Memories from 2011: My year in review

 

With the end of 2011 just days away, I’ve spent a lot of time this week reflecting on the best (and worst) of this passing year.

I’ve learned a lot from 2011… Some of which I wrote about here, some I didn’t. All of it continues to make me strive to be a better person, mother and friend.

One thing that is the same… I’m still not Supermom. I do what I can, when I can and I’m okay with that… now. My children come first and they always will. But with saying that, I do sometimes consider myself my own version of Supermom — just one that doesn’t parallel any other definition of the word.

My year in review…

We finally got some answers to some delicate questions this year. We’re starting to make progress (very slow progress) in getting our second son the care that he needs and deserves. I’m still learning little things each day about his Sensory Processing Disorder and to be honest, it’s overwhelming.

Things started falling into place when I was introduced to the world of freelance writing. I started writing for SheKnows Parenting, Pregnancy and Baby, Home and Living and even the Food channel. I’ve since become a Daily Blogger at SheKnows Pregnancy and Baby and I love it. I’ve found a new love for my writing and while it keeps me insanely busy, I’m so grateful. After all, I love being busy.

Another thing I’m extremely grateful for is the opportunities I’ve had to meet amazing people while supporting companies and campaigns that I believe so strongly in. The Red CARpet event with Britax and SafeKids is one of them. There are more exciting things to come… Mommy Fitness Tips is just one of them.

I learned how to make iMovies! I’ve always wanted to learn but have had no one to teach me. So one day, I sat and taught myself. I then went on to make a video for Yummie Tummie highlighting the best moments from BlogHer 2011. As for BlogHer, I loved meeting new people, experiencing new things and getting some girl time with another dear friend, but I won’t be going again next year.

We moved our two youngest into the same room. After months of hesitation, it turned out to be one of the best decisions we could have made.

I made a ribbon wreath for Halloween and lived to write a tutorial about it. It felt really good to get my craft on again.

I made more time for friends and made more time for myself. This is something I’ve struggled with in the past.

I also opened up about my reoccurring postpartum anxiety for the first time.

I said goodbye to my beloved Sharpie. Yes, this was a big deal.

Despite knowing it was going to be a bad day, I tried anyway. I cried, got embarrassed and sweat like I had just ran a marathon, but now I laugh and revel that it’s in the past.

Tampons make great parachutes for little Army men.

I turned 30. Call it irony, call it maturing… Things have become so much clearer since I’ve turned 30.

I finally found a way to document each year! That reminds me, I need to make our 2011 book.

 

What are your memories from 2011?

 


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