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2010 – the year that was

Its a little late this time, but in the tradition of Sundry I bring you the latest installment of my annual yearly recap.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
2010 was a big year I finally started my photography business after talking about it for months!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year I wanted 2010 to be about focusing on reclaiming my body and my fitness and I am thrilled that I can say I definitely achieved this goal. In January I started training on a Sunday with a fabulous trainer and a group of women. Boxing and fitness training which had an immediate effect on how I looked and how I felt about myself. I have lost 8kgs over the year and now I fit comfortably into clothes I haven’t worn since before falling pregnant with Amy. Its been slow, gradual, healthy and I hope to continue on this path in 2011 starting with a 6 week bootcamp with my trainer at the end of January.

3. Anyone close to you give birth?
One of my closest friends had her third baby two weeks before Christmas and its wonderful having another baby in our circle. I can’t believe that Stella isn’t the baby anymore and will be two in a few months, it seems incredible.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Up until recently I had never been to a funeral before. Even though I have lost grandparents and my little cousin was killed in a terrible car accident when he was only 11, I had never attended a funeral. Sadly this year that changed when I attended the saddest event imaginable. A friend-in-the-computer farewelled her twin baby boys. It was one of the single most heart wrenching things I have ever done, but special to be able to give the boys the send off they deserved.

5. What countries did you visit?
This year we stayed local and travelled to Perth in May for a lovely holiday with my parents. Its been hard not having plans to see them again and I am hoping we can plan a few holidays in 2011.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I really want to give my business the best possible chance to succeed, this is going to mean balancing my time very carefully. Amy is going to have a third day a week at preschool and I am making plans to do some reciprocal childcare with a friend from playgroup which will free me up from Stella for a few hours. I am hoping to use this time effectively to work on my business which in turn will free me up to spend some quality time with Ron and the girls. Balance, 2011 is going to be about balance.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
2010 was a good year for the White family. Birthday’s were celebrated, milestones achieved and then on the 12th of September I launched my Photography business website. This has been a long time coming and sometimes I can hardly believe I actually did it. I hope 2011 brings many exciting challenges professionally.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making time for fitness, sticking to a meal plan and budget and with the help of cloth nappies, saving literally thousands of dollars on our grocery bills.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I have been thinking about this for a few days and genuinely can’t think of any failures this year. I could have lost more weight and exercised more, done more with Stella on Amy’s preschool days, sent more personal emails and made more phone calls for fun but all of those things are just ‘can be improved’ rather than outright failures.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No acute illnesses or injuries but I am definitely getting older! I had problems with my left wrist earlier in the year which made my boxing classes tricky but my creaky knees held up. I have had some ongoing problems with my back as a result of pregnancies, weight gain and loss of core strength. It all came to a head earlier in the year and I went to a chiropracter for the first time ever. Incredible. She is a wonder and my back issues all but cleared up almost immediately. We did discover some other complications in my pelvis and neck but with regular check-ups and some acupuncture when it flares up again, I am pain free. A wonderful side effect has been no hormonal headaches in the last few months!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Absolutely without doubt the best thing I bought this year was my beloved new camera. I spent a long time debating whether I should change from Canon to Nikon as I was replacing my lenses with new ones but in the end I chose to stay with Canon and my 5dmkII has been a joy. The improvement in my photography was dramatic thanks to fantastic new lenses and I have not tired of my camera at all.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Last year I praised Amy for her gorgeous personality, this year she might have slipped to the “appalled and depressed” list, but its age appropriate and she is still a sweet and compassionate big sister and becoming more and more like a little person that I enjoy spending time with rather than a small person I need to constantly attend to. As a result of Amy slipping down the list, Stella has had some time to shine and she is just the sweetest little person. Still not talking but fills our lives with fun and smiles.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
So last year I wrote “parenting a quirky, mature, confident, precocious three year old has been one of the hardest roles I have ever had” not much has changed except the problem lies with the parents rather than the child this time. Ron and I have struggled towards the end of the year with many aspects of our parenting. Having two children means your attention is constantly divided and because Stella is still littler than Amy and doesn’t talk, well Amy often gets blamed for the thankfully, few fights and arguments they have over toys. Ron and I both want to move past the shouting and frustration and try and find more effective ways of disciplining a strong willed toddler and a very stubborn and opinionated preschooler. We are going to spend time reading and talking about how we can improve. Hopefully next year we will be neither appalled or depressed about our parenting skills!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Setting up the business has been expensive, but that’s part of the whole process. We gave a lot of money to Amy’s preschool but that has been money well spent!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Our holiday to Perth in May, my new camera arriving in July, launching the website. Stella turning one and learning how to walk, Amy’s first dance concert. I will say it again, its been a good year for us and there have been lots of things that have made me happy and excited in 2010.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Like last year I am passing on this question. The one thing that I will really enjoy when I manage to carve myself a small workspace somewhere, is listening to music while I work.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier, much, just like last year, it just gets better and better!
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner! Hooray, unlike last year!
c) richer or poorer? Probably poorer but with the potential of earning my own money for the first time since I went on maternity leave in May 2006. Can’t put a price on how good that feels!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
More time as a family outdoors, more dinners and BBQ’s with friends.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Less worrying.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve in the tradition of my family was a big dinner with friends, Christmas morning in the traditions of Ron’s family we went to Church and then had a lovely relaxed sea food feast in the garden. Christmas night we were happy to continue our Australian tradition of spending the evening with close friends, staying up too late, drinking too much and playing cards.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
I love myself more which is a good thing, I continue to love my girls and my relationship with Ron is still growing and developing. There is lots of love in the White family.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Ron and I love Survivor, I devoured the first series of True Blood. Other than that I have spent way too much time in 2010 watching Strawberry Shortcake and Dora the Explorer. Sigh.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope, no room for hate.

24. What was the best book you read?
I reread Stieg Larsson’s “Millenium Triology” this Christmas after reading it last Christmas. I didn’t read as much as I would do normally in the second half of the year thanks to starting the business. Any spare time I would have spent reading was channelled into research and development.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Pass, sadly I think its time to acknowledge that I am getting older and tend to enjoy music from my past rather than the current stuff. We are still a year or two away from Amy forming any strong opinions on music so she gets to listen to what I like. Embarrassing to admit but I also like to listen to talk radio in the car rather than music. Wow, I really am showing my age!

26. What did you want and get?
I realised that I desperately wanted to start my own photography business. Thanks to a business grant from family I was able to buy the camera I wanted to take my photography to the next level.

27. What did you want and not get?
I really wanted to get fitter, exercising intensely once a week is better than not exercising but I imagined I might be able to make time for a quick run in the mornings or boxing sessions with Ron in the evenings, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time. 2011 is going to be all about balance. I also wanted more sleep and although we did manage to do some intensive sleep training with Stella early in the year, she is still prone to night waking.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
How many movies did I see this year? Three maybe. Sigh. I really enjoyed taking Amy to see Tinkerbell and the great fairy rescue, that was a special occasion for us both.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had a lovely day on my birthday this year. I turned 34 and we had croissants for breakfast before I went off for a haircut on my own. Later we met my dear friend and mentor, Fiona at a beautiful spot for a family photoshoot. Later we went out for Chinese with my inlaws and sister-in-law and our close friends.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I still think this is a silly question and I would still like to win the lottery!

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Retro! Well retro for me in that I am finally fitting into all my old clothes from prechildren! Its been great having a lot more choice in my wardrobe. Anyone who knows me knows how much I dislike shopping. Not for any particular reason, I just don’t feel much passion for clothes and would rather spend my time and money in other pursuits. I did buy three lovely summer dresses just before Christmas and look forward to getting a lot of wear out of them over the summer.

32. What kept you sane?
Ron was a huge support to me this year. He is upfront and honest when I ask for his opinion and he helped me work through my business plans. He is always there with a suggestion and has been my number one fan.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I think I am too old to really fancy celebrities.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Once again local politics had me intrigued. The ousting of the prime minister followed by the election of Australia’s first female prime minister was fascinating watching.

35. Who did you miss?
All of you, desperately. We have to find a way to get ourselves to the UK. Lets make it work, ok?

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I made some wonderful new friends through Amy’s preschool and dance class. Its been fantastic meeting like minded people whose children get along with mine. I look forward to building on these friendships over the coming few years.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
If you say you are going to do something and then go ahead and take that leap of faith to do it, you will be amazed at what you can achieve. I have dreamed big for a while now but not had the courage to move forward until this year, all that has changed now!

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