So here are some of the things I accomplished this year that I'm proud of:
I attended both Camp Widows--East and West. This included driving from Ohio to South Carolina and back--by myself, thankyouverymuch--for East and surviving a horrendous travel experience getting to San Diego for West. At West, I did my friend Judy's makeup for the banquet. Not incidentally, it was in a Camp Widow West session that I started to actually have hope that I might be able to find love again.
I bought myself a widow's ring, which helps remind me that Ron is always with me and helps strengthen my identity as a widow.
I left my part-time job at Bare Escentuals. This is an accomplishment because, while it was difficult to do (as I really loved that job), it reduced my stress and increased my free time.
I redesigned and expanded the scope of this blog.
I read and reviewed the book Therapy Revolution, which taught me how to hire a good therapist and what the therapy process should be like, and which led to being featured on the authors' blog Therapy Soup.
I read a bunch of other great books. Standouts include Evolving in Monkey Town and A Year of Biblical Womanhood, both by Rachel Held Evans; along with several memoirs of Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals who've experienced doubt.
I started featuring my own photography here.
Except for stocking stuffers, I made donations for all of my Christmas presents.
Looking at all of the above, I can honestly say I'm glad I've noted my accomplishments instead of simply regretting what I didn't get done. It's a good thing.
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And now, because all the cool kids are doing it, here are my most popular posts of the year:
- Why I'm Leaving Bare Escentuals
- Camp Widow East 2012: The Glass is Both Half Empty and Half Full
- Big Changes Coming to This Blog
- The Widowed Blog Slam
- Books That Made a Difference: Therapy Revolution
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Do you ever wish you'd accomplished more during the year than you did? What did you accomplish this year? If you did a year in review on your blog, where can I find it?