Fickle Friday and Happy New Year!

One of my supervisors (you may remember her from this post two summers ago) came to the office and proudly showed us one of her Christmas presentsa silver necklace with a little pendant displaying her initials. It was lovely, so of course I asked her where she got it.

Turns out that the little pendant is a old-fashioned typewriter key! How unique and charming is that? I did some internet research and found a couple of online boutiques that sell these vintage beauties so I could share them with you guys. I know everyone's broke from the holidays, but Valentine's Day is just around the corner (said like a true marketing professional)! Ha ha! I kid, I kid. I just think these are really cute and wanted you to see for yourselves:

Anyway, yesterday afternoon a few co-workers and myself decided to partake in a spontaneous team-building exercise. The four of us took a few moments to write down what we liked about each other and then, in true getting-in-touch-with-your-feelings, sitting-around-a-campfire-singing-Kumbaya style, we sat in a circle and read our affirmations out loud. Yeah, it was pretty cheesy, but also a lot of fun ... and highly entertaining. Apparently I'm liked for my adaptability, quick wit (read: snarkiness), and ability to look pretty in scarves. Now I have the post-its hanging up in my cubicle for me to read any time I need a little pick-me-up. Aren't we adorable? Why yes, yes were are.

My favorite picture of Joey from 2011. Roar!
In other news, we are officially reaching the end of 2011 and now would be the appropriate time to relive highlights from the past year and start expressing hope for what the new year will bring.

I think I've had an interestng 2011. I started the year working from home as a freelance colorist in my pajamas, then found myself working part-time at a university press, and eventually ended up back at the very first company I ever worked for after graduation. It's kind of funny how things work out. While I ultimately want to be a published writer one day, I am more than thrilled with where my career at this very moment. I can finally sit back, relax, and be content.

My favorite picture of myself from 2011.
2011 has been a great year for running, too! I completed two half marathons and a handful of other races, making several PRs along the way and logging more miles in this one year than I ever have in my entire life. If my scheduled 7-mile run tomorrow morning goes as planned, I will have finished the year 2011 with 857.13 running miles under my belt. And if I wanted to count my mileage total for both running and walking on cross-training days, it would be close to about 1,100 miles. Not too shabby! But without a doubt, my running highlight of 2011 was going sub-2 in the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon and finishing the race in 1 hour, 54 minutes, and 56 seconds. I will never, ever forget the incredible rush and feeling of accomplishment as I rounded the final corner and saw the timer flashing a finishing time that was 16 minutes faster than my previous mini time.It was like winning the lottery and wanting to take a very long nap at the exact same time.

2011 also brought the birth of my best friend's gorgeous baby boy, the weddings of a few family members and close friends, the beginning of a deep, fulfilling relationship with my Kitchen Aid mixer, a bigger place to live, a new job for Clayton, the beginnings of a better relationship with my dad, vastly increased readership for my blog, a weight loss of 16+ lbs, some awesome new friendships with some pretty rad peeps, and many other exciting changes. When I look back at the previous year, I can only see it as good. Even during the times where I was stressed and worried about my career or finances, God always provided a way.

My favorite professional picture
of the hubs and I from 2011.
New Year's Eve will be relatively low-key for us this year. I'm not huge into celebrating New Year's anyway (I'm usually ready for bed around 12:05 a.m.), and I have no desire to get too wild or crazy. We were invited to a few parties that we are going to try and drop by for a bit, but I think we'll be spending a majority of the evening with our best friends enjoying some drinks and good music for one of their first outings sans Nicholas.

I can't wait to see what 2012 will bring! Wanna know what my biggest hope for the new year is?


How is that for a lame Ms. America answer? But it's true. More than anything, I want peace. Inner peace. Peace of mind. Peace in my family. Peace in my marriage. I want my whole year to feel like one, 365-day long hot yoga session. Even when times are rough (as the inevitably will be at some point in my life), I want to see the good and find the silver-lining. I want to have obnoxiously optimistic hope in every situation. I want to put stress, worry, and self-doubt on the back burner and live in blissful, peaceful contentment. That's the biggest thing I'm going to work on this year—telling the negativity and self-deprecation in my head to shut up and hit the road because I have better things to think about. :)

And there will be cake. Lots and lots of cake. 

Happy New Year! :)

My favorite not-so-professional picture of the hubs and I from 2011.


  1. "It was like winning the lottery and wanting to take a very long nap at the exact same time."

    Best description I've heard of how running races and PR'ing them make you feel! :)


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