Some of Your Favorite Things of 2012

| December 31, 2012 | 47 Comments

Happy New Year Gold LettersIt’s always fun to look back on the old year, and 2012 is no exception. Whether you’ve had a great year or are looking forward to things getting better in 2013, I hope that we can all find something to remember and smile about as we get ready to jump into the brand new year later tonight!

Today, try to come up with a list of wonderful things that happened this past year. Make a list! It can be difficult to remember because time passes by so quickly, so here are a few strategies to help you remember your favorite things and happenings of 2012:

  • Glance through your planner. Even a quick look will remind you of where you were, when you took your vacations and when people came to visit you. If you took a trip this year, be sure to add that to the list!
  • Add all of the holidays to your list, and think hard about how you spent them. Did you do anything special on Valentine’s Day? Where did you eat Easter dinner? If it was at  your house, who else was there? What did your children give you for Mother’s Day? What did the kids dress up as for Halloween? Going through these holidays will help you to remember other things, as well; thinking about Mother’s Day gifts might remind you of the picnic lunch that you had the day before, right after you went shopping for gifts for your mom and mother-in-law, for example.
  • Think in terms of seasons of the year. What were some of the things you did in the winter, spring, summer and fall of 2012? Did the family go sledding, plant a new garden, have a pool party, rake a pile of leaves bigger than your son?
  • Look through the photos on your phone. Most of us don’t have time to keep up with everything; I know that I’m guilty of snapping pictures with my camera and never even uploading them onto my computer! Take a look through, remembering good times and deleting the ones that you took of your fingers or feet.
  • Go through your Facebook or Twitter account. That’s always a fun trip down memory lane! Seeing what your status was on a random day of the year may bring back quite a bit of random information that you might have forgotten about.

So, once you have a nice long list of wonderful things that happened in 2012, what can you do with it? Write it down in a pretty notebook, make a scrapbook together or put your memories on slips of paper, put them in a jar and draw them out occasionally when you’re feeling nostalgic. A great time to look over them again would be next year on December 31; then you could compare the fun things you did in 2012 with those that you did in 2013!

We wish you a safe, happy and fun New Year’s Eve, and health and happiness as we enter 2013!

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  1. Julie Wood says:

    It is always good to go back and look at things that you accomplished in 2012. I did get a lot of things done that I wanted to and some things that I am going to make sure I do in 2013. I want to finish remodeling the bathroom in my home. I also need to get my exercise room organize to where I enjoy using. Right now it is a mess!

  2. Chrystal D says:

    I’m going to start on my list! When I’m feeling down or lonely I’ll be able to look at it & appreciate things I have!

  3. Casey M says:

    I can tell it’s going to be a great year! I’m so thankful for everything in my life!

  4. June says:

    Hard to believe that another year has flown by so fast. This is the time of year I really give the house the once over with cleaning.

  5. This is such a great way to appreciate everything that happened this year. Thanks for posting this.

  6. Terri Betz says:

    This is really great advice! I read this post earlier but didn’t comment. I took down my old 2012 calendar and started looking through it! Wow! I had forgotten so many important things we did! Thanks for this post! It really is helping us to ring in the New Year better! Happy New Year! 🙂

  7. Laila Husin says:

    Thanks for sharing. Have a great year ahead! 🙂

  8. Lacey Henry says:

    I have loved looking back non this year! My youngest son was born in the 3rd of January, so this has been a big year for us! We also found out we are expecting a baby girl in 2013!! We are so excited for the new year and everything it has to bring our family!

  9. Jane Ritz says:

    2012 wasn’t the best year for me.Looking at the positive as I am going to do.I do have a roof over my head. I have 4 wonderful children and 7 grandchildren. They are all responsible and well-mannered. It IS going to be a Happy New Year!

  10. Deb Pelletier says:

    It’s a good plan and idea.

  11. Heidi LeMay says:

    Have a Happy New Year ! I need to get working on my lists…

  12. Sylvia Ortiz says:

    What an inspiring way to commemorate each passing year. I know I have so much to be thankful for and the memories that I will forever treasure. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. denise smith says:

    thanks so much have a happy new year Thanks for the inspiration you always write great post for us everyday

  14. Stephanie Larison says:

    I was just looking at a bunch of older pics on my phone. It’s so crazy, it feels like this last year went by so fast.

  15. Ana Georgievska says:

    quite a lot of them ,and hoping for new ones in 2013

  16. Ashima Gupta says:

    This year hasn’t been good for me 🙁
    Anyway Happy New Year 🙂

  17. celina k says:

    This is great advice. I think looking back on this year in the future, it would seem be hard to find the “good” in it. I was laid up all year with a back injury, and both my husband and myself had major surgeries. But there IS good in each individual day – in moments, I suppose. Writing it down while I still remember is a great idea!

    Happy New Year!

  18. Karleen says:

    Some great ideas for reminiscing about the best memories of 2012. Remembering the positive parts of the past build a good foundation for a positive future. Thanks for the post!

  19. Amanda Kasper says:

    I don’t feel like I accomplished much last year, but I still like to go and think about everything that happened during the year anyways. It will help me make this year a better one.

  20. Liza says:

    Glance through your planner; I like doing that. It’s always nice to look back and smile at the memories.

  21. Kayleen Considine says:

    2012 was not the best year for me, so I am really hoping 2013 will be better. I have things that need to get done and most of them fall upon me to do, so I hope I have the inner strength to do them 🙂

  22. rebeka deleon says:

    2013 will be the year my third child is born 🙂

  23. Marylou Sakosky says:

    2012 is not going to be missed but who was there will be. I loss whole family including my partner Randy from a massive heartattack on Nov 10th ,4wks before brother and mom the passed dec 2011 so i am ready for alot of faith and my church is filled with great folks who are williing to hear and hug .I question lots and watch news less cause the word fear should not be in vocab but is. I know i am strong just want to be stronger and let the good memories cry me to sleep and not the bad. I have learned to count blessings and not sheep so i thing its a beginning. Still numb though

  24. Sherri Lewis says:

    I want to be more appreciative this year and see the glass half full instead of half empty. It is so easy to get caught up in the negative and then you can’t see the positive.

  25. I want to be mre social and get out and try new things.

  26. Kathy Smith says:

    With my mother passing in March and my first grandson born in October I have had many ups and downs. I am going to try to enjoy my family more in 2013 and not worry so much, if I can.

  27. Raymond says:

    Thanks for sharing Ms. Ashley! 🙂 Have a great 2013!

  28. Donna George says:

    There is a facebook app that brings all your postings into one place. You should check it out

  29. Lisa R says:

    A lot of good things to be thankful for in 2012 but I hope to have a better year this year. I hope the people hit by the hurricane in the east coast will have a better year too.

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  30. Raymond says:

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great 2013!

  31. Geline Posadas says:

    Thanks for posting and sharing some great strategies. Happy New Year!

  32. Tina says:

    Thanks for sharing. I may start on my list because I am anxious to see at the end of this year the things I did in the previous year. Thanks again for posting. Have a wonderful year!!!

  33. kelly nicholson says:

    ill start a list right now…i need organized

  34. Andy Grice says:

    I photographed my experiences last year,so I could burn to a disk.I got a few dozen disk in a book.I thank God for another year passing and a new one beginning.

  35. Micaela P says:

    I love looking back at the photos throughout the year. I didn’t take enough last year though, I’ll have to take more this year!

  36. XZ says:

    Thanks for sharing! happy New Year

  37. Carla Bonesteel says:

    I’m so glad Obama won…and I’m so glad I got to watch the best show in television history, The Walking Dead…that was definitely one of my favorite things in 2012!

  38. Nicole A says:

    Thanks so much for the ideas, I actually started my list just now its a great way to feel motivated in the next year 🙂

  39. Daraya says:

    Happy New Year! 2012 was a pretty good year for me, but was also so so stressful. Hopefully, in the new year, I can wind down a bit and just enjoy life! 🙂

  40. deb p says:

    Happy New Year !

  41. kelly nicholson says:

    my favorite thing in 2012 was the end..really

  42. I love looking back at my past pictures. In fact just the other day I found some wedding dinner pictures….ahhh! love the memories.
    The last few days I have gone back and read some of my old blog posts. I can’t believe I shared some of the things I did 🙂

  43. Wendy R says:

    My Favorite thing in 2012 is that it is over it was one of the worst years I have had and going in to 2013 with a better look and know I am not going to let people or thing get to me like that anymore.

  44. Shelly Menard says:

    My first niece was born!

  45. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    These are some great tip[s and many of them I have not yet done. Thanks

  46. Wendy T says:

    I’m glad it’s behind us and have no interest in reliving it.

  47. Bidisha Banerjee says:

    These are also my favorite.

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