Two-thousand-twelve in pictures:
Not pictured: On December 9th, we moved out of our studio and into a two bedroom apartment!
For me, 2012 was a roller coaster ride of emotions: happy, sad, excited, frustrated, confused, discouraged– you name it. It was one of those years where there were a lot of great things that happened, but there was also a lot of struggle. I started out the year with a trip to Thailand with Chris for his graduation/Christmas gift. At the end of March, I left the life I built in Suwon, South Korea and came back to my first home in Sacramento, California. A couple days later, Chris proposed and I said “YES!” Over Memorial Day weekend, I spent my 27th birthday celebrating in San Francisco with My Love. Over the summer we planned our wedding while taking mini get-a-ways to Santa Cruz and South Lake Tahoe. At the end of October, we got married in front of our immediate families at San Francisco City Hall, and two weeks later, we celebrated with our extended families at my dad’s house. Three weeks ago, we moved into our new home.
Of course, with the good comes the bad. For seven months, Chris was unemployed and I supported us with my part-time restaurant job. During this time, we struggled individually and as a couple. Chris was upset and frustrated that he couldn’t find a job and help out with the finances. I was stressed about money and feeling down on myself that I was back to working in a restaurant again after graduating college and teaching abroad. We were living in a studio apartment during this struggle, so often times, we unintentionally took out our irritations on each other. It was a hard, challenging time for our relationship, but I am happy to say we got through it, and our love is stronger than it’s ever been.
Hard, challenging times aside, 2012 was a wonderful year. I got married to the love of my life, and together, we are making exciting plans for our first year of marriage: working on our careers, grad school, and going on a belated honeymoon to either Central America or Europe! Two-thousand-thirteen is going to be awesome, I just know it.
How was your 2012?