2012: Year in Review

31 Dec

It has been such an amazing year! January seems like both forever ago and just yesterday. This trip around the sun was full of excitement in my life and on my blog, and I thought I’d end the year with a few notes about my 2012.

The best part of 2012:

I got married! That was pretty awesome. The BF and I were married on our 5th anniversary. (By the way, BF once stood for Boy Friend, then stood for Boy Fiance for a brief 6 months, and now stands for my Boo Forever. Just so you know.) Here’s my favorite picture from the wedding. We did a “First Look” before the ceremony, and we were both incredibly nervous and excited and giggly.

Our First Look

My biggest accomplishment of 2012:

I got married, I started exercising (walking/yoga), I ate pretty well, I read a lot, I made new friends, and I joined a book club. And I’d say that I’m really happy that I am doing this blogging thing on the regular. I’ve posted every week since October, sometimes more than once. Maybe that’s not a very long time, but it’s an accomplishment for me! So on that note…

My favorite posts of 2012:

According to the Annual Report that WordPress kindly prepared for me, my most visited post so far is my Rainbow Tie-Dye Cake. My busiest day was the day I posted the DIY Memory Game I made for the BF as a Valentine’s gift, which was the first DIY craft I wrote about. My favorite post in terms of what was most delicious: a tie for the Chocolate Mousse and my Pumpkin Brownies. The post with the prettiest pictures, courtesy of the BF? Banana Fluffernutter Cupcakes.

Aerial View

My favorite book I read in 2012:

I really loved The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue. I usually am not a fan of short stories, but these are so great, I got over it. Donaghue based each story on some snippet of actual history, and after each story, she gives you the known history. I love creating back stories for unknown history. The stories all have female protagonists, some are politicized, some are light, some are sad, some are funny. Together they create a fantastic collection. Click here to see what else I read in 2012.

What I’m looking forward to in 2013:

Our honeymoon! We decided not to immediately take a big vacation for a few reasons: Planning a wedding and honeymoon at the same time seemed a bit much, I wanted to spread out the fun, and it worked better for our work schedules. But plans don’t also work out as you hope, and we’ve hit a snag. The BF switched jobs last month. I’m really proud of him and glad that he’s trying something new, so neither of us regret the decision. But it has also wreaked havoc with our schedules. So I don’t know when we’ll go, but we plan on honeymooning in Costa Rica sometime soon!

What I hope to accomplish in 2013:

I hope to continue with the general healthiness I’ve established for myself… regular exercise, healthy eating, exploring new food and whatnot. I want to be way better about cooking dinner instead of eating out. I hope to read a ton of good books — I think my new book club will help with that. And I hope to get even more into this blogging thing. It seems I have food down pretty well, and now I hope to build a Wedding section that talks about how I planned and DIYed my wedding. I’ve posted a couple times in Travel, so maybe I’ll expand that too!

Linking up for:

The Blogger’s Ball from Glossy Blonde, lala Lists, and Jessica Who?
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2 Responses to “2012: Year in Review”

  1. Brooke January 8, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Hey Alyson! Thanks so much for linking up at the 2012 Year in Review!
    First… I love your header!!!
    Congratulations on becoming a married lady!!! Yaaaay! You guys look great!
    I kind of wish that blogger gave that annual report… how cool is that.
    Xo

    • Alyson January 8, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Thank you, Brooke! I’m glad you came for a visit. :) I’ve really enjoyed linking up for your weekly meet-ups. And your visit reminds me — I need to post to the Resolutions in Motion link-up! Looking forward to reading about yours and all the other bloggers’ resolutions.

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