Oh, 2011. You were quite a year. It was a year of transitions in a lot of ways, as I finished up my final semester of college, applied/was accepted to JVC, graduated from undergrad (!!!), moved home for the summer (but still spent lots of time in St. Louis), and then left to start the year in Boston.

There were a lot of other highlights too, like the Ignatian Silent Retreat, living with two of my best friends, Spring Break in Alabama, lots of adventures with my favorite people, making new friends, exploring Boston, and of course, starting a blog (thanks again for reading).

I have a few resolutions for the new year; I’ll probably do some additions, but so far they include reading 52 books, making one new recipe or a loaf of bread a week, and making more friends.

In closing, I just wanted to post another quote by Neil Gaiman, as I’ve adopted it as a sort of motto for 2012:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
–Neil Gaiman


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