2 January 2012

Review of 2011 and goals for 2012

I can't believe it's 2012 already.  This time last year I was viewing houses with Tom, having accepted an offer on my flat in Southampton, still, then, a few months away from our year anniversary.  Now we own a house and a little fluffy white dog, have been on countless trips away and have done sufficient work with paintbrushes and wallpaper steamers that our house is on the way to being the cosy home we dreamt of.

In 2011 I visited Cornwall four times, went to four weddings (and a funeral), spent a week in Fuerteventura, went to two blogger meet-ups [1,2], spent a week in a cottage in Wales, started studying for a management qualification, was picked to take part in a Lomography photography competition, started helping My Street Chic with their Southampton section and did a whole lot of baking, eating out and sending letters and packages.

I didn't cross off everything on my 2010 to do list, but that's okay - one of the things I've decided this year is that I'm not going to give myself such a hard time if I don't get things done.  It's okay if things drop off the bottom sometimes.  I've started a new list on the front page of my new diary - it's not finished yet and again this year I'll add it as a page to the blog so I can cross things off and link when I've done things.  Please leave me links if you're doing this too!

+ Read 25 books
+ Watch 25 films I haven't seen before.
+ Go to a karate lesson.
+ Go to a boxing class.
+ Start a creative project.
+ Dedicate more time to the My Street Chic Southampton section.
+ Save £500.
+ Spend New Year's Eve in a cottage with friends.
+ Get three films processed.
+ Go to Scotland to see Ayden - hopefully bring Chloe and Sophie along for the ride!
+ Try a new sport.
+ Make £200 on eBay.
+ Run more films through my LC-A.
+ Pass my Certificate in Management course.
+ Finish decorating the spare room.
+ Start my 'happy notebook' again
+ Redo the vegetable patch and put raised beds in
+ Blog more

What do you think so far? I also want to make an effort to relax more and do more of the things that make me happy.

Here are some highlights of 2011.

I also want to thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for all the love and support you've shown me.  I have made some amazing friends on here and hope to meet more of you in person in 2012! Thank you for reading and for visiting my little corner of the interweb, you are all amazing!


  1. I love reading your blog :) Your goals for 2012 sound like a lot of fun. Good luck with them all! I've recently created a little blog and have created a list of goals for this year too http://hellosunshine26.blogspot.com/

  2. Happy new year :) Good luck with your goals x

  3. Aw your puppy is the cutest thing ever!
    Sounds like 2011 was a great year for you, hope 2012 is just as good! All your goals seem great and very achievable, good luck with them :)

    Gillian x

  4. Lovely post, taco! 2011 certainly was an awesome year for you and the boy, hope this one is as good (less leaky roof please). Glad to see karate is on the list, too! Xxx

  5. Happy New Year! Sounds like you had a lovely 2011. Hope that 2012 is just as nice and special for you. I love the idea of your goals. I've set myself quite vague resolutions but I like the idea that these are actual targets that you can cross off. I might have to do that :)

  6. Happy Happy New Year Rosie. So pleased that 2011 has had some fantastic things in it and I wish you lots lots more for 2012.

    HELL YES, let's get our backsides up to Glasgow to harrass Ayden some more!

  7. I love your blog - I have house decorating on my to do list for 2012.... I will posting book reviews on my blog so pop by if you are stuck for choices.

    Happy New Year!

    Claire xxx

  8. Ooh 2011 was such a great year for you in hindsight (: Pleased I got to meet you at long last as well, I'm back in Southampton properly from the 12th, and lectures don't start until the 23rd so book me up for that coffee! Best of luck with your goals Rosie, I'm tempted to steal some and add to mine, but I already have 40 for some ridiculous reason hahaha. xx

  9. This is lovely :) I've done general resolution-type things for the blog, but I think I'll take a leaf out of your book and make a list of actual, achievable goals at the front of my diary and work on those for the year. Once I've figured them out, I'll let you know!

    Happy New Year xx

  10. Happy New Year! It's nice to reflect on the past year, I always find :) And yours has seemed awesome!

    I've made an 'ambitions' list - I'd be too scared to call them resolutions, as that sounds scary, so they're pretty much just goals I want to achieve! http://millysminiadventures.blogspot.com/p/2012-ambitions.html

    Good luck with all of yours, looking forward to reading you blog about them too :D xx

  11. Happy New Year Rosie. Your goals sound fab. This si something I started last year but rater then doing it as a yearly thing I set my goals seasonally but is hard not putting too much pressure on yourself, I do it all the time (whoops) x x x x

  12. Brilliant goals! I love the idea of writing them in the front page of a diary. The photos looks great - sounds like you have had a fab year :-) xxx

  13. Happy New Year :) Bodhi is so cute! x

  14. Wow it looks like you have set your self lots of goals, good luck.

  15. Love your blog! Youve had a great year, and good luck with your resolutions! x

  16. Oh Rosie! I do love you mrs. Such an amazing year for you! Yes you have to go to Scotland to see Ayden, not just for her but for Glasgow primark!!! AHMAZING. Your house is coming on bloomin lovely!! I so want a dog and we are going to Cornwall in March, so any recs would be epic. XXX

  17. Good Luck with your Goals! Hows the leaking roof situation? Did you get it all sorted? x

  18. ROSIEEE! What a busy year 2011 was for you!!! You have had such a great attitude to the year too, big up the respect! Hope we can formulate Scotland plans :-). xxxx

  19. Great blog! I love all of your resolutions. I think they`re so important to make...and besides that, it`s nice to have a fresh start at tackling all of our goals again. :)

    Fashion Translated

  20. Aw, such a lovely post - and your dog is so cute! I've not made any set resolutions - I'm just trying to do what makes me happy, whatever that may be! Happy new year :) x

  21. You achieved alot for 12 months - here's hoping the next ones are just as productive!

  22. Good luck for all your 2012 goals, I am still working mine out :-)

  23. Your house looks beautiful so far :) You have done a great job with the decorating. A happy new year to you and I do hope you achieve your goals x

  24. Oooo New Year goals, just when I needed some inspiration for them! Def stealing some :P Hope you had a lovely New Year sweet!

    L x

  25. Sounds like a fabulous year! I hope 2012 is just as good...or better! :)
    Happy New Year!

  26. How cute is your puppy! Please check out my blog :)

    Laura x

  27. That cottage is so cute! Love it.x


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