Out With 2011 and In With 2012!

Happy New Year! Yes, I know it’s a bit early, but you won’t be hearing from me again until 2012. I wasn’t going to post anything else this year, but my good friend Gigi over at Kludgy Mom had a great idea for a link up: What one word would you use to describe your 2011, and what one word do you hope will define 2012?

2011: The Year of Chaos. Now don’t get me wrong…I don’t think that the chaos is going away anytime soon. But this year I felt like I had lost control of everything. The twins were only a year old, and SO much work. Being a mom this past year was rarely fun — it was definitely work and tested every ounce of the very limited patience that I had. I am not sad to see 2011 go.

Just over the past couple of months, I’ve felt a shift in our lives…the girls are getting easier now. They aren’t just “work”. We can leave the house with just a couple of sippy cups and a few extra diapers. I’m not afraid anymore to take three kids out in public by myself. I feel like now that they are communicating, they’re also understanding more and are more well behaved. It is, after two very long years, *finally* getting easier.

So what about 2012? I pronounce the Year of 2012: The Year of Growth. I’m talking about my growth. Now from a blogging perspective, 2011 was pretty good to me. I was sponsored by Clever Girls Collective to attend EVO. I got a writing gig with SmartMomPicks.com and SmartMomStyle.com. Gigi, Shell from Things I Can’t Say and Ashley from My Front Porch Swing started a social media business and Have Wine, Will Drink. I got a lot of sponsored posts, advertising, and all of that fun stuff…I finally started making money from my blog!

In 2012, I am focusing not only on my blog, but on my freelance work. I have something I’m super excited to announce about an opportunity that is starting for me in January, but for now they are making me keep it quiet, which for someone with a big mouth like me, has been very hard! I also plan to grow my social media presence, specifically on Facebook. I want to learn more about blogging and social media and share what I learn with you.

But I also want to focus on personal growth. Getting into shape (I know it’s on just about everybody’s list), spending more quality time with the kids. Focusing on balancing my time on the computer with my “real life”. Reading more, which I miss so much. Watching less TV. And on and on…

So there you have it. Goodbye 2011, hello 2012! What is your one word to describe 2011 and define 2012? Link up over at Kludgy Mom’s!

Don’t forget to check out my Favorite Posts of 2011 and link up yours, too because I’m hosting a Best of 2011 link up!

And if you want to check out some amazing streetwear designed by kids, then my $30 Bobiam giveaway is right up your alley.

I was also notified that you can still comment on my Serve post through December 31st for a chance to win $100!

I recently told you about mine and the girls new found love: Tea Collection clothing. Guess what? They are having a HUGE sale right now! Tea Collection is offering up to 60% off on pants, dresses, and shirts. Make sure to shop Tea Collection and save up to 60% only while supplies last. This is a deal you definitely don’t want to miss. Happy Shopping!


  1. Happy new year Natalie! I can't wait to hear about your new gig!
  2. My goodness girl, all that energy ... I just found out about a workshop where you work on a 'word' for the year! Happy new year to you and your family, I hope that next time we meet we have the time to sit and visit awhile ... but until then I wish you much love, joy and happiness for the year ahead! By Word of Mouth Musings recently posted..12 Posts from 2011My Profile
  3. You had a great year! Excited to hear about your new gig. And I am with you...this year I am focusing more on me and what's me happy :) Happy New Year!
  4. I have a special place in my heart for chaos! Happy 2012 to you, sounds like we have lots of things to look forward to from your end of the blogsphere! Jamie recently posted..thank you mrs. thornburgMy Profile
  5. Happy New Year Natalie! Can't wait to see the exciting things this New Year brings you. :) Cindi recently posted..Dance with CinderellaMy Profile
  6. I wish you a ton of luck reaching your goals! And, I'm eager to learn about your news! :-) I'm happy the girls are easier for you. I'm not a parent yet, but my BFF has twins. Their first year was such a blur for her - not a very fun one either. I hope things just keep getting better and better for you! Jen Has A Pen recently posted..Photo GratitudeMy Profile


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