How was your 2012?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by mkats, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. mkats

    mkats New Member

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    Last year at this time, I resolved that for every week of 2012 I would try doing something new that I had never done before, be it big or small. I can't remember who on this forum gave me the idea - Marge? but it was fantastic, and I'm so glad I did. (Thanks!)

    Some were big and planned for (moving to a city I knew nothing about, starting grad school), some were little and less significant (braving the scary task of cooking fish :scream: ), some were unplanned and unexpected (locking myself out of the house and frantically trying to come up with a solution).

    All in all, it was a pretty good year :)

    How about y'all? Did you manage to stick to your resolutions... make any big changes... do anything you'd always dreamed of?
     
  2. mikey

    mikey ...an acquired taste

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    I found the whole thing kind of meh.
     
  3. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

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    2009-2011 had a lot of major transitional moments for me (loss of job, new job, buying first home, deaths of close family members, marriage of immediate family members) that I was a bit relieved that 2012 was perhaps more lowkey but I did thrive in that sense of stability.

    The biggest achievement I accomplished in 2012 was finishing my first half marathon. A great experience that I will continue to do. Planning to do my next one in Portland. I think it'll be a great way to explore a city.

    I had dinner with a dear friend last week and we were talking about taking classes again. Not academic classes--my many years of post-secondary graduated have eradicated any intellectual curiosity I may have had inside me. But classes to learn another language, yoga class, mechanics class, or dance class (a fellow FSUer who shall remain nameless takes dance classes and I think it's so awesome). Something.
     
  4. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    The last year for me was much better than the last couple that went before it.
     
  5. Spinner

    Spinner Where's my book?

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    Well, I turned 40 and my libido shot through the roof. (What the...? :grope: ) So, lots more sex. :cheer2:
     
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  6. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

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    My year was great. My entertainment company landed a major contract with a huge Casino here, and I just got back from Surabaya in Indonesia setting up a show with Aussie actors/singers for a three week "Cinderella" gig. Now they have requested 7 more shows so my next year is set too. I have been so busy of late I haven't even had time to come on the board! We have 38 people working tonight (NYE) at that Casino, including two shows I've choreographed; a Latin/Ballrom show plus a Carnivale girls/acrobatic show and aerialists, stilt walker, etc. I'm sorry just to talk about work, but I love what I do and I do what I love. I can't wait to see what 2013 brings.
     
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  7. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    I took the most wonderful trip to England for a conference in honor of the Dickens bicentennial. So I'm grateful to Mr. Dickens for turning 200 in 2012. :)
     
  8. BaileyCatts

    BaileyCatts Well-Known Member

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    It sucked. :p What are some of those superstitions you are supposed to do at midnight to give yourself a good new year?
     
  9. Aimless

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    Just before midnight or the last thing on New Years Eve, before you go to sleep, you say "Rabbit, rabbit." Then after midnight or upon waking you say "Bunny, bunny." That might help. You can do this at the turn of each month too. Also, eating black eyed peas brings good luck in the new year. Hoppin' John, a black eyed pea pilaf/stew is a southern tradition at New Years.
     
  10. PDilemma

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    It was horrible. One bad thing after another. Crisis level bad things. Which are a nice way of finding out if you have real friends or shallow friends. Turns out I have shallow friends.

    Not a good year at all.
     
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  11. Bostonfan

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    Overall a crappy year. It started off good enough, but from June - present it's been one work-related bomb after another.

    I haven't decided on a new year's resolution yet. I want it to be achievable. Since I took a hit to my salary this year (and may take an even bigger hit if taxes go up), I think I'll resolve to make and follow an actual budget to track my spending. I also resolve to make my own lunches/breakfasts rather than buying them in an effort to save money.
     
  12. mkats

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    In China, you're supposed to eat fish if you want to be rich next year :lol:

    Those are excellent goals! :)
     
  13. quartz

    quartz Far beyond these castle walls

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    Ha! Wait until you turn 50!!
     
  14. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    2012 was an incredible year for me. I graduated in December of 2011 so it was still new and fresh as 2012 began. I got certified to teach and began a career as a teacher. Then this past week I got married. Lots of big life changes and I think all for the better!
     
  15. algonquin

    algonquin Well-Known Member

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    I had a good year.
     
  16. AliasJohnDoe

    AliasJohnDoe Dornbush 2015!!!

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    i turned 50 in 2012!!!! And it still wakes up before me in the morning. :cheer2:
     
  17. oleada

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    In Colombia, you wear yellow underwear :) Also, if you want a to travel you should walk around the block with a packed suitcase.

    2012 was a good year, for the most part. I finished grad school, passed my social work licensing exam and started a good job. Hopefully 2013 will be just as good if not better.
     
  18. Spinner

    Spinner Where's my book?

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    What? How did I not know this? Congrats! :cheer:
     
  19. manleywoman

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    Well, from a company and work perspective, it was AMAZING. We finally got all the types of work and contracts we wanted, increased our client base a lot, and are starting out 2013 with a great forecast for a good year . . . which is fantastic because some people here know our company went through a few bad years in a row, and I've been reeling from that for awhile. I feel very optimistic that 2013 will finally get us to where we want to be.

    On a personal level though, it was meh. I didn't get to skate or work out as much at all, I got sick a lot, and we entered marriage counseling.

    But on the whole i still feel good about 2012. My libido increased as well. Too bad my husband and I are meh.
     
  20. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    I was trying to count blessings.

    My job was less stressful this year and I got an unexpected and significant raise. My daughter really transitioned into adulthood and it's a close and happy relationship. I lost nine pounds thanks to the creep-o-meter and wear a size 8, not bad for 56. And my libido is still in fine shape; unfortunately the one interesting liaison of the year lives 6000 miles away. And I bought a wonderful little car.

    2013: new job and serious relationship. That's the goal.
     
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    allezfred Hideous Admin Staff Member

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    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
     
  22. leesaleesa

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    Pretty good overall. Got divorced, worked like a dog, joined a gym and started going four days a week, and am being considered for a promotion in 2013. Took my first out of the south vacation in years, even though it was just to Iowa. Ate a whole pie in early 2012, and have resolved not to do so in 2013.
     
  23. chipso1

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    2012 started off kind of uncertain and not very fun, but from June on, it was great. I spent an amazing 5 days in NYC, survived a quarter-life crisis :p, started an awesome new job, had the chance to do some great community involvement work, and lost 21 pounds. I feel awesome, and I'm pretty optimistic for what 2013 will bring! :cheer2:
     
  24. FiveRinger

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    This year didn't start off all too well.....started with a fall on a wet floor at the store in January and I went downhill physically and emotionally from there. Then, on my birthday (Sept) got a job offer and an interview for 2 different companies, accepted the first and then accepted the 2nd later because it was the better job. Two days ago, I got a check (cashier's check) in the mail for more than $2000 for overdraft charges that I wasn't expecting--a late Xmas present to myself, apparently.

    The plan for 2013 is to continue to have positive have positive thoughts and to know I have complete control over my own destiny (well, almost complete control). Basically I am determined to be pro-active instead of reactive. It works.

    In answer to do what to do for good luck, I have 3 suggestions. First, clean your house. It's best to come into the new year with a clean house (literally and figuratively) so it's both a physical and emotional challenge. Secondly, eat something green. That's supposed to bring you money. Third, eat black-eyed peas. In the south, it's thought to bring good luck. My mother used to fix cabbage and black eyed peas with the New Year's meal every year.
     
  25. AxelAnnie

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    My 2012 sucked! I am looking forward to saying goodbye to it!
     
  26. Southpaw

    Southpaw Saint Smugpawski

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    After swaggering about your libido I thought you were going to say you bought a wonderful little something else. :grope:

    2012 was pretty alright for me, all things considered.
     
  27. Vash01

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    I quit making new year's resolutions long ago, so I can't say whether I lived up to my resolutions or not. For me, personally it was an uneventful year, but in many other aspects it was eventful. I wanted to Obama to win the re-election and he did. That was the positive for me. On the negative side, I was disheartened by the increasing violence.

    I have never felt sad about the passing of a year, but this time I did. The arrival of 2013 just did not feel that 'happy'.

    I met my usual goals of travel, meditation, visiting family, exercise, etc. I did get my 4th Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award in 2012, and it was exciting for one evening in November, but really nothing big overall.

    I have not skated in 18 months (hard to believe that in 2012 I did not skate at all!), so my first resolution for the new year is to start skating, at least occasionally. For Christmas I got a gift card for two sessions at a nearby rink. That will be a good start.

    I have not set any goals for 2013 yet, but a new job that is more satisfying and pays better will be nice, particularly if it starts in the fall, and if I could take the whole summer off.
     
  28. Bailey_

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    If not the worst year of my life, then the second worst. But, I'm hoping that 2013 will turn around and life will be more about happiness, opportunity, and joy than sadness, grief, and struggle...
     
  29. DAngel

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    A rather peaceful and uneventful year for me :cheer: Bouts of food poisoning earlier this year, cold and rash a couple of months ago, some roommate and landlord issues but other than that, everything was fine. (2009 - 2011 was like a roller coaster ride :yikes:)

    I am feeling positive about the year 2013 :)
     
  30. Lynn226

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    I finally made it to Paris, but became quite ill while I was there. I had to go to the ER when I returned home. I lost 58 pounds. I feel like things improved in my workplace. There are things that I want to change, but I'm grateful for what I have.