- lost 15 pounds
- fell in love
- traveled to New York, Chicago and San Francisco
- spent a lot of time in Minneapolis
- became a paid writer for Duluth Superior Magazine
- watched my blog grow
- got a new blog layout (thanks, Tam!)
- had my first (and hopefully last!) ever hangover
- took my first trip with a boyfriend
- made some amazing friends
- completed my year abroad- with 8 As and an A-
- started taking on sponsors on my blog
- worked with a lot of new companies on my blog
- moved back home to the UK
- crashed and wrote off my car
- was broken up with by the man I thought I was going to marry
- started my final year of university
- studied incredibly hard
- developed my style
- experimented with makeup, especially lipstick
- started to wear heels more
- attended the IFB London Conference
- met up with blogger BFF Sian
- kept in touch with my American friends (working on this more!)
- went to London twice to do work experience
- helped out on a fashion shoot
- had an article published in the Manchester Evening News
- won the Matalan Style Project
- started working on my dissertations
- saw my ex for the first time after the break up
- was able to be friends with my ex after the break up
- applied to work in the States next summer
- got a First in my first assessment in my final year
- stopped biting my nails
- grew my hair
- dyed my hair from pink to black
- worked hard on my photography
- saw some of my favourite bands live- Taking Back Sunday, Manchester Orchestra, Frank Turner
- learnt how to make an awesome aubergine tagine
- became more active on Twitter
- found lots of new amazing blogs to read
- lost my grandad after a long illness
- had the strength to do a reading at his funeral
- started to think about my future
- kept going

I felt I had to write this list, because 2011 brought good and bad. The first half of the year, when I still lived in the States and had a wonderful boyfriend and group of friends, were some of the best of my life, but things kind of went downhill when I came home in June. It's good to see, and think about all the good things that happened this year, because it's been far too easy lately to concentrate on the bad.

2011 has definitely been a year of character building. Of learning who I am and who I want to be. It hasn't been the best year of my life, but I think it was an important year for my future. In 2012, I will be graduating from university and (hopefully!) getting a job in the real world. I will be writing my dissertations and finishing my degree. It's going to be a big, scary year for me, but I'm ready to start afresh.

Here's to 2012.


  1. Wow, you had suh a whirlwind year! I definitely hope you can come back to Minnestota, because I know you absolutely love it there, and it really is a beautiful state. I hope you have an amazing new year! :)

  2. What a beautiful but bitter sweet list. I hope your 2012 list is filled with happy for-filling things and you achieve all that you set out to do.

    I dont post very often but I always enjoy your blog.

    Happy New Year!! :)

  3. Taking Back Sunday are one of my favourite bands too! I saw them twice in 2011 :)

    I'm so sorry to hear about your grandad and your break up. But congratulations on doing so well academically. Good luck with your dissertation! This time last year, I was working on mine. It was really tough but I got a first so it was all worth it in the end.

    I hope 2012 is great for you!



  4. Congrats on all of the good things of 2011. May 2012 bring you even more blessings :)


  5. I love this it is a brilliant idea. I might have to do a similar thing for my resolutions blog. It is a great way to work out how the year went!


  6. You definitely had a year with ups and downs.. I hope 2012 will bring you lots of happiness and love!

    Siel xx

  7. Ohh, you had so many wonderful achievements! Here's to 2012, eh! I am so excited! <3

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  8. Wow...you have had one incredible year. Not always filled with ups, but I love how you ended it. Very inspirational. I love your blog because of how honest and down-to-earth you are when you write each entry. Here's to another year filled with the craziness of life. Keep going! :)


  9. i like that youre thinking positively.. should definitely learn from you! xx


  10. Very cool. I love the idea of doing deep reflection once a year....and planning for the upcoming one.


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