Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

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!

Again rather than specific resolutions (I prefer to leave those till my birthday), I am putting a few things out there to the universe:

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.

Photos of me: by Kris Blucher – check out more of his Melbourne pics here

Small photos from: my phone

5 thoughts on “Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

  1. Rach // In Spaces Between

    If this took anywhere near as long as my review did to compile, I know you’ll appreciate me saying THIS ROCKS Jas!

    What an awesome year full of personal growth and adventure (the perfect mix) – I know 2012 will be even more expansive for you!

    Can’t wait to share your journey!

    Happy New Year xx

    1. jazziefizzle Post author

      hehe thanks! It is kinda nice scrolling through all of my photos from the past 12 months but it makes me realise we need to use our tripod more for pics together!! Happy new year to you too!!

  2. sheila

    hey babe, great to record all of this – a bit like my annual chrissie letter – you’ll look back upon it as you do it each year. Which reminds me – my computer has just gone down, so may have lost all my recent photos – be sure to do back ups of yours!!

    Happy 2012 – may it be the end of the world of greed and the beginning of the world of green! love you, mum

  3. tina

    wow dr fizzle, you just get better and better i even got a tear when i read this one, you certainly have come such a long way with your studies and your creativity and i love being part of it, i promise that 2012 we will try and see more of each other and i will be over for one of your fantastic coffees very very soon, i know 2012 is going to be great for you and Kris and always remember we are only around the corner. Love and kisses for a wonderful 2012 for you, us and all of our beautiful family xxxxxx


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