Goodbye Sweet 2012, Hello (?) 2013!


It seems very kind indeed that on this first day of the new year, January 1st, 2013, I find myself in a place I waited for all of last year: sipping tea in my very own apartment with my two favorite people in the world (Brady & Aya) with (this might be the best part) no errands to run, no obligations to meet, and no cleaning to do. As it’s the first day of a brand new year, I’m inevitably feeling optimistic, and will take today as a sign that maybe 2013 will be a year marked by less stress and more rest.

Of course, 2012 was kind to me and brought more significant changes to my life than any year to date, including:

-Returning to Bristol, England after Christmas to complete my MA in English literature

-Meeting two kindred spirits across the pond who pulled me through the rainy days of essay writing

-Traveling to Devon, Cornwall, Stratford-on-Avon, and visiting London on repeat

-Traveling to Paris, France and taking a train south to the French Riveria (Hello, Monaco!)

-Celebrating Easter in the company of my dear friend and cousin in a little apartment in Goteborg, Sweden

-The Grand Tour of Italia: Rome, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, and Venezia

-Visiting the lovely little town of Dorset, England and touring the home of Thomas Hardy (I even sat at his writing desk!)

-Getting engaged to the love of my life on *April 25th, 2012* on the stunning Clifton Suspension Bridge

-Working with the genius Ralph Pite on my dissertation entitled “Fascinations of Purpose: Color in the Life and Work of Thomas Hardy”

-Returning home in June to finish my dissertation and plan an autumn wedding

-Marrying Mr Brady Mark Johnson in front of our dear family and friends on October 27th

-Moving into a sweet one bedroom apartment in Saint Louis Park, MN; just minutes away from glorious Lake Calhoun

-Honeymooning in sunny Florida (seven brilliant days with Brady…the longest consecutive time we’d ever had together)

-Celebrating our first holidays together as Mr & Mrs


I don’t expect another year to ever be like 2012, but I do expect 2013 to hold its own charm and significance. To help that on I’m making a short and sweet list of (do-able) resolutions. Namely:

-Read More

-Stress Less

-Slooow down

-Write more

-Spend less

-More small acts of kindness

-More patience

-More love

If anything, I pray that 2013 will be the year I remember that “There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.”

That is all.



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