Friday, December 28, 2012

Reflecting on 2012

I looked back at my New Year's post from the beginning of 2012 and it looks like I was pretty convinced that 2012 would be my year.

Oh, Past wrong you were.

I guess I can see why. I'd just snagged an agent at the end of 2011, and we all know that solves any and all problems, right? And I had this great job that I'd had for six years, so obviously that wasn't going to be an issue, right?

Yeah...not so much.

Losing my job turned out to be this awful black hole in my year, and, honestly, I haven't yet recovered from that blow, and I can't imagine myself really bouncing back from it any time soon. I didn't really realize how much of my identity was tied into not just being a teacher, but being a teacher at that particular school teaching those particular kids. I miss that job every day, and my current job is fine, but it's not my home in every way like my old job was.

So, yeah, 2012 ended up being the worst year so far in my professional life.

Obviously there were still some major highlights in the other parts of my life.


Met John Green for the 2nd time at the Tour de Nerdfighting


Dressed up for the Hunger Games movie


Went to Coachella





These months were all really difficult, which is why I didn't blog much. Gah.


And through all of it, I wrote a new book...something that I think is pretty darn awesome.

So, even though I went through one of the worst and hardest things I've had to deal with this year, and it continues to impact me every single day, there was also a ton of awesome. It was nice to take some time to remember that.

I hope you all had an awesome 2012! It was so great to get to know you all this year (or get to know you better), and I look forward to all the awesome 2013 has in store for all of us!

So, the image hosting I've used forever has sort of crapped out on me, and many of the posts I linked above have broken images in them. I was going to try to fix all of them, but I don't have time for that. So...sorry. 


  1. Sorry your year wasn't so great. Here's hoping for a better 2013!

  2. You have a ton to be proud of. I'm sorry the transition to the new job is still feeling tough, but you're doing it in style and giving your new kids some awesome reading experiences (yay!) My only advice is the really cliche stuff that I'm sure you've already heard plenty of (one day at a time, one foot in front of the other, etc) so I'll just say what I say to my husband every day when he heads off to the corporate litigation trenches: Keep kicking butt! You can do this!

  3. I'm sorry your year wasn't so great professionally. I hope your new teaching job gets easier in 2013. You sound like a great teacher! I'm glad to hear you had some fun moments this year though. I'm jealous of your European travels!

    Do you think you'll be at SCBWI LA again next year? I'm planning to go for the first time! Would love to meet you in person. :)

  4. I'm sorry that parts of 2012 were tough, but it looks like you still had some bright spots. I'm jealous of all your travels and your John Green encounters!
    I second the advice to Keep Kicking Butt! May 2013 be YOUR year :)

  5. New book! John Green! PARIS!
    I'm sorry about the tough times, but you made it through the roller coaster that was 2012 so much more awesome!
    Here's to a rocking 2013! Look out, world! :)

  6. You look extra gorgeous in that very first Miami photo... Love it! So, I think our 2012s were somewhat similar. Definite highs, with some pretty disappointing lows. Here's hoping for some awesome news in 2013. And congrats on finishing that book, lady!

  7. What an amazing year! And you picked out an awesome mug for your SipSwap partner!

  8. Next year will be way better! At least, that's what I keep telling myself...and if we believe it enough, maybe it'll come true :)

  9. This was a great look back at the ups and downs of 2012. Wishing you a 2013 full of joy and opportunities!

  10. I know that leaving your job had to be majorly tough - especially when it's not something you choose to do. But it seems you've had some pretty incredible moments in 2012. And I wish you many more in 2013! Happy New Year!

  11. 2009 was my ultimate "good riddance" year. what i didn't expect was that i'd be able to USE that year in all the happier years since then. it's like that robert browning hamilton poem about walking a mile with pain and with pleasure. anyway, i hope 2012 winds up being that for you, and i hope you danced like crazy/gave the passing year the middle finger last night. viva la 2013!