Saturday, December 31, 2011

Day 816

It's the end of another year.  I've gotta tell ya, in my mind 2011 had a hell of a lot more forward movement in it that 2010 did. I mean, 2010 was a good year but I found it to be a very frustrating fascinating year.  Yes, there were frustrations fascinations galore in 2011 as well, but on the whole there was a whole lot more forward movement than the year before.

Every Christmas and birthday I give my kids a book (rather than a card) and in the front of that book I write them a message.  Their Christmas book usually has a summary of their year to help them chart their lives.  For example I might write "this year you played soccer for the first time, got your first BMX bike and trained your eyes to help you read a little easier".  Or something like that. And I continue on for a few paragraphs of recognition.  Just little summaries to celebrate their year that was.

So I figured I could do the same for myself here.  I help others celebrate their lives all the time. Perhaps today is the day I should celebrate my own.  Because no matter how poorly you think you feel, or how shitty you think your life is (or phases of it) there is always something to celebrate. Always. You've just got to find it.

So here is my 2011 celebration:

This year I had my first book published, secured the Foreword and illustrator for another book, wrote another three books and publicly declared myself a "children's book author" to the world.  From a business perspective I opened my mind to the possibilities, renewed my business focus and increased my client base and networks in the process.  I actually got myself a coach and developed a brand new product line which will be directed at children to assist with self worth, resilience, health and fitness.  During that process I had discussions with the ACT Government and wrote my first ever grant application.

From a friendship point of view I visited people (close by and with travel involved) attended celebrations, held babies, made loads of phone calls, sent text messages and cemented some on-line friendships. From a family point of view I got to be 100% involved with the lives of my children all year and was able to actively parent them every step of the way.  I also got to be involved in Chelsea's wedding celebration in a relaxed and fully supportive way.  Plus I got to see my Nanna turn 90.

Derek and I had an enormous fight during the year (mammoth) which scared the bejeebers out of me, but made us stronger in the end.  We have further cemented ourselves as husband and wife for life. As an extended family (included my folks) we got to go to the Gold Coast this year and we also got a winter escape to Hawaii (again with my folks and Derek's brother's family).  There was lots of time spent by the beach or at the farm throughout the year.

I was nominated for an ACT Lifeline "women of spirit" award this year which was nice in recognition of my work with the cheerleaders, plus I got to finish my cheer coaching career with a gorgeous group of year 6 children, while continuing to lead and inspire the younger cheerleaders.  Another successful trip to Nationals capped it all off nicely.

This year my health was quite good, despite the challenges.  Sure, I had some strange things going on with the dizzies, vertigo and other strange stuff that disabled me for a bit and left me unable to drive, and I have aches and pains and migraine, but it always passes eventually and it hasn't killed me (yet) so it all probably just makes me stronger.

Yeah, 2011 is worthy of celebration from a me, me, me point of view.

I am almost sad to see it end ....

I wonder what 2012 will bring!


  1. What a year!

    You've got me thinking about the good as well as the bad that I always tend to ruminate on.

    SSG xxx

  2. Hi,

    I have been a lurker for a little bit, but do enjoy catching up on your entertaining and candid posts.

    It is always good to reflect on the year that was, and get psyched for the new year.

    A great post and have a superb 2012!

  3. That is indeed a pretty spectacular year, Leanne. But I really wouldn't expect much less from you. You are like the marker of success, one can only hope to aspire to.

    Sydney Shop Girl, you have a beautiful way of sharing the 'real'. I definitely would never say you ruminate on the bad. I'm sure that is what others also find so special and connecting about your post. As with DFF, I read every SSG post & hope that as readers we give back to both of you a sense of gratitude & spirit that confirms you are both doing everything right. Your ability to share life's hurdles & joys is why we all like SSG & DFF so much. Happy New Year to all xx

  4. Thanks so much for your continued support everyone. I love having you around. Happy new year!


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