2012 was a wonderful year full of unexpected surprises and great experiences. Looking back, I could write a book on the last twelve months however thankfully this week’s Photo Challenge 2012 Year in Pictures will make it easier.
One of the highlights was meeting World Mom’s Blog Founder Jennifer Burden in person. I write and help out as an editor for World Mom’s Blog so it was wonderful to finally meet Jennifer in person.
I began my work as an advocate for the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign where I attended a Champion training in our nation’s capital. In DC, I met three fellow bloggers and many more friends. It was a fabulous experience that opened many unexpected doors to my future as an advocate and blogger.
Photo taken on top of “the Ridge” in Taos, New Mexico.
February I took a three-generational ski trip with my daughter Sophia and my father to Taos, New Mexico. It was great to introduce my 5-year-old to the big hill.
The highlight of March was my trip to Guatemala where I volunteered in the highlands of Xela, climbed a volcano, and spent a few days in lovely Antigua where I met fellow blogger Lucy of Loca4Motion.
April meant Spring flowers such as these ones during our trip to visit family in Virginia.
Brought spring time to Minnesota…
June brought summer to Minnesota and lots of fun outdoors.
Such as during our trip to northern Minnesota along Lake Superior.
Our visit to our friend’s cabin on Rabbit Lake.
Our annual family vacation to the historical Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN.
Followed by an Advocacy training boot-camp in Washington DC with RESULTS where I lobbied on Capital Hill for the first time in my life.
And also my first blogging conference in NYC to BlogHer.
A memorable hiking trip to the French Alps with my dad in Vanoise National Park.
Meant back to school for the kids and beautiful fall weather in Minnesota.
I also had the pleasure of returning to New York City to attend the Social Good Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting where I learned all the amazing things people around the world are doing to make the world a better place.
We took a trip down memory lane to visit Chicago where we lived while dating in our twenties and got married before heading north to Minneapolis.
I also began my work writing on behalf of the Global Team of 200, a group of women bloggers writing on social good issues around the world and hoping to change the world by using our voice.
Were busy staying at home enjoying a fantastic fall and celebrating four family birthdays. I don’t have many pictures to share from these months as I’m traveling right now and only have my iPAD.
However, here are a few of my favorites that I was able to download from my site.
I saved the best for last….Happy Holidays and all the best in 2013!
This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: 2012 Year in Review. Unfortunately I am traveling now and don’t have my main computer so I had to improvise. But hopefully I captured the essence of 2012. I’m truly looking forward to 2013 and what it will bring! 🙂