Friday 30 December 2011
Thoughts on 2011
Books and Blog:
I'm pleased that I've continued to enjoy reading and blogging throughout 2011. As the year has gone past, I've become less worried about number of followers and frequency of posts and the types of books I review and I've just settled in and enjoyed it more. There are a number of bloggers that I feel like I've developed friendships with this year, so thank you to all of you who keep visiting and commenting :)
I've also managed to meet my own vague personal goal of reading 100 books, which I am chuffed with. I'm going for the same next year, but without any pressure. All I want in terms of reading is to read and enjoy some great books, then share my thoughts on them.
On a more personal level, 2011 has been the most intense year of my life so far. There have been so many good and even wonderful things about it and a share of bad too, and it feels in some ways that someone pressed a fast forward button on my life this year. I don't usually discuss personal things on my blog, because it's a book blog, but I wanted to share some things that happened in 2011 for me:
At the start of the year I had proper health problems for the first time. I actually ended 2010 in hospital and spent a lot of 2011 at hospital appointments and having diagnostic tests. Luckily things are well under control now and I feel better than I have done in ages, but I never really realised how important good health was, and how much not having it can effect everything in your life until this year.
And then in April we moved house. Wasn't planning to so soon, but we are so glad we did now as we moved from a flat to a proper house with a garden (still renting, when is the housing market going to settle?) and we're both happy here. After April all my time was taken up with wedding planning as I got married at the end of July. All of August was spent having the most wonderful honeymoon touring the southern states of the USA. That was definitely my favourite part of the year and we're planning to go back to New Orleans at some point in the future.
September was a difficult time. The new school year started and I had some new things at work to get used to. My granddad also passed away at the end of this month, which I haven't felt OK typing about until now. My grandparents lived in the house opposite us during all of my childhood and teenage years and I'm lucky to have so many happy memories. He had been ill for a very long time, but it was still hard. I'm getting there now.
And then in December, a welcome happy event as my big sister got married. My poor parents - both daughters married during the same year, I'm sure it was a challenging year for them too! It was nice to be so involved with the ceremony (I was a bridesmaid) without the pressure of making all of the decisions.
Thankfully, my Christmas holidays have been relaxing and low-key. I'm planning a quiet New Years Eve, cooking a curry for my husband and parents and staying in. I hope to have a quieter 2012, and to have time to take pleasure in the simple things. And read a great many good books of course!
Happy New Year Everyone!
Are you happy or sad to see the end of 2011?