Hello friends! I hope you are well and settling into the new year with fresh eyes and a peaceful heart and home.

I’ve been reflecting on this blog, and life in general, quite a bit since I flipped my calendar to January. In many ways, this was a bit more quiet place in 2012. I didn’t have (or make?) as much time to write as I have in the past. The kids and I had a pretty good year. We had a change in daycare, which required some adjustment, and there were a number of food allergy reactions and mysteries which baffled us. We took a trip up north to visit family and play at a water park. There were fun birthday parties, trips to museums, theaters, parks and zoos… we sure pack a lot of fun into our weekends. 🙂 And I squeezed in a couple of trips myself, to California for relaxation and Chicago to visit a friend.

Professionally, I spent much of my free time keeping up with my day job, which kept me hopping last year. I also joined the board for the Food Allergy Support Group of MN and became a part of the Social Media Breakfast team. Both meaningful activities for me to be a part of and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to give back in these ways. And of course, with an amazing planning team, we held  the 3rd successful MN Blogger Conference – something I’ve enjoyed planning since we kicked it off in 2010.

Of course things are different now than when I first started blogging back in 2007. My instincts drive me to tweet rather than blog, and I find more and more time passes before I’m inspired to write something substantial. Yet, each time a few weeks go by, I start to get the itch. The itch to write, to share. Or someone bends my ear on an important parenting or health topic, and I get inspired to share with you. I’m just surprised you all still care enough to keep coming back. Thank you for that. Truly.

I took a look at the top 10 posts from 2012 (based on which ones had the most comments and/or views) and thought I’d share them here – of course many of them are food allergy related, since we had such an eventful year in that regard. So, here they are with the most popular post starting at #1.

1. How I accidentally injected myself with an EpiPen

2. reflection:: what it’s like to be a food allergy mom

3. our first epi-pen, ambulance ride, hospital visit for food allergies

4. Four things that freak me out about food

5. the reality of food allergy scares

6. gasp :: top baby names

7. It’s No Accident:: book giveaway & ask the expert

8. how can a child learn responsibility for food allergies?

9. three springs

10. Can project management theory apply to personal life?


And after looking behind me, I’m looking ahead and wondering what 2013 has in store. Or rather, what will I create for myself this new year? How can I be a better parent? How can I be more productive and focused with my time? How can I say yes to the things (and people) who matter most?  And say no to the things which don’t? And since this blog is still a place that matters to me… I’m not going to abandon it yet. So I ask myself how can I offer something of value to both of us… Let me know if you have any ideas on that one. 🙂

Take care, friends.


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2 Responses to “2012 :: year in review”

  1. Amber says:

    Well, value is subjective, and I’m honestly not sure how much I have to offer in the way of suggestions. I do enjoy your writing, so maybe I could just say keep up the good work?

    Anyway, my real comment is to belatedly wish you a happy New Year. To 2013!



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