As 2012 comes to a close, it is natural to take time to reflect on the happenings of the past year. As with every year, there were important events to be celebrated (my mom and day’s 50th anniversary!), accomplishments to be lauded (David playing Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls), new ventures undertaken (Matthew starting to break dance…David joining him…and Matthew starting parkour), personal growth (moderating #kinderchat and going to #edcampkinder…giving my first presentation at the Shared Learning conference), new job titles (Shawn’s promotion) and increased responsibilities (Shawn’s new position and me going back to work full-time).
Our year has been filled with joy and sorrow…love and laughter…heartache and pain…just like any other year. But this year seemed different. This year seemed HARD…both physically and emotionally HARD. What exactly was hard is a private matter, shared with my best friends and family, not the public blogosphere, but I must say this: blogging has helped me get through a very hard year. And things are feeling more “normal”…whatever that is. For anyone who has read, tweeted, commented on or shared my blog…THANK YOU!
It seems strange that typing something out and putting it out for the world to see could be helpful. Invasive perhaps? Am I trying to get attention? I don’t think so. What I do know is that even if no one read my blog, it would still have helped me to process everything at have gone through this year. Sure, I didn’t write about the hard stuff…in fact, I only alluded to the hard stuff in one post in an extremely cryptic way. But that’s ok. I know exactly what I was writing about and that’s all that matters to me. It still helped.
When I started this blog back in July, I didn’t know what direction my writing would take. In some ways, I still don’t know. This blog is intensely personal and I write about what is important to me. These are my opinions, my feelings, my passions. I have written quite a bit about my teaching…that is a huge part of my life. I hope to write more in the near future…sometimes it will be about teaching, but I am hoping that I can balance that with other posts about the rest of my passions…family, travel and food. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts and thank you for helping me get through my hard year. I hope that all of you have a wonderful, healthy, happy, inspirational New Year. Cheers to 2013!