Happy New Year's Eve! We began the last day of 2012 with a beautiful sunrise for our ride to work. How are you spending your evening? Fancy parties? Club-hoppin'? Or will you spend it more low-key? Asleep by 10 perhaps? Last year we partied hard so this year we thought we'd ring in the New Year with a low key night at our place with friends.
This is so cliched...but, honestly, this year FLEW by. I started out 2012 slightly apprehensive about where life would take us this year. We were just beginning a new chapter of life as non-students, school debt started rolling in, and we honestly had no idea where exactly we were headed. It was a little scary, but also felt amazing to both be out of school. We spent our whole married life as students and we actually loved going through it together, but it definitely came with it's challenges and stresses.
The first half of 2012 was pretty laid-back and we were totally celebrating our freedom. We went out a lot, I blogged frequently, and we watched way too much Netflix... It was nice. For a time. But our work schedules were completely random and tricky to coordinate with only one car and we definitely weren't working enough. So we got serious and decided that the time had come for Lance to find a real job. Lance first because he had more direction than me and also to determine where we would live (because moving was definitely an option) and then I would follow and figure things out once we knew where we would be.
And then, suddenly, everything started falling perfectly into place. Lance, who was working at an ice cream shop, randomly connected with a customer, which led to him getting a job interview. And then a job! A real job! With full-time hours and benefits! We were ecstatic. He hadn't even seriously started looking yet and was completely prepared for a long process of submitting resumes and going to interviews. But, incredibly, this kind of fell into his lap and it just so happened to be perfect for him.
Right after all that, I connected with another family who needed a nanny and also started working more hours for The Inspired Room. Suddenly we were both working 40-hour weeks. It happened so fast and the second half of this year has been a blur of settling into life and learning to be functioning adults.
I've rather enjoyed this year. In 2012 I learned a lot about myself and know that I grew up a lot. I feel like a completely different person (for the better!) than I was in 2011. This has by far been our best and most favorite year as a married couple. Thinking back on our days as silly teenagers, daydreaming about what life would be like if we got married, things are pretty much how we envisioned--only way better! It's nice to be on this life-ride with someone, especially your best friend. I am so lucky to be with someone who compliments me so well. Sometimes I feel I don't deserve him and his positivity, never-ending kindness, and abundant grace on all my short-comings. Honestly, I married a gem. Okay, enough gushing...
Goodbye 2012, you wonderful year, you! And cheers to 2013 and all that it will bring!