This has been a particularly eventful year for me. My parents moved from being a 10-minute walk from my house to more than halfway across the country. I left an old job and started a new company. This blog went from 40,000 readers a day to more than 120,000 reader per day. I rediscovered old friends and learnt ugly truths about some new ones. My husband and I finally finished the restoration of the first room of our century-year-old bungalow. We fought and made up… a million times. I went and stayed at my brother’s house in Singapore for the first time and learnt what a wonderful thing it is when siblings get all grown up. My mother had a heart attack – at 62-years-old, this was beyond unexpected. But in the process of her treatment and healing, we spent time together as a family in ways we haven’t done for years now. Sweet with the bitter, happiness with fortitude and smiles that came along with their own set of tears… it’s sometimes impossible to believe one year can encapsulate so much. So many moments, so many memories. Now it’s time to see what 2013 will bring!
I also love these words on the New Year from one of my favourite authors, Jennifer Weiner: ”I’ve learned a lot this year… I learned that things don’t always turn our the way you planned or the way you think they should. And I’ve learned that there are things that go wrong that don’t always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before. I’ve learned that some broken things stay broken, and I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you.”
How has 2012 been for you? What’s your defining moment for the year that closes today? And what is it that you look forward to the most in 2013?