2011: A Year In Review

by Ginger on December 31, 2011

in Becoming Myself, Blogging & Social Media, Celebrations

It’s time, once again, for Linda’s year in review questionnaire, which I love because it keeps me from going all slack-jawed and stupid about “what the hell did I do this year?” by forcing me to answer specific questions (of course, I’ll still forget stuff. It’s inevitable). Let’s see how 2011 stacks up to 2010, shall we?

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

Danced in a flash mob. Went to not one, not two, but three blog conferences. Lost 20 pounds (even if I gained 10 of it back) with the help of Biggest Blogging Loser. Got a little bit of fashion sense. Did Vegas like grown-ups. Got a dog. Weaned a kid (holy hormonal hell batman!). Vloggedtwice! Went to the Del Mar races.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year??

I’m actually pretty impressed with myself. Out of 41 items on my 2011 To-Do list (instead of resolutions), I accomplished all but 16. Of those 16, I came REALLY close to checking another 3 off. I’d consider that an overall success.

I’ll definitely be doing another goals list–I found it a much better way for me to approach the new year than resolutions. It was really helpful to be able to see it as a task list, filled with things I could accomplish, rather than general big picture changes that always seem vague: “eat better” “exercise more” “get more done”, etc. If anything, I need to get MORE specific.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth??

Lots of friends and family, and lots of internet friends. (Still don’t have baby fever though).

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully no one I was close to passed away this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

Sadly, none. There *may* be a chance that I’ll be able to change that next year (Vancouver, I’m coming for you!).

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

Direction. Patience. Motivation. Local friends I can just…call up to hang out with. (and I wouldn’t say no to a little more money either).

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Like I remember dates. HA! But I will remember these events: BlogHer, specifically the Operation Glory flashmob & reading this post at the Listen To Your Mother open mic event, for how awesome it was to put myself out there. The day I got my promotion because it justified all the hard work I’ve done. This moment with my sweet little boy because it was so adorable. My fifth wedding anniversary, because hey VEGAS! The earthquake/tsunami in Japan for being so terrifying. The 10th anniversary of 9/11 for being so heartbreaking. The power outage in San Diego for really making me question what we’d REALLY do in a major emergency.  Halloween, because DAMN is that kid of mine adorable. This day at the beach in October, for the pure joy and fun of the day.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year??

Losing 20 pounds (I lost a few more pounds after that post was written). Launching several big digital products at work. Solving a problem at work that has been around for at least 7 years. Surviving the trip to Texas with Jackson.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I think most of my biggest failures are all about other people. I know I failed at being the parent I want to be a lot of the time. I know I failed at being the wife I want a lot of the time. And I know I’ve not been the best daughter, friend, or relative that one could ask for.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Well, let’s just say I put my kid in daycare and leave it at that.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

New iPhone. A Nook (yes, I’ve only had it for 3 days and I already think it’s that great). A partially new wardrobe.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Rent. Daycare. Gas. Groceries (dudes, feeding this family of 3 people and 2 animals is WAY more expensive than it should be).

13. What did you get really excited about?

Watching my kiddo grow and learn and thrive. That sounds really cheesy, but there is something sooo cool about watching his brain switch on and start to make connections. I mean, it helps that I think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, but even still, I think it’s so cool to watch him learn to talk, to jump, to sing, to whistle (ok, maybe not that one yet)! And calling me Momma? That was pretty awesome.

Meeting bloggers. Seriously, all my excitement about every major blogging event was about meeting bloggers I love online. I can only hope I get to do more of that in 2012.

I’ll also say that starting to write more (and connect more) about being a working mom was really, really exciting for me. It really started with this post, but every time I find myself writing about being a working mom, I feel a weight lift and a little bit more of me shine through in this space–and that’s exciting.

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?

Pumped Up Kicks (seriously, how much have I heard that song this year? ) and You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:?

– happier or sadder?  about the same
– thinner or fatter? thinner
– richer or poorer? poorer (see also: daycare).

16. What do you wish you’d done more of??

In real life: Laughed. Talked. Read. Gone out with my husband. Slept.

In blogland: Written more about publishing like I keep promising. Made more out of Noodle Knobs, which I love and think deserves WAY more than what I’ve been able to give it. Been better about doing more of the things I like and less of the things I feel like I *should* do.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of??

Worried. Snapped. Got frustrated. Yelled. Cared about other people’s opinions. Coveted stuff I can’t have. Watched bad tv.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

With family here in San Diego. Christmas with a toddler is pretty cool actually.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

A lot of my favorites have been kind of lackluster this year, but I admit I’m really like Up All Night, Walking Dead, and I still love the fun silliness of Burn Notice. I’m really hoping that Project Runway All-Stars doesn’t suck as much as this last season did. And can we get Mad Men BACK already?

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

The Hunger Games series. Bossypants. The Art of Fielding.

21. What was your favorite music from this year??

Again, I’m gonna cheat and say pretty much anything from the Sirius Alt Nation station. I also will admit to loving (and hating myself for loving) Moves Like Jagger. I know, I know. You can disown me now.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

The final Harry Potter. Super 8 was pretty fun. Man, we really just didn’t see that many movies this year that weren’t animated…

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 32, and my husband and I took the afternoon off to meander around like we had not a care in the world (and no kid in tow). We held hands and had NO agenda, and it was awesome. (we also had drinks and snacks, so it was nice in multiple ways.)

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I think if I could have lightened up on myself, that would have been SUPER. AT work, at home, in finances, in everything…I blamed myself for a lot, which only created this tension in my own head a lot.

And of course, more free time would have been great, as would more money.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

Getting there. I’m starting to realize that I’m mostly a pretty classic/safe dresser, but that I love having little surprises–zebra striped sequined flats, a bottle cap belt, feather earrings, etc. I’m hoping to continue to build an actual WARDROBE in 2012.

26. What kept you sane?

My husband (except when he was driving me insane). My kid (except when he made me mental). This blog. Sleep.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.?

Learning to say YES is just as important as learning to say No. You’re much more likely to get a great memory if you say YES occasionally.

(if you made it to the end of this epic beast, you seriously deserve a prize. SHEESH how did this get to almost 1500 words???)

Maribel R. December 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm

These are all great questions! Congrats on losing weight, I lost and gained back with 5 lbs more than I started with. I learned so much about you by reading this post, we have a lot in common! Maybe we should go shopping together in 2012? 😉 I’m only 25 miles away! 🙂

shasta January 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Mad Men is back in March! And how did I almost miss that Project Runway is doing an allstar season???

Kate January 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

So happy to have gotten to know you more over 2011 and looking forward to continuing our friendship in 2012! Happy New Year!

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