2012: A Recap

Yes, yes. I know it’s already January 9th and I’m super late on the bandwagon – what’s new? – but here’s a quick recap of 2012 anyway.

In hindsight, it’s easy to see that 2012 was about self-discovery. I learnt a lot about myself this year and feel as if I’m becoming exactly the woman I want to be. I’m more confident, have developed a clearer sense of self, and most importantly, I feel comfortable in my own skin. I’ve waited years to be able to say that, and it feels so good. Along with that, I don’t feel like I’m playing at being a grown-up anymore. I’m a legit adult. It’s amazing.

This time last year, I would never have dared to apply for the supervisor post at my library. (Currently, my application is pending. I should know by the weekend whether or not I’ve been shortlisted. Fingers and toes crossed.) In fact, I almost didn’t apply for the library assistant back in November 2011 because of the self-doubt.

The highlights of 2012 were:

  • Welcoming my sweet nephew, Lucas Ray, and becoming an auntie for the first time


  • Meeting Neil, the guy I’m dating
  • Having TWO guest posts featured on Pub(lishing) Crawl
  • One of those guest posts – So You Think You Want My Job? (Library Assistant) – making it to Joanna Volpe’s Best of Pub Crawl 2012 list. So honoured to be featured!
  • Starting as a part-time library assistant
  • Blowing out the candles on the incredible Hunger Games birthday cake my mum made me


  • Deciding to start writing the fantasy books for teens that I’ve dreamed of my whole life
  • Spending a long weekend in the Lake District with family in August for my uncle’s 50th birthday (despite the traumatic event of a restaurant ceiling collapsing on my head one night)
  • Finding out I will be an auntie again in February – to a niece this time!

Losing our sweet Ellie in November totally devastated our family. It was the lowest, most difficult point of the year for all of us. Adjusting to life without a dog to come home to has been so hard—and we’re still not there yet. I’m not sure we ever will be. The house just feels so empty. But Ellie isn’t suffering anymore and she’s back with our lovely Cassie, the poodle we lost in April 2011. Knowing that helps some.

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Despite Ellie’s passing, 2012 was a wonderful year overall. My family and I have been so blessed this year, and it’s been the platform for many beginnings—new lives, new relationships, new opportunities. I can’t wait to see where 2012 will lead me.


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