1. I completed my first two semesters of college.
2. I celebrated two years of friendship/partnership with my boyfriend Casey.
3. I started writing this blog in order to gain a wider audience for my shop.
4. I left my teenaged years (at least the number part) completely behind. I'm 20.
5. I was featured in the Designers of Tumblr magazine. My first feature anywhere.
6. I moved out of my parents house. For good.
7. I learned what it is to share a life with someone. The give and take.
8. I left Local Color behind and started fresh with 909 Cherry.
9. I became mother to a hamster.
10. I completed two craft shows and learned more about my target audience.
11. I became more aware of what I want, who I am (there's corn everywhere), and why I am that way.
I went through a lot of junk this year, but came out on the right end every time. I passed every class I took, I didn't try to take back my decision to move out, I strengthened bonds with my family, Casey and my oldest friends.
And though today is a day of reflection, it's also a day to look forward and leave the past behind. To learn from what you've done, but try to do better. I have my usual list of resolutions/goals. I have a tab set up at the top of my blog to keep track of everything. It's easier when you have other people watching you too. So... for 2012:
1. Keep careful track of expenses/purchases.
2. Achieve weight loss goal #1.
3. Read at least 12 books.
4. Get to 400 Etsy sales (total).
5. Keep up with food/exercise log.
6. Do 10 completely new things.
7. Get all As or Bs in spring and fall semester classes.
8. Conquer fear of the YMCA gym.
9. Drink 64 oz. of water everyday.
10. Come up with 5 new products for the shop.
I also think I should start taking more pictures of myself - I've found that as I'm focusing so much on "family photos", I'm getting left out of every one. I need to document my own growth, right? Here's to 2011 and to 2012. And to making this a good year to die at the end of. But in all sincerity, find a good party, and toast to the new year. (PS: I'd love to know your resolutions or goals, too!)