This year has been a crazy one for me. When I look back at the beginning of 2012, I was in a completely different place than I am now. For one, I was on unemployment and was feeling pretty down. I felt like I had no purpose and that was hard for me.
The first week of January though, my sister-in-law gave birth to two tiny little twin girls (they were about 3 pounds each). LoLo and I went to New York and visited them in the hospital a couple of weeks after they were born.
Then when they came home, I was able to go back to New York to help my sister-in-law take care of them while she battled through chemotherapy. It was then that I felt so thankful that I had the time to help her out and spend time with the girls.
Those little girls are 1 year old today and it has been so much fun to watch them grow. Even though being unemployed was really hard on me, I'm so happy I had the time to go and visit them often and watch them grow up.
In March, right before I found my job, I started this blog. Blogging has brought me so much throughout this year and I feel so glad my sister pushed me to do it. I feel like I've gained friends as well as a closer relationship with my sister. I've been able to tell my story and express myself in a way I never have before.
And then, of course, in April, I found my job. My job has been such a blessing. I never thought I would find a job that would combine so many things that I like. I love providing opportunities to people who may not have them otherwise. I love dreaming of far away places. I love working with people from those far away places. And most of all, I love going to those far away places.
If you had asked me back in January, I never would have dreamed I would end up in Shanghai, China in November. In January, I felt hopeless. By November, I was pinching myself to make sure it was all real.
I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for me. If 2012 is any indication, I know that at this point in time, I have absolutely no idea. I'll be adding another country to my list of places I've been so I can't wait to find out where my job sends me. I have a feeling there are some pretty great things coming up. And I'm so glad you're all here to join me!