2013, a new year.

I don't know if all my friends and family just get really negative when they are suffering the winter cold, but few people seem to have a fondness for 2012 in their reflections.  Don't get me wrong 2012 was a big fat asshole in more ways than one, but I also want to take the time to remember the good things that happened in 2012, because there were a lot of those this year too.

-Got a great new job.
-Moved to a great new city that I have enjoyed immensely thus far.

-My big sister survived a brutal attack.

-My big sister got engaged and asked me to be her maid of honor!

-Kickball started.  The first of 3 seasons with new friends.

-Moved into a new apartment that includes a 2nd bedroom that is now my studio.  It is the first studio since I was in postbac at NYCAMS.

-Hosted some of the extended family for brunch at my own apartment for, hopefully, the first annual Polish Fest brunch.
-Marilee came to visit!

-Won 2nd place as Milwaukee Brewfest Queen.
-Made it to 26!

-Went camping at Devil's Lake.  I hadn't gone camping in years!

-Started the fitness initiative at work, which has so far helped me drop 5lbs and started me toward a healthier lifestyle.

-Started going to The Moth in Milwaukee. I started volunteering the next month, and made it on stage in December.
-Made the most awesomest Poptart Cat costume ever.

-Successfully repaired all damage from identity theft.  I know this one is a stretch, but I am thankful that ordeal is over, and I know it could have gone worse needing lawyers, etc. 

-Got to do hokey Christmas stuff with the bf, including see the Christmas dolphin show at the Shedd Aquarium.
-Had a fantastic holiday with the family.
-Had a wonderful NYE with friends.

So there you have it.  2012 was rough, but it had it's highlights too!

Heading into 2013 I have a few resolutions.  I understand that sharing them with the world increases your success rate of keeping them, so here it goes.

- Log food at least 3 days each week.  (If you are intentionally "good" just 2 days a week, it can make a difference!)
- Meet the CDC Recommendations for exercise each week: 120 minutes of cardio & 2 days of full body strength exercises.  The strength stuff is going to be hard to fit in, but I think I can really do it.
- Run a half marathon.

- Stop being afraid of money!  This is the year that I conquer my fear of it.  Not having enough, either now, or when I am 60, I am going to be fine.  I will never starve or be homeless, so theres nothing to be afraid of.  This includes meeting with a financial advisor.
- Make a budget and learn how to stick to it.
- For one week each month use cash only.
-Build emergency savings.

Personal Enrichment
-Journel more, either the blog, or on paper.
-Go back to church more consistently.

Ok, feel free to keep me accountable now.
Happy New Year everyone!

Oh! One other thing to celebrate from 2012.  It was the year that my retirement savings finally out paced my student debt.  Woo hoo improving economy!