2011 will go down as one of the most raggedy-assed years ever. This past year was a year of loss – jobs, family members, and pets. I also struggled heavily with the demons of depression.
On the flip side of this, I immersed myself in learning new business ideas and skills. I met and spoke with awesome folks via Skype, telephone, and in person, started teaching myself Ruby on Rails (still learning thankyouverymuch), attended BlogworldExpo-LA, started writing fiction, and I blogged more. As bad as the year started, thankfully, 2011 wasn’t a total loss.
Over the holidays, the Mr and I traveled to Utah to visit family, had a quiet Christmas at home – although we did get away for a couple of days afterwards, and we spent New Year’s Eve out, for the first time in years. We ended the year on a much happier note.
While the past year wasn’t the most stellar, the people I met through various social media platforms and in real life, made a huge difference in how I am looking at the New Year.
For me, 2012 started in a much more positive mode. The first week of this year was probably one of the most creative weeks I’ve had in eons, and it had absolutely nothing to do with business or looking for a job.
I wrote my first, non-social media related guest post for Women.com (and they’ve asked me to contribute more in the future), I re-joined Indie Ink‘s weekly fiction writing challenge where one of my stories ended up being nominated for “Editor’s Choice” (you can find the stories on Fictional Graffiti, my fiction writing/photography blog), and, I am participating in Project 52, a Photography Project on Google + . All of this happened within the first week. Isn’t that an awesome way to enter a new year?
When I originally planned this post, I had planned to mention and thank a number of folks – but the list was getting much too long.
So I will leave you with this.
Thank you to the readers and subscribers, and my friends — online and in person, for being part of my world this past year. Y’all made more of a difference than you know. I hope you had (have) people who made a difference in your world who did the same. If you do, I suggest that you don’t wait for a “year-end” blog post to thank them…like
I’m doing I planned. Let them know through the year how much their love, graciousness, support, and encouragement mean to you. That’s one of the goals I have for the New Year. That, and finding a job!