Well, except this very minute as I've been smited with a cold which has buggered up my re-charge glitter plan.
It's a time for counting blessings and reviewing.
Being a bit low on energy (due to this cold) I'm going to whizz through this a little bit and try and keep it brief. Ha!
I've loved having this blog this year. It was a great idea and addition to my online presence. It's my place for this, that and the other and I hope you have enjoyed reading it this year!
With that in mind, here's the top 5 most popular posts of the year:
- Weight loss update: Balanced diet and portion sizes
- Goodyear Spirit of Safety - My blimp experience
- Five Star Luxury at Four Season Cairo (I still dream of that bed!)
- New Year, New Blog - here's the plan (my first post on this blog)
- Palma Live! The photos, the tweets, the videos!
My talk about local work has been extended beyond it's original 6 months and I'm enjoying every minute. I love the team there and the work that we do and this year has seen me on the road more and delivering social media workshops. Good stuff!
I said I would launch my wedding photography services. Well, it's *almost* ready to go. I've got several more weddings under my belt this year and it's still an area I'm enjoying so that will be a go-er for 2012. ( I was hoping to work on the announcement during this holiday, but this cold has slowed me down somewhat). Anyway, it's imminent!
Consultancy: I said I would set aside a day every month or two for free consultancy to help people. I haven't strictly set aside set days for that this year, though it's worked out anyway as I've helped a few peeps during the year, so this one is getting a tick. Done!
I wanted to perfect my time management and look at areas to improve and thus be more efficient. I have improved on it (and I'll blog about how soon) and I feel that's worked out really well. There's still room for improvement, but I think it's safe to say there isn't much time this year that has gone to waste. Disciplined and organised. Done!
Hmmm, I don't think I've really improved in this area that much! The trouble is, I'm so happy in my work I find it hard to put it down. Of course I have been social this year, and enjoyed every minute! I can't give this goal a complete tick. Maybe half a tick...
I think I've improved. I'm listening to my instincts and saying 'yes' or 'no' more easily and that's serving me well. I've stuck to saying 'yes' to only things that are of true interest to me, so that's working out well. Tick!
I wanted to learn more about websites and how they work and are built. This was set to be a spare time activity. I didn't have much spare time, so it didn't happen how I thought it would. But! I have learnt a lot more about Wordpress and it's workings, so this gets a half tick!
I have been working on self development in the business area and dedicated quite some time for that. It's been well worth the time and I have learnt a lot and that will always put me in good stead
I wanted some more trips away.
And a weekend with my aunt and uncle. Not done. And a weekend with my cousin. Attempted, but illness prevented it.
I wanted to do some more press trips. Done! Prague, Cairo, and Palma. All fantastic trips and great experiences!
New York. Don't talk to me about it! I haven't been back. The trouble is, I don't want to go for a weekend or a week. I want at least a month, preferably two months there. It's the source of a lot of heartache, but I'm not giving up. I could write a whole blog about NYC, but I can barely bring myself to mention it here.
The only thing on my list - an iPad. Have I got one? No. Would I still like one? Yes please!
This was the year I got really active. Running, biking, stair climbing, hula hooping! And I reached my weight loss goal to boot! However, around autumn time (and with a running injury) all this slowed down and I am most annoyed with myself. And with that I have put on a stone! It's not the end of the world, but it's a slippery slope that's for sure. I can't become complacent with weight loss, or exercise.
I wanted to get to the bottom of my suspected food allergies. I now know I am ok with dairy. I think I'm ok with gluten, but I'm still very hesitant.
Sunday's were to be 'me' day! A day set aside to not work and chill out. I've pretty much stuck with that bar weekends away and occasional other commitments. It's working well and I'll continue that.
Life blogging. I'm doing it!
So all in all, I'm going to say I did quite well with my goals. Not 100% but not too badly either. They were worth making and sharing and gave me a great basis for 2011.
Personal Highlights of 2011
There's quite a few! Let's see...
- Weight loss, longest run, wedding photography, 4am Project, Speaking at the Red Eye event
- Speaking at a Pecha Kucha night.
- Press trips
- Seeing my best friend
- My 40th Birthday!
- Wateraid Coastalong Challenge
- My trip on the Blimp!
- Running the Birmingham Social Media Cafe
- A weekend in York with my Mum
Ok, that's enough! There's tons of highlights of this year and they've all been pretty much covered in this blog this year.
I wonder what 2012 will bring! Well, I'll be a bit more proactive than waiting to see what it will bring - I'll see what I can make happen in 2012! That's more like it.
Thank you for reading my blog this year! Thanks to all my friends, and my mum and my best friend and all my twitter friends who have kept me company throughout the year.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2012! See you next year :)