Survey Says: Here’s to 2012!

I found this fun survey on someone’s blog, so I decided to fill it out. Here goes nothing!

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

I joined two running clubs, moved to a new city, took on new responsibilities at my job and started working from home, and we traveled to the Western Caribbean.


Pretty big year of firsts.


2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t make resolutions. I set goals and make things happen, and I’ll keep doing that in 2013- but no need to wait for a new year to set your sights on something!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My good friend Ashley had baby Madison this year! She’s one of my best Florence friends and I miss her a lot, I was delighted to get a Christmas card from them.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My Aunt Nell passed away in May. I miss her a lot, but especially this Christmas because Christmas was truly her favorite time of year and she always did it big.

5. What traveling did you do?

We went on a cruise vacation to the Western Caribbean. It was fun, even if I never finished my recap of it. We left from Tampa and went to Cozumel, Roatan, and Grand Cayman.


6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

Well, we’d like to buy a house, but I can’t say that I really “lacked” anything in 2012.

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory and why?

June 7, 2012.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Surviving Clay’s last semester of college and graduation, surviving a move to a new city, coaching for two USATF running clubs, and racing two half marathons.

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9. What was your biggest failure?

Hmm… I don’t really think I had any big failures this year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had some tests done in September for some stomach issues I had, but it turned out to be nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Signing up for a gym membership at East Shore Athletic Club and the TrySports half marathon training program here in Charleston. I guess those aren’t really “things”, but it’s the best money I spent this year because I made a lot of friends from it.


I didn’t really make any big purchases this year.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My handsome husband Clay graduated with his Computer Science degree (his second degree) and got a job as a programmer. Moving, transitioning to work from home, leaving my friends, family, and team were all tough, but it’s still worth celebrating that my husband’s done with school, employed in a field and job he loves, and here at home with me each night instead of working third shift like he did before.

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13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

One of my close friendships came to an end this year. When I was going through an emotional battle with the move and job issues, this person felt really let down over some hard decisions I had to make and stopped talking to me (as well as unfriended me on Facebook, which I found out about the hard way).

I hate that things happened the way they did, but try to remember that sometimes people are in your life forever, and other times, people are in your life for a season. I’m still grateful for the friendship and good times we had.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Umm… rent, bills, gas, food… that’s about it.

15. What did you really, really, really get excited about?

I was really excited about our cruise! The destinations themselves were great, but Clay and I feel like Carnival cruises are a letdown.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Eric Church, “Springsteen”.

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17. Compared to this time last year are you:

  • Happier? About the same. I was pretty happy this time last year too- after all, it was the holiday season.
  • Thinner? I have a rebellion against the scale and haven’t weighed since the beginning of the year, but all my clothes fit the same. So, I guess I’m about the same size.
  • Richer? Yes. I have more “assets” this year, Clay makes more money with his new job, but we also have more bills to pay than when we lived in Florence last year.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I really wish I could’ve visited my friends in Florence more often this year. I hate that I haven’t gotten back to visit them in so long. I really miss everyone there!

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19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying. I’m working on it.


20. How did you spend Christmas?

We travelled to Hartsville to be with Clay’s family, it was lots of fun.

21. How will you be spending New Year’s?

At home watching the ball drop, then immediately going to bed (if I even stay awake to see it drop) because a big group of us are running 13 miles in observance of 2013 the next morning at 8 AM.

22. Did you fall in love in 2012?

I fell in love at a hypnotist show at Francis Marion University in 2005, and I haven’t looked back.


23. How many one-night stands?

I’m married- we have “anytime we want it” stands.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

I loved watching the Summer Olympics and pretty much any college football game. Besides that, we watch a lot of reality shows and competition shows. I also like Switched at Birth, when that’s on.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No… I really try not to hate people.

26. What was the best book you read?

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick. Yes, it’s a young adult book, but I read it on our cruise and it’s one of those books that stays in your mind long after you finish reading it and return it to the library. It was a really good book.

27. What was your biggest musical discovery?

I listen to more Country music now, but honestly, the best musical discoveries were finding radio stations in a new town.

28. What did you want and you got?

I wanted to stay employed with ACS Technologies, and I still am. I work from home and have slightly different job responsibilities (I’m still a professional writer, but I handle troubleshooting and training needs rather than product help). I really like working for my company, so I’m happy I “got” (err, kept) the job.

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29. What did you want and not get?

With everything we got this Christmas, the main thing I want right now is a bigger apartment with more storage. Actually, it doesn’t have to be bigger at all- it just needs more storage!

30. What was your film of this year?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

31. What did you do on your birthday?

It was on a Monday, so I don’t think we did anything really special on my birthday itself. We went to Georgetown the weekend before and I raced a half marathon, so my pre-race dinner was technically my birthday dinner (pasta- ‘twas yummy!) and Clay gave me a new laptop computer. I got a PR at the half marathon, made some new friends, and hung out with my mom and husband, so it was a great birthday weekend.


32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I’m pretty satisfied with life the way it is right now. I’m satisfied, but not complacent- and I’ll keep striving to be a better person, runner, writer, wife, and everything in 2013, just because that’s how I am. I’m driven. But, I also realize that I’m fortunate to have everything I do have, feel thankful for it, and ultimately feel satisfied.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

Here we go…

January-May: Pretty Ralph Lauren Polo shirts, sweaters, pearls, Sperry, boots, pea coats, scarves, American Eagle jeans, rainbow flip flops.

June-August: Norts (Nike running shorts), random snarky t-shirts, rainbow flip flops, pearls,

September-November: Norts, yoga pants, Mt. Pleasant Track Club t-shirts, race t-shirts, pajama pants, rainbow flip flops, pearls.

Currently: North Face fleece pullovers, pajama pants, yoga pants, American Eagle jeans, knockoff Uggs. When it’s warm out, Norts and rainbow flip flops.

And of course, pearls.

34. What kept you sane?

Running, yoga, and taking my medicine.


35. Which celebrity did you fancy the most?

I don’t really like celebrities much at all, but I do admire Marcus Lattimore (University of South Carolina football player) and several professional athletes (Desiree Davila, Shawn Johnson, Kara Goucher).

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Lately, access to mental health care. I did keep up with the election (and voted!), and I’m sure most of you know that I lean to the left.

37. Who did you miss?

I miss my mom because I’m farther away from her now (we’re also further from Clay’s family), and my Florence friends, coworkers, and workout buddies (there are too many of them to name)

38. Who was the best new person you met?

All the great friends I’ve met here in Charleston! Clay and I have some awesome couples friends, I have “girlfriends” and he has guy buddies, and both of us have workout friends. Even in the short amount of time we’ve lived here, we’ve bonded with a lot of people and feel like we’ve known them forever.


39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012 and 40. Quote or Song Lyric that sums up your year:

The biggest thing I learned was summed up on the back of a t-shirt I saw at run club. The shirt had a picture of the Cooper River Bridge with the words “Get Over It!” There’s a 10K race here every Spring that people run over that bridge, so I’m guessing that’s where he got the shirt. I was excited yet terrified the first time I ran over the bridge. It’s a pretty iconic bridge, so a week after I moved down, people from the Pee Dee were already asking if I’d run on it (give me time to settle into my own neighborhood!).

Of course, running over bridges is no longer scary- I ran a half marathon with three bridges that we all ran over twice. I “got over” anxiety from moving, making new friends, job transitions, coaching for a new club, and learning my way around a new city.

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Cheers to a wonderful 2013!

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16 Responses to Survey Says: Here’s to 2012!

  1. pickyrunner says:

    You really did undergo a ton of changes this year! Not a bad thing, of course! And now that you’ve settled in charleston you can keep building upon the wonderful memories you’ve already made!
    P.s-norts. Lol 😉

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks girly, we are definitely building on our foundation of people we know!

      AHHHH, norts… a girl who helped me coach for Florence, we called em norts and had to explain it to pretty much everyone out at the track :). She also called khaki shorts “korts” and jean shorts “jorts” hehe.

  2. You did have a good first year of firsts, that is something to be so proud of. Trying new things is always hard.

  3. This survey is so cute and it sounds like you had a great year – even though it was filled with ups and downs. Good luck with all your goals (I don’t really like calling them resolutions either) in 2013.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Hey, thanks for commenting here, I commented you back. Yeah, I never call them resolutions, resolutions are made to be broken, goals are more realistic and you don’t have to wait until the beginning of the year to set them! Feel free to steal the survey if you want!

  4. Glad you had a good year overall! I saw Perks of Being a Wallflower too and I really liked it–it was definitely sad in some parts but the story was great.

  5. What a wonderful year you have had! So many blessings! Here’s to 2013!

  6. allieksmith says:

    Looks like 2012 was a big year for you! Lots of running and PR’s!! I love all of the pictures 🙂

  7. I’m with you on not calling them resolutions – they are goals and we will achieve them. I also love that Eric Chuch song and young adult books too.

  8. LOL at the “Norts”! I’m going to steal that one 🙂 I love the 13 miles on NY Day! Don’t think I’m in shape for that, but I did get out for 5.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks- yup we always said norts back when I coached in Florence. That’s just what the shorts are called now! Congrats on doing 5, not everyone who ran in the picture did 13, it was various distances.

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