2011: A Look Back

2011: A Look Back

With all the excitement about Christmas, there is no big day that sneaks up on me more each year than the last day of it. I woke up this morning to my 4 year old’s face pressed up to mine and he said in a very concerned and serious voice, “Mommy! Wake up! You have 4 eyes!!” And so began the last day of this year – a “year of dreams” we’ve called it around this house. A year that like all others was full of hard stuff, sad stuff, but lots of good stuff too. This year, my kids turned 4 and 7, I hit the big 33 and hubs is now on the downhill slide to 40. He doesn’t like when I say that.

As 2011 began, I set my sights on some long put off goals and now that the year is over, I’m happy to look back and say I completed them.

I signed up for and ran my first half marathon back in February while my hubby and kids stood in the cold for 2 hours to cheer for me for the 15 seconds it took me to go past them. I still get choked up thinking back to that moment of running past my daughter with her “Go Mommy” sign.

I also signed up for and finished my final class for my bachelor’s degree and am officially a University of Colorado at Boulder graduate. Woo!

My two big goals for the year complete. What next? Probably a full marathon, maybe more school.

Around the house, we painted the kitchen a new blue.

We turned our guest room into a playroom.

We did a quickie little makeover at our entryway.

And added a beadboard headboard in our bedroom that just celebrated it’s first birthday.

In the rest of our not picture perfect ready for it’s closeup just everyday living life:

I spent a month cooking all new to me meals.

We spent another glorious summer at the cottage.

Back in January of this year, I wrote this post about The me I want to be and the struggle I was having with blogging, sharing, writing, taking pretty pictures and the pressure that I felt from all of it. I think that this year brought big changes to this blog. I stepped back a lot more. I didn’t share just to share. I took time off when I needed it. I enjoyed the moments and began to really live what is in my heart more than just talking about it. I think it’s safe to say now that the year has passed that I really did become the me I wanted to be this time last year. What a wonderful thing for anyone.

I thank you all for being here over the past year or years. I appreciate all of you and wish you all the best in the coming year.

Happy New Year!!

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  1. What a beautiful reflection. I love the turns your blog has taken. Keep writing :)

  2. As I have stepped {waaaaay} back the latter half of this year from the on-line world, I have still enjoyed visiting your space. It has such a calming and peaceful sense about it. I just love visiting for the reminder to slow down, enjoy life and don’t miss the moments that make up today because they will be gone tomorrow.

  3. the domestic fringe says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family! Glad you had a great 2011. Congrats on all your accomplishments. Hope 2012 brings lots more good.

  4. (fantastic post, btw!)
    Look on the bright side – my kids also turned 4 and 7 (and 16) in 2011 but I also turned 41 (and the Hubs DID hit 40!!!!) So, you have many, many years (well.. 7) to realize that 40 doesn’t matter!! ;)
    LOVE your blog.
    2012 will be fantastic. We all need to be good to ourselves this coming year!!

  5. I remember when you wrote that post, feel like more than a year ago to me! So glad you became the you that you were looking for :) Lord knows we have been headed down that same path together for years now. I’ve made some huge changes of my own and appear to be a year behind you … my first 1/2 marathon is this year. March 31st and I’m excited, nervous & scared all at the same time. Looking forward to another great year with you & your blog!

  6. Happy New Year Emily! I always read your posts in my reader and tonight I happened to just pop by and WOW, look at the remodeling that went on with the blog! Not sure how I missed the new look but way to go! And way to go on your life changes in the past year. I’m so happy to hear you are on a good path and feeling good about blogging on the side of your real life! Enjoy being you and living life your way! xoxo Happy New Year!

  7. Congratulations on following through on your plans to take a step back, and on everything else you accomplished this year. The renovations look great! Having lived through my own this year, it’s amazing how paint and wood and changing things around can change everything that happens in that space.

    Your message about taking a step back and slowing down is something all of us should take to heart. It would do us good.

  8. ahh, what a beautiful post and beautiful life. mIss seeing you around.