So I'm just about T-minus seven hours away from the official start of 2013 and I feel compelled to write some sort of reflective genius about the year. Hopefully you are reading this post with a drink in hand. I definitely sound much more brilliant if you've been drinking. True story.
You guys, 2012 was rough. ROUGH! While you know I have a flair for the drama, the highs and lows of 2012 put my natural tendencies to seek out drama to shame. I didn't have to seek it out, it found me, slapped me in the face and then laughed about it while calling me fat. For real. Both professionally and personally, I am keeping my fingers crossed for a much more even keeled 2013.
If you've been reading for awhile, you know that I have basically been involved in a five year quest for professional Zen. Much of my struggle to find said Zen stems from the daily ridiculousness that goes down each and every day in our public schools as well as my public-school-teacher-ingrained- manner of being perpetually unable to strike anything related to a personal/professional balance. (Did you guys know that you are actually supposed to go to the gym? Evidently it's not enough to carry that little thingy around on your key chain. Who knew?)
Some personal struggles this year forced me to have a new perspective on my life as a slave to education. Without actually saying "Don't sweat the small stuff" (because that sort of phrase makes me want to pour salt on an open paper cut), I learned to stay cognizant of what really matters. My family, my own philosophy of what it means to be a good teacher, and those projects that truly make me happy. Yes, I still engage in hours of paperwork and other miscellaneous bullshit that is a complete waste of my time, but I try not to focus on it as much. Very Jedi mind trick, very Zen.
With this attitude in hand, I gratefully will say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. May 2013 bring joy and professional happiness to us all. (Spoiler alert: Mrs. Mimi is going to be getting her Happiness Project on and I hope you all will join me!) For me, that definitely means more time over here on the blog. This will only be my 20th post this year and although much of this year was too dark for me to even contemplate looking at a keyboard, I have missed you.
Without further ado, here are the top five viewed and commented on posts of the year. In other words, the posts that totally kicked ass/struck a chord with all you lovelies out there.
Number 5: Heroes
Number 4: Just Another Manic Wednesday
Number 3: Where Do I Begin?
Number 2: I Went Running. What Did I See?
Number 1: You Put Your Whole Self In, You Put Your Whole Self Out...
Happy New Year! I raise a glass to each and every one of you.