Ten Lords a-Leaping

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It’s hard to believe that 2011 is almost over. It’s been a long year and I have many reasons to be thankful. While the list of accomplishments may be small, 2011 turned out to be much better than recent years past.

I rang in the new year with a new job, and for most people, it should have been a blessing. It was, but I was still harboring feelings for lost years, disappointments and the needless waste of sacrifices I had made. For those of you who haven’t followed me very long, my life literally imploded in 2010 and I was left practically in ruins. I had the absolute worse birthday in all my years, my self confidence was shattered, and I felt like everything I had worked for was for naught.

I did have a inkling that things were not going well in my life long before last year, and I slowly began to make plans. But alas, they were not put in place fast enough. I guess I was hoping against hope as they say. I waited too long, or so I thought. 

2010 ended, and while I was happy and excited to start my new life, I was also terrified, disappointed, sad and disillusioned. My husband kept telling me not to worry and treat it like a vacation, but I just wanted my old life back. I think I spent months in 2011…no…I know I spent months during the first part of 2011 doing whatever I could to get back what I thought I wanted. Then I had a huge epiphany…

I didn’t want it anymore. I wanted me…me to be happy, me to do what I wanted, me to fulfill my dreams and not someone else’s. So I set my sights on doing that. I changed directions on Facebook, I did some research, joined a few writing groups and started networking.

So what have I accomplished…I am writing, not only for myself, but the day job has figured out how good I am as well! I have met some wonderful new people in the writing community. I am contributing to two online publications. I have picked up an editing job and I am doing book reviews. I am so grateful and feel wonderfully blessed!

Things are definitely looking up indeed! Oh yeah…one more thing…my husband is a lot happier too!

Wishing all of you a moment of reflection on all of your wonderful accomplishments in 2011!

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I’ve written this post for the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge, sponsored by the Casa De Hansen. Today’s topic is 2011 Accomplishments based on the 10th Day of Christmas: “Ten Lords a-Leaping”.

  • Jo

    Susan, I just want to say something I have eluded to a few times. I have watched you grow into this much happier and much more fulfilled woman over the last 7 months or so. It has been pure joy for me to see you blossom. I wish you much more success in 2012 and even more smiles and more confidence. You just rawk.
    Happiest Holidays and ♥ from my ♥. 🙂

  • YAY! It has been so fun to get to know you through your blog this fall – in the few short months I have, I have seen you become less sad and more wonderfully, happily you. It's so fun to watch, and I'm so glad it's going to continue into next year. I can't wait to see what 2012 will bring!