2012 was a wonderful year. A monumental year!
For starters, it seemed to go by in about three minutes. What’s this whole thing about getting older and the years going by quicker? I don’t like it.
But as I sat with my cup of coffee yesterday at my future mother in law’s house and recollected everything that has gone on this past year, I was reminded once again how grateful I am that this is my life. I get to wake up daily to a job I absolutely adore, live in beautiful California and have the most wonderful friends and family around. I am once blessed girl and not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for that. The following are just highlights that were close to my heart to share. I hope you enjoy!
Traveling to Florida to help Jaden shoot the photos for her new cookbook was a huge highlight for me! I learned more about photography in the week that I spent with her, Todd and Diane than I have in years of messing around with my camera on my own.
Last April, Adam and I went to Cabo San Lucas for a short vacation. Best Groupon deal ever! For a few blissful days, we relaxed in the sun, drank fruity drinks and spotted grey whales in the Sea of Cortez. If anyone is traveling to Cabo any time soon, I highly recommend Sirena del Mar. The price is right, the location is breathtaking and the food is absolutely amazing! What more do you need?
Later in April, I traveled to Avery Island, Louisiana to visit the Tabasco headquarters with a few other food bloggers. Talk about Southern hospitality….the folks at Tabasco were among the friendliest I’ve ever met. They truly are a family run company.
I left with a full belly and a burning mouth.
BlogHer Food last June in Seattle was a BLAST to say the least. Maybe it sounds weird, but I’ve made the majority of my best friends through blogging and getting to hang out with them all in one place during the conference was like a dream come true! I won’t be at BlogHer Food this June, however, ’cause I’ll be on my honeymoon then!! Woop woop.
From Seattle, I traveled to Southern California to speak at my first book event! Oh man, was I ever nervous. I’m nervous again just thinking about it. But…I survived and met some wonderful people in the progress. I truly don’t think I would have felt near as confident speaking in front of a crowd if I hadn’t gone through an intense yoga teacher training. Through that process, I became much more comfortable with my voice and in my own skin.
Even if all the cookies I brought got smashed in the airplane.
For the second year in a row, we spent 4th of July at Lake Tahoe with Adam’s aunt and uncle. It’s now become a tradition that I look forward to all year! Nothing is more peaceful and relaxing than Lake Tahoe. It’s my total happy place.
I truly had the time of my life and will remember it forever! You guys are amazing. I love you!
After finishing my book tour, I got the opportunity to help out at the first annual Influence Conference. I can’t even tell you what a powerful experience it was for me. It was my favorite blog conference by far, and one of the highlights of my entire year. I got to room with three amazing women and form close friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I’m already counting down the days till the conference next year!
By far, the BIGGEST thing that happened in 2012 was that I got engaged! I can’t wait to marry Adam on May 25th surrounded by all our family and friends.
I seriously don’t know how I got so lucky.
I can’t wait for this new chapter in our lives starting in 2013!
I don’t usually make “resolutions” because I’d probably end up as one of the 92% that break it the second week into the year. Instead, I’m going to pick a few things to focus on. Next year, I’d like to focus on my new role of becoming a wife, drawing closer to God’s presence, being a better friend and getting more involved in local charities and nonprofits.
And lots more delicious food to come! See ya next year, friends!