Dec 31, 2010

Goodbye, 2010. And A Very Fine Year You Were.

I had high hopes that this last post of the year, on New Year's Eve would be illuminating, insightful and inspirational.

As luck would have it, I'm not feeling particularly illuminating, insightful or inpsirational.  I think a long day at work might have had something to do with it.

In the spirit of it being a State Public Holiday, I went for comfort  and a Casual Friday look.

Top - Cotton On, jeans - Top Shop, necklaces - Red Phoenix Emporium, Audrey and Coco in white
I might be better tomorrow, New Year's Day, with the benefit of some champagne and vaguely healthy brunch time beverages (bellinis and / or champagne punch, can't decide).

Mr SSG and I are having a quiet one in tonight.  Pottering around in our pyjamas (or after work clothes for Mr SSG who isn't a PJ kind of man) and drinking our choice of beverages from glassware as opposed to plastic cups (if we'd been out in one of Sydney's NYE hot spots).  The most glamorous part of my outfit tonight is my pedicure, Opi's Big Apple Red.

2010 has been a fantastic year for me.  As the years have passed (and are doing so now quicker than ever), I've decided that I have no room in my life for anything less.  Yes, there have been difficult times and disappointments.  But I decided to think positively about them and focus really, really, really hard on the light at the end of those seemingly endless dark tunnels. 

I worried myself sick about parts of my life that didn't go exactly to plan but then found that the situations that some situations worked themselves out first in order that I could focus on trying to manage the others.  Life would be certainly easier if there were no situations at all but then there wouldn't be that feeling of resolution, relief and accomplishment when you've worked your way through something with all the spiritual and emotional guidance at your disposal.

I'm dithering about whether to make 'lists' in this post.  A list of things I'm grateful for, things I want to accomplish next year, things I accomplished this year.  Haven't thought too hard about any of it, I'm afraid.  Looking back on the year with the benefit of hindsight and the kindness of time having passed and healed any wounds, I think I've accomplished the more important things I set out to achieve this year.

I have changed my popular posts box to include the most read posts of all time which equates to 2010 anyway. A cheat's way of nominating the 10 greatest days of the year from a blog perspective.  When I read random posts from the last year, I'm amazed at how much I've managed to squeeze into 'another year'.

Writing this blog has given me things I had never anticipated when I started out tentatively with some self absorbed posts that started as tumblr and then moved on to blogger.  Perhaps this could be my 'NYE list':

  • I have made many new friendships with people I never would have had the opportunity to meet in real life
  • We've provided each other a virtual shoulder to lean on in times of need and a sense of 'I'm glad I'm not the only one' when confronted with one of life's unpredictable moments
  • We've shared personal achievements, proud moments and just plain good times
  • Through or perhaps because of the blogs, we've paused and reflected on the little things each day that made that day special.  Good or bad, happy or sad, I think that reflection has made us all live life just that little bit more
  • Not one of us just have a normal day!  The things we write and photograph are of interest to people somewhere out there.

One thing I am definite about for 2011 is that I have every intention of steering Sydney Shop Girl into its second year.  I may be a little busier next year and this has been playing on my mind.  However, I resolve to spend a little time each week to write at least one entry per week.  My blogging time is 'me time' and it is one of many things I know I can rely on to cheer me up if things aren't going as planned.

Happy New Year, readers who are also friends!  I hope 2010 gave you everything you needed and that 2011 will provide the same.  Thank you all for your comments and commitment to the blog.  I hope that you've been amused over the months if nothing else.

See you in the New Year!

New Years Eve should not be wasted on ordinary bubbles.  Pop open your favourite drop!!  SSG said so.


  1. What a beautiful post :)
    I think this is so very true: 'Life would be certainly easier if there were no situations at all but then there wouldn't be that feeling of resolution, relief and accomplishment when you've worked your way through something with all the spiritual and emotional guidance at your disposal.'
    It is sure an accomplishment to navigate through and hopefully out of difficult situations.
    Thank you for being my blog-turned-real-life-friend xx

  2. Carly: thank you too for your friendship in the blogging world and the real one.

    Happy New Year!!

    SSG xxx

  3. happy new year ssg! here's to another awesome year filled with much delicious food and fabulous shopping!

  4. A lovely post. Thanks and happy new year to you too!! x

  5. Happy new Year to lovely you and Mr SSG. I look forward to sharing 2011 with you in this strange and yet seriously wonderful bloggy type world.

  6. happy New year SSG, it has been so nice getting to know you through your blog! I really like your command about "popping open your favourite drop" - that is definitely the type of New Year's Resolution I could follow! oh, you just meant for New Year's Eve, not all of 2011??

  7. No kidding the magic word test for me today was "pinis" Well really! how rude!

  8. Blighty: I got the special magic words spelt wrong just for NYE :-P

    Melissa: me too.

    This Mid 30s Life: Happy New Year!

    SSG xxx

  9. I am so glad you have such a positive view on your year. I agree that making plans is often almost impossible and some times you just have to take what life gives you and run with it as best you can....

    I also like your point about blogging making you notice the little things in your life. I have found exploring single moments or objects on my blog has made me very aware of my life. I love being more thoughtful and appreciative and feel this is as a result of blogging.

    Sending you love and best wishes for 2011.


  10. SSG, happy new year for you and your family.
    Thank you for all the kind words that you've given me through my blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting snippets of your life through your own blog and look forward to seeing more this new year.


  11. Thanks for a lovely post and a fantastic blog, which I am so glad I stumbled across. Here's to a wonderful 2011!


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