My 2012

This happens every year. Did I accomplish all my resolutions for 2012? I wrote in 2011 how I don’t like resolutions because they make me anxious; I feel like there is too much pressure. But, if they’re just things that I want to do in the coming year, then I feel more at ease with the ideas I set up for myself!

Well, looking back over what I wanted to do in 2012, things didn’t go quite as planned. I didn’t end up with a job I was supposed to do up in Redding, CA and instead ended up returning back to Southern California, only to leave and go to Peru for the summer! The madness! But, lets look over a few things shall we?

Recover from running injuries and do a 1/2 marathon: Ok, this is still in the works. I did a good job of laying off running with the fear of my Piriformis syndrome becoming chronic and TOOK THREE WHOLE MONTHS OFF while I was in Peru to heal everything. I returned to running after coming home and everything was going great! Well, until I hit a curb wrong on a run and sprained my ankle, which landed me on crutches! Such a bummer! But, I can safely say that 5 weeks after the sprain I’m already back up to 5 miles for my longest run and am super excited for some races in 2013!!!


More Strength Training: This went AMAZING this year. Ok, well, I would call it more of a…getting in more calastinics. Which is kind of like strength training, right? I decided with a challenge from Bobbi to tackle doing the Insanity Challenge this Spring and I have never felt stronger in my LIFE! I am still doing it about 5 days a week on top of a few runs and in all seriousness, I never thought I would be able to do all the moves in those videos. They’re hard, I hurt every day, sweat my butt off and want to collapse after every workout, but it is amazing and the results are off the charts! If you want to hear more about it, please feel free to contact me!!!


Figure out what’s wrong with my digestive system: Hahaha, this went up and down and up and down all year. I was doing great before I left for Peru. Then I got sick over there from every bacteria/virus/parasite you could think of, throwing everything off kilter. I returned home and flew into becoming a full on vegan and things are getting better. I’m taking some extra supplements and probiotics in hopes of helping everything going on on the inside. Fingers crossed for a better 2013 for my belly.

Keep my friends closer: I haven’t posted much about this, but I tried my hardest. With my best friend I tried to Skype with her from Canada as often as possible, sending emails and staying as in touch as I could (minus being in Peru, that was hard keeping in touch with anyone). She is back in CA now and I’m hoping to spend more time with her since I’m here also, for the most part.

I also made the biggest effort I could with all the distance between me and my college friends to attend every bachelorette party, bridal shower, wedding, birthday, Christmas party and such that I could. It was hard but it was always worth it. I always miss these ladies immensely and wish we were all closer together!

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I also made some new friends this year that I have been making an effort to stay in contact with and visit when I can. Nothing better than having more friends to go on adventures with, right?!


Be More Involved/Social: I never know how to judge this kind of thing, but I think I did a pretty good job. I went out more with friends in the earlier part of the year and made some great ones while in Peru this summer, from all over the world including Columbia, France, and England! I also participated in multiple bird banding trips, Christmas bird counts and just getting more involved in the bird world with my Birding Thursday posts. So much fun! And of course there was Foodbuzz! Foodies Galore!

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Readership for the blog: Still working on that one…I’m trying to keep up with my Birding Thursday and Recipe Wednesdays…but I’m not doing very well. Hopefully with the new year and more of a schedule I’ll be able to accomplish that!

Eating More Organic/Local Foods: After leaving Tehachapi and Abundant Harvest this Spring I have been trying my hardest to purchase as many things from farmers markets and of course organic foods. I had no choice about food when I was in Peru but since returning home I’ve been hitting up the organic section of every grocery store I go to!

Spending More Time With Whit: Well, I didn’t end up moving 7 hours away like I thought, but instead 3,000+ miles and barely with an source of communication! Major fail! BUT, I did get him to make his first trip out of the country and to a historic place like Machu Picchu! We have taken some trips since then for our anniversary and around Southern Calfornia to keep us occupied. I must admit, I didn’t make as many trips to his neck of the woods as I had planned and he made many more to mine, so something to work on for 2013. Luckily he’s moving to a better places next to the coast so I think it’ll help both of us!


Work As Hard On My Recovery As I Can: This topic deserves a whole post to itself. I have made so much progress I don’t even know where to start!

Don’t Be Afraid of the Future: Ok, I normally never worry to much about this but after being without a paycheck since June (this summer in Peru was completely voluntary)  it’s been hard not worry about paying off my student loans, health insurance and car stuff. But, this Spring is holding up for some work. Now, we’ll just see what the future holds. I will be living between the coast and the desert for work and with Whit this Spring and am aiming to get in as much birding as I can because whenever Whit might get a transfer to Hawaii, birding won’t be the same as being on the mainland. We’ll see :)

2013 goals to come, along with a post about recovery from 2012. I’m so excited to share this with you guys!

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12 Responses to My 2012

  1. Progress is still progress! I think the only resolution I truly kept was to drink more water and I kinda started to eat better, but it’s all a life-long effort. Have a happy new year!

  2. marie says:

    I just wanted to say hi, happy holidays, and I’m glad to hear from you again! I don’t comment much b/c I don’t like to pipe up unless I have something substantive to say, but I really, really enjoy your blog and always smile when you pop up in my reader. I hope your 2013 is nothing short of fantastic!!

  3. madeline says:

    what a year… so full of excitement for you! i want to eat more local foods in 2013 too — great goal. and i can’t wait to read the recovery post!

    • Melissa says:

      If you can look into a CSA or Co-op so that it makes it a littler easier to get local foods! It’s what I did when I was getting my abundant harvest box! So convenient!

  4. I think you did quite well with your resolutions…or whatever you want to call them! I never make any resolutions, but this post is making me think that perhaps having some goals wouldn’t be so bad. At the end of the year, I always feel like I accomplished nothing, but I bet I’d feel a bit better if I actually tracked it! This year I keep saying I did absolutely nothing, but my husband keeps telling me I’m crazy. I started my PhD, but otherwise I feel like I’ve spent the whole year staring at my computer. Some goals would be nice, considering a PhD is just this long, big beast! Looking forward to the recovery and 2013 posts.

    • Melissa says:

      A PhD is a huge thing! There is so much work that goes into the project you choose! I realized that this summer working with the girl doing her PhD in Peru! And I’m sure you did so many other things! I think resolutions is a bad word so I like to think of goals, or things I’d like to do in the coming year. Much more fun that way!!! Happy New Year!

  5. biz319 says:

    You have had an amazing 2012 Mel! You have come so far since the beginning days of your blog – you should go back and see re-read some of those entries!

    Wishing you and Whit, and your family a Happy New Year!! Hugs!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Biz! Your support throughout the year has helped me so much and there are not enough thank yous in the world to express my gratefulness to you. I have re-read many of my posts from this year and years previous and I’m still amazed every time at how much things have changed! Happy New Year and I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for us! PS WordPress informed me that you posted the most comments on my blog this year! HAHAH!!!

  6. Mica says:

    Wow, you made so many good goals for the year and did a great job keeping track of them. I’m excited to start Insanity, so thanks for encouraging me to get it!

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