2012 in review: An interesting year for my blog

Happy new year! I’ll drink to a 2013 with amazing opportunities and great progress in personal and professional development. I’ll drink to good health and heartwarming relationships. Ok, enough of that.

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I started to take part in weekly photo challenges this year. That meant there were lots more pictures on my blog.

I was busy to my studies and work so I didn’t post many essay-like posts, which I love writing. That said, there were just under 10,000 visits to my blog in 2012, less than 2011 (11,000+). Here is a summary.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in pictures

My kids tried many new things in 2012. I’ve watched them evolve into people with remarkable personalities and a (sometimes worrying) tendency to try everything at least once.

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Face-painting in Majorca

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Practicing being cross-eyed (??)

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Be as brave as a lion

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It was hard letting her fall and get up again – but she made it!

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I’m not sure what this is called but he stood in line for an hour to get on it – looks dangerous.

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Listening to mummy’s music – she’s got quite a gift for remembering lyrics. (So I’m careful what I play!)

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And the best thing of all, they are not afraid to be themselves. Magic.

Christmas Photos 2012 (Part 1)

I thought I’d share some photos of how my Christmas is building up. It’s going to be a good one I can tell. My son’s got a list as long as my arm for Santa and my 3-year old daughter wants spaghetti and meatballs from our bearded friend.

Our church altar is gorgeous, thanks to Martha, Hazel and their team *wink* (you ladies are amazing!)

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We had Christmas jumper Sunday last week.

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I went for some crazy Christmas hair and I’m working the new look ;-).

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We’ve had fun with our neighbours and friends, from candy cane Lego to applauding a “Star” at the Christmas nativity.

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I’m looking forward to hosting this Christmas. It should be quiet for us but slightly noisier on Boxing Day when we open our doors to friendly troops.

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Merry Christmas!! xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

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There’s a delicate line between her sweet smile and her obnoxious grin. She’s my second child and she gets away with so much. She’s one smart, sometimes delicate cookie!

21 questions…

…that sum up the past year!

I was searching for…

Inspiration

It annoyed me that…

It took so long and I gave up many times

It worried me that…

I knew so little of my potential (but thankfully, it seemed obvious to others)

It brought me joy when…

My family was around me, encouraging me and making me laugh

I was running from…

Selfish motives and empty promises

Photo Credit: Merwing little dear,www.flickr.com/photos/merwing

Photo Credit: Merwing little dear,
www.flickr.com/photos/merwing

This Is Helping Me Create…

Awareness about who I am and what really happened to me in 2012

This Is Making Me Think About

How I want to portray myself and whether I’m doing it right

This Makes My Teeth Itch

Extreme politeness in Britain

Can’t Do Without in 2012

Good friends and a romantic comedy

My Most Awkward Moment

Too numerous to count. What moments are not awkward? (A relatively shorter list, I think)

My Secret Ambition

To be the mother of a famous person in history who inadvertently changes the world for the better

I’m Known For…

Being passionate and creative

My Current Project

Building an outline for my second (unpublished) novel, which will be around a few women and their struggles with married life (should be funny, familiar and heart-warming).

My Greatest Achievement in 2012

Finishing my 3-year MBA in flying colours and getting an awesome new job!

My Biggest Regret in 2012

That no one reads their emails anymore + the mass loss of the sacred art of writing

Photo Credit: Urbanworkbench, www.flickr.com/photos/urbanworkbench

Photo Credit: Urbanworkbench, www.flickr.com/photos/urbanworkbench

I Truly Respect

People who are affluent and important in society but never speak about their wealth and blend into the crowd – such humility is rare these days.

Moments I’d Like To Forget

Times when I was incredibly hard on myself

How I Pay For This Wardrobe

Eh, work my butt off!

Where I’d Like To Be 10 Years From Now

Living in a slightly warmer country with a huge house not far from the beach with a view of the mountains…

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