31 December 2012

The RHS 2012 year in review

Oh, 2012. You were... Quite. The. Year.

You know some years are inextricably tied to particular events, and even become reference points to figure out other dates? Like the year I graduated high school, or got married. 2012 will always be the year that we sold our house and moved to St. Louis.

Which is a major life-changing event, yes, but also a great way to generate blog content. Selling a house equals so many projects! Big-impact and high-effort makeovers...


Smaller maintenance projects (all DIY, by the by)...


And what I’ll call “sprucing” projects, to make the house look its best.


Once our little house was perfect, we had to sell it, find a new Casa P and move there. Oy.


Then there was trying to make the new Casa P... well, our casa. There were projects that focused on function...


But mostly on form.


I also cooked a lot in 2012. A LOT. Especially considering this isn’t a food blog. Here’s just a sampling...



And that’s just when I was home, because oh, did I travel in 2012.


(That’s not going to stop in 2013, FYI. So far, I’m looking at trips to Buffalo, Birmingham, perhaps Minneapolis, and... Cancun.)

And when we weren’t traveling, we were exploring our new city.


Still, if I don’t remember 2012 as the year we specifically left our Nashville home for a St. Louis adventure, I’ll at least remember 2012 as a year of change. Apartment-hunting, new lecturer position, job interviews, graduating...


... and of course, moving to a new city, generally taking our careers onwards and upwards.

I tried a few new things on the blog this year, too. Unfortunately I barely started on the graphic and content overhaul I envision, so that will have to wait for another year. Honestly, I’m just pleased I updated my sidebar five months late. And I did try a few new things, like showing you what I wore to try to appear as a competent professional businessy smart lady, and regularly filling you in on those random things I particularly enjoyed over the past month.

Which brings me to the meta-topic: a blog about why I blog. It’s a frequent question I hear, especially when I’m trying to juggle the usual errands and life issues with the long hours at my job – and especially because I’m obviously not doing it for the Benjamins. So why do I grab my camera for every possible “bloggable” moment, and why am I compelled to stay up ridiculously late at night to tell you about it? Really, let’s be honest. I don’t have the time to blog. So why?

Well, part of it is so I can write (also ridiculously time-consuming) round-up posts like this one. Or at least, read the past posts over the year. It’s amazing how much one person can grow in a year, and documenting it virtually every day allows me to chart that personal growth. But I could accomplish the same thing with a daily journal, not a blog that the whole world sees.

And that brings me to the real reason why I blog here, day in and day out: accountability for the challenge. It’s often difficult to live a life that seems interesting enough to write about, it’s a challenge to take photos that accurately capture what I’m doing, and it’s very very hard to stare down the white screen of a completely empty Word document each and every night and FILL. IT. UP. But I do it anyway, because there’s a handful of loyal, dear readers that are checking up on me. Knowing that keeps me facing the challenge each night, and I know I’m a more creative person and a better writer (I said better, not good) for it.

Which means... it all comes down to you guys. Thank you for that challenge, dear readers. I don’t think you know how much it means to me.

And finally, one last thing to remember 2012 by: Although I started blogging here in 2011, 2012 was the first (and so far only) year that I managed to post something here on the blog each weekday – because of this post, right here. I doubt that’ll be remembered as the landmark event of 2012, and I can’t promise that the same thing will happen in 2013 (though goodness knows, I’ve barely scratched the surface of projects around here). But either way, I do hope you stick around for it, dear readers. Best wishes for a happy end to 2012!

7 comments:

Christal said...

definitely my favorite blog. :-)

Rachel C said...

I've said it before, but this is the first blog I read each day, and honestly, usually my favorite. I heart YHL, but something about yours is so much more personal. Maybe it's because I know you, but I think it's because I connect to you more. We are about the same age, in roughy the same point in our life/marriage and strive to create a wonderful, cozy, inviting home. Your blog inspires me to try to do more and challenge myself. And honestly, I don't know how you do it. Happy New Years and thanks for helping make 2012 interesting!

Tina said...

You are still so my reason for getting up every weekday morn... you make my life better.

Shanna said...

I don't comment often but I visit and check on what you're up to...your blogging skills are right up there with the 'pros' [maybe soon you'll be going to the blogger conferences?!]. You are witty, the photos are top quality, and I'm inspired to try some of the things you're doing because you make it look so easy! I would understand if you ever had to stop, because life DOES get crazy sometimes...but until then, I'm going to enjoy your posts and YOU!

Shanna

cindy said...

I love your blog and am happy you take the time! Your DIY projects are inspiring and helpful....I bought "the brush" when painting our bedroom and loved it!

Mary Beth said...

I love your blog! Even though I don't really cook, do any DIY projects or particularly enjoy decorating - I want to WANT to do these things! You are quite inspirational, and definitely make me want to visit IKEA more. Oh and BIRMINGHAM - what what!!?? Yay!

Sarah said...

Thanks everyone! You guys are the bestest.

Mary Beth: UH DUH, of course Birmingham! The save-the-date is on my fridge!