It has been a rough year, year-and-a-half for me personally. It is just hard to get a feel for any confidence and comfort when the ground underneath you is constantly shifting, unstable or uncertain. I have been fighting fires this past year, personal and professional. It had been unpleasant and had mostly felt like a case of one problem following another, completely unrelated but they do dampen optimism by coming at me like repeated blows of a hammer.
Things do look up, but 2013 will be a year of planning, reacting (probably at the last minute - which I hate but have no choice but to deal with) and decision-making. There are paths forward, fallback positions and options to consider. As they all say, no rest for the wicked :).
Have a happy 2013!