Despite a few rough times, including losing a grandmother each, having our entire city flooded and finding out that my little brother was mugged at gunpoint, 2011 really has been a fabulous year!
The year started off with us settling back in to the Gold Coast for our first year of Med School, and though it was a constant battle between beach and study, we found balance and started to appreciate living in such a beautiful place. With the support of our wonderful families, understanding friends, and each other, we got through the year unscathed and both excelled academically, rounding out the year with rural placements where we were thrown in the deep end and learned more than we ever expected.
Although we sometimes had a hectic schedule, we still got some quality time with the people we love, and were lucky enough to attend weddings and birthdays and days spent doing nothing but hanging out with amazing people.
On our recent trip to Melbourne, we got to spend some quality time with my 101 year old Nana and share some wonderful meals with the rest of the family, as well as our friends down there, and we had such a fabulous time!
As well as the last day of the year, today marks another significant event – the 2nd birthday of this blog! I have very much enjoyed having this as my creative outlet over the last 2 years and am ever thankful for the people who take the time to read and comment. Fizzle Out has become a place for me to experiment with recipe formulation and food photography, which have recently improved – thanks to a couple of books: ‘Will Write for Food’ and ‘Plate to Pixel’, both of which I recommend if you are at all interested in food blogging.
Towards the end of the year I took some wise advice and started a weekly column, Monday Munchies, which has helped to motivate me and allowed me to have a bit of a blogging schedule.
We are looking forward to the coming year, as 2012 will see us living alone as a couple for the first time in our 4 year relationship. And of course we will work our way through our 2nd year of uni. Our friendship groups will provide a few weddings and new babies, and plenty of fun and laughter to balance out the more challenging times both academically and in our personal lives.
The strive to be healthier will continue with regular jogs and fitness, more early mornings and early nights and a bigger focus on our diet. As I am one of the wellbeing officers for our uni medical society, I intend to lead by example – taking care of myself both physically and mentally as much as possible, and making time for relaxation away from the books.
This blog will continue plodding along, and hopefully you will notice a slight gradual improvement in many areas, but a goal for 2012 is to get business cards and improve my networking – starting with the Bloggers meet up in January.
I am also attempting to compile an e-cookbook full of healthy and easy food ideas for the other students in our course, so if anyone has any recipes they would be willing to have included, I would very much appreciate the input!
2012 will be an inspiring and uplifting year and we will be motivated to achieve all that we desire
2012 will be full of joy and laughter, surrounded by the wonderful people that play a huge part in our lives
2012 will be a year for us to grow closer and focus on our relationship, as well as our relationships with others
2012 will be full of challenging experiences that we will take on with enthusiasm and excitement
2012 will bring improvements to our health and wellbeing, in a physical and emotional sense
During 2012, we will make time to be grateful and thankful for all the fabulous people and experiences in our lives.
Have you had a reflection on the year that has past or resolutions for 2012? Please share links in the comments as I would love to hear about them.
Small photos from: my phone