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Looking back on 2012

I’m starting to set goals for 2013 now, but before I get to far in that process I wanted to take a moment to recognize all that I have achieved in the past year. All too often, I fail to acknowledge the great stuff that I’m capable of, while beating myself up for the things I didn’t do.

This is inspired by Nicole’s “Eff Yeah” list. Looks like I’m pretty awesome:

  • Celebrated the 5 year anniversary of the business I own with my partner: Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, with a grand opening celebration in our new retail space
  • My work was published in a book chapter http://www.zahrala.com/2012/02/12/my-first-book-chapter/
  • Visited my brothers in Oklahoma and Texas, met first nephew Gabriel for the first time
  • Started saving more for retirement in a new Roth IRA (in addition to my existing 401k)
  • Finally got the house painted (bright green)
  • Opened a new ice cream shop with my partner Jennie http://www.hedonisticecream.com
  • Planned an executed a fabulous 20 year high school reunion
  • Ran a mile in 9 minutes 25 seconds
  • Spent a wonderful 10 days on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of our first vacations ever where we were not visiting anyone  http://www.flickr.com/photos/zahrala/sets/72157631562101094/
  • Hosted my parents and sister for an action-packed visit to Rochester http://www.flickr.com/photos/zahrala/sets/72157631756477559/
  • Learned how to hoola hoop (after 35 years of failure)
  • Featured in a national magazine http://www.zahrala.com/2012/11/26/featured-in-computerworld-magazine/
  • Cut my hair short as a first step towards regaining my natural color (gray)
  • Completed surgery to remove a growth behind my uterus which biopsied as non-cancerous, my abdominal cavity is officially all clear
  • Read Getting Things Done by David Allen and started implementing his methodology to organize and prioritize my life.
  • Completed the requirements for my DfLSS System Engineering Green Belt at Xerox
  • Maintained my goal weight and can now fit into size 6 pants (sometimes even a 4)
  • Exercised regularly for ¾ of the year, continuing with Crossfit
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