Journey in a year.

As promised, I went through nearly all of my blog posts from the year to pick our my personal favorites to share with you.  (actually, as I write this, I’m only on July… so no promises that I’ll make it all the way through.)

It was good food for thought to read through these posts, to see how I’ve grown, to see what’s still the same.  I picked out one from every month of the year to highlight.  Take a read of some if you have a chance:

January:  “Fail”

February: “Obligatory Valentines”

March: “Really, Truly Real.”

April: “Promises, Promises.”

May: “Graduation Eve jaunt into the future.”

June: “Just in case you’re wondering what my perfect day would look like.”

honorable mention for June: the fictional tales of people on vacation, one of which is recorded here: “their stories: the cupcake place” and here: “my story: Bro-Am”.

July: “Another Friday.” 

August: “An encounter with lovely.”

September: “Future Olympic Champion, ready made.”

honorable mention for September: “Post Office Lovin.”

October: “Dear Doppelgänger” (actually my top post, views-wise, for 2012! not giving up hope that she’ll read it someday.)

November: “How to get rid of a telemarketer.”

Thanks for sticking with me on this journey through 2012.  What are your 2012 highlights?


2012 in review.

It’s been an incredible year here at Journey to Who I Want to Be.

And I say that like it’s a big production.  We all know it’s really just me and Matilda here, which makes one live person.  One of my favorites parts of being on WordPress is that the “monkeys” (I have no idea why they call it that) at WordPress prepare a year-end report about each blog.  There’s a small excerpt from it below, and you can click the link to see the rest.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

The big numbers are all very exciting.  It’s incredible to me how effectively the internet can bring people from all over the world together.  You have something in common with people in 52 countries of the world – this blog here.

I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading.  And not just for reading, but for your kind words as well.  Many of you have told me how much you enjoy reading my posts, and each time it affirms my calling.  I’m so thankful to you.

WordPress put together a list of the top 5 most popular posts, but for tomorrow, I’m going to give you my top 5 favorite posts – the ones that were most exciting to write, the ones that hold the most meaning to me.

In the meantime, I’m curious.  Do you have any favorites?  Comment with a link if you do.

And thank you again, all you wonderful readers.

2012 time capsule.

2012 is drawing to a close, as strange as that seems.  I started out this year as a high school senior, and I feel so far away from high school now that I can hardly believe it was just a few months ago.  Because sometimes pictures speak louder than words, here’s my picture time capsule for the year.

Friends (73)Started out 2012 with great anticipation, looking ahead to what was in store


It was a year of travel, of horizon-broadening, of vision-shaping.

It was a year full of beauty.


And extreme weight loss on my part…..

Just kidding – more like new experiences with a type of pants I’d never seen before.DSCN3808

You could even say it’s been a monumental year.IMG_0395

A year with many treasured times with my family.

A year of choosing to do things differently, of deciding live like it matters.P1000212

A year with a mortarboard.


A summer with the best job I can imagine.

A year where sometimes I was the only one who was still confused about things.

A year of looking at risky things…DSCN4336

… trying to carefully navigate…

And realizing that it wasn’t as scary as it seemed like it was going to be.DSCN4500

It was a year when having GPS navigation on my phone and friends to offer direction was quite helpful. DSCN4532

I don’t have to tell you that I ate a lot this year too.  You know this.


Kathryn and I learned to share space, pumpkin bars, and cleaning responsibilities.

Brooke and I used our adulthood and small paychecks to visit each other, to explore together, and to keep in touch intentionally.


The big city beckoned, and to date, I haven’t gotten seriously lost yet.

It was a year where taxes started to be automatically deducted from my paycheck.DSCN4657

And I joined a culture of rainboot wearers, sometimes stepping directly into puddles.

DSCN4687Made new friends, still holding the others tightly.


We got excited about the little things in life, the things that we take for granted and the things that are just a little bit remarkable.DSCN4762

And 2012 will finish up near where it started, with long-time friends and even-longer-time family, with familiar environment though I’m different than I was when I left.  2013 will sneak in, and we’ll all wonder exactly where the past year went.  When that thought crosses my mind, it’s back to this time capsule that I’ll come.

What’s in your time capsule?