What 2012 Did

Well.  Readers.  Let’s just say that 2012…spanked me.

It’s been a big year.  A magical one, yes, but a beast of a year, where everything seemed to happen at once, and it didn’t let up.  More than once I remember asking time to stop moving on so, and just let me get off the merry-go-round, take a breath, steady myself, get back on.  There was nasty medication.  There was a blog re-launch.  There was a change of job.  There was a house move.  There was another change of job, and with it a promotion.  There was a lot of time in hospital, with Barbara.  There was a realisation that with a promotion comes a lot more work (discovering this was true was devastating.  I’d hoped with more money came a life of glamour and ease).

I did learn a lot though.  Not just about me, but about life, and about other people. Here are three of those lessons.

I made a list.  Of course I did.

You are never too old to make new friends

This is the best lesson anyone can learn.  You may be fired in the kiln, by this stage in your life, but you have the capacity to forge deep friendships at any age.  There were two Any Other Parties and an unofficial Any Other Dinner, all within the last four months.  There’s something about meeting our readers  that makes you need to be nothing less than yourself, in the knowledge that all your weird bits, the bits you know make you you but that the world doesn’t always quite get, will be embraced.  My favourite email of the month of December comes from Katielase:

“The thing about meeting any AOW people is how scarily easy it is to be yourself right away. Sometimes that means you sit on the train on the way home thinking “fuck, did I seriously say bucket fanny to Anna K in a pub tonight?”

Yes, yes you did.  And I loved it.

With you lot this year, I’ve walked through gothic arches in libraries, chowed down pulled pork, sprawled on sofas and poured out my heart, had strangers become friends and friends become forever, laughed at and with your husbands, frozen my feet on tram platforms, drunk hot rum before midday, been hugged as if my life depends on it, talked filth in fancy hotels, held babies, send more text messages than my thumbs can take, loved and been loved.

L-R Crysta, Zan, Mahj, Bella, in Manchester.  Yes, Crysta is holding what you think she’s holding.  Jealous, much?

Don’t underestimate your readers

Earlier this month I posted a piece on motherhood.  Before I posted that piece, I knew it would ruffle feathers.  I was nervous.  I’ve never posted anything with which I don’t wholeheartedly agree, readers would spot any inauthenticity a mile off.  But those particular thoughts were a part of me I’ve kept hidden for a while, and laying it out like that, on the internet, for everyone to see, when you anticipate criticism is terrifying.  I worried I should tone it down.  I worried readers just wouldn’t get it.

I was wrong.

It wasn’t just the number of comments it got that blew us away, it was the depth of the discussion, the wide-ranging points raised, the way in which for the most part, people, even if they disagreed, we able to do so respectfully, with an open-mind, with humour.  Some people got angry.  Some people agreed wholeheartedly.  Some people thought I was in it for the traffic (the less said about that, the better).  Some people thought I was naïve for holding such an opinion without being a mother myself.  Some people thought I was gutsy.  Some people just thought I was plain wrong – and that’s fine, too.

It taught me to never ever fear upsetting our readers – that you can handle disagreement, that you don’t need managing, that it’s  always, always worth taking risks with content, within reason, because the resulting discussion pushes people, brings them out, makes them feel.

It’s a beautiful world out there

It’s so difficult, sometimes, when it’s grey or you’re tired or life seems to be happening to you, that you forget how brilliantly marvellous life can be.  You forget that it’s a beautiful world out there.  You forget that you are loved.  You forget all the good that is out there, how much progress we’ve made, how much hope there is.    It’s articles like this that remind you of that.

“2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age.”

The journalist I read  the most this year was Caitlin Moran.  That sentence is equally applicable to 2009, 10, and 11.  I like the way she thinks.  I like that she believes what she believes unapologetically, I like that she feels injustice, I like that she rages for people on benefits, I like that she  is happy to make an ass of herself to get the story, to make the point.  Moranthology was excellent, in turns making me weep with laughter and with rage and sudden short, sharp gasps of surprise and delight.  This bit was my favourite:

“The motto I have Biro’d onto my knuckles is that this is the best world we have – because it’s the only world we have.  It’s the simplest maths ever.  However many terrible, rankling, peeve-inducing things may occur, there are always libraries.  And rain-falling-on-sea.  And the moon.  And love.  There is always something to look back on, with satisfaction, or forward to, with joy.  There is always a moment where you boggle and the world – at yourself – at the whole, unlikely, precarious business of being alive – and then start laughing.”


I hope 2013’s a bit slower.  I hope I walk through the forest more, I hope I get to spend more time alone, I hope I take more risks, see more sunsets, east more ice cream, find more stories, make more friends, have more adventures, more laughter, more life.

Actually, I don’t hope 2013 is slower at all.

And the most important thing?  I resolve to write about it.

Merry Christmas, readers.  It’s a good world, this.

Categories: Behind the Scenes at AOW, Life Experience, Written By Anna
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  1. Posted December 20, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    I am such a Caitlin Moran fangirl. I love everything she writes, and that made me cry.

    2012 has been mental for me too. I moved in with my fiance, got married, qualified as a nurse, moved half way round the world to live in Los Angeles, got pregnant, ended up not pregnant and finished it off getting a cat. I was going to say ‘I couldn’t do it all again’, because this year has redefined my understanding of stress, but the truth is I could. Because ultimately I have underpinned all of it with amazing friends, wonderful family and a seriously awesome husband. And wine. An absolute shed-load of wine.

    Raising a glass to whatever madness 2013 holds, and the marvellous ability to write about it.

  2. Becca
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    AOW was amazing before but I think it’s really found its niche in 2012. I’ve noticed a trend for blogs that were previously only about the pretty trying to move into the void of saying, obviously it’s not all about the pretty even though that’s what we’ve been saying for ages, and trying to do the hard stuff. And failing EPICALLY. That’s what this is ALL about. And I bloody love it.

    I posted a link to your motherhood post on facebook and it literally spawned four other re-posts and conversations on other people’s walls. Yes, other people may have been angry and not agreed but if they realise, through reading it, that other people don’t have their views then its AMAZING. My cousin even responded with ‘something to talk about at Christmas’.

    I cannot wait for 2013. It’s the year we’re getting married (finally!!) and probably the year we’ll make decisions about the way we see our future going….kids, houses, location of our lives…..dare I say it, jobs.


    • Posted December 20, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

      Becca. Your comment made me spew tea out of my nose. The trend is there, certainly, and we’re all for people trying to talk more… But yes. Yes.

      I’m so glad I provided something to talk about at Christmas! I got a card recently from someone who said it had spawned heated dinner table discussion in the family. I cannot, cannot ask for more than that. That lights me up.

      And I can’t believe you’re finally getting married. I moved your coasters the other day to clean. Ant demanded to know where they were. “a fixture of the house “, he said. That’s how I feel about AOW and your wedding. When it happens, we’ll all be there with you. Demanding real -time commentary.

      • Posted December 20, 2012 at 8:14 am | Permalink

        Becca… you’re getting MARRIED in 2013! I am so, so excited by this. How bloody fantastic.

      • Katielase
        Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

        OH MY GOD! I an beyond excited about this. How soon can we reasonably expect Becca’s AOP?!

        K x

        • Clare
          Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

          Real time? Can we have it sent before honeymoon? Surely that’s not too much to ask?

          • Becca
            Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

            Thanks for all being so excited! We got a Christmas card from our photographer yesterday, saying how amazing 2013 was going to be so it really put us in the mood (I know, lovely touch!). Polly said that its about four weeks until we get our photos back so you can have the AOP in four weeks and one day (I make the following Friday the 26th July so SAVE THE DATE!).

            Planning is going well. The registrar seemed most surprised that I wanted to know about the ceremony so far in advance. When I said “it is the whole point of the day you know” she said (and I can’t believe this) “so many people just leave it until the last minute”. Clearly these brides are not AOW brides. But yes, I do have the dress.

            • Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

              You just *know* that Anna will have got this in the scheduler already.

    • Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      Meeee tooooooooooo!!!!! :)

      • Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

        Yaaaaayyyyyyy! It’s going to be a good year for AOW Brides!

      • Katielase
        Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink


        K x

      • Becca
        Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

        When are you Amy?!


        • Becca
          Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

          Actually, can we please have a tab under “weddings” with our dates on? So I know when to be excited for everyone else? And when to stalk AOP obviously?


        • Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

          May 18th :)

  3. Posted December 20, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I like that you picked out Caitlin Moran- if that’s not a mother ‘staying strong and getting on with it’ then I don’t know who is!

  4. Posted December 20, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas, and thanks to you all for being here, for doing this, for allowing this open, interesting discussions. I wish I was in the UK to meet you, participate in book clubs. (But hey we will be going in January if anyone wants to meet a random stranger for coffee).

    • Gemma C-S
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Amanda we’ll all be there – probably meet you at the airport!

    • Clare
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      I am willing to be there will be many people from the AOW clan who would love to meet a random stranger for coffee.

      • Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

        I’m in

        • Katielase
          Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

          Me too! Totes promise not to be overly inappropriate this time!

          K x

          • Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

            Me too. I will be inappropriately affectionate though

    • Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      Oh wow this sounds like fun :) I’ll be there on January 19th… arriving in Gatswick airport. From there, we’ll go to Crowborough where we’ll be staying (but we are not in a hurry to get there, so we could meet somewhere around the area of the airport. I say around the area of the airport because the distance from Gatwick to Crowborough is a lot shorter)
      The plan was to go to Brighton on Saturday (so if anyone is up for the day trip, we could also meet there)
      On Monday 21 I am taking a class, but after it (around 17h 30) we’ll be going to London and we’ll be around London on Tuesday 22 before heading back to the airport again.
      Hmm… we should organize this. My email is poppiesandicecream@gmail.com

      How do we do this ?

      • Katielase
        Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

        Okay I am so emailing you all about this!

        K x

        • Becca
          Posted December 21, 2012 at 7:03 am | Permalink

          Count me in for the London sesh x

          • Posted December 21, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

            First time ever I’ve wished I lived in London… someone come visit Edinburgh please!?

  5. Frances
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to all – and thank you all for being here and doing this and making me think (even if I don’t always comment on what I’m thinking!).

    2012 has been a wonderful year, not always easy, but ear-splitting-grin-ningly wonderful. Wedding bells, house moves and possibly a job move are all on the horizon for 2013 – and I cannot wait! Here’s to what lies ahead.

  6. Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I’ve found 2012 quite a tough year with one thing and another but one of the things (and I’m not just saying this) that’s kept me going is this community. I’ve made some wonderful new friends and had so many interesting debates and conversations, it’s been ace.

  7. Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    On one hand 2012 can, quite frankly, bugger off. Worst year ever for sure. Don’t stop reading, this comment gets cheerier….

    On the other hand, I am overwhelmingly grateful for this amazing AOW community this year – I couldn’t imagine that do much support could come from people I didn’t ‘know’. And I can’t think of anywhere else that would have published my story and generate such a supportive and sincere response which absolutely kept me going.

    I think AOW readers (and AOW writers of course) are the best ones. Long may it continue in 2013!

    • Katielase
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Fee, you remain an absolute inspiration. You’re so wonderful, I hope 2013 brings you all the joy in the world, because you so deserve it.

      K x

      • Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

        Top of my list for 2013 is finally meeting you in person K – hurrah! Xxx

        • Katielase
          Posted December 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

          SO much looking forward to arranging this!

          K x

  8. Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    That quote about 2012 being the greatest year in the history of the world brought a huge smile on my face.

    This year has been hard. Nothing particularly bad has happened during it. It’s just been lonely, and difficult. In it, though, I have managed to get a permanent job, crossed off “go to an international cricket match”, “see South Africa play in a cricket match” off my bucket list, watched some amazing sport and gone on a lovely family holiday. After months of skirting around the edges of this community, I decided to jump in with both feet in December and this month has been wonderful. I’ve met new people, online and in “real life”, I’ve joined in with #ShareAdvent and had enormous fun doing so. Then, last night, Corey found out he’s finally got a job interview in the new year. December has been awesome. Thank you all for being an amazing, wonderful and welcoming bunch of people.

    I can’t wait for 2013 to start. There’s the possibility of a middle distance relationship (Leeds to Leicester after England to South Africa to Australia to England isn’t quite long distance enough for me to call it that!). There’s all sorts of unknowns and uncertainties. I can tell already it’s going to be all sorts of fun, too. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and crossing a few more things off my bucket list!

    My one regret of 2012…I should have bought the Cookie Monster cupcake too…

  9. Rach M
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    The awesomeness of Anna K strikes again. And totally agree with Fee about this community. Have caught myself many times this year caught from the glums by the safety net of AOW support.
    Can’t wait for more of it. Xx

  10. Rach M
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    I meant ‘found myself caught from the glums by the safety net of AOW support.’ But anyway. You know what I mean, AOWettes.

  11. Zan
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    I’m reading Moranthology at the moment…. I sit in bed every night trying to quietly snort with laughter…and failing.

    2012 has been pretty good for me overall – new job, got engaged and maybe most importantly, made a bit of peace with myself. Roll on 2013 – wedding & honeymoon! :)

    Also – I could really do with one of those cupcakes again right now!

  12. Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    That’s unfair Anna, they should totally give you more money and let you live a glamorous jet-set life. Stupid world!

    Yay weddings in 2013!!! I’m joining that club. Can not wait.


    • Becca
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      When is yours?!

      • Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

        August 29th. So after you and Zan. SO long to wait, but I do have lots to organise still. How you getting on?

        • Becca
          Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

          Good I think. Dress is done. Accessories are done (read borrowed). Save the dates are out and people have started to book accommodation. Cocktail bar done. Tasting ongoing. Band semi booked (i.e. I’ve been waiting for about a month for the Boy to pay the deposit but its his one of his very few jobs so I’m not going to do it!). Florist is done. Confetti is done. Loads of mindless crap that no one will notice is done. Marquee is done. Venue is done. Caterer is done. Evening buffet done. Hair and Make Up Done. Photographer done. Music for ceremony done. Wine tasting….ongoing!

          We’ve picked the readers but are going to do the readings in the New Year, together with deciding on the ceremony. We tried to book as much as possible really far in advance so we could pay a bit off each month so we don’t notice it as much in the weeks before the wedding. We have a Honeymoon destination (South Africa and Botswana) but we need to finalise the details and dates (we’re going later in the year when the game is better).

          What about you?

          • Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

            Eeee that’s so much stuff!!!!

            We have dress, bridesmaids dresses, ceremony and reception venue, photographer, rings and band. We’re getting sample invitations atm and hopefully sorting florists soon. Favours are in the process of being made.

            OMG cocktail bar!!! Accessories!!! So many fun things to think about. I feel like I don’t have much to do cos most of the ‘big’ things are sorted. I guess we’ll see how I’m coping in a few months…


    • Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Me too :-) May 25th!!

    • Frances
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      Me too! 11 May :-D

      • Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

        Lots of May weddings!

        • Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

          Hooray for 2013 AOW weddings!

          • Becca
            Posted December 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

            We are having a AOPen-do yes?

            With cake?

            • Frances
              Posted December 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

              Cake? I’m there.

              • Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

                OMG We should organise this. It’ll have to be like March or April to get in all your May weddings!!! Where?

                • Katielase
                  Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

                  CAKE! I’m there… xx

  13. Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    2012 was a real spanker wasn’t it! I mean, a whole lot of good came out of it, but I feel like I need 2013 off to recover slightly. Except, of course, 2013 offers so much, and I can’t wait for it to start! Echoing Becca: Bring. It. On.

    My only regret of 2012: not trying to wedge my way into AOW world sooner with commenting and meeting people on twitter. Now I live on the opposite side of the world from Any Other Parties and so on, which is pretty rubbish. Might need to start a search for Any Other Antipodeans….

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    • Clare
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Fiona, KL is only, what, and eight hour flight away?! Lets have an ‘eastern hemisphere’ AOP!

      • Katielase
        Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        Would it be weird if I flew over to that just to meet you? Yes? Okay then. Forget I asked *ahem*

        K x

      • Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

        Now there’s a reason to start saving up my airmiles!

      • pickle
        Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

        I’ll be about 3 hours from KL next year so can I please be part of this? Anyone within a 3 hour time difference is in my mind virtually next door…

  14. Katielase
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I could not agree with this post more if I tried. 2012 was an amazing year, it was also a killer year, at the end of 2011 I watched my Grandpa die, so in 2012 I spent a long time dealing with the fall-out of that experience, my husband got a job that kept him stressed out of his head and away from home for most of the time, I single-handedly organised a wedding whilst spending 11 hour days in a lab. We also got married, I ran a half marathon, G got a new job, I passed my masters with a distinction. And now we’ve bought a house. EXHAUSTED.

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a year quite so full of ups and downs, but I truly am ending it feeling like I wouldn’t have changed a thing. If there was such a thing as a Year That Made Me, Me, 2012 would be my current front-runner. This post and all the comments have made me feel so positive and optimistic.

    And finally, I can only echo Rach and Fee above, this community has saved my sanity on more than one occasion and that is not an exaggeration. 2012 would have been less awesome without AOW, so thank you ladies, for being phenomenal. And bring on 2013!

    K x

    • Becca
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      You bought a house? Thats huge! You should do a “my house” thing for Rebecca on Florence Finds to save us all having to come around for a snoop through your windows (in a non freaky way). Saying that, we’d bring Brownies (Anna’s obvs) so it wouldn’t be too bad.

      • Katielase
        Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

        Yep, an actual genuine house! Well, technically I believe it’s a cottage, it’s weeny.

        Fairly sure it (and I) and not stylish enough for FF, but you can DEFINITELY come see it if you bring brownies

        K x

        • Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

          OR upload photos to twitter. I will send you back photos of brownies?

    • Vivienne
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      ‘The Year That Made Me’ – me thinks this should be a new series!

      • Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

        Vivienne you are on fire with the ideas today!

  15. Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    What was it about 2012? So many ups and downs this year. Major up was finding AOW and then jumping in. Thank you for being here.

    Another up was getting married (that one is quite important so I needed to add it)

  16. Vivienne
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    2012 has been a year of amazing highs, and horrible lows for me. We got pregnant, sold our flat, my husband got a new job, bought our family home, had a lovely belated mini-moon, prepared for the baby’s arrival, gave up work and then became parents to the most wonderful little boy

    But I also lost a good friend to cancer and in this last week, my Granda to the same. But my life has been blessed to have had them in it, and I will make sure T knows all about his very special auntie and Great Granda as he grows up

  17. Vivienne
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh and I got to grace these pages a few times too….definitely on the highs list!

  18. Peridot
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    2012 was a good year for me personally – got married in November and I have to say that I enjoyed (most of) the planning up to that day. I’m also enjoying being a wife!

    Professionally it sucked arse but there we go; I’d rather be happy in my personal life and unhappy at work.

    And we have our – frankly Uh-MAZING honeymoon – to look forward to in 2013.

    • Posted December 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Peridot!!! How was your big day?! xx

      • Becca
        Posted December 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink


        • Peridot
          Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

          I am possibly THE most unphotogenic person in the world and actually wept tears over my “engagement shoot” pics (I may also have pouted, stamped my foot and thrown those clothes away. Overeaction much?) but I do love AOP so I may well gird my loins and Do. It.

          Of course, the girding make take a while since I’ve had the disc of photos for almost a week and still haven’t been brave enough to look!

          • Katielase
            Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

            Oh I DO want to see this! Obviously only if you’re comfortable sharing it. But do know that we will all be VERY excited if you do :-D

            K x

          • Posted December 21, 2012 at 12:25 am | Permalink

            I’m horrendously unphotogenic, and look awful in most of the pictures from my wedding day. I just had to pull together a selection of photos from the day that made me smile (mostly group photos, photos of my gorgeous husband who is stupidly photogenic, and photos where I’m intentionally pulling a funny face), and that is my wedding “album”. However, even I managed to find a couple of photos where the sheer glee on my face outdid any of the unphotogenicness I normally exude, so there is hope, I promise!

  19. pickle
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    It’s been a HELL of a year for me, full of ups and downs. We’ve laid the foundations for a frankly fantastic 2013 and I live in hope it will live up to my expectations…

  20. Flick
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Awesome post, so good to remember the good things and celebrate this blog! This year has been pretty positive all told, but momentous, giving up my job, house, friends, to move to America for the husband’s job. Its an amazing adventure but also bl**dy terrifying and involved a lot of reassessing who I am and what I’m going to do with my life. But, cheesy as it sounds, having AOW has really helped – when I’m struggling to meet people and build a new life here its amazing to have a community of awesome, funny, thoughtful women just a click away. Thanks and here’s to 2013 “y’all”.

  21. A friendly cat
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    That was a really nice post. It’s cool that you have such a growing fanclub.

  22. Posted December 21, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    2012 has been an absolute whirlwind for me, it all started with getting married this time last year followed by a honeymoon, a house hunt, a twin pregnancy and now hosting Christmas for the first time. I feel, in part, that 2012 has chewed me up and spat me out feeling exhausted and wondering where the time went?

    “life seems to be happening to you” pretty much sums up my 2012 but it’s been, without doubt, the biggest, most exciting and most rewarding year of my life so far.

    The AOW community has been a huge part of my 2012, I love the fact that there’s always someone on the other end of Twitter ready to boost your mood in an instant and I honestly can’t believe the amount of self confidence I’ve gained just from interacting with such a wonderful group of women.

    My maternity leave starts on Christmas Eve and I cannot WAIT to just put my feet up… even if it’s only for a few short weeks before the mayhem of having twins.

    (Had this comment all typed up yesterday and my laptop died.. so posting it now!)

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