fitocracy every day!
- I want to work on improving my photography, focusing on product and food photography. My goal is to have every recipe or tutorial I post on this blog up on Craftgawker, Foodgawker, Tastespotting or similar gathering websites.
- I want to spend more quality time with my loved ones.
- I want to save enough money to be able to pay off at least half my student loan. This should be doable!
In closing, I hope 2013 will be an excellent year for you and your loved ones! May it be at least twice as awesome as 2012!