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2012 Reflections: A Year End Review

2012 Reflections: A Year End Review

What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Place first in a race! I wasn’t able to do it by myself, though. It took 3 other girls who run much faster than me. :) We ran a relay race through Rutherford County, and we were the smallest team to compete (we had 4 runners, most had 5-10), but we still placed first in our category – women’s ultra team!

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
You can read my original resolutions here.
1) I did not reach my goal of running 1,000 miles in 2012 and completing my first full marathon. Halfway through the year I fractured bones in both of my legs, which took me out of the running game for two months. After that, I struggled to get back into the groove, so no check mark on this one.
2) I give this one a half star. I began the process of detaching myself from certain friends I prefer not to carry on a relationship with any longer, but I’m no good at quitting anything cold turkey, so this one will take time. I also did much better at seeing my in-town friends and staying in touch with those in other cities and states, but there’s still room for improvement.
3) I miserably failed at this one, and I have no good excuse. I tried to learn sign language from a book because there were no available classes in my area. I stuck with it until May or so and then I got bored. I need actual interaction to stay focused and I lost it. I suck.
4) This is the only one of my resolutions that I can say I actually completed. I made it through my whole DSLR book and I’m feeling much more comfortable behind my new camera. There is so much for me to learn and I’m excited to improve even more this year.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my best friend from kindergarten through our senior year of high school, Jennifer, gave birth in June to her first, a baby girl named Ally. And my best friend in town, Sara, gave birth to her second, a boy named William.

Did anyone close to you die?
A person, no, but we did lose our sweet Reba back in November. That was pretty hard on all of us.

What countries did you visit?
Our family got to make our first trip to India this year! We saw Mumbai, New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Darjeeling. It was a whirlwind of adventure, sight-seeing, food, and culture. I get exhausted just thinking about it!

What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Free time. 2012 was one heck of a busy year. We were working on completing the downstairs of our house, we raised 14 chicks into grown chickens, I ran my tail off training for various races, we traveled all over India in the month of June, and when we were home we had a social schedule so full that I felt like we rarely got a chance to sit down. I am determined to make 2013 a calmer, more peaceful year.

What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory?
November 15th – it’s the day we lost Reba.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I scanned, edited, and organized almost 4,000 pictures that had been in albums for years, but we had no digital copy of. After I scanned them all, I packaged them up and mailed them to the people who were in the photos with me. I had no life for two months, but it was a huge relief to have that project marked off my mental to-do list!

What was your biggest failure?
Wah-wah, I know. I’m complaining about this too much, but my biggest failure was not completing my running goals. I wanted to run 1,000 miles during the year, run a half marathon in under two hours, and complete my first full marathon. None of those things happened. My doctors determined a fairly severe case of osteoporosis was causing the fractures, so long distance running just wasn’t in the cards for me this year.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
No injuries besides the fractures in both legs. As far as illness, I think severe intestinal discomfort to the point of having to do #2 on the side of the road in India counts. Ha! My entire trip through India was spent trying to digest all of the strange food we kept eating, and my body wasn’t having any of it. I’m convinced my bowels knew when would be the ultimate worst possible time ever to revolt, and chose then to do it.

What was the best thing you bought?
Fourteen baby chicks. They were so much work, especially while they lived in the house with us, but they brought us so much joy while we had them! They were funny little boogers!

Whose behavior merited celebration?
My answer to this every year would be Lexie. Her maturity and the goals she makes for herself are those of someone twice her age. Yet, she still keeps the open heart of a child. That’s something I hope she hangs onto.

Where did most of your money go?
Hands down, the house. We put a ton of money into the remodel, and anything else we had left over went to our mortgage. Exciting, huh?

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Possibly moving overseas. It didn’t happen, but we got the ball rolling! After we got back from India, we had caught the travel bug. Living overseas again is something I’ve always wanted to do, so we started the process and now we’re just waiting to hear the news of when and where we’ll be going!

What song will always remind you of 2012?
The Lumineers – Ho Hey. It’s catchy, and I never once got tired of hearing it overplayed on the radio!

Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier.
Thinner or fatter? Same.
Richer or poorer? Richer.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Thought more of others, and been more open to helping them out instead of focusing on all of the things we needed to do instead.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Stressing and worrying! Oh my gosh. It’s not like I don’t know that the only thing that comes from worrying is more zits. And then those cause me to stress out more! The cycle is vicious!

How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent Christmas morning at home with just the three of us and then hit the road for Memphis where we saw our parents, my grandparents, my sister, plus a couple friends. It was a quick trip this year since we had been back for Thanksgiving, too. We are thinking that next year we will go back to Memphis for Thanksgiving and then take a family trip over the Christmas holiday, just to do something different!

Did you fall in love in 2012?
You know, I kind of feel like I did! I feel like my marriage is stronger, my connection with Lexie is stronger. I’m feeling the love!

How many one-night stands?
365. I was a busy girl.

Who were your best friends?
Here in town: Lauren, Sara, and Andrea. Out of town: Lindsay and Stephanie.

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others?
It’s not necessarily something I did, but something we helped Lexie do. Instead of getting Christmas gifts this year, we helped her raise money to buy supplies for our local animal shelter. By Christmas she had raised $475! A few days into the new year, we went to Walmart and picked up a ton of dog food, cat food, treats, toys, and kitty litter to take to the shelter. They were so incredibly grateful for her kindness!

What was your favorite TV program?
Modern Family! I can’t get enough of that show! I hardly ever make it through without both laughing and crying. It’s the most relatable TV show I’ve ever watched.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anyone. I can’t even think of anyone that I particularly dislike.

What was the best book you read?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. That was an incredible read. Both Lexie and Cory read it when I finished and loved it, too.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
I found the very best radio station that Nashville has to offer – Lightning 100.1. I listen to that non-stop now. It plays mainly music along the lines of Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and Florence and The Machine. There isn’t anything else like it around here. The only downside is that I can’t pick it up at my house. I can only get it once I’ve driven closer into town.

What did you want and get?
My first iPhone! I bought it back in January and have been hooked ever since. I’m not saying I couldn’t live without it, but I wouldn’t want to try!

What did you want and not get?
A new master bathroom. Seriously, ours is awful – carpet in the bathroom and everything. But we just didn’t have enough time or money to complete the upstairs remodel that we wanted to do. I will just have to learn to love carpet next to the toilet!

What was your favorite film of this year?
I don’t see many films when they first come out, but I’d have to say it’s a tie between Disney’s Brave, which we saw for Lexie’s birthday, and Life Of Pi that we saw with my family over Christmas.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
When I turned 29 this year, I woke up two hours before the sun rose and ran a half marathon in Murfreesboro with Cory. Then I spent the rest of the day hobbling around like a newborn baby giraffe. I’m never spending another birthday like that again!

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I’m going to go with not fracturing my legs! I was running faster than I’ve ever run before, especially on my long runs, before I got injured. I just know I would have met my goals if it weren’t for this stupid osteoporosis!

What kept you sane?
Who says I stayed sane?

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I’m still in love with Bradley Cooper and Zac Efron going on 5 years now. And if I were the type to fancy women, it would be Zooey Deschanel.

What political issue stirred you the most?
Ugh. Politics. Can we please stop talking about this now? Election years are hateful, hateful years.

Who did you miss?
The same people I always miss, particularly my friends I rarely see in other states and countries: Jennifer, Jessica, Lauren, Rachel, and Jessi.

Who was the best new person you met this year?
Gosh, this sounds terrible, but off the top of my head I can’t think of anyone new in my life that has made a big impression. I’m surrounded by a lot of wonderful people, but they are all ones I’ve known longer than a year.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
To sloooooowwwwww down. The frantic pace we keep isn’t doing anybody any good, especially ourselves. I haven’t slept a full 8 hours since June. At this rate, when I turn 30 this year, I’ll look 55.

Quote that sums up your year:
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. (Irish Proverb)

Your year in five words or less:
Running, Remodeling, Chickens, India

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  • Kerry
    March 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I loved reading all of this Sarah Kate!! Some of it I remember reading in previous posts or emails, but I always love learning new things about you too :) You are such a beautiful person!! And so is Zac Efron, I have to say, even though there is a little age gap, he is an adult now in his mid twenties so it’s ok for me to say I think he is hot!! And I totally agree about Zooey too, it’s her eyes I think! Sounds like 2012 was a wonderful, eventful, busy year yet sad too with the loss of Reba. I just hope that 2013 is twice as awesome for you all, it will be busy and eventful for sure!!