The Year the World Didn’t End: My 2012 Recap

If I could describe 2012 in one word, it would be … hectic.

Given I’m not one for stopping at just one word when describing something, I’d say it was also tiring. And demanding.

2012 may have been busy, but it was always pretty darn remarkable. I grew more than I realised possible in a very short timeframe – it was a year of pushing my boundaries and venturing outside my comfort zone.

Celebrations in Sydney

Sydney

We started 2012 with a trip to Sydney – to celebrate my Nan and Pop’s 50th wedding anniversary, and also for the baptism and 1st birthday of a dear friend’s very special little boy. We spent two weeks in Sydney in January, and had a glorious time. I wish I could bottle the love, laughter, warmth, excitement, and happiness that filled the rooms for each of the celebrations – it’s the stuff that makes your heart feel so full it might burst.

I wrote a 30 by 30 list

When I first started thinking about what I wanted to achieve over the next few years, I thought my list would be short – get married, move to Sydney, finish a half marathon. It wasn’t until I really started to think about it, and put pen to paper that I realised that my list was long. Very long. Much longer than what made the final cut, but I figure I can only achieve so much in the next few years. What comes after that, time will tell.

I chopped off my hair

It might not seem like a big deal, but for me, it was averybigdeal. I felt such an overwhelming sense of relief, and like I had just shed years and years of unwanted thoughts and emotion. It wasn’t just a hair cut, it was somewhat of a spiritual cleansing. Or an exorcism.

I took up a new sport

When a work colleague asked if I would join her beach volleyball team (indoor), with people that I didn’t know, my internal reaction was a resounding “hell no”.  The words that came out of my mouth were another story, however – “Sure! I’d love to!”. Funnily enough, I’ve had a lot of fun, and I’ve made new friends. I am not the most skillful player, but I am getting there. I can hit the ball, so I figure that’s a good start. It has also been strangely cathartic, belting that ball back over the net, particularly after a bad day in the office.

Another Sydney trip

From Nan's kitchen

June saw us take another trip to Sydney, and then down to the Sapphire Coast (it truly is God’s country), for another special occasion – my grandfather’s 80th birthday. It was so nice spending time with all my family, and for Mr Posy to visit my Nan and Pop’s house for the first time. It is the place that has always felt most like home. I could stare out Nan’s kitchen window all day.

Mr Posy

We also managed to squeeze in a brief stopover in Canberra – Mr Posy’s first trip to our nation’s capital.

More family festivities

Melbourne

This time, the celebrations were for Mr Posy’s family – we flew to Melbourne to celebrate Nephew Posy’s baptism (in the same church Niece Posy was baptised, and my brother-in-law was married).

I never really understood people who went on holidays with their family, but after all the family holidays we’ve had over the past couple of years, I finally get it.

We celebrated our ten year anniversary

Mr Posy and I celebrated a milestone anniversary this year – a decade together. Ten years! It really doesn’t feel like ten years. Gosh we’ve had some seriously amazing adventures together – I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.

I finished studying

It was about bloody time. I’d had a semester off here and there (for Mum’s cancer etc), but it was still such a bloody long slog. Two degrees later, and I’m done. Only, I’m not – I’ve been browsing course catalogues, and it’s taking every ounce of rational thought that I have not to enrol in another course. At least, not just now. I’ll give myself a study break in 2013, but I can’t promise the same for 2014.

Work was crazy

No, really. It was C-R-A-Z-Y. Sometimes good-crazy and sometimes bad-crazy, but always one hell of a ride. I have grown and learnt a lot this year, and I’m very fortunate to work with such amazing people.

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Looking back, it is pretty clear that family and festivities were the overall themes for me in 2012. I am surrounded by such wonderful family and friends, both near and far, and I feel so blessed to be so lucky.

I was sad to see the end of 2012. There were days of pain and sadness, and days where tears were shed, but I wasn’t ready for this year to end – on the whole it was a good year. It was a huge year.

2013 will be another big year for Mr Posy and I, starting with a trip to Sydney later this month – for a special little boy’s 2nd birthday!

2012, it’s been grand. 2013, please be kind.

10 Comments
  • Brooke
    January 1, 2013

    I love this blog post. Come the end of a year my Facebook is so often filled with “I can’t wait for this year to be over” etc, so it’s refreshing to see a post dedicated to all the wonderful things that took place during the year.

    I also love this post because it sums up exactly how I feel only you said it much more eloquently. The two sentences below are exactly what I think and how I feel –

    Looking back, it is pretty clear that family and festivities were the overall themes for me in 2012. I am surrounded by such wonderful family and friends, both near and far, and I feel so blessed to be so lucky.

    I was sad to see the end of 2012. There were days of pain and sadness, and days where tears were shed, but I wasn’t ready for this year to end – on the whole it was a good year. It was a huge year.

    I hope you and Mr Posy have an even greater 2013! X

    • miss posy
      January 2, 2013

      I really struggled writing this post, B. I didn’t want to paint a rosy picture, because my year wasn’t always wonderful, but overall it was a good year, and I can’t really complain. The years prior hadn’t been particularly great – 2012 was a much MUCH better year, and I wanted to focus on the positives (of which there were many) instead of dwelling on the not so great moments. And… I am trying to find the right words here … Even though you suffered such a great loss this year (hugs), you still see the positives and have come out smiling. You have such great strength, and I really admire that in you.

      I hope you and AK have the most wonderful year xx

  • Gary
    January 1, 2013

    It’s fantastic you had a great year. I hope 2013 is even better 🙂

    • miss posy
      January 2, 2013

      Thanks, Gary! I hope you have a wonderful year also. I look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

  • Donna
    January 1, 2013

    I love this post! What a great year you’ve had – I hope 2013 brings you everything you hope for xx

    • miss posy
      January 2, 2013

      Thank you, lovely. I hope very much the same for you xx

  • Amanda
    January 6, 2013

    WOW what a great and busy year you’ve had, wishing you all the best for 2013

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    • miss posy
      January 7, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda!

  • jamie-lee
    January 8, 2013

    Sounds like you achieved a lot in 2012. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and recap everything I’ve done yet, but I probably should – a lot more happens in a year than you think! All the best for 2013, I hope it brings you lots of luck and prosperity 🙂

    • miss posy
      January 8, 2013

      Thanks for visiting! I feel like I need to keep a list (or maybe just blog more…) to keep track of everything that happens in a year – it’s only when I sit down and reflect back that I realise just how much has happened. I look forward to reading your recap 😉

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