2011 in review…

As some of the older readers know, every year I do an annual wrap up.  Here’s 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010‘s.  More importantly, here’s 2011’s:

Things I learned:

  • Work smart, not hard.  I sometimes still battle with this one, bit essentially I think I’ve mastered it.
  • Let anger go.  It only brings me down, and I’ve learned that the quicker I let my anger go, the quicker I can deal with things.
  • The center of attention is not always the best place to be.  Sometimes it’s okay to arrive unnoticed and be the silent ninja.  You learn more that way, usually.
  • Being too friendly with colleagues isn’t always appropriate.  I think this is the biggest lesson I’ve learned in 2011.  As I’m the boss, not everyone wants me in their inner circle.  At first it hurt, but eventually I made peace with it and now enjoy the moments I can to laugh and have fun with the dudes I work with.
  • Fake it ’til you make it!
  • Make sushi.  Not only do I eat it now, but I can make it too!  Look at me getting over my phobia!

Things I did:

  • Spontaneously booked and paid for an international cruise with Jon.  This only happens in 2012 (less than 6 weeks until we’re in Madagascar!!!!) but I am ridiculously excited!
  • Got promoted.  Woohoo!
  • Developed a routine at home.
  • Convinced my mom to move up to Joburg – best idea ever!
  • Had my first ever car accident.  Through no fault of my own.
  • Spoiled myself with the brand new iPhone 4s.  Happy Christmas to Sheena, Love Sheena!

Things I loved in 2011:

  • Jon and I share the happiest, most drama-free and loving relationship I’ve ever experienced.  I’m so lucky to have him share this life with me.
  • Solidified friendships that had been neglected.
  • Having my mom and littlest brother just 5 minutes up the road from me.
  • Swimming on hot Summer days in the pool, followed by a water massage in the jacuzzi at my mom’s.

Things I got sad about:

  • Jadie passing away too young
  • My mom’s heart being taken advantage of
  • Seeing my family home going to waste in an unhappy environment, and saying good bye to childhood memories in that same house

Things I want for 2012:

  • A fully developed team at work – right now we’re overbooked and under resourced, I’d like this to change
  • I believe in keeping things alive in the relationship.  Stagnation isn’t good for any couple.  I look forward to what 2012 brings for Jon and I, we have a fair amount of things to accomplish around the house and such.  It’ll be a good year for us both, I know it.
  • A loving year for my friends and family, God knows we all need it.
  • No drama, no deaths and no distractions from my goals.  If I get just a little bit of those wishes granted, I’ll be grateful

I’ve got a strong circle of friends, filled with amazing and inspiring people, and my family has become secure and is on the way to happiness again.  This year devastated us, the divorce was hard on everyone.  But I’m starting to finally see a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel for my mom and brother.  It’s been a hard, but blessed year.  I’ve come into my own with that whole adulthood thing.

Merry Christmas everyone, and happy New Year.  I hope 2012 is better for us all!

And to end off, here are some of my favourite photos of 2011.


  1. Mam says:

    I am so proud of the woman you have become. The way you just guided me and your brothers through the crappy time and the most of all the way you dealt with me, who was the mother and the daughter over the last while has been a bit confusing but it is now that I realise through everything how you have grown up. You are strong and brave, stubborn, kind and compassionate this is exactly what type of woman I would of chosen for my daughter to become if I was given that choice. I love you xx

  2. Amy says:

    What a year! I think i’ve had a pretty good 2011 but i’m also excited to see what 2012 has in store…. so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you my friend!

  3. Cheryl says:

    This is such an awesome blog post, wrapping up an entire year in a few bullet points.
    I love the fact that you blog so freely about your life. I’m still learning how to do that… lol

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