by The Dalai Mama on December 31, 2012

in Year in Review

This was supposed to be a year of big changes for me.  It would be awesome of this was a post about all the amazing things I accomplished and finished.  But it isn’t.  It also isn’t a post about how I failed miserably at all the things I wanted to accomplish (that certainly isn’t anyway to finish out the year–I’m pretty sure that I don’t have enough wine or endurance to drink all the failures away).

I sit here today on this last day of 2012 and look around my house and think about my family and I couldn’t be happier.  I won’t get consumed with all that I didn’t do (losing weight, getting in shape, paying down debt, finish my dissertation) and will look back in stead at all the moments over the year that really matter–watching my kids grow and see their personalities emerge.  They have both pushed more for independence, while at the same time have an inherent need for us to help them–this often leads to yelling and frustration.  But, I can’t imagine my life without these amazing kids.  I am so blessed and lucky to get to be their mom.

I know that 2013 holds a great deal of promise (this time next week I will be on my way to Thailand).  I get to travel to Asia, a continent I have not yet been too.  I get to rid elephants.  That I am so excited about as well as present my dissertation proposal and preliminaries findings at a conference.

I get to finish my doctorate (I hope to graduate next December).

It is a year of promise, as are all years.  A new beginning and I am looking forward to what the new year will bring and what I will bring to it.

I hope everyone found their way a little closer to their dreams and that 2013 brings you more of what you want and need.  I more than anything, hope I have the determination, endurance and will to achieve what I want in 2013.

I most of all want healthy, contentment and security.  It’s the simple things.

Here’s a look back at my 2012.  It was truly an amazing year.

End of year 2012 from Dawn Finley on Vimeo.
music: Water of Love by Mark Knopfler

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Steph January 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Love your slideshow! You guys had a really busy year. Best to you in 2013!


Sarah January 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

It looks like you guys had an awesome year!!! I particularly loved Noah’s many hairstyles along with the fact that Zoe looked just as excited swimming with a dolphin as she did shopping for produce or riding a carousel or ice skating or any other activity :) I hope this year is just as amazing!


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