A Special Thank You…

As many of you know, these last couple of years have been ones of many highs and lows. 2010 was probably the worst year of my life: dealing with the fact that I was no longer wanted at my job and leaving it for something risky; coming to terms with my mom’s heart attack and having to cope with being over 3000 miles away and not being able to help her; and suffering from probably the worst feelings of depression I’ve ever felt in my entire life.

2011 was the year I spent trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I tried many things and felt like I was floundering most of the year.I spent the Christmas holidays and all of January 2012 finalizing what I wanted. The answer was really quite simple: happiness. For me it’s all about purging out what isn’t working in order to renew my spirit. So far, I am on the right path, but it’s still early in the year and I have a long way to go. With the help of my writing friends and my close personal friends and family, I feel like 2012 is going to truly be the “Year of Susan”.

There is one thing that I must take care of …last year during the month of September, I had my first ever product giveaway. While I announced the winner, I also remembered saying that I was going to have a second drawing and I’m pretty sure that I did not announce the winner of that drawing. I have the winner for that in front of me as I write this. However, I am going to have another drawing for some other people who have helped me tremendously this last year. You have no idea how much your kind words and support have really helped me.

So, the winner of the second drawing for a copy of the latest version of MyMemories Scrapbooking Software is Jenn Duffy-Pearson.

The winners of an Amazon.com gift card drawing are:

1. Jo Heroux
2. Darlene Owens Cirinna
3. Daphne Steinberg

4. Elizabeth Grace

I will be holding additional drawings throughout the year, along with a few other goodies for the rest of you on my special list. Thank you for your support and I look forward to a fantastic 2012!

For my five lucky winners, please contact me at your earliest convenience so I can get your prize to you.

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  • Very nice. I don't doubt how helpful the list of ladies above are. Always wise with their words. I hope 2012 is a great year for you, Susan.

    • Thanks Danne! These ladies are very special and have been instrumental in helping me get through this past year. Stick around this year as I will be doing more drawings! I'd love to have you enter!

  • Jo

    Thank you Susan for this recognition. It is completely unnecessary and equally appreciated. You have added a great deal to my life and I have found your brilliant mind a treasure. I am so happy for you and your new outlook and I am particularly proud to call you my friend. Thank you for just being who you are and wanting to share that with me.

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    • Jo, you have been such a great friend to me this past year. I am so very lucky! I enjoy reading your comments about my work! Thanks for being there for me!

  • WOW!!! Thank you so much! I'll send my addy in a personal message.

    Susan, you deserve happiness and I wish you the best that life has to offer. You truly are a special person and I too believe that 2012 will be the Year of Susan!!! I've noticed you kicking butt with your blogs and articles. Great work, Susan!

    • Thanks Darlene! Your writing prompts have been instrumental in helping me work through everything this past year! Thanks for everything!

  • What a lovely idea, Susan Year! Congrats to the winners!

    • Thanks Claudia! Watch my blog for more giveaways throughout the year!

  • How wonderful!! I won!! πŸ™‚ I'm very excited about the My Memories Scrap Book –and Yay I won.

    I'm so glad I got to know you over the last year–I love how blogging can pull together some really great friends–and I'm blessed because this is how I met you!!

    Keep writing–and keep up with your photography!! I love them both! You are a wonderful person–and a great friend–I'm honored to have your words of encouragement and support too πŸ™‚

    Love, Jenn

    • Jenn, I so completely agree with you that blogging has that certain something to bring people together! I truly am blessed to know you! I am definitely planning on more writing and photography!

      I love reading your posts. They are so inspiring! Thanks for your support and kindness this past year. You have no idea how helpful you've been!

  • I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Click on the link to get it

    http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6170379632179808336#editor/target=post;postID=5387242415319067786

    • Sondra! I am so flattered that you would think of me for this award. Thank you so much! This is my first one for the year! Absolutely Fabulous!

  • hey i found you through a blog hop and am now following you. i hope you can follow me back at
    baysbooks.blogspot.com
    thanks

    • Hi and thank you for stopping by my blog! I am always looking for new followers. I check out your blog and love that you are another book reviewer like myself. I hope you get a chance to read some of my reviews.

      I am following you as well!

  • We have yet to meet. I am new on this blog. I have met some wonderful people and have begun some friendships. It is amazing.

    I have been reading some of your messages. You are well liked and for a good reason. I hope we, you and I, can share a friendship as well. I just sent you an award. I hope you got it. as I said, I am new on this site and I thank Jo for finding me in this large maze of great writers.

    • Sondra, Thank you for stopping by and visiting!

      We are a wonderful group of writers and I hope that we can become great friends!

      I write about many topics and have several columns that I try to maintain in addition to working a day job.

      I hope you can come back and visit me often!

  • You are the sweetest thing, Susan. Truly. I LOVE that you've declared this year to be YOUR year. You deserve happiness. You deserve abundance. You deserve blessings beyond measure. You deserve this to be the "Year of Susan" and I hope it exceeds even your wildest expectations. β™₯

    • Thank you Beth! You have been a great inspiration to me! I am feeling so much better these days now that I have found all of you!

      Please continue to share your great topics because I really enjoy them and find that I can usually relate to most of them in one way or another.

      I really do believe that this is going to be the Year of Susan, and I have you (and the rest of the winners) to thank for that!

  • Hope 2012 is happy and bright for you!!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

  • Congratulations! I have given you the 7 X 7 award because I think you are awesome and I love your site and the way you write! You may pick it up it up here!

    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/2012/02/7-x-7-award.html

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

  • Jo

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