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What A Year It Was (a survey)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

A Little Bit About Me:
Name: Melissa
Age I turned this year: 47
Color: orange, bright neon orange
Food: crisp bacon -- not too many I don't like unfortunately
Activity: water aerobics or reading in bed
Book: No 1 favorite, but To Kill A Mockingbird is up there along with A Big Little Life
Highlights From This Past Year:
Greatest Lesson Learned: Don't take the people you love for granted.... They will NOT always be there
Hardest thing of the year: death of my mother 12/12/12
Favorite Memory: The swim time my nephew & I had together, just the 2 of us; Thanksgiving Dinner
What I Loved Most about the last year: My mom finally able to make it to Thanksgiving dinner and all of us laughing about her reality TV addiction and the stuff on those shows!
Looking forward to Next Year:
Want to Learn: to be more organized
Want to Get Better At: belly dancing
Biggest Goal: to make it thru my next semester without falling apart under the stress
New Years Reflection Questions:
What was the single Best Thing that happened this past year? Can't pick a single one thing - time with Mom and the laughs
What was the single Most Challenging Thing that happened this past year? Getting thru christmas without Mom
What was an Unexpected Joy this past year? So many! The unexpected laughing at ourselves in my family; that time spent with just my nephew; snuggling my dog; snuggling my husband.... Yes, I put the dog first!
What was an Unexpected Obstacle this past year? Again, mom's death.... Very unexpected
Pick 3 Words to Describe this past year? Love, Laughter, Sadness
Without asking them, what 3 Words would your (spouse/partner/friend) pick to describe this past year? Completed projects; sadness
What were the Best Books You Read this past year? The series by Tami Hoag starting with Deeper Than The Dead, Dean Koontz's books about his dog Trixie, The Stupidest Angel
With whom were your Most Valuable Relationships this past year? Husband, Dog, Parents, nephew, friends, aunts & uncles and very important.... My Spark Friends who are awesome!
What was your Biggest Personal Change this past year? Lost some weight, but new hair do and realization that Mom wouldn't be here forever
In what way(s) did you Grow Emotionally this past year? Learned to focus on fitness, learned how strong I am emotionally, learned to not take important people for granted
In what way did you Grow Spiritually this past year? I didn't. I struggle with my lack of spirituality on a daily basis. Being mad at God means I still believe though.

***Got some exercise in today. Ate pretty well. Cried alot. PLans for exercise tomorrow too***

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    1993 days ago
    What a great blog!

    You should check out the Job series at
    1994 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/5/2013 8:15:59 AM
  • HICIM705
    I think it's good for you to keep blogging about 2012 - especially your mom's passing. I think it's what you need to do to help you get through this difficult time...

    1994 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/5/2013 6:49:31 AM
    So emoticon to hear about your mom passing. You will have all the memories & some day will be together again. Keep strong & keep going....... emoticon emoticon Janice
    1996 days ago
    Great reading about you. Thanks for sharing! My heart still hurts for you and all you have been throught... mostly with your Mom. I have learned a lot from you, so thank-you! GOD BLESS YOU MELISSA!!! I, and God, love you and always will! (hugs)
    1997 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I like this bit of reflection. And I would probably put snuggling with my dog first, as well! Though don't tell DH! hehehe
    I bet that in a year, when you look back at this, you will see how much you will grow from all that you went thru in 2012. I hope we can all say the same.
    Did you get this from any where in particular?
    1997 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    Thanks for sharing a bit of you! Nice to read!
    1997 days ago
    Thanks for sharing so many very personal parts of yourself with us. I appreciate getting to know you better through your many blogs.
    1997 days ago
    Thanks for sharing, it's great knowing more about you.
    1997 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing this! I always love learning more about you. You are wonderful.
    1997 days ago
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