Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 learnings and epiphanies

Ahhh, it's been a good year. 2012. I posted my 2011 and 2010 learnings here. It's always fun to go back and review all the changes that occurred in the last 365 days. Well, here's this year's version. 

{in no apparent order}
  1. Finding a new job is a lot like riding a bike. You get the gist.
  2. Wow...two babies is a lotta work.
  3. I'm officially done being pregnant. Like forever.
  4. There's always something to celebrate - even the little things.
  5. Remodeling projects always end up more expensive than you budgeted.
  6. Remodeling projects make you feel very grown up and are extremely rewarding.
  7. A great nanny is hard to find; when you do find one - do everything to keep her in your clutches.
  8. Just because you're in your mid-30's doesn't mean you have to stop blogging.
  9. Parking your car in your garage on the same level as your house is highly underrated.
  10. Climbing three flights of stairs is highly overrated.
  11. The holidays are that much cooler with kids. Trust me.
  12. Suburbia will never come close to touching the city's culinary scene. Damn.
  13. Saying "no" and knowing your limits are a really good thing.
  14. Not knowing what you're good at and where to take your career is normal.
  15. Recruiters are kinda annoying.
  16. Accepting change never gets easier.
  17. Beagles mark their territory in new homes several 100x's. Read: pain in the ass
  18. Keeping your baby's name a secret is the smartest thing we've ever done.
  19. Pinterest is the death of me and our bank account.
  20. I don't think I want to read 50 Shades of Gray. Is that ok?
  21. Having sex with two babies is like running a marathon with no training. As in, it ain't gonna happen.
  22. Learning to be flexible is important. See #21.
  23. It's totally doable not to buy a minivan just because you live in the suburbs. You just have to try...real hard. And we didn't cave, I am happy to report!
  24. Moms have really come to rule the internet and blogging world - I love that!
  25. Females are the fastest growing sector of entrepreneurs. I love that even more!
  26. I love pink unabashedly. I am sorry. I am not sorry.
  27. A new washer and dryer is like having a new porsche parked in your laundry room. Go ahead and judge. They are silent.
  28. Sometimes I miss the spontaneity of seeing my city friends.
  29. Molecular gastronomy and tasting menus make for really fun dates.
  30. It's ok to not feed your kid a single vegetable all day. Once in a while.
  31. There's nothing wrong with drinking wine every night. {still stand by it}
  32. I pretty much know where every bathroom is everywhere. 
  33. I would love to make this blog a full time job. Read: dreamer
  34. After pregnancy, it's unacceptable to wear sweatpants every night. Do something for your husband.
  35. I hate big boobs.
  36. Working with people younger than you keeps you young. 
  37. I don't feel ashamed to admit that Olivia and I have dance parties to Katy Perry's "Firework" on the regular. It's our jam.
  38. Date nights are more important now than ever. We need to get better at that. I give us a D-.
  39. The zoo is awesome! 
  40. I still cannot master layering. What's wrong with me?
See ya 2012. 
It's been real.

Source: via Johanna on Pinterest


  1. I am cracking up over here! You kept it real sista! I can relate to so many of those things. I dream of having a quiet washer, dryer and dishwasher. I think you are a fantastic person and mom and I look forward to seeing where 2013 takes you! I wish you the best and Happy New Year!

  2. Amazing list Johanna - a lot of wisdom and a lot of laughs here! Have a wonderful new year lady xo

  3. I agree with Tiffani! :) U are the #1. I am so happy we ran into each other. I really look up to your 101 Things! Best wishes for next year! Muah!

  4. The zoo is always awesome! Haha, love it! I agree with you in lots of things! Wish you the best for 2013!

  5. I love these!! I like your perspective from suburbia. :-)

  6. Loved reading this! Hey, at least you learned, right? :) Happy New Year!!

  7. always love your lists - so real, so personal, so funny! happy 2013!

  8. Fab list! I've always felt like #18 was a must, thanks for confirming! Send some #15's my way please!! Happy new year buddy!

  9. I love this! You make me smile - so glad you post!

    Also, totally agree about home remodels and how truly exciting a new washer and dryer is. I still fantasize about getting risers one day (that's saved for the suburb days). ;)

  10. LOVE this post–I'm giggling, and taking notes!


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