Another year goes by.

This year had its trials. 

I moved further away from work and school. It was an unexpected and fast move, but it turned out to be for the best.

I broke my radiator....and my head gasket in my vehicle. Someone hit my car and left an unreadable the rain. I had to buy new tires. And get new brakes. I had to spend roughly $2500-$3000 on my car this year. And I was unprepared. But it gone done, and taught me lessons. For instance, if your check engine light comes on...that ish is for real. And watch the heat on your car. Yes, I drove 20 miles while my car was overheating and had NO idea.

I struggled with balancing classes, working full time, friends, boyfriend, family, and time for myself.

I've felt lonely as I've watched what growing up does to friendships.

I've felt insecure by no one else's fault but my own.

I got sick and had to miss five days of work.

I've had nights where I can't sleep from anxiety. ((Worrying about something that may never happen is a waste of time by the way. I'm a rule follower and a chaser of the American dream to some extent so you can imagine how my mind can take off sometimes...))

I watched those I love overcome challenges and go through heartache.

The Chargers didn't make the playoffs....twice.

But these trials were few and far between compared to the happiness I've had.

Really none of this can surpass the amount of positivity, experiences, and love that 2011 brought me.

2011 was a truly amazing year.

I celebrated a year with this kid by taking a jeep wine tour in Temecula!

Completed FIVE classes towards my degree (while working full time--boo ya! 13 more to go!)

Went to a beer festival at at the greatest brewery in the world, Stone.

Went on a weekend cruise to Ensenada...and ate my weight at the buffets there.

Started a blog.

I saw Tim McGraw in concert.

Enjoyed the beauty of Michigan and saw my youngest brother graduate high school.

Saw Taylor Swift in concert.....UP CLOSE! And saw Rascal Flatts. Don't worry, Anna, someday I'll go to a country concert with you too.

Turned old. (25!)

Went to Hawaii for the first time with my boyfriend and his family.

Went to Vancouver! And am now dying to visit Seattle and the rest of the Pacific Northwest.

Met crazy and awesome new "online" friends.

Redecorated my room.

Went to the Chargers/Broncos game (they lost)

Went to the Padres/Dodgers game (they lost)

Went to Nashville for a trade show with my work.

Went to Las Vegas for a trade show again.

Spent Christmas time with family.

Ate at amazing restaurants.

I adopted a child for Christmas.

Donated $30 to charity from the Sloanbook giveaway!

I'm blessed.

How were you blessed this year?


  1. Sounds like you got to go to alot of places this last year! I am from the Pacific Northwest and it is beautiful, you should definetly visit.

  2. Hollie, this was beautiful! I can relate to you in A LOT of ways you listed here...Happy New Year to my new blogging buddy :) xo

  3. Wow! You had a trying, yet amazing year! I guess we have to go through these trials to become a stronger person, right? And you accomplished SO much! I just know 2012 is going to be amazzzzing for you!
    Happy New Year :)

  4. Great recap! Glad you ended things on a positive note, with all the great things that happened this year. I, too, spend waaaaay too much money on my car- new transmission yuck. But honestly, it doesn't matter in the long run!

  5. Sounds like a fabulous year Hollie! I hope 2012 is just as good if not better! Enjoy celebrating the New Year, and Happy ALmost New Year!

  6. 2011 got the best and worst of ya girl, but what a great year it was!!! Bring it on 2012!

  7. You still need to give me the details on how to donate for the Sloanbook giveaway :)

    What a great year! Happy New Year!

  8. I totally feel you on the sleepless nights and anxiety, but just remember this. You are an amazing person and you do great!
    Happy New Year my love

  9. love love love!!

    bahahaha country music concert?! barfaroni!

    god, you're old. wait until you hit 29. i'm practically 40.

    I loved your year, finding your blog, becoming friends and our banter. I do hope we will get to hang out some day! It will be epic. :) I'll be ringing in the new year with you in spirit!

  10. Wow Hollie! You have had so much happen in one year. It just shows that life is full of ups and downs...but we always can remind ourselves that God always provides what we need and surrounds our lives with joys and people that love us! ;) Love you girl!

  11. Sounds like your year was like mine! Full of ups and downs. Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  12. Hey, I'm hosting a link up party for Year in Review posts. If you have 30 seconds, I'd love for you to enter :) If not, that's totally fine.

    Happy New Year! Here's to an awesome 2012 :)

  13. Thank you so much for linking up! You rock :)

  14. It's so funny because we feel overwhelmed by all the bad that happens throughout the year, but looking back reminds me that there was really some awesome stuff that came from 2011.

    I can definitely relate to your anxiety and worry problems! I can't sleep at all if my mind gets rolling.

    Loved looking at the good from your 2011!


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