Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Life challenge - week 1 - 2011 in review

Week #1 Challenge: Create a list of everything that went “right” in 2011.  The details of week 1's challenge are here.

For this one I've gone through my 2011 calendar and made a list of what made me happy in 2011. 

2011 – things that made me happy (not in the order of them happening)
  1. Holiday in QLD - (to see my sister and her family), had time in Brisbane with them then we all went to Sunshine Coast for a few nights. Very relaxing!
  2. Holiday in Mansfield ,Victoria - we had a great time seeing and touching snow (for the first time for hubby and the kids), country zoo where we got to feed the animals and saw the lion being fed, soaked in some Ned Kelly history at Stringybark tree and Glenrowan and enjoyed some time relaxing and being together.
  3. Cuddles with Savannah
  4. Cupcake decorating course
  5. Barista course
  6. Fortnightly coffee dates catch-ups
  7. Scrapbooking – finally finishing my 2010 album!
  8. Losing weight
  9. “me time” at the gym
  10. Getting my kindle
  11. Reading books
  12. Hunter starting school – big step!
  13. The big cuddles and kiss I got every morning from Hunter at kindy and then school drop offs
  14. Catching up with my Mums group girls for dinners
  15. Catching up with my Mums group with our families for a Christmas get together
  16. Hosting a birthday party for Savannah
  17. Hunter’s super hero themed birthday party
  18. Hunter’s reaction to his omnitrix birthday cake
  19. My sister and her family moving back to Adelaide
  20. Movies with my sister
  21. Taking Hunter to see the Smurfs in 3D
  22. Completing the C25K program
  23. Fridays off from work – enabled me to catch up with family and friends
  24. My job – it’s flexible, interesting work and pays well
  25. Taking Savannah to ballet lessons
  26. Getting my hair cut and coloured - love a hairdresser's hair wash
  27. Making contact with some old friends and catching up (although infrequently) 
  28. Messy Church
  29. Taking Hunter to his friend's birthday parties (I enjoy this as it means he is conecting enough with people for them to want him at their party)
  30. Going on kindy excursions with Hunter - we went to the Maritime Museum, the zoo and Patch Theatre
  31. Going on school excursion with Hunter - we went to the zoo
  32. Seeing Wicked with my parents
  33. Dinner with Nigel at Enzos (I won a $150 voucher - very nice meal - we don't normally spend that much on dinner!!)
  34. Getting together as a family for Gramps's birthday (this unfortunately was the day after Mama's funeral), seeing cousins I hadn't seen in a long time
  35. Savannah toilet training
  36. Trip to Sydney for work - but was staying at a beautiful location at the Rocks - went jogging on the Sydney Harbour and up to the Opera House
  37. Going out for dinner with friends
  38. Taking my family to the circus for the first time
  39. Taking Hunter to Disney on Ice
  40. Fortnightly Mums group catch ups (these finished in Term 4 as lots of the kids started school)
  41. Taking the kids to the playschool concert
  42. Buying my thermomix
  43. Catching up with family at Christmas (extended - we caught up with family on the 24th, 25th and 27th)
  44. Seeing the fireworks at the Beach on New Years Eve


  1. So much positivity, I hope you have another brilliant year!

  2. Fantastic list!!! I just noticed you started a blog for this year for your challenges- did you blog somewhere else before or is this your first? Best of luck with it!

    A superhero birthday party sounds fun! My boys had a Wiggles themed party in 2011 and Noah, my older son, had a very hungry caterpillar themed party for his 1st birthday. Lots of fun party planning!

    I am thinking about doing Couch to 5K?! Not sure I would stick with it though but perhaps I should start and see how I go anyway. It would mean running at about 11 at night when my husband gets home from work but it might be nice to have that time outside.

    Good luck with 2012 and SYL12 and other challenges.

  3. Lauren - thanks!
    Lula - I have another blog of sorts called From the mouth of Hunter - and was basically funny things my son Hunter said. I started that when he was 3 (he is now 5) but didn't update very often - my plan was to record a funny thing he said each day - didn't happen (the funny sayings did, the updating didn't) - so this is really my first blog as such. Give the c25k plan a go - it really does make it easy to run! I (bought and) did it on the treadmill so I could do when the kids were asleep.

  4. This looks like a great list! Sounds like you had a great year in 2011, heres to another in 2012 ;)

  5. What an awesome list - that's a whole lot of positive. Sounds like a great year for you. May 2012 be just as good.

    Also cupcake decorating and barista courses? Yum!

    1. Oh yeah the courses were awesome! I'm definitely going to try to find one to do this year.

  6. I love it! You truly took a look back at the little things that made your year positive, and those are the ones which hold the memories forever :)
    Wishing you the very best in 2012!

    1. Thanks Esty. And it's great to know know what we should try and include this year.

  7. Love your list and all you did! the courses sound like such fun!

    deb @ home life simplified

  8. I love that you used your calendar to look back over the year. Sounds like it was a great one too :)

    1. Thanks Mumwhothinkstoomuch. My calendar definitely keeps me sane! And it's great to look back and see what we have done.

  9. Great list. Heartily agree with Fridays off work. :D

    1. Thanks Muser. I'm not ready to give my Friday's up just yet!