Looking Back on 2011

2011 was an awesome ride. Like any good roller coaster, there were some amazing highs and some crazy lows, and lots of drama in between. All in all, I think it was one of the best years of my life to date, because of all the growth and change I went through. I’ve learned a ton about myself and what I need, and that just means that 2012 will be an even greater year as I build on that knowledge!

What I Did

Where I Went

  • Ottawa twice: once for Winterlude, and once for Canada Day.
  • Quebec City for a romantic weekend away
  • Cancun, Mexico for a fabulous week in the sun with my family!
  • Los Angeles, CA for a week of surfing, eating, and exploration.
  • And of course, back and forth between my beautiful Montreal and Toronto to visit family & friends.

By the Numbers

  • Books read: 50
  • Blog posts: 77
  • Articles published: 14
  • Novels written: 1
  • Photos taken: 5, 391 in 167 events (according to iPhoto)

In 2012, I want to read more books, take more better photos, and travel as much as possible. Stay tuned for a concrete list of New Years goals & a round-up of my 2011 NYR! (Spoiler alert: I didn’t get as many done as I’d hoped, but I’m still pretty thrilled.)

What are your favourite 2011 memories? I’d love to hear them. 

xo.

  • This has been a great year. I don’t have to think hard at all to find some of my favorite moments: my nephew’s second birthday party, complete with Spongebob party hats. It’s been amazing to watch him grow and learn. He sang his whole alphabet to me just the other day, and I’m SO PROUD.

    Another amazing moment was receiving a critique on my novel from a HarperCollins editor and being told how much she enjoyed it. I went around grinning like a maniac for days. Winning NaNo for my third year was a big high, as was getting back into the saddle after a long period of being ground-bound.

    Some of my greatest memories were made at Saddle Up, where I volunteer with some of the most amazing kids and horses on the planet. I’ve made awesome friendships there that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

    There are just a few of this year’s great moments! :)

    • Stephanie

      Aw, you have a two-year old in your life! That’s so much fun. I love my family, but the one thing I wish we had more of is small children. They’re amazing, arent’t they???

      !!!!! HarperCollins?!?! Gabrielle that’s absolutely amazing! Sounds like somebody might be published in 2012… :) Good for you girl, I’m so happy for you. I’ve always admired your writing spirit!

      I’m going to have to be jealous of all the time you spend with horses. I love them and rode when I was younger, but have only gone a handful of times in the past 10 years. Maybe 2012 can hold some more horse-back riding for me.

      Glad you had such a wonderful year!
      xo