Another year has come and gone. I know it feels like every year flies by, but I have to say that 2011 takes the cake for the quickest one yet!
A look back at 2008, 2009, and 2010.
This past year was jam packed with life changes, new discoveries, and the realization that I have a problem sitting still. Given the chance, I wouldn’t change any of it for a second.
Here’s my favorite moments from 2011:
Quitting my job and becoming a full time blogger/ social media freelance consultant.
Disney Wold hopping with Ashley and Bo
Polar Plunging at Sea World
Running the Miami Half Marathon with my little brother
Filming Meals and Miles: The Show
Turning 26 and celebrating at Disney World with my sister
Skiing in Vermont with Friends
Celebrating two years of dating with Derek
Bridesmaid dress shopping for the first time
Having a blast at Disney’s Princess Half Marathon with my sister and brother
Moving to Tampa to live with a boy for the first time
Dancing the night away at Steven’s wedding
Indulging at Bern’s for Derek’s 27th birthday
Conquering the bridges at the Iron Girl Half Marathon
Yoga-ing at the Rasa-Lila Festival in Tampa
Egg hunting at Easter
Spectating at the Nashville Marathon
Wishing Kelly a Happy 24th Birthday
Watching my twin brother’s hard work pay off as he became Dr. Anderson
Exploring the Tampa restaurant scene via bike
Traveling to the city of brotherly love with Derek
Sticking to the New Rules of Lifting for Women Plan
Wedding dress shopping with my sister
Welcoming Derek’s niece to the world
Running the Oldsmar Tap House 5k
Getting muddy at the Champions Mud Bash
Being stitched up for the first time
Returning to North Captiva Island
Speaking at the Central Florida Bloggers Conference
Seeing Britney Spears in concert
Completing the Siesta Beach Triathlon
Kelly graduating with her Masters
Planning and executing the 3rd Annual Healthy Living Summit
Kicking ass at the Savage Race
Hanging out upside down at Rasa Lila Fest in Orlando
Passing the 3 years of blogging mark
Crossing the finish line of my first half ironman
Cruising with Derek
Pumpkin picking in Tennessee with Mom and Dad
Bridesmaids dress shopping with my sister
Pretending to be famous in Los Angeles
Networking at the Dole Blogger Summit
Falling back in love with marathons at the Savannah Marathon
Eating my way through my third Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Brittany
Seeing Disney through the eyes of the world’s cutest three year old
Decorating Cars cookies for my little brother’s 22nd birthday
Giving thanks at Thanksgiving
Rocking the strip at night in Las Vegas
Taking Marley to Disney for the first time
Toasting my little brother’s bride-to-be
Brunching on Christmas Eve
Waiting for Santa
2011 was a great year – there’s no doubt about that! – but it was also one filled with new challenges and levels of stress that I had never experienced before. This year was the year that tested my limits, reminded me to slow down, and had me questioning who I was. There was a brief moment there where I forgot life is suppose to be fun and if I spent all of my time letting everyone else influence my decisions, then I wouldn’t be living my life – I would be living theirs.
I have no idea what 2012 will bring or what the future holds, but I do know that I’m going to keep it real and remember who I really am. I worked too hard discovering who I was over the last couple of years to let it fall now.
My goals for 2012?
More honesty. More adventures. More loving life.
Everything else I’ll tackle when I get there.
Here’s to a healthy and happy new year!