Jillian in France

Happy 2013!

I’m a New Year’s baby — so, not only do I set my New Year’s resolutions this time of year, but I make my birthday wishes, too. That’s a lot of self-evaluation and goal-setting all at once! Although I’m already making big plans for the coming year, I would be remiss if I didn’t first look back and reflect on the past one. I had some big personal goals for 2012, and I’m proud to say that I achieved them!

Each year has its highlights, and 2012 was no exception. When I look back at this collection of 366 days (yes, it was a leap year), here’s what I’ll remember:

  • My grandfathers: Between January and March, I lost both of my grandfathers. This was an unexpected one-two punch that definitely shook up my personal life and brought me closer to my family.
  • Changing careers: In February, I left my job as a web agency project manager to pursue a new direction in government communications. Quite simply, I wasn’t happy. But now, thanks to an opportunity to change course and pursue a career that is more in-line with my goals and ideals, I am! I’m glad I took that leap of faith and took this new job.
  • City of Oaks Half Marathon

  • Running: With my new work schedule and office location, I was able to join a 5k training group, and the rest is history. I overcame a nagging injury that had plagued me for years, and not I only ran a 5k — I ran a half-marathon! And, on top of that, I hit my goal time and ran pain-free! Joining the Raleigh Galloway program was key, and I rediscovered a passion, a way of life, and a fantastic group of people that I’d been missing out on.
  • Europe: I planned a September trip to France and Italy with my husband, and my parents even joined us for a few days. After months of planning and saving, it was everything I could’ve hoped for! We spent two weeks revisiting places I’d loved during my study abroad experience in France (see the main image at the top of this post) and exploring new places together in Italy. I even got to see the Pope!
  • My first year of marriage: In November, my husband and I celebrated our first anniversary! First Anniversary 2012Like any year of any relationship, it had highs and lows — but, we made it through and are stronger and happier than the day we got married.
  • Juno: My primary responsibility at the NCAOC this past year has been to project manage the redesign of the Judicial Department’s intranet website, also known as the “Juno” project. We’re wrapping up development now and aim to launch in the coming months. We’ve put a lot of hard work into this project, and I’m happy to see how far it’s come!

Those are the big ones, but I should also mention a couple good trips with family and friends (skiing, the beach, D.C., Charlotte … ), a couple fun weddings, and the impending arrival of my very first niece (arriving any day now). Whew, what a year!

I wonder what 2013 will bring?