January 14, 2012

Happy 2012?

Justin keeps telling me that I should post something new on my blog but I've been hemming and hawing. Truth be told, I'm not sure what to post about. More stories of Aimee? Or my little niece Rowan? Or, perhaps, delve back into the reading and writing realm?

I don't know. I guess that's why I've been avoiding my little blog for the past week. I'm not quite sure what to say, what's right to say.

But, lately, I have been thinking a lot about 2012 and what I'd like to hope for and strive for this year. I noticed that a few of my friends have chosen specific words as their New Year's goals, which I think is a fantastic idea. Of course, when it came to choosing my own word, it took me a really long time since I'm the most indecisive person in the word but I've finally settled on one.

Peace.

Peaceful emotionally. Peaceful mentally. Peaceful professionally.

2011 wasn't a very peaceful year for me and Justin. It was a year bookended by tragedy--in January we attended his father's funeral and in December we attended his sister's. And in between, there were two trips to Afghanistan for him and some major writing woes for me.

That isn't to say we were miserable, of course! Because we've laughed and we've traveled and we've loved spending time together, whether it's on the couch or at the movies or gawking at giant sea turtles in Oahu.

But...it was a trying year. And it was made even more trying because I didn't let myself feel peace. Whenever I got angry with my writing, I let those feelings stew. Whenever I got frustrated with my mom, I let that eat away at me. When I felt disappointment, I let it takeover. Overall, I'm a rather happy and positive and upbeat person but 2011 tested that.

So, yes. Peace. I need that this year. Very much so. This will be tough for me since I'm the kind of person who's ruled by her emotions. (Did any of you ever take the color personality test? Yep, I'm a blue through and through.) But I really need a sense of peace to anchor me this year, so I can get through the hard times and keep a level-head during the good ones. Whatever comes my way in 2012, I hope I can face it with grace, with humility, and with peace.

Here's to a wonderful new year. I'm really looking forward to it.

17 comments:

  1. I'm sorry about the family tragedies that happened last year! I pray you have an amazingly wonderful, peaceful year this year.

    (Giant sea turtles in Oahu sound AMAZING.)

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  2. Thanks so much, Laura! I really appreciate your comment and I hope you have a wonderful year too.

    And yes, giant sea turtles are the best! Kind of want one as a pet... :)

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  3. Sorry you had such a difficult 2011. Hope you have a much better 2012 x

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    1. Thanks, Christine. Here's to a great 2012 for the both of us!

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  4. I am so sorry about your losses. Surely 2012 will be kinder!

    I am so glad 2011 is over, it wasn't a good year for us either--my hubby's sister died, too, plus he and I both had major surgery. And I had writing yuck too, with small publishers.Gah.

    Sending prayers and light for an all around better year!

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  5. Yes, I think 2012 owes you! Sorry you've had such a rough time Caroline, but I'm quite certain that the new year has a lot of positive things in store:)

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  6. hope you have a wonderful 2012 full of many happy memories.

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  8. I'm sorry about your losses in 2011, and hope that you will have an amazingly peaceful 2012!

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  9. I hope 2012 brings you lots of peace, in all areas of your life!

    Maybe we can even arrange a lovely peaceful writing retreat sometime this spring/summer!

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  10. You are a trooper, dealing with everything that was thrown at you in 2011. I hope 2012 is much, much better, and full of peace. ((hugs))

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  11. Allie2:33 PM

    I'm ruled by my emotions too... maybe you can help me figure out how to calm down. Hope 2012 is a better year for you and Justin. Miss you!

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  12. You may be indecisive but once you've made up your mind you stick to it. 2012 will be better because you will make it better. I hope you find peace in the little things, Justin's eyes, a hug from a friend, and Rowan's smile. Peace will come my dear friend. I pray it finds you all.

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  13. I'm so impressed with your strength in facing all of 2011's challenges, and here's hoping 2012 will take it a lot easier on you and your family. PEACE sounds like a perfect word, and I sure hope you find it in all the aspects of your life!

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  14. I received my birthday coupon for Anthro the other day and I instantly thought of you and our little shopping trip for your birthday. I, of course went in to take inventory and figure out what I might want to use my coupon on and I saw your coat. The beautiful white wool coat that I made you try on, it is still there. There is an Anthro in Old Town now so next time I'm up we'll need to take a shopping trips together. That was such a fun day and I hope you'll smile like that once more, soon. Love you!

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  15. Beautiful blog design! And of course, best wishes on 2012, and "peace" for you indeed.

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