What Learned in 2012

July 31, 2012

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2012 was a great year, I can’t complain. Of course it had its share of heartache and times where I wish I could bury my head in the sand. I mean, it was life after all and life isn’t always perfect. But over all I give 2012 a solid A.

I learned that people can learn, change and adapt. It may take a lot of effort, but people can change if they are willing. Because of that effort and willingness, I got my son back.

I gave my share of volunteer hours to my community, school and children. Along the way I met so many great and wonderful people who have enriched my life in so many ways. The hours were many, but the rewards were/are well worth it.

I saw to many concerts to count. This really isn’t a lesson but it does show that I had fun in 2012. And I got to meet Ron Jeremy. If that doesn’t make 2012 one for the record books, I don’t know what will.

On a side note, I also met Melissa Etheridge and The B52’s. Honestly, both were amazing experiences!

I stepped up my game and my resolution for 2012 by staying true to myself and not let people run me over. I speak up more and cut ties more. It’s liberating. I didn’t know how much shit I was taking and feeling responsible for until I stepped away from it all.

I have done my share of therapy on Pinterest by reading inspirational quotes. I have also made my fair share of recipes from Pinterest. Both my soul and tummy benefited from Pinterest in 2012. I should send them a thank you note.

I learned that some people make their own assumptions about a situation and that arguing or debating with them isn’t going to solve the problem. Lesson learned; if they aren’t willing to look past their own agenda, it’s not worth the effort.

On that same note I learned that there are truly wonderful people out their who are selfless enough to take the back seat and support you when your journey goes against their wishes. They sacrifice, step aside, they set you free and give you room to grow and figure things out for yourself. Ironically, those are the people who you usually end up with in the end. “Always be.”

In 2012 I have seen the strength and dignity of someone facing the end of their life with determination and I have witnessed the tragedy of losing a life in a moment’s time. How one deals with such tragedy for the sake of their children is truly inspirational and awe inspiring.

I’ve gotten my feet wet back in the work force and entered back into the world of conference calls and pay checks. Writing this bog and having people read it, enjoy it and appreciate what you write is pretty stinkin’ cool and I thank you.

I’ve watched my kids mature, learn to shave, suffer humiliation and rise above. I watched them struggle, succeed and triumph. I’ve yelled at them and they have yelled at me. We have fought, loved and grew closer as a family. Next year will be another step closer to their independence. It’s exciting and scary to watch but I know without a doubt they are both destined for successes in their own right.

I’ve been with my wife for 19 years, committed for 11 and married for 4. I only see those numbers going up in 2013.

I hope 2012 provided you with lots of love and learning.

Cheers to 2013!

Happy New Year!


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1 stfankaren (@stfankaren) December 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

That almost brought a tear to my eye! Wishing you an awesome 2013!

2 stfankaren (@stfankaren) December 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Well actually, I did tear up, I just wasn’t going to admit it.

3 Sandi December 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Happy New Year to you Karen! I hope 2013 is filled with safe travels and tons of adventure for you!

4 Tara December 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm

“I learned that some people make their own assumptions about a situation and that arguing or debating with them isn’t going to solve the problem. Lesson learned; if they aren’t willing to look past their own agenda, it’s not worth the effort.” Love this especially, and the paragraph after about those who end up staying.

Nicely written!

I hope 2013 is an A for you, too!


5 Sandi January 1, 2013 at 1:47 am

Thanks Tara! Happy New Year to you too!

6 Renee January 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Sandi – You worked for CKE when I was at BKI and I am pretty sure you also know my husband, Ray Bozarth. I also know Cheryl from CKE as we worked in the same region together back in the late 1980’s/1990’s. ANYWAY, was checking out Facebook friends of one of our mutual friends and saw you, then saw your URL for your blog. I love your writing style. And we have something else in common (I know, what else could there be? LOL) We live in Corona! Anyway, Happy New Year and tell Cheryl that I said hello.

7 Sandi January 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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8 Bonnie January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I’m late ! Happy new year to you and yours. Sounds like a cathartic journey that was 2012 :)

9 Sandi January 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Happy New Year to you too Bonnie! I’m looking forward to all 2013 has to offer! Happy New Year to you!

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