I injured my ankle while training for the marathon. I quit my job without another full-time one lined up. I lost a ton of work I had done that was saved on a thumb drive. It took me 24 hours to get to Las Vegas from Honolulu. I totaled my car. I lost two friends in a matter of weeks. And to top it off, my wireless mouse won’t connect to my iMac.
To say this has been a rough year would be a ridiculous understatement.
Which is why I’m so relieved it’s coming to an end.
And in T-minus two hours.
It’s not that I had the worst year of my life. I got to visit Derek in Madison, Wisc., spend Thanksgiving in Chicago and took two trips to Vegas. I launched my own blog this year and did more freelance work than the last two years combined. I got the new iPhone 4, bought a new Canon DSLR and find myself unable to put down the Kindle Fire I got for Christmas. I met new friends, hung out with old ones (literally and figuratively) and shared more meals with my parents than most 36-year-olds.
Really, it hasn’t been that bad.
Still, I’m looking forward to the new year, starting it fresh, with that youthful optimism you tend to get around this time of year. Suddenly, you feel like you can lose 15 pounds, quit smoking and run a marathon. And it’s this innocent enthusiasm that I’m banking on to get me through 2012.
Every New Year’s Eve I lay out my goals for the year. One year I wanted to complete my first triathlon; another year I wanted to learn taiko.
This year I want to do a few things: Write as much as I can, surf more than I tweet, and connect with people in a more tangible way.
I feel like I’ve been communicating most often through some form of social media, mostly Facebook and Twitter. I feel like I’m losing that personal connection I have with people — the one that actually means more and lasts longer.
So I’m going to disconnect more often and connect the old-fashioned way. I may write letters, I may go to lunch more often, and I may even use the phone to make actual calls.
It’s going to be interesting!
So what are your plans for 2012?
To all of you, thanks for reading, commenting, e-mailing me (when you’re too shame to leave a comment here) and making me feel like what I do — blog — is relevant and meaningful. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support, feedback and love. Thank you for making this year one to remember and for sharing this journey with me. I wish you and your family all the best in 2012!