Thursday, December 22, 2016

Day 2625 - The year in review - Lovin' Life Linky

You say goodbye, I say hello ...

It seems strange for me to being say "hi" to the year just as it comes to an end, but I really feel like sitting down and having a cuppa with 2016.

It's been a good friend.  I'm going to be sad to see it leave so rather than say goodbye, I'd like to welcome it into my home to tell it how much I appreciate it.

It's time for a chat and some good old fashioned reflection.

On the whole it's been a good year for the Langdowns. Sure we've had some challenges.  Don't we all?

My health gets worse each winter, the migraines in the house have increased, there's been a few work related stressors, challenges at school and there's been some "no holds barred" screaming at times, but none of it is so great that it can't be fixed with a few painkillers and a weekend drink.

Blogging highlights include this linky and sharing it with the new Lovin' Life Team. Other bloggy highlights centre around meeting fellow writers in real life (which was my bloggy goal for 2016). Agent Mystery Case, Sydney Shop Girl, Lydia C Lee, Debbish, Middle Aged Mumma, The Seize the Day Project, Rebecca Bowyer and Handbag Mafia (just to name a few).

Health highlights centre around the fact that this is the first year our big grown up Chelsea has been cancer free since the sarcoma curse hit her back in 2013/2014.

For that alone we are grateful.

For the final Lovin' Life Linky of the year, here's my "Hello 2016" review:


New Year was celebrated in the USA and then we headed back home where we managed to fit in a few trips to the coast.  Signing on my new success coaching clients for 2016 rounded the month off nicely.  Husband hit the ground running back at work.  Son turned 12.


Two kids, two new schools.  One in year 11 the other starting year 7.  Our boy's soccer kicked off again (excuse the pun) with High Performance Program, Coerver Academy and grading.  From a business point of view I launched the 2016 Achieve Beyond Home Business Network. As for author things, I took Cheer Chick Charlie to the Canberra Show for book signings where I also sponsored a cheerleading display with all ACT based cheerleading squads represented.


We bought a Jeep.  I had a success speaking gig.  The model daughter started her 2016 Sydney to'ing and fro'ing which included meeting with an international scout. I coordinated international cheerleading workshops and we hosted the hubsters BIG birthday bash.


The entire month of April was spent overseas for me with a husband and wife trip to Aruba (thank you Verizon Business) and as parent chaperone on a soccer tour to Singapore with my boy.


The month was full of fashion as the model daughter walked for the first time at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.   Our Chelsea and little Lola returned to Canberra to live permanently and we became the adoptive parents to her fur babies. Clients continued and my books started to spread through bookshops around Australia and in online stores globally.


Another couples retreat as we took off for the hubster's mid-life crisis trip to Las Vegas with an opportunistic conference thrown in to see what's possible for Cheer Chick Charlie at the Licensing Expo.  Much excitement as a US agent showed interest in the series.


I released book 8 of the Cheer Chick Charlie series on the Gold Coast with a pretty decent dose of fan fare. My boy competed in Kanga Cup and the model daughter had her final surgery to remove the Nuss Bar from her chest.  The month finished with another success speaking gig at a 200+ conference and a planning session with the Cheer Chick Charlie crew where the idea for a new children's magazine was born. I started working 10 hours a week for a property management company just to learn something new.  Disappointment when the US agent ditched me. Onward and upward.


Project managed the ACT Regional Cheerleading competition where we raised $8000 for Ronald McDonald House Canberra and Cerebal Palsy Alliance.  A little author "tour" of the south coast and a junket to Melbourne rounded the month of nicely.


The boy gets accepted back into Coerver Academy for another year, we start sourcing articles for the new magazine, I discovered my blogging tribe on the Gold Coast at Pro Blogger and the model daughter turned 17 and got her Ps.  I ran away to write book 2 of the Flippin' Out eBook series. My fibro pain got the better of me after a longer than usual winter which prompted a barrage of tests. Results advised the fibromyalgia diagnosis remains. Onward and upward.


The hubster took us for a long weekend to the Gold Coast for my birthday, I was interviewed for a You Tube channel about ageing positively, more Sydney travel so the model daughter could walk in the end of year fashion shows, a bloggy trip to Sydney for Monster Jam and a quick escape to write book 9 of the Cheer Chick Charlie series.  More author talks.


A family day out at the races for Melbourne Cup, the hubster took off for a week of playing basketball at the Australasian Masters, a few trips to the coast, more model castings, a colonoscopy and another runway show.  Oh, and being announced as the inaugural winner of the Humble Achiever's Award at the kids old primary school for starting the cheerleading program all those years ago.   I've not actually blogged about that last one until now.  Mostly because I'm trying my best to remain humble. 


And here we are.  Can you believe it?  Panic sets in as the end of year is nigh and I'm nowhere near where I need to be.  The month has been one of scrambling to finish the bathroom renovation I started, finish up my stint in property management, finalising articles, photo shoots and filming for the new magazine and hosting our annual Christmas bash where we got to thank the people who have shared our year with us.

Hello 2016. Thanks for hanging out with us. I know it's been shite for some people and the world in general has shaken it's head several times, but for us you've been pretty damn awesome.

"You say goodbye, I say hello.  
Hello, hello. 
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello." 

Are you ready to say goodbye to 2016?

What were your 2016 highlights?

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 Before we say goodbye to the Lovin' Life Linky for 2016, let's say one last "hello" to all the lovely linkers out there.

Brought to you by Team Lovin' Life: Deep Fried Fruit, Seize the Day ProjectDebbishWrite of the Middle, and 50 Shades of Age

Jo from Lifestyle Fifty is taking a break this week as she heads overseas to Love Life.

The Lovin' Life Linky will return on Thursday 5 January.  


  1. What a fabulous - but busy - year. I've included our meeting (and FB groups) as well! Love the post title by the way!!! x

    1. Haha. Yep, the song has been playing in my head on repeat since 5am.

  2. You've had a cracking year! I hope you put your feet up over the holidays and get some relaxation in :)

    1. I definitely plan to. So much so that although I will technically continue to blog every day ... I have decided it will simply be a photo a day for the Christmas/New Year period. After Christmas Eve the next lot of words will not be seen until New Year! Unheard of ... woot!

  3. What an amazing year for the Langdownes! It was such a pleasure meeting you this year, Leanne!

    SSG xxx

    1. Can't wait to have another real life cuppa with you SSG.

  4. What an exciting and busy year you have had! I love your idea of sitting down and having a chat with the year that was. It is good to reflect on what has been as well as look to the future. I've enjoyed connecting with you through the Lovin'Life Linky and look forward to reading more next year. Merry Christmas and have a fabulous New Year! Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

    1. Not every year is worth chatting to over a cuppa (some years require bourbon), but this one was quite lovely.

  5. Phew your year sounds exhausting but extremely rewarding at the same time! It is good to take the time to reflect on the year that has past and actually write down achievements and failures. I wish you all the best for 2017 and a very Merry Christmas. :)

    1. Kind of exhausted but it's good exhaustion. Not the horrid kind. Merry Christmas!

  6. Didn't blog this week but just wanted to say Happy Xmas. Will see you online (and off) in 2017! Have a great holiday, and I'm jealous of your beach time!

    1. Merry Christmas! I'll think of you as I instagram from the beach.

  7. The year sure went fast reading that Leanne. Thank YOU for sharing your life here (as much as you want of course or not!) and being the loveliest host for a splendid Link Up. I've mentioned continuing to blog through the season where some stop but I will be slowing down for a bit. My Monday link is open next week for Appreciation and this post would fit perfectly!! Hint! I hope your Christmas is Wonderful and your bathroom dramas are over. Denyse x

  8. *jaw drops* At least you make my year look less busy :) And I can't wait to dive into projects with you when I get to interview you for side gig life in 2017!

    1. OMG. I knew there was one person I'd forgotten to add to the bloggy meet and greet bit. I was racking my brain to think who I'd forgotten. NESS!!!!!!! So sorry. I am very much looking forward to being on your show (if you'll still have me of course).

  9. What a great year you have had! I'm yet to truly sit down and reflect on the year that has been. I'll probably do that after the stress of hosting Christmas for the extended family again this year.


    1. We're hosting for the first time in 13 years. I may need some tips! Got around 18 or 20 people coming. Can't wait.

  10. Oh my gosh - I'm exhausted after ready through your year! How fabulous though! What a great year! SO many achievements, travel, success and fun. Very busy but I kinda think that's how you like it. It's been fabulous getting to know you better through being a Lovin' Life team member. Merry Christmas Leanne and all the best for another fabulous year kicking goals in 2017! Min xo #TeamLovinLife

  11. Loved your year in review - you certainly crammed in a lot more than we did! So glad you can look back on it fondly while you have that coffee. BTW (just in passing) I wrote a post at the beginning of Oct on my Daith piercing and migraine relief - with a link to a fb group with really interesting info. It has made a huge improvement on the number of headaches/migraines I get and I thought you might be interested. Regardless - I hope your Christmas is wonderful and 2017 is special too x

  12. I still can't believe it is almost Christmas!! They years are flying by. Sounds like you had a great year and enjoy Christmas.

  13. Wow Leanne, you've had a very busy and productive year. This year has flown, and personally, I'm rather pleased it's almost over. I feel as though 2017 will be a better year for me - onward and upward to bigger and better things for all of us! #TeamLovinLife

  14. 2016 has been the most stressful year of my life. However it delivered me from Townsville to the Sunshine Coast and our new home at Coolum. For that I am extremely grateful. Here's to 2017. You had a pretty interesting year. Aruba - Hello!

  15. You weren't joking when you said that you're busy. I'm pretty sure you also said that you like to be busy... so I guess it makes sense. I'm glad that 2016's been good to you and your family - here's hoping that 2017 is even better.
    I appreciate all the opportunities that 2016 brought for me - proper blogging, travel and other milestones. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that I'm happy to see it go.

  16. What an amazing year you have had! I'd love to hear more about the 2016 Achieve Beyond Home Business Network? Merry Christmas to you and yours Leanne, so glad I've gotten to know you AND meet you IRL this year!

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