As 2012 comes to a close, it is a time to reflect on the year and look forward to the next challenges in our lives. This year has been like any other – a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, with twists and turns along the way. My personal highlight of the year? Losing 30 pounds (yay me!). My biggest goal for 2013? Keeping that off and continuing on my weight loss path. Other things I am looking forward to this year include my step-son turning 9 (where does the time go), another awesome Sounders season (hopefully winning the MLS Cup this time around!) and spending as much time as possible having positive experiences with my husband and son.

Do you set resolutions for the new year? Have you thought of them yet? If so, what are some things you are planning to do in 2013? What was your favorite accomplishment in 2012? What will you be glad to get away from that happened this last year?

Whatever your goals, resolutions, grievances, etc – I hope you have an awesome New Years and that 2013 is even better than 2012.

Melina Young

My name is Melina Young and I am the director of marketing at Verity Credit Union. I love everything to do with marketing, advertising, public relations and social media – especially all the research that goes into making a product or service really work for our members and making sure the right people hear about it. In addition to my time spent marketing, I have a blog and write about celiac disease, which I was diagnosed with in 2010. Basically, I can’t eat any of those foods we all love that are made with wheat, barley or rye.

I have also recently started running and completed my first 5k in 2011. Some people may not know that I used to do a lot of acting, dancing and singing in my life. I was in a Nike commercial with Gary Payton in junior high (if anyone ever finds the footage please send it my way!) and I used to compete as an opera singer in high school. I almost majored in musical theater in college, but I’m very glad with my decision to study marketing!

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