2012 was a monumental year in the Life of Megz.
The general themes I noticed throughout the year were:
- Pleasant Discomfort
- New New New
I spent the year getting acclimated to a new job in a new city and adjusting to a whole new mode of life I’d created for myself.
- Friends transcend freeways.
- Taking big ass scary leaps into unknown territory is risky – but can be ultimately, undeniably rewarding.
- Even a measly five minutes of self-indulgence can go a long way in staying sane as a workaholic.
I tried 52 wines that’d never blessed (or cursed, in the case of some) my palate before.
- You don’t always get what you pay for.
- South African wines please my taste buds more frequently than other regions.
- St. Julian’s Winery in Paw Paw, MI is still my go-to favorite and the price is just right.
I also vowed to cure my kitchen illiteracy and forced myself to try 52 new recipes this year.
- YouTube deserves a mother’s day card for teaching me that I was using my garlic press backward for years.
- Cooking is messy business – I still have a lot to learn about cleaning while I cook.
- I now know the definitions of dollop, dice, sear, saute, mince, mull, and fricassee.
I took two professional development courses just to splash up some new skills.
- Copywriting is more than an art, more than a science… simply put, it is a craft.
- The art of selling is all about figuring out what makes your audience wake up sweaty in the middle of the night. And exploiting it elegantly but with fervor.
- VERBS, YO.
2012 was the year of the career for me. I’d been hustling my tail off for a few years to find my groove in all things career related and it paid off. The new job is incredible but it was a hugely consuming part of the pie this year. In 2013, I’m shifting gears. Aiming for growth and experiences in the non-work part of my life, I’ve got big plans for grand adventures, giving back, and bringing balance back to my general badassery.
- Initiate a new Kiva loan every month.
- Make 5 new friends (that I do not work with) in Grand Rapids.
- Help organize at least 3 fundraising events for Good Samaritan Children’s Home.
- Read 25 new books – first up: Dare Greatly by Brene Brown.
- Practice yoga at LEAST once a week to keep my muscles healthy and all limber-like.
- Take two more professional development courses.
- Find a way to use my talent/passion to give back in a big way.
- Treat myself with one adventure each month (Jan: Harlem Globetrotters, Feb: Neon Trees concert, etc).
- Become conversationally fluent in Swahili… in preparation for #10.
- And last but DEFINITELY not least…travel to Kenya in December with my family.
I’m really excited to see what the new year has in store and can’t wait to make this the. best. year. yet.
Cheers to all and to all a happiest, most fruitful new year! Happy 2013!