Happy New Year!

January 1, my birthday, and the first day of a new school year are some of my most favorite days. All three mark the start of a new year. A clean slate. Every blogger – possibly every person you know (including this one) will be writing resolutions for the new year and reflecting about 2011 in the next couple of weeks. I love reading what other people are planning for the upcoming year. But, enough about them! Let’s talk about me! 🙂

First, a reflection/overview of 2011. My memory is pretty horrible, so these are truly highlights – I remember these things happening, after all!

January – Marty and I had a wonderful time in Disney World. I hope that everyone wins a trip to Disney at some point in their lives. And, I hope it is during your birthday month, because that just rocked.

March – Judy Freeman Workshop. Every year, I love going to this workshop. It renews me and gives me new ideas to use in my library. Can’t wait for this year’s workshop!

April – Our good friends, Mike and Amy, got married in Vegas. BEST TRIP EVER. Little known fact about me – I LOVE LOVE LOVE to dance. Vegas is the best for that.

June – City Yoga workshop about raw foods and Ayurvedic medicine with Cate Stillman. I learned SO MUCH at this workshop. I have been drinking green smoothies since then (at least 2 times a week). This workshop also helped me to commit to a meditation and yoga practice at home.

July – The month of my new car = Baby Prius 🙂

August – Mom diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.

September – My good friend, Mary, diagnosed with breast cancer.

October – Named NPES Teacher of the Year.

December – Marty and I celebrated our 10 year dating anniversary. And they said it would never last!

Overall, a good year. Mom and Mary are both doing well. Mom just had an appointment with the oncologist and there has been no new growth since she was diagnosed. That’s good. It gives her hope and she is now back to trying to get her strength up to enjoy what is her “new normal.” Mary is doing wonderful – last check, they couldn’t even find that pesky tumor. The moral of this is that chemo drugs really, really suck, but they appear to work. A positive attitude really helps too.

So, 2012 is here. Instead of resolutions, I have some hopes:

I hope for another happy year with my mommy. I hope she is here to see Marty and I start a family (which, I HOPE, will happen this year).

I hope that my kiddos at school will continue to love reading and that I am able to encourage them and be a good role model for them. I hope to read more this year – yes, even a librarian can hope to read more.

I hope to practice more yoga this year.

I hope for less screen time – Facebook, iPhone, iPad, laptop, TV – all of these are included.

I hope that YOU have a wonderful 2012!



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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