Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bye-bye to 2011


Apparently, we're about to see out yet another year. Seriously, whoever it is that messes with time as I get older and makes every year pass faster than the last, would you JUST STOP, OK? I feel like my life is flashing past before my eyes, and I'm pretty sure I'm not on my death bed.

2011 wasn't a bad year. Not like 2008, which was packed full of a lot of great stuff, but unfortunately I seemed to pay for that with twice as much really, really crappy stuff. And as for 2009? 2009 can bite me! 2010 was a year of creaking along, trying to put the pieces back together bit by bit, and succeeding in some areas.

This year? Well, there were plenty of highlights, and just a few crappy moments. So without further ado, I give you my year in pictures:

There was a LOT of travel (yay!). First up, Easter in central Victoria. Autumn colours, sunny days, crisp mountain air, paddling in the creek, wineries, breweries, gourmet food....

Heritage listed town, autumn colours - perfect!

Then I took my first ever trip to New Zealand, and my first solo overseas trip (not that New Zealand really counts as overseas, because hey, it feels just like home). It was a flying visit to help Sara celebrate a milestone birthday...

Who are those hot chicks?

That was followed closely by a luxury anniversary weekend with Bike Boy in late May at the Royal Mail hotel, right at the foot of the Grampians, thanks to a very generous birthday gift....

The impressive Mount Sturgeon at sunrise
In October, I spent a weekend in Brisbane with Liz. I had the pleasure of participating in TWO of her cycle classes, relaxed quite a lot and got to see a bit of Brissie....

Miss Liz showing me around her home town
A few days later, we flew off on our big Thailand adventure....

Krabi - the "relax and drink cocktails" part of our trip
I think that's more travel than I've done in the past five years. Hey, I'm just practising for retirement.

I set myself a goal at the beginning of the year of doing a lot more photography - I think I achieved that one. A spanking new DSLR for my birthday last year helped boost the enthusiasm, and I made a habit of dragging that thing with me on my neighbourhood walks and most other places. When it wasn't practical to take the camera, my phone was a reasonable stand-in, and I bemused my work colleagues by constantly snapping pics of my food, my umpteen varieties of tea, the view from the nearby window and anything else that stood still long enough...

A funky angle and a phone app makes even my boring office building look kind of interesting
2011 was also the year I got a lot more serious about blogging. This blog got a professional makeover, I added some advertising and affiliate accounts, and formulated some actual policies and stuff... Plus I attended the ProBlogger training day, met lots of bloggers, gained inspiration and learned a trick or two about this whole blogging business. I still have plenty to learn and nowhere near enough time to do everything I'd like to do, but I think progress has been pretty good.

Business-wise, I'm taking strides forward. Witness my recent Fitbodies website re-do  - which, by the way is FINALLY finished go take a look if you haven't already. My Facebook page is now operating the way I envisaged, and I got a custom Twitter background to match the whole shebang. I also did a lot of soul-searching this year about what I want to achieve and what I can reasonably do. As a result, I've made some business decisions and plans that should bring a great 2012 and still allow me to maintain some balance in my life. Always tricky...

On the training front, I'm finally feeling as though I'm making good progress. I've been doing the old two-steps-forward-one-step-back dance routine for the past few months, but I'm about to break that pattern once and for all. I've recognised a couple of my big blockers (more about those later) and I'm ready to smack those suckers down next time they rear their ugly heads. 

The head cold from hell that struck just before Christmas and isn't quite gone set me back a little, but I'm moving forward anyway. I am ready to bring AWESOME in 2012. The gym's closed tomorrow, which means my usual Sunday RPM class is off the menu - but I have my spin bike here, so: no excuses, no regrets!

As for New Year resolutions, I don't do those. I'm going to focus on setting realistic goals throughout the year and just work towards them in a sane manner. (By the way, if you want some help reaching your potential and some top advice on how to have a totally amazing 2012, go read Tim Brownson's article over here.)

Right now, I'm off to sit with my husband in our outdoor room and enjoy a relaxing drink before dinner and a quiet night in. Whatever your plans are, I hope you have an enjoyable night and a happy, healthy and prosperous year in 2012



Sara said...

Wishing you a *HAPPY NEW YEAR* hunny! I'm not quite over the wombat flu either! What a meanie that one was! 2012 is going to be STELLAR, I just know it! xx

Liz@LastChanceTraining said...

Congratulations on a great year - and Happy 2012 - on the book? About time sister! Love it!

Kek said...

@Sara - bloody wombat flu... today was the first day i woke up without a sore throat and head stuffed full of cotton wool. Can I have a HURRAH? Yep, 2012 is going to be a cracker!

@Liz - well, you know you've been nagging me about that damn book for a couple of years now. I figured I'd better just do it and get you off my back. ;o)

Unknown said...

Happy New Year Kerryn- and here's to lots more blogging and challenges in 2012. Looking forward to hearing about your life as we progress forward!!

Kek said...

Thanks Linda - I wish you a wonderful 2012!

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