Dec 31, 2011

2011, You Know What? You Weren't So Bad After All.

2011, you've been quite a year.

For most of the time we've shared, I've been cursing you and hurrying you along so that I could get to 2012 which I am convinced will hold much better times for me.  Bugger what everyone else thought of 2011, at times it has been all about me and this burning desire to be done with the year and to get on to those elusive 'better times'.  Those ones that I feel that I deserve for goodness sake.

So now here we are.  I'm saying goodbye to you and do you know what?  You and God weren't so bad to me after all.

  • You've taught me a lot about myself - my strengths and my weaknesses, what I really want in life and how just because things don't happen on my timeline doesn't mean that the end of the world is nigh.  
  • You've taught me to appreciate my friends and loved ones.  To genuinely value their love and friendship and to give something back to them whether it be emotional support or an actual physical gift.  To see those gifts bring a smile or laugh really did make me feel better about things too.  I admit that now.
  • You've taught me that when the worst case scenario has happened that I can't just crumble and opt out of the real world because the rest of the world just keeps on keeping on around me.  Time just won't stop / rewind / delete for me.  It only moves forward and I have to go along for the ride whether I like it or not.  So I might as well make it a fun ride.
  • You've taught me how to think about life in a completely different way.  You've forced me to change my mind set because often the only thing I do have control over in my life is how I choose to think about what has happened and how the surviving the experience has strengthened both myself and my relationships.
  • You've given me amazing experiences and achievements I never could have dreamed of.  In my professional and personal lives.  Things just seemed to happen and to fall into place.  So obsessed was I on the 'bad' events of the year that I neglected to put much thought into everything else.  And wouldn't you know it? The rest of my life went on perfectly well without my obsession and anxiety.
So, I guess this is goodbye, 2011.  You taught me what I needed to learn and I thank you for this.  You happened to me for reasons I don't fully appreciate right now but know that I will some time down the track.  Perhaps nor in 2012, maybe later but definitely at some stage in the future.

Now that the serious bits are done....

How are your plans for the evening shaping up?  I'm staying in with Mr SSG.  There's meant to be a taxi shortage in Sydney tonight, even the Hummers of the city aren't available for hire tonight.  I'm all pedi-ed up with 2 coats of Opi's The Show Must Go On (nothing sets off grey trackies and a black T better).  The champagne fest has begun with a bottle of Bollinger with strawberries.  Thank you, Costco for your competitive pricing.

I've done a bit of out with the old and in with the new as well.  My old school stereo is going out for general waste collection.  I was going to leave it out on the front verge for someone to pick up this weekend if they had a need for it but Mr SSG advised me that there probably wouldn't be any takers for a clunker of a stereo that features both a cassette deck and a mini disk drive.

A long weekend can't go by without Mr SSG and I hitting Costco for some fun and games.  I don't know how it happens but we can never leave without a full trolley.  More about this tomorrow but for the moment, here's my new wireless mouse.  It's so vibrant and happy, I had to bring it home with me.

Happy New Year, everyone.  Thank you for following me and the rocky ride that was 2011.  Here's to 2012 and whatever it holds for us all.

God bless and stay safe tonight.


  1. 2007 was the worst year for me...I couldn't wait for 2008 to begin & you know what: it was a GREAT year. Things do get better with time and when the chips are down you find out who your friends are.

  2. Happy New Year SSG! I like your reflections on 2011 - and I agree, it probably wasn't that bad after all. As for tonight, it's my birthday so no NYE celebrations for me.

  3. Happy new year SSG, looking forward to reading more interesting stuff on your blog in 2012!

  4. Have an awesome 2012 SSG. As I am typing this, the 9pm fireworks are going off in Sydney.

  5. Happy 2012 SSG!  I hope it is infinitely better than 2011 has been for you. xxx

  6. You are a remarkable soul to pull out all the good and positive from your experiences this year in this way - which is a good example for the rest of us - Happy New Year and wishing you a wonderful 2012!

  7. Happy New Year SSG!  I'm looking forward to hearing all about your adventures in 2012 - which I am sure will be bugger & brighter than 2011.  I usually hate NYE but I'll be glad to see the end of 2011 (not quite there yet in the UK!). Denise  

  8. Happy New Year!! I agree about 2011- not my favorite but I learned alot and am looking forward to the new experiences of 2012.
    One thing that was an absolute positive this year? Finding your blog and getting to stop by and see all your great purchases, laugh, and sometimes cry. Thank you!
    p.s. Costco rocks!

  9. I love this post SSG. Despite everything  you have been through this year you can still see, and appreciate, the positives.
    Our friendship has been a big plus for my 2011 - thank you xx

  10. Your wisdom and grace in the face of such challenges is astounding and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, it has also made me realise that life goes on and the only thing you can control is your own attitude.

    No comparison, but I spent three months of 2011 trying to do something I thought would be easy. Weeks and weeks later of fighting with web designers, graphics, content, data, broken data, photo resizing and having to make a thousand little decisions I knew nothing about, I thought I was going to snap. But I didn't (well maybe a little bit) and the bones of the website are now back! Still working on the login function and re-loading photos but we ARE BACK for 2012 and it is going to be a fantastic year!!!

    Thanks for all your support and I wish you every happiness for 2012.


  11. The Distressed MotherJanuary 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Your 2011 is my 2007.  You got through it so you'll get through anything.  You're inspiring.

    TDM xx 

  12. Great post ssg. such strength of character. go you!

  13. The Distressed MotherJanuary 2, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Your 2011 is my 2007.  You got through it so you'll get through anything.  You're inspiring.

    TDM xx 

  14. Fiorella TrapuzzanoJanuary 5, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    I loved reading your summary of 2011. I know it's been difficult for you, but I am absolutely 100% certain that 2012 will be amazing. I can feel it!

    I had a year like your 2011 myself in 2008/9 where I honestly thought I'd never feel the same. But as it turns out, I never did feel the same. I felt better. I felt like I evolved. And I feel like I am continuing to do that, which I'm sure you'll feel the same.

    Much love to you, my friend x


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