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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Dear 2011

Dear 2011,

Oh what a year we had.  Overall I think we were pretty good together.  In a way I am sad to see  you go.  It feels as though our time together was so short.  These past 12 months have flow by.  But boy did we accomplish a lot.
  • January - You helped me except the fact that while my life has not turned to be that perfect picture I envisioned I can start a Fresh Canvas for Joy.
  • February - You showed all the ways I could feel good by offering Help to others.
  • March - You helped me stand firmly in my Thirties and accept that I am now Thirty Plus One (soon plus two)
  • April - You taught me that I could find strength in looking good when a volunteering situation did go how I imagined.
  • May - You helped my survive both The Rapture and a visit from my ex.
  • June - You helped me have a little Joy on the Grill for the first time since my dad died.
  • July - You showed me goal setting can be fun when you create a Joy Board and helped me get my very first blogger award.
  • August - You gave me the idea to not just feel good on Friday but to Flashback on Friday.
  • September - You had me develop a stronger Joy Chasing Community by inviting other writers to be a Weekend Guest on Chasing Joy.
  • October - You took me to my first Blog Conference and started telling everyone all about it. 
  • November - You helped me strive for 100 Acts of Joy.
  • December - You prepared me for your exit by identifying 12 things I will not need in 2012.
2011 we really did have a great time. You were much more fun and easy going than your predecessor 2010.  In addition to all of the things I've listed you showed me and my family many blessings.  My mom entered a less stressful stage in her career.  My brother has prospered in many areas. My friends are doing well and seem to be Chasing Joy in ways that suit them.  2011 you took me to a blog conference, to Jamaica, and to church about 5 times (a personal record :-).

In a way I am sad to see you go 2011 but I am excited to find out what 2012 has in store for me. 

What would you like to say to 2011?  What were some of the highlights of 2011?


  1. Joyyyyy! I love this! Gosh 2011 has taught me so have incredible patience, to let go and let some one love me back, to never give up even when you at the very bottom and to be inspired by so many great ppl that I dont even know!

    Personally I would like to thank you for showing me that I can do something that I never thought I could do. You gave me courage and tips on how to keep #ShiningOn! So for you I am grateful. I may not be able to say that face to face but THANK YOU!

  2. You are very welcome Ms. Positivity. You have added a lot to Chasing Joy as well especially the goal bored concept :-)

  3. The biggest highlight of 2011 was being able to see my family in October. It had been 5 years since we were all able to get together.

    We are already planning to do it again in 2012.

  4. This has been a quite a year for you. I love what you have developed your project into and the work you put into inspiring others and spreading the joy! I have learned and grown a lot in the past year through blogging as well. It's a great learning experience for sure!

  5. This is a great way to remember the good parts of the year. I ended 2011 with a granddaughter who I love to pieces. All the rough times have fallen out of memory... well, except for the kitchen remodel. I can't get that out of my head! I do have a better kitchen from the headaches. On we go into 2012!!

  6. Wow amazing year! I love the idea of 100 acts of joy! I hope this new year brings you even more joy and happiness!

  7. Love it. Looks like you did a lot in 2011. Now let's move on to bigger things for 2012!

  8. Girl, this was funny and very engaging...great post!

    I see we both survived The Rapture too - that was freaking hilarious!

    Here's to a prosperous, amazing, and [fill in your fav adjective here] 2012! Cheers :-)


  9. I love this post. It makes me smile.

    Finally visiting from #commenthour

  10. I love your blog and all the creative ways you reach out through the computer monitor and share your joyous self with us!

    Great recap! I've saved this page in my "read later" folder so I can come back and go through all the posts here in more detail.


  11. Sounds like you had a great and uplifting 2011, recapping on the year helps to highlight some amazing achievements. Hope following years have been even better.


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