Well, it’s a new year. Whew! 2012 was such a whirlwind – intensifying schoolwork and a boatload of new responsibilities at work, crazy and fun travels, and difficult family issues and losses. Although excited to begin anew, I think this year helped strengthen my character as I struggled to balance it all. And, my goodness, was it tough some days! I wouldn’t say I was necessarily depressed, but I’m sure it’s the closest I ever came to it as things simply got too overwhelming a majority of the time.
Unfortunately, in the process, I managed to stress eat (something I’d prided myself on never doing in the past) my way back to my pre-weight-loss weight from the first half of the year. With everything going on, I let my addiction to food get the better of me. I am eager to get back to the gym next week and get started on a healthier me; this has included saying “no” to projects that I simply don’t have the time or energy for, and trying to focus on a few things I can really dedicate myself to.
When stress calls, travel beckons — I look forward to attending a coworker/friend’s wedding in Richmond in February and a week-long retreat to visit my friend Laura in Florida for Spring Break. I’m hoping to squeeze a trip to my favorite continent (so far!) in sometime after I graduate and before life gets even more complicated. I know it will all work out and what’s meant to happen will happen. 🙂
Along the lines of a new year, I find myself going back through my mind, remembering some of my happiest moments. Not shockingly, many of them involve travel. In the spirit of a new year and fostering creativity (which I have NOT done lately), I have decided to post a picture, memory, moment from my travels that has affected me in some way or brings me back to a happy place and time. It’s my hope that with these posts I can not only do the previously-mentioned, but also give wings to the travel bug that itches so many of us.
It will take a while to catch up (it’s already the 3rd, lol), but I think this is a good way to put me on track to a happier me, amidst the stress of a new semester starting next week and impossible circumstances and situations at work.
I hope this post finds its readers with a happy heart and a peaceful outlook on the new year. I know I’m trying to get there!!