Monday, December 31, 2012

Farewell, 2012 // Thoughts On This Year

Today is the very last day of an entire year, which is always a strange concept to me.  Maybe it's because time seems to accelerate as you grow older, so each year appears to pass more quickly than the last.  For me, 2012 came and went in a flash, but carried a sense of calm.  In 2011, I got engaged on the first day of the year, got married 10 months later, and had to say goodbye to my furry soulmate Bubby dog, just a few days before the year came to an end.  These were all major life events, so in comparison, 2012 was much less outwardly eventful for me.  It was a quieter year, but one of simpler appreciations and discoveries, where I really learned how to make time for myself.

Like everyone else, I faced challenges.  I lost one of my dearest friends, Margarita, in April, and my sweet Aunt Kathy in October.  It was also my first year without Bubby by my side in 16 years. This was especially difficult during the first few months of 2012, when Robbie was on the road almost nonstop, and I had excessive amounts of time alone to think in the cold Chicago wintertime.

There were also a lot of incredibly wonderful moments.  I took one of the best vacations of my entire life (aka our very belated honeymoon) to beautiful, blissful Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I experienced weddings of and new babies born to dear friends.  I helped my grandmother celebrate her 98th birthday.  I took lots of day trips with friends and family.  I traveled to San Francisco, Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Colorado, Michigan, and Mexico.  I saw the most successful holiday season my businesses have had in years. 

Right now, as I prepare to welcome 2013 (and my birthday!) tonight with my husband and friends at the famous Tabernacle theatre here in Atlanta, I'm feeling especially grateful for all of you.  Thank you guys for making 2012 Bubby & Bean's best year yet.  I hope your New Year's Eve is filled with fun, and that your 2013 is bright and beautiful in every way.  I'm looking forward to sharing another year with you all.

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  1. Sounds a lot like my year! I lost some people I will never forget, went to Mexico that changed my life, and experienced all new adventures!

    Best wishes in the New Year!!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

  2. This is a wonderful and uplifting post! Sometimes it's so easy to reflect on the challenges of the year, I'm glad you pulled out the happy moments! I wish you the most wonderful 2013!!!!

  3. Looks like you had a great year. I can't wait to see what 2013 brings to you! Also, some of your photos are wonderful.

  4. Melissa, your such a rad chick and such and inspiration! Thanks for being you! Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2013!!!

  5. Here's to a healthy and happy 2013! Hope you have a blast tonight!

    x Kenzie

  6. Happy 2013! May all your wishes come true :)

  7. Glad you found your Calm. It is very important. It has been great fun getting to know this blog over the course of the year, and I am looking forward to what is in store for 2013. Happy New Year!!

  8. Such a great way to sum up your year! I can't wait for more Bubby and Bean in 2013. =) Happy Birthday! Being a New Years Baby must be pretty cool!

  9. Happy new year. Have a beautiful new year!

  10. It's been great getting to know you as a bloggy friend this year. As we say goodbye to 2012 and welcome 2013, I wish you and your family lots of smiles, laughter, happiness and love for all moments yet to come in the new year.
    Thanks for being a great bloggy friend, and Happy New Year!

  11. I've been following you for over a year now, and it seems like we are still at this point of last year, so I totally get the whole flash-by thing. I didn't even realize how much has happened in you life this year. Crazy! But anyway, Happy New Year and in case you don't post tomorrow, happy Happy Birthday!! : ]

  12. happy new year gorgeous <3 so glad i got to get close with my blogging sis this year!


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