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A Look Back at 2011

by Meghann on December 30, 2011

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Painting Maddie

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

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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

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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!

1 Cait's Plate December 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Great great post!! You certainly had quite a year and I love your outlook on 2012 ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!!
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2 joelle (on a pink typewriter) December 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I’m seeing a theme here: Disney. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!

3 Laura December 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

That Savage Race picture is so awesome! Glad you had a great 2011!

When I was reading this, I kept thinkin, “That happened in July? I feel like I just read that yesterday!”
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4 Army Amy* December 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

It’s been great following your adventures this year! I hope 2012 treats you right!*
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5 Sana December 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

2011 was soo much fun for you! Get it girl!
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6 erica December 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

love this post! you’ve had a great year!!!
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7 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Wow! What an awesome year! I would love to do the Disney half marathon – it looks like so much fun!
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8 Krissy @ Shiawase Life December 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Love that line, “More honesty. More adventures. More loving life.”

What a year!
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9 Anna-Marie @ Beauty and the Beets December 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Fun!! Happy New Year to you!
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10 Kiran @ December 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm

What a whirlwind 2011! Cheers to a merrier, least stress and adventurous 2012! Wahoo!!!
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11 Corey @ Learning Patience December 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Ohhh…love this post! So much fun to look back at the year gone by….looks like an exciting and challenging year. You totally rocked it!
I’m sure 2012 will be even better girl!

xoxo from Trinidad
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12 Amanda December 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Fun year! I laughed though at your Polar Plunge post. You should come to MN at the end of January and do a real polar plunge ๐Ÿ˜‰ Last year the temps were in the single digits! So much fun!!

13 Heather December 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm

great post! you were super busy in 2011, what a great year for you with so many accomplishments! I know 2012 will be a great one for you! cheers!
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14 Shelley December 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Great post! The last two paragraphs say it all! I think 2012 is going to be a good own for you!
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15 Beth S December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I LOVE the way you highlighted your 2011 year! I have only been reading your blog for about a month, so this gave me a lot of insight into your world. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!
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16 Diana @ Sneakers2Sandals December 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I love how this blog has become sort of a scrapbook of memories for you. I just started and I’m already happy how blogging has forced me to take more pictures.
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17 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama December 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Thanks for keeping us entertained and informed in 2011! Cheers to you!
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18 wymberley December 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Yours is my favorite blog! I have loved reading and learning your foodie tips!
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19 SpaceySteph December 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I always say that thinking years go by fast is a sign that you’re getting old. Do you remember when you were young and every year took forever until summer vacation?
Great post, as a new reader I appreciate a look back at some of the old posts that I missed!
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20 Kari December 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Wow what a full year. I love reading blogs but posts like this remind me why it’s worth it to keep one and post a lot – look at the amazing record you have of your year!

21 Nicole December 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm

What a fantastic year it’s been for you! Here’s looking at 2012!
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22 Anna-Marie @ Beauty and the Beets December 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Where are the links for your show? The link above doesn’t work….wah ๐Ÿ™
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23 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance December 31, 2011 at 5:20 am

Great post Meghann! Isn’t it crazy to look back and see what kind of crazy changes can happen in a year?
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24 Allison December 31, 2011 at 7:43 am

2011 was definitely a year filled with adventure, fun, and realizations! Wishing you the best for 2012 ๐Ÿ˜€
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25 Elisabeth December 31, 2011 at 11:55 am

Happy New Year!

26 Emily December 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Looks like a great reflection on the year!
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