I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions. If it’s time to make a change in your life, and you’re truly dedicated to making that change, it can start on any day of the year. Sure, I get the symbolism of a fresh start, a clean slate, turning over a new leaf, and so forth, but New Year’s Day has never been an auspicious time for me to make such a commitment.
But I do think the start of the new year is a great time to take stock and make plans. Looking back over 2012, I’m really pleased. We did amazing things at Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech, and I continue to enjoy the privilege of working for two of my best friends.
I did some amazing things here on my personal site too. I chronicled my marathon and triathlon training and raised money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults in honor of my friend Heather. I finished my first marathon, my first Ironman 70.3 triathlon, and finally beat Old Stage Hill.
I also ramped back up on global health issues, starting with my participation in the Shot@Life Blogust relay, which led to a front row seat at the Social Good Summit (though, sadly, not to dinner with Pete Cashmore), and then to a trip I’d never dreamed of: Meeting with UN health workers, observing Family Health Days, and learning about the resilient and resourceful people of Uganda as a guest in their beautiful country.
I volunteered with my kids’ school and helped create pages in their yearbook. I volunteered with my kids’ summer swim team and herded kids aged 4-18 from their tents to the blocks. We bid our first exchange student goodbye and welcomed our second.
We hiked one 14er with the girls (Mount Evans) and a second 14er on our own (Pikes Peak). We visited Glenwood Springs, hiked to Hanging Lake, swam in the spring-fed pool, and biked on the trail along I-70. We skied at Ski Cooper, zip-lined at YMCA of the Rockies, and camped (in a tent!) at No Name in Glenwood Canyon.
2012 was more than I ever expected it to be. Next up, my plans for 2013.