So how was your year? For me, 2012 was a resounding “not bad, not bad at all.” Most importantly, my girls thrived. Elder Daughter started university and fell in love. Younger Daughter also fell in love (with a horse, but who am I to judge?) Chef Boyardee and I still have all our hair, teeth, and mental faculties. We’re healthy and happy, which is always worth celebrating.
2012 was the year I got to shake the dust off my passport and travel to Singapore (for spiritual growth) and The Netherlands (for work.) It was the year I got published (in the expat anthology Forced to Fly 2.) It saw me take a blog post about fake snow in Singapore to the airwaves, thanks to CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera.
Blog-wise, 2012 was a mixed bag. I wrote 80 posts this year, 81 if you count this one. The most popular ones were:
1. Become an Ugly Expat in 12 easy steps (posted February 2011)
2. Expat women in Singapore: The skinny on being skinny (posted April 2012)
3. What you need to know about The Big Five and expat adjustment (posted April 2011)
4. The 10 worst things about being an expat wife (posted October 2010)
5. An expat in France: café culture shock (posted May 2011)
I haven’t quite decided where to go with I Was An Expat Wife in 2013. I’ll probably just make it up as I go along, as usual. But I discovered something startling today: I wrote roughly 91,000 words in 2012, 38,000 of which were for this blog. That’s a book (or two!) And that’s given me something to think about….
Happy New Year, everyone. I hope 2013 is good to you and yours.