2012- The Year of Unexpected Blessings

Around this time each year, I go into “reflection mode.”  During this process, I ask some questions in order to evaluate where I’ve been in the past 365 days and where I want to go.  This process shapes my resolutions for the upcoming year.  Here are some things to chew on just in case you haven’t made thought about your own resolutions yet:

  1. 1.        What event(s) of the year have truly moved me? 
  • Working more closely with youth–  Young people have a way of making me see the world through a different lens and their innocent world view helps to restore my faith in humanity.  I was incredibly blessed to work alongside many youth this year.  I am especially grateful for the Journey to Adulthood group at St. Paul’s of which my husband is the youth leader.  It has been incredible for me to be a fly on the wall and to observe the changes these children have made over the past few months.
  • The D.C. Rock and Roll Marathon- Not only did I PR this race, but I got to run it alongside of some of my best buds and we ran it for a great cause, which many others contributed.  The race also happened to fall over my birthday and a wonderful birthday party and surprises supplemented an already memorable weekend.
  • Selfless acts of kindness from others- There are too many of these to name; however, if you are reading this chances are you are on my list.  I have received so many blessings from family and friends this year.  You have no idea how much you have enriched my life as a result of your kind acts.  THANK YOU!!
  • Purchasing our new home-  Getting the keys to our new place was the beginning of a new chapter and hopefully, we will have many more memories to come.  We are so grateful and blessed.  We are loving renovating this place to give it our own stylistic touches.
  • Following my passion-  I always wanted to be a writer and I’m finally doing it.  I’m working on my first novel “On The Rocks.”


  1. 2.       What did I learn this year?
  • The passing of a loved one doesn’t have to be the finale.
  • Stress and creativity are like oil and water.
  • I’m not superwoman even though I want to be.
  • My best running days are ahead of me, not behind me.


  1. 3.       What struggles did you encounter?
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Procrastination
  • Fear of failure and fear of success


  1. 4.       What did I think I would accomplish this year and has it actually happened?
  • A sub 2 hour half marathon- Even though I PR’ed, I was still 4 minutes short of my goal.  However, there’s always next time!
  • My book- My goal was to have it finished by the end of this year and I’m not quite there.  I am a million steps ahead of where I was last year.  By working with a writing coach, a marketing guru for authors and an amazing web designer, I am getting very close to something truly amazing.  More details to come soon…

My wish for you this New Year is that you can look back at your 2012 and have a smile on your face as you celebrate your victories (however small they might be).  Lastly, I am grateful for all of you.  I wish you great things in 2013!  Happy New Year!!


  1. Tanya Savko

    Maria, I love your list here and think I will do something similar! I’m intrigued by your mention of your first novel – is that in addition to your memoir? Happy New Year!
    Cheers –

    • Maria Palmer

      Hey Tanya,

      So glad you liked the list! The first novel is the memoir- this is a result of too little sleep and proofreading. Sorry for the confusion! Happy 2013! All good things for you and we will connect soon when my site is 100% finished!! 🙂


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