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Peace Out, 2012.

Posted Dec 30 2012 7:16pm

Yes, I know. I’ve been gone a long time. I needed a break, but I am back! Pinkie swear.

And just like that, a whirlwind year is coming to a close. I can’t lie, lately I’ve been itching for 2013 to start. 2012 brought some significant challenges and I am ready for a fresh start. While I know you can have a fresh start any time, there’s something that just feels good about a new year.

I always liked the start of a new school year — new notebooks and pencils, shiny new shoes, and a chance to start over. Now that I’m no longer following a school schedule, the New Year brings that chance for me.

There’s just something so BIG and exciting about the first day of a new year.

To be fair, 2012 wasn’t all bad. Here are some of my highlights from the past year:

I started a new job that I absolutely love . January 23, 2012 was my very first day as a Team Challenge Endurance Manager. I was nervous to take the plunge and start a new job, but I couldn’t be happier that I took a risk and sent in that application. One year later, I can still say with confidence that it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I wake up excited to go to work almost every single day. I know that’s not a given and I feel truly blessed to get paid to do something I love so much.

Yes, this is me at work. In Napa, California. It’s okay to be jealous.

I finally got a second opinion and a new GI doctor . I was oh-so-reluctant to make this change, and I am so glad I did. Dr. Cohen has led me to a better understanding of my disease, updated my diagnosis , and has helped me to take charge of my health for the first time in a long time.

I raised $5200 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America as a Team Challenge Participant. I had alot going on this summer, to say the least. I was hesitant to sign up to be a Team Challenge participant for the brand-new Nashville race, but I knew that my chances to be a participant were limited. (I can’t participate at any race that Team Illinois has a team, because I’m working!) I bit the bullet and signed up, and I am so glad that I did. I ended up being the event’s top fundraiser and having a blast in Nashville with friends. It was a much-needed “Lauren weekend” in the midst of a tough time, and I am proud to have raised $10,000 for CCFA in a year’s time. (Between Las Vegas 2011 and Nashville 2012)

Fellow Endurance Manager Becky and me, showing off our Top Fundraiser bibs

I set a PR in the 10k! I actually never posted about this race, but donning a Grinch t-shirt in cold, rainy weather, I managed to run a 1:09:16 10k — taking 3:21 off my previous best. I was thrilled and surprised!

Apparently this is my “ready to run fast” face

I changed and grew. A whole lot. In good ways. Much happened this year that I chose not to document online. The nitty gritty was saved for family and a few close friends. Suffice it to say that I am happier, stronger, and ready to take on 2013 in a big way!

How did 2012 treat you? Are you sad to see it go or ready for 2013? Maybe both?

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