Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in review

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I nearly wrote 2011 in my blog post title. Hard to believe 2012 is actually over. Where did it go? To tell you the truth, it wasn't the best year of my life. I've had 'bad' years before. Broken dreams, losing your father to cancer (20 years this year), infidelity, moving on from mistrust in relationships but nothing comes close to losing your mother.

Being a mother myself makes it even harder to accept. I was always my mother's daughter and she was 'it'. She was the backstop. If there was ever a problem, advice sought, a cafe/dining partner, vacationing buddy, that was my Mum. Even writing that brings tears to my eyes. I came to the conclusion that I will always shed tears for my Mum. Christmas, birthdays, Mother's Day will always come and go and I will remember them. I will visit her grave and have a cuppa with her somewhere and tell my children all about her life. I've taken a page out of her life now and am 'getting on with it".

Besides that, my marriage broke down in January and that was hard to accept. It was a mutual decision at first but he had moved on very quickly. Learning to be a single parent, trying to provide both a maternal and paternal role to my children, managing on a single Government provided income and now being told that if I don't find at least 15 hours per week of work or study I will lose that, has given me something else to think about for the future (of which I'm still undecided).

But as far as blogging goes, what started out as a place to store a few basic recipes and stories of my children has turned into a little community of like-minded people who, for some reason, like my recipes and what I write. When things got a bit much this year I thought about taking around 6 months off from blogging but I soon returned as I missed the camaraderie and support I realise existed here on the blog.

Here are some of the highlights of 2012.

 
 
January saw the start of Thriving on Thursdays. A linky party where bloggers from all around the world have the opportunity to link up their blog posts from the week relating to a frugal way of life. Recipes, crafts, financial advice, sewing projects, you name it. I've made some wonderful friends through this little party (and found some wonderful recipes and inspiration) and as long as people want to keep linking up, Thriving on Thursdays will continue.
 
 
I also created a series of blog posts under the title THRiVING covering everyday topics and how to save a couple of dollars (and maybe a bit of time). Topics covered were Back to School, Shopping, Cooking etc. I'll add to those as I go.
 
 
February is birthday month for me, which was one of the last times I was out and about with Mum. We celebrated High Tea at the Keri Craig Emporium in the Brisbane CBD and normally we would've looked around all the beautiful shops but Mum didn't have the energy. I knew something was up then. It was just under a month later she passed.
 
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In April I introduced a new look to the blog. The lovely Bobbi Fox from Pixel Fox Designs did a great job on redesigning the blog. It was one less thing I had to worry about updating every time I got tired of the colour scheme or photos in the header. I'll see how much longer I can stick with this one but at the moment I'm happy with it.
 
Photo: Greek zucchini fritters http://instagr.am/p/RzG67BHdQE/
 
In May I entered a certain cooking competition (if you hadn't already heard about it). Gourmet Garden herbs were having a Blog Off/Cook Off and the top 18 picked throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria (6 in each State) were to cook off against each other at their capital city's Good Food & Wine Show. Mine was in November and I was very lucky to win.
 
 
Every Saturday I was searching Pinterest for the top ways to use a particular ingredient or general item from around the house. They can all be found in my Tips tab above. Who knew nearly 200,000 people were interested in reading about 16 ways to use quinoa or over 160,000 people read 23 things to make from t-shirts?
 
 
There was a bit of promotional work for Howards Storage World, Gourmet Garden and John West products, IN2Cricket and PANDA (Post and Ante Natal Depression Association). I finally got to meet some of my favourite bloggers in person.
 
 
The birthdays in November are always a busy time for me. My daughter's just happened to coincide with the cooking competition and my son's birthday always coincides with end of school break up.
 
 
December was a bit of a blur. I can remember having a couple day's relaxation at Rainbow Beach but other than that there were appointments for personal 'stuff' which made the lead up to Christmas very busy. The actual Christmas preparations were very laid back.
 
Being a single parent of two children, my recipes changed over the 12 months. There's no point in making whole cakes or large family meals anymore so the style of my recipes changed slightly but hopefully still enjoyed by all.
 
So, as I enter my third year of blogging, I'd like to thank the nearly 900,000 people (including spammers) who have visited Domesblissity. To the nearly 5,000 who come every day, I hope you find what you're looking for and, since July this year (according to Google Analytics), the 30,000 unique visitors who come here every month, stay as long as you like. You're all always very welcome.
 
Thanks for the memories and the lessons learned 2012. I'm certainly looking forward to a bigger and better 2013!
 


11 comments:

  1. Hi, new follower form Social Sundays! Looking forward to reading your posts :)

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  2. Hi Anne, I also am a new follower from Social Sundays at Evelyn's "My Turn (for us) blog. I love Easy Peasy recipes, looking forward to seeing everything you have and will be posting. Thank you for sharing some of your 2012 highlights. I too had been a single Mom, knowing how difficult it can be, as at times it can be a lonely struggle, but it does pass with time of good memories too..

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  3. Hello Anne, now following. Your blog looks great, and I'll be browsing thru it checking out your posts. Have a great day!

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  4. Lovely post, Anne ! Besides the years my parents passed away, 2012 was one of the hardest I have had, just hoping 2013 will be better for all of us ! I wish you a very Happy New Year and I'll see you at the next party ;-)

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  5. ooooo .... quinoa! Now I gotta find the post on 16 ways to use quinoa. Personally, I like it much better than rice, both for flavor and for protein content (it's a complete protein!) but can't seem to bring the family on board the quinoa appreciation train.

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  6. I wish you more strength for 2013. I can't image the challenges you are facing. Your sense of humor has been an inspiration to me... keep on blogging girl... you're great.

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  7. I was introduced to quinoa last year and we have it often. I am now linked using RSS Feed from My Turn For Us, hope you would like to reciprocate. Happy New Year!!
    Oh! My Heartsie
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    Karren

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  8. Wow Anne a tough year. Hope fully it will get better in 2013. Looking forward to meeting you in May.
    Carolyn

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  9. I rediscovered you this year. Well, your blog. You were always on my Facebook, I think. I'm so glad I did (I did a blog cull this morning. From 310 - 82. Yours is still here).

    I agree. Losing your mother - it's so primal. The relationship we are born, conditioned to have, to crave. Losing it is not like anything else. My mum died when I was 28, she was 43. It was almost 10 years ago today. I had become a mother for the first time only 11 weeks earlier and I can't say I'm 'over' it. I've come to accept that that's ok. That she was important enough in my life to be worth missing. Does that make sense? I miss her desperately, I wish that she had been here for my children, for me when parenting. I desperately want to talk about parenthood to her, from the perspective of a mother. I'll never get that.

    It does sound as though your year has been rougher than many though. I was sorry to read about your marriage breaking down. I hope that 2013 sees you settling in, hitting your stride and finding happiness. I hope it's gentle on you health-wise.

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  10. Happy New Year, Anne. I hope 2013 brings you more fun and laughter!!!

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  11. Happy New Year Anne !!
    x Marnie

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