I am ready to close the proverbial door on 2012. Anyone with me? It has been a year of great highs and lows both personally and globally, but glass half-full kind of girl that I am, I prefer to reflect on the moments worth celebrating.
One of the highlights of my year was launching this tiny little blog in January. Talk about a learning curve! Starting with the retelling of a crazy adventure that was too good to keep to myself, I dove head first into the blogosphere intending to share my, well, my love of life I suppose. I leave the year much more tech savvy than I entered it and with a clearer sense of where I want the blog to go. The new format (which I hope you have noticed today!) is part of that focus, and I look forward to bringing you more original images and content that take advantage of this clean, wide, streamlined layout.
February brought what continues to be my most widely read post. From India to Indiana, it seems women everywhere are still searching for the perfect nude pump.
Beautiful and unexpected weather visited Chicago in March, bringing runners and revelers to Lake Michigan months early.
A visit to The Museum of Science and Industry on the last Saturday in April taught our family a lesson about Perseverance.
In May I counted celebrating Mother’s Day with my mom as one of my greatest blessings.
I also leaked her closely guarded carrot cake recipe.
Ah, June. My first triathlon was a great high and horrible low all at once, and because of that I walked away with tremendous gratitude. And exhaustion. Thank goodness my little sister sharpied our favorite expression on my arm before the race because I almost sank and think it may have saved me!
A trip to Kiawah Island in July brought us close to creatures big and small. Witnessing the journey from shell to sea for a group of loggerhead turtles is something I will never forget.
Martha’s Vineyard in August was the best part of summer. Exploring Lucy Vincent Beach, fishing with Captain Tom Langman, and wandering Menemsha were highlights of the vacation.
September brought autumn’s arrival.
And October, a trip to the apple orchard in Wisconsin.
And my 40th. Yes I’m fussing with my candles.
Fashion blogger and photographer Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist came to Chicago for a book signing in November.
Cookies and chocolate were all over December – just ask my poor neglected bathroom scale. Which brings us to the New Year. Resolutions or no resolutions? I’m already working on my list….
All images via the aesthete and the dilettante