2011 Rewind

I love going back and seeing all the things that happened over the course of the year, don’t you?  It’s one of the fun parts of having a blog.  That’s why I would still blog even if nobody read it but me 😀  I love reading everyone else’s recaps, too!


January brought lots of changes.  It started off with a bang when I was laid off from one of my jobs (working 2 part-time in the same industry).

This was also the year of the snow. Ugh – the snow!!

February was the Blogger’s  Healthy Heart Weekend.

Definitely going to host this again in 2012!

March was a big month. Hosting our annual Mardi Gras party. We found a baby grand for John for a song (har-har).

We starting working on the renovation of our house to add a half bath/pantry.

I had a decision to make to take a new job or work in an office with my current job, but ended with being able to keep working from home.  I am so truly, truly lucky things worked out that way.  It was more than I could have asked for. Getting laid off from the one job turned out to be a great thing after a bit.

May was really the start of the Year of the Flat Tire on the bikes.

It was completely ridiculous how many we had.  Turns out it was probably from riding our bike trainers over the winter.  This year, swapping out tires for winter riding to prevent that next year.

We finished up our house renovation – new pantry/laundry/half bath. My favorite part of this has to be the pantry.

(if you can believe, we still have a few touch ups to do in this room!)

Tulip mania in my garden this year.  Yay!

I went vegetarian for a week.

June was my birthday month (it’s all about meeee!!!)

I went on a Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend, which was very fun and I am going to do it again.

July brought about the 100-mile ride day! I said no more of those, and yet I find some sort of desire to do it again creeping in.  Somebody please smack me – and hard!

We did the organized Tour de Farm bike ride.  July really had a lot of biking in it.  I did over 500 miles that month  😯  Insane.

August there was Hurricane Irene.  We didn’t suffer much damage, but our neighbors in Vermont and downstate NY had horrible flooding.

I did the 3 weeks of no grains.  That was actually fun and got me out of an eating rut. I also tried once again to get back into running.

September and John and I celebrated 15 years of marriage (thanks John!!). We went on a champagne brunch cruise to celebrate.

I also decided to give up running for good.  I signed up to become a literacy volunteer as well.

October was busy with lots of things.  There was the photo shoot for First for Women, which was fun. First time in a corn maze.

Had a great time at Fright Fest  and  Pumpkin carving.


In November, the First for Women article came out.

I also wrote a post on accepting myself as is (still hard, there).  I sprained my foot and had tenosynovitis in my wrist to boot.

And then, of course, December and all its hectic-ness.   I did my internets debut on the guitar.  The book How We Did It came out with a chapter on yours truly.

And then Christmas, of course.  It sure has been a busy year!

Question:  Do you have a 2011 recap post? If so, link in the comments as I love to read them!


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21 thoughts on “2011 Rewind

  1. Kim

    Ooo cool, that you are doing the Feb. healthy blogger weekend. I don’t have a blog, but I have figured my exercise miles (so far) for 2011. Walking=410 miles, Biking=1500 (got to ride today:), Stationary Bike=659, and Swimming=7 miles (heat wave in July). Weight-wise I am 2 lbs. over goal weight so I’ll work on getting that off in the next couple of weeks. I loved reading your 2011 re-cap, Lori. Hopefully 2012 will be a great one for you and all of the Finding Radiance readers.

  2. Kimberley

    Great recap! I think another 100 mile bike trip would be cool…I can’t discourage you at all. 😀

    You received fabulous press which is awesome!!!

    I am looking forward to February too so I can take part in the Heart Healthy Challenge!
    Kimberley´s last blog post ..Atkins Day 27

  3. Christine

    I love your blog! I read it all the time but never comment. You really are an inspiration. I had my 4th child in June and I am really struggling to loose the weight I gained. I love your blog because you are so real on your blog. It really helps to hear not only about your successes but also your struggles, because I struggle too! Keep up the awesome blog!!

  4. Shelley B

    I’m not doing a 2011 recap as this was a rough year, even with the positives (one son’s graduation, the half marathon for my other son and husband). I’d just as soon leave it and move forward…but I am glad I have my blog to look back on (in the distant future, lol). Your recap reminds me of how active you and John are – and quite fun-loving, too. 🙂
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Gingerbread House Throwdown, Year Three

  5. Fran

    You had a great year Lori and the best part for me was that I was able to follow you the whole year round and it has been such a pleasure reading your blog. Look forward to 2012.

    I’m not doing a recap but will do an overview of what I’ve achieved this year tomorrow. Maybe throw in some of my favorite pics of this year.

    Thanks for being such a good blogger friend, I appreciate it very much.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Goals 2012

  6. Helen

    No recap for me either but I sure did enjoy reading yours… and you reminded me that it was because of seeing your lovely tulips that I finally got brave enough to plant all those daffodil and tulip bulbs along my retaining wall. I sure hope they come up as pretty as yours!
    Helen´s last blog post ..Resolving Not To…

  7. Jody - Fit at 53

    Lori – you pack so much into a year – fun & not so fun but more fun!!! I love reading all about your adventures & food & Pixie! Such a great year for you! I hope I have something exciting to say for my 2012 recap! 😉

    Happy one to you, John & Pixie!
    Jody – Fit at 53´s last blog post ..Ringing in 2012

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