Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Twelve and Thirteen

Some things about 2012, in no particular order:

2012 was a hard year. I'm not particularly sad to see it go.

My oldest child started school, which ushered in a new era for our family. It has changed the dynamic of our home - for better and for worse.

I lost most of my hair over a very short period of time. That experience changed me dramatically. I learned a lot about myself and a lot about my extraordinary friends. I shaved my head and learned that I think I looked pretty cool bald, and I really like having short hair for the first time.
The pictures on the right were taken about 2.5 weeks after the ones on the left. I lost 75% of my hair in less than 3 months.
I did two Whole30s. Actually, one of them lasted 38 days, and I just fell short of my goal of 40 days.

I attempted a 21 Day Sugar Detox. I didn't come close to finishing it.

I hit an all-time new low weight of 121 lbs, just shy of my goal of 118 lbs.

I went a year of being about 98% gluten-free.

I lost my grandmother, a woman who has always been a huge part of my life. Grieving her loss was a really difficult time for me this past summer.

We decided to have another baby. I got pregnant. 12 weeks into the pregnancy (just four days ago) I had a miscarriage, and we're in the midst of mourning that loss.

I turned 33 and had a mini freak-out. It occurred to me I was the same age Jesus was when he died.

Some goals, hopes, plans and ideas for 2013:

Get back to 121 lbs-ish. I don't have a functioning scale right now, and I don't think I'll replace it. I'll know when I'm back around that weight when certain clothes start to fit properly (or at all!) again.

Get strong. I have a series of exercise videos that I really enjoy, and I'm looking forward to getting back to them.

Start and finish a Sugar Detox. I'm starting on January 5th after my parents leave.

Recommit to taking my supplements for adrenal support.

Spend more time getting Music Man ready for school.

Potty train Baby Belle.

Continue to eat 80% Primal/Paleo, and thoroughly enjoy my indulgences.

Get my body, mind and spirit to a place where I could consider another pregnancy.

Get out on more dates with my ridiculously good-looking husband.

Organize, clean and de-clutter my house! (That's a BIG one.)

Do NOT freak out about turning 34.

Blog more.

Sew more.

Read more.

Facebook less.

I think that about sums it up. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2013.


  1. So sorry Jac..... XOX

    I do love your resolution list. I know you will rock at it. I just wrote mine out too.... I have never done it before but this has been a big year for me in terms of accomplishments and changes so I decided to put it all out there.

    Here is another sugar detox I was considering, but I am Whole30ing it instead. http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/i-quit-sugar-ebook/

  2. Jac, I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Great goal list.

  3. Deat Jac, You know that the prayers are still going here. And, regarding your age: relax, I'm always a year ahead.

  4. Oh sweet sister, I am having a little cry as I read this. I'm mourning too.
    I am glad your list started with some goals for yourself -- at Cana Colony my super-beloved Fr. Paul gave talks to parents, and the very first one was called "Christian Selfishness" (sounds like an oxymoron but it isn't). In it he was saying that being long-suffering and martyr-like on behalf of our family is a detriment to everyone. He set the tone by intentionally starting off with a talk on how to look after yourself, and your relationship with God, the most basic things that we can't 'outsource' to anyone else.

    2012 was just a sh**y year for a lot of people, and you have gone through a lot. Give yourself to make 2013 about *you* and you'll be surprised how much happier everyone in your family is.

    I love you.

  5. Jaclyn, prayers (and tears) are being offered up for you and Francis. Thank you for sharing this little life with us. You are such a strong woman.

  6. for you, i am glad 2012 is over. i hope 2013 ushers in good health and happiness. you are an amazing person with such will, i commend that! i am so sorry about your miscarriage...i personally know that there is really nothing that can make you feel better in these situations other than time. i wish you happiness in 2013.

  7. 2012 was hard, at times almost devastating. You continue to be true to yourself and inspire others in the process. Thank you for being you. 34 will not be scary, that's just more content for the show, my dear!


  8. Jac, the prayers continue here. We love you. As for your age...if I'm as gracefully and beautifully handling 33 the way you are in two years when I get there, I'll be blessed :) you've always been one of the people I look to for how to mature and age beautifully :)

  9. Hi there. I am a new follower. Thanks so much for your comments on my blog :) They have meant a lot. I am so sorry about your miscarriage. I will pray for your healing. Hang in there, and keep blogging. There truly is something therapeutic about it :)



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