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A Look Back at 2011, a Look Ahead to 2012

I have tried to keep this blog as much in chronological order as I can, even though some of the events are from a couple months ago. But I thought today I would take a break before we get too far into 2012 to take a look back at last year and ahead for the rest of this year. Next time, I’ll resume the expat tales. First, let’s look at some of the good things that happened in 2011.

Me, Tim, and the officiant during our wedding ceremony.

Tim and I got married

On June 9th, I married my husband Tim on Tybee Island’s North Beach in Georgia. We had a short ceremony on the beach with a few family members and friends in attendance. Our friend Jessica took our wedding pictures. I think she did a great job and we were really happy with the results. Instead of a traditional reception, we had dinner at the North Beach Grill which was fun. Overall I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day. It was a great time and things have been even better since.

Apollo curled up on a laundry pile.

We got our Miniature Pinscher Apollo

I already had my Pembroke Welsh Corgi Gir (who now sometimes seems more like Tim’s dog) and we didn’t plan on getting another one. But Tim and I were fond of our friend’s Min-pin. We came across some at a flea market a couple days after we got married, and Tim decided to talk me in to letting him get one. I told him he could as long as he handled the potty training and picking up the poop. He agreed. (Of course you can guess who *actually* does most of it). Whether it’s a good thing we have him or not depends on the day. Sometimes he is a little terror. But he’s getting better, and right now he’s peacefully sleeping on the couch next to me, so I’m adding him to the list.

Some of the view over Heidelberg from the Philosophenweg.

We moved to Germany

While this wasn’t the only time I moved after I got married, it was the biggest (and the best) that I got to make. If you’ve been following the blog, you know how the moving process went. It’s good to finally be here and settled. We’ve already explored much of Heidelberg (although I’m sure there’s still more to see) and I’m excited to see some other cities in Germany soon. Hopefully we’ll also get the opportunity to get to some other countries soon as well. And of course I’ll be sharing the experiences with you along the way.

I was successful with publications

Evolution Vol. 1. Click to preview and/or purchase on Amazon.

Because we found out we were moving to Germany right after I moved to Georgia it wasn’t really practical to find a job in the couple months between, so I had a lot of time on my hands. I used a lot of it to submit work to literary journals and anthologies. While I am still waiting on responses to some of them, I had a successful year for acceptances and was even asked to write a guest editorial for The Glass Coin in the issue after the one my poems “Obsidian” and “After Melanoma” appeared in. I was the grand prize winner in Evolved Publishing’s first short story contest, for which I won a Kindle and was published in Evolution Vol 1. The First Line gave me my first paid fiction publication with my story “Leap” available in print and PDF. I had three stories accepted by Five Stop Story:”Harvest House” is available exclusively on their iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch app, “The Runaway” is available on their website and their app, and “Portent” is forthcoming for both the website and application. I also had two poems published in Psychic Meatloaf available online and in print. Two poems are forthcoming in Lyric: A Literary Chorus and a short story is forthcoming in the anthology Fresh Ground: Coffee House Flash Fiction Vol. 3.

My 2011 NaNoWriMo Winner’s Badge

I was productive with writing and revising

I wrote several short stories last year and revised a few previously written stories and poems. I also revised the novel draft I had written for National Novel Writing Month in 2010, although it still needs more work. I also participated in National Novel Writing Month for 2011 during our move to Germany and managed to exceed 50,000 words by the deadline. And of course I started my blog Overseas Adventures.

I beat several video games

The games I beat in 2011 plus the first one I beat in 2012

This is not a major deal compared to some other things, but I have had a habit in the last several years of starting games, getting very close to the end, getting busy and then not going back to beat the game. So this year I decided to play games all the way through. I beat: Uncharted 2, Uncharted, Dead Island, God of War and God of War II. The only one I started and didn’t finish was Red Dead Redemption, which we moved in the middle of me playing.

Now, to look ahead to 2012. I don’t really want to set “resolutions” per se, but here are some generalized goals:

*I want to see more of Germany.

*I want to visit some other countries.

*I would like to beat at least as many video games as last year. I started with Uncharted 3, which my wonderful husband got me for Christmas.

*I only read 10 books last year which is on the low end so I am planning to read more this year. I’ve been keeping yearly Listmania book lists for awhile and will be this year as well.

*I’d like submit at least half as much writing to publications as last year (as much may not be realistic time-wise).

*I want to have another good writing year including properly revising both of my novel drafts from past NanoWriMos and hopefully participating in NaNoWriMo again this year.  In addition to keeping up this blog, I have also started a blog called Investing in Fitness and am working on documenting my fitness journey there.

*I’m going through Beachbody’s Insanity program. I started last year and stopped after the first month, so this time I plan to finish and keep in shape. I also plan on tackling P90X and a few other programs this year and blogging about them on Investing in Fitness.

*I recently became an Independent Beachbody Coach and am working on personal goals for that, the main ones being to help as many people as possible to reach their fitness goals and to have a successful business that is location independent (a positive thing when we never know where we’ll be next).

Thanks for joining me on this look back at 2011 and ahead to 2012. Now I’ll get back to the Overseas Adventures 🙂

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4 Thoughts on “A Look Back at 2011, a Look Ahead to 2012

  1. Congratulations on getting married. I didn’t know you were freshly married, it seems like it has been less than a year for you guys! And also congratulations on the publications, that must be the best boost of confidence when it comes to writing!
    You’ll be doing a good deal of traveling, it is very convenient to get around from that part of Germany. I would aim for Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, and London – all so worth checking out!
    And also good luck on the body coach, I really hope you find someone to train.

    • Thanks 🙂 Yep it’s actually been about a year that we met and we’ve been married eight months. Thank you. Yes it does help the confidence some. I actually got another reply back after posting this that I got another story accepted by Two Thirds North which is published in Sweden. 🙂 I hope so. Thanks for the recommendations. Hopefully we’ll get to check them all out and then some. I appreciate it but Beachbody coaches don’t actually train anyone. We help people find the right home programs for them and provide ongoing motivation. I can do a group Fit Clubs or work out with someone as a free service to help or introduce them to the program but I can’t do my own training. I am, however, looking into getting a Personal Training Certificate through National Academy of Sports Medicine and that would allow me to separately train people. 🙂

  2. Wow! You have had a big year, married and moved across the Atlantic! Your beach wedding photo is amazing and you even got married on my birthday! 🙂 Hope you are able to reach all of your goals in 2012! Thanks for reading my blog. I will start visiting here more often.

    • Thanks. 🙂 Thank you. Hope I do also and I just added a few more lol. You’re welcome. Cool. Hopefully I’ll be getting a few more posts up this week. I have to find backups of some of the pics that I wanted to use because my USB crashed 🙁

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