My 2012 really held nothing especially spectacular or exciting, but it was a good year. I only completed 18 items off my 101 list – not quite enough to keep on track towards finishing. However, a sharp turn in my life plans delayed completing some items. No worries though – I’ll just have to do more fun things to start off 2013!
2012 brought many travels, including camping in Arizona and serving in New Orleans with the youth, Pennsylvania/New Jersey for a conference, fishing in Fort Morgan, beautiful weddings in Huntsville and Auburn (GA), Daphne (AL) for Thanksgiving, New York City with my mom, and Auburn (AL) for family Christmas! Both Atlanta and Nashville were travel destinations depending on the time of year.
By far, the highlight of my travels and the overall year was my trip to Haiti. Words cannot express the impact that the St. Joseph’s Family and HOM had on my heart. The are people and organizations doing amazing things in Haiti and they are a beautiful people and country. I can only hope to go back as soon as possible.
The biggest change in the year was moving from Nashville to Atlanta. It felt like a sad but needed change. It was quite the adjustment moving back in with my parents after 8 years of being on my own, but I am extremely grateful for such a supportive, loving family. I came in pursuit of an MSW degree from Georgia State University. I’ll admit that it was a tough semester – so much so that it made me realize I could not disregard my actual dream of a research-related career. So when a job in that field fell into my lap, I decided, at the end of the year, to take it and discontinue my pursuit of another graduate degree.
All in all it was a whirlwind of a year. Atlanta is definitely growing on me and in 2013 I hope to be able to find my own place (after having a job again). There are so many fun things to do and I have already met so many wonderful people, as well as reconnecting with some old friends. Here’s to 2013!