Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Ta Da List

Each year for quite a few years now I have written a Ta da list at the end of the year. It's a way to look back on the year by coming up with a lists of achievements. To put the list together I look back through my diary, blog posts, photos, scrapbook albums and gratitude journal for the year.

I like taking time at the end of the year to reflect on my journey and I think this helps me say Goodbye to the current year and move onto the next.

You can see my previous lists at the following links: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (please note 2006 - 2009 link to my old blog)

And here's this years list...
  1. Discovered the Wellington farmers and food markets and did plenty of shopping
  2. Embraced and fell in love with my iPhone
  3. Took on the Editor role of the Palmy Parent magazine for 5 months/3 issues
  4. Crocheted lots of baby hats, a coffee cup cosy, a ring pouch and Yoda
  5. Became a New Zealand Citizen and learnt the NZ National Anthem
  6. Read the Hunger Games trilogy and 50 Shades trilogy (which were very different but I enjoyed them both)
  7. Survived long haul flights to the UK and back again with a toddler in tow
  8. Documented our UK trip
  9. Discovered passion fruit margaritas
  10. Found an awesome childminder (then had to say Goodbye when we left Palmy)
  11. Released a butterfly into the wild
  12. Took Mr Mischief to London, IKEA, Beatrix Potter World, Loch Lomond, Edinburgh Zoo and a heap of other places in the UK
  13. Visited Windermere and York (both for the 1st time)
  14. Hosted a Kiwiana party to celebrate our citizenship
  15. Celebrated the Diamond Jubilee
  16. Took part in the following swaps: handmade heart, KCOS, NZ Handmade Ornament Swap, Twitter Secret Santa
  17. Hosted the Christmas cracker swap
  18. Spent far too much time at Doctors Surgeries and hospitals when Mr Mischief cut his head, bumped his head and broke his thumb (*not so much an achievement but more of a nod at getting through it)
  19. Organised a Joint 2nd birthday for our coffee group and made cute party bags
  20. Decided to shift to Wellington during a long walk and lots of talking on a Winter's Day at Wellington seafront
  21. Sold our house (within a month-phew!)
  22. Moved us, a child, a dog and billions of belongings from Palmy to Welly
  23. Survived husband commuting 4 hours per day for a month
  24. Found somewhere to live in Wellington
  25. Explored our new city
  26. Farewelled an employer I'd been with since 2007
  27. Got a new job and started within 3 weeks of moving to Wellington
  28. Settled Mr Mischief into daycare
  29. watched Hungry for Change
  30. Participated in Project Real Life (3 month online class)
  31. Sent Change of Address cards (in a timely manner!)
  32. Made Halloween decorations and got into the spirit of things
  33. Visited and spent money at Craft 2.0
  34. Started Pilates classes
  35. Visited the dentist after years of avoiding it - had 2 major fillings and saw the dental surgeon about my wisdom teeth
  36. Took part in the World Record attempt for Sandcastle building 
  37. Reconnected with living by the sea
  38. Enjoyed the atmosphere of the Hobbit Premiere in Wellington and had our photo taken on a skycouch with an orc!
  39. Returned to Palmy for a visit
  40. Went to the horse races and came home with money in my purse
  41. Finally completed the toadstool makeover
  42. Took Mr Mischief to Santa's Grotto and the Christmas shop at Kirk's
  43. Had my Christmas Journal blog post linked to from Becky Higgins on her Facebook page!
  44. Created 11 newsletters for Scrappin' Patch
  45. Bought a juicer and used it regularly
  46. Cultivated our own herb garden which is doing rather well
  47. Blogged 107 times 
  48. Took approx. 7200 photos (that'll be why my phone's out of memory!)
  49. Did a pretty good job of documenting the year (up to September is complete in my Document 2012 album with October and November not far behind plus I have 12 Project Real Life layouts done as well)
  50. Saw The Hobbit in 3D HFR - my 1st 3D experience at the movies! It was pretty intense but good!
What a year! And soon we will be onto the next one...


  1. Yay!

    What a fab year for your family, seems like you did a whole lot and enjoyed life (especially love the juicer comment (not that i use one), but it sounds like you added a whole lot of health and freshness to your everyday life :) )

    This is such a great thing to do!

  2. What an eventful year you've had! I like the idea of a Ta Da list to celebrate all the wonderful things that have happened during the year. 2013 is going to be fabulous!!


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