Ginny from My New Favorite Outfit (one of my favorite bloggers!) tagged me in this fun reflection post about 2012. 2012 was literally one of the hardest but absolute greatest years of my life, and it was a joy to remember a few moments by answering these questions!

One of me & Matt's engagement photos.
Favorite Makeup: Oh, so many makeup discoveries this year! I'd have to say my favorite was the Lorac Pro Palette. It's got 20 neutral shades, half matte and half shimmery. The quality is fantastic and has every neutral color a girl could need on a regular basis. Love it! Honorary mention goes to Revlon Colorstay's Liquid Eye Pen for forever changing how easily I can manage my daily winged liner.

Favorite Book: You know what book gets better every time I read it? The Bible. :) I didn't get a chance to read many books in 2012 outside of the Bible and whatever books were given to me to read when I was in ministry school, but one that I reread last year that I loved was Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. Such a fantastic book about anxiety and the mind battles the enemy tries to use to keep you from living the life you were meant to. I will reread this book every year.

Favorite Song/Album: Yours Forever by Dara Maclean is the only song coming to mind, because the first time I heard it on the radio this summer, I knew I was going to play it during my wedding. So beautiful.

Favorite Movie: Matt and I watch a lot of movies and I rarely remember the titles of them, but one in particular that I loved was Hysteria. It starred Maggie Gyllenhaal and was a hilarious and insightful movie regarding modern psychology in the 1800s, specifically a mental problem which people at that time regarded as female hysteria. I am a fiend for anything related to psychology, and this movie was just very well done. Also, I saw it on my honeymoon, so that may have affected my feelings toward it. :)

One Thing You're Grateful For: If I can only choose one thing, I'll avoid the obvious (HUBS!) and state something else: my health. I had a few minor health issues toward the end of 2011, and dealt with a couple other issues this year. But I'm doing much better now, and I am grateful to be healthy, to not have any issues I have to deal with daily, and to have a well-functioning body.

Greatest Challenge: Losing 20 pounds! I've struggled with my weight all my life. I decided that this was the year that I lost the weight I wanted to lose. I knew I was not functioning at 100% health-wise and I was sick of thinking of "one day" when I'd be the weight I want to be. It was so difficult staying on track and eating food that I used to hate, but I am so glad I did this for myself. Looking better is the least of the rewards that losing 20 pounds has done for me. I feel better and healthier than ever!

Looking Forward to in 2013: So many things! Visiting Atlanta in two weeks for a conference with my husband, continuing to reach more health and fitness goals (I'm beginning to run a lot more and can finally run for 20-30 minutes without stopping.. big achievement for me!), and many new adventures with my husband in our first full year of marriage!

Now to tag a few gals... let's hear your greatest hits of 2012!

Mo @ See Mo Go
Jenna @ Demure in Diamonds
Elizabeth Anne @ Mrs. Parrett


  1. You really had a great year! So encouraged by your weight loss! I haven't worked out a day since Grant was born (2 1/2 years ago). I just had so much guilt about leaving him at daycare past 4 in the afternoon. I'm comfortable with my weight, I just know I'm not as toned and as healthy as I was while working out daily. I really need to get my act together!

    1. Great post! I am following you <3<3

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    2. Being healthy is my number one goal, even before looking good or thin. Being healthy is a reward for your body, for doing so much for you.. especially for you, mama! Birthing babies is no joke, and your body did that for you! :)Always remember it's not about weight, it's about knowing that you're giving your body what it needs to continue working miracles for you.

      And you, tiny lady, are very beautiful anyway. :)

    3. Ah, that's so sweet of you to say :)

  2. Congrats on the weight loss!!


  3. I love Dara Maclean!! How sweet that you played the song at your wedding, it's beautiful!

  4. Cute post, thank you for sharing! Losing weight is going to be a huge challenge for me this year. I have been gaining weight since college, which perhaps was bound to happen, but I also feel crappy a lot when I don't work out or eat as well as I should. I am getting better at working out though it will just be one step a day and reminding myself to stick to it, even if I have a few off days in between!

    1. I feel super lethargic and don't sleep well when I'm not working out, and when I'm not eating right, I get nauseous or feel completely wiped out all the time. Being healthy is SO rewarding, and it doesn't have to mean 6 days a week in the gym or 1200 calories a day! I don't recommend EITHER of those things! But good luck!

  5. Lynette!!

    This post is awesome!! Love it. Thank you so much for tagging me :-) I can't wait to answer these :-)

    XO Jenna

  6. You had quite a 2012! Hope 2013 is amazing for you!

  7. What a great year! I'm so grateful for my husband too. He is the best guy that I have ever known! So supportive of everything... except my shopping habit. Ha!


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  8. Hmm...the movie Hysteria sounds right up my alley! I was a psychology minor in college, so I'm a total nerd about that subject matter. Adding it to my Netflix queue asap! :)

  9. Health, family, and spirituality...the three most important things:)! Great reflection post! Hope 2013 is full of many more milestones:)!