I think I really surprised myself in 2012.
I knew at the beginning of the year I needed to change, but instead of just moving forward, I ended up going a little deeper by fixing some fundamental "flaws" of mine: the sorrows and guilts I felt about my past, the thoughts of not able to achieve what I am capable of, the lack of directions with my financial goals. I addressed all of them to the core and didn't let myself talk myself out of them.
The results were significant. At times, it might not have seemed that I've accomplished a lot. I mean, looking at the goals that I set for myself in 2012, I only managed to finish about a third of them; the difference is, now, I am on a solid ground that I can build on. It was as if I teared down what remained after 30 years of faulty built constructions, including the foundation, and started from the ground up again. Right now, I still have nothing other than an empty lot, but I'm working on my blueprints and imagining what wonderful things I can build on it. This time, I'm going to do it the right way and with no hesitations.
That said, I still managed to get a few things done during the year: I finished a few half marathons (San Diego Rock n' Roll Half Marathon, Scotiabank Half Marathon, Rubber Ducky Half and Strip at Night at Las Vegas); broke a lot of personal bests (half marathon: 1:54; 10km: 0:48); negotiated and bought a new car (Fiat 500: olive green with white/brown interior) and named it Aldo; met with a few long time Tweeps (@iron_fist, @ohsarahjoy, @plan9, @partlyaskew), went to vacation all by myself (Las Vegas) and saw "O" by Cirque du Soliel, which I've been dying to see for over 10 years; saw the 25th Anniversary Final Fantasy Celebration: Distant Worlds concert with @docmarvy; and countless more wonderful events and memories that I wish I had the time to blog about throughout the year.
2012 was a year of transition and I have never been as proud of myself like I am now. I've set some new goals for 2013 and am looking forward to what 2013 has instore for me.
Happy New Year, everyone.