Happy New Year! 2011 came and went in what seemed like a blink of an eye. It was a busy, busy year, but probably the best year of my life so far. So what went down in 2011?
After almost 5 1/2 years together, my husband and I tied the knot in May with a beautiful ceremony officiated by one of my oldest and dearest friends and with a rocking party surrounded by loved ones.
We followed it up a month later with a week-long honeymoon in Mexico at the gorgeous Excellence Resort Playa Mujeres. Relaxing and beautiful. I can't recommend this place enough.
2011 was also the year of running for me. I ran nine races in 2011, including my first marathon. I began my 18 weeks of training during our honeymoon. And then ran. And ran. And ran. Marathon training was physically and mentally exhausting at times, but so rewarding, as I pushed my body to new limits that I didn't think were possible. I became a better, faster runner and set some new PRs along the way.
Along the way, my husband finally graduated with his MBA after 2 1/2 year of very challenging graduate school work, while also working full-time. It meant a lot of time spent apart, and I think I was just as happy as he was when he finally got that diploma.
Sadly for most of 2011, I put baking and cake decorating on hiatus. A full time job, wedding planning at the beginning of the year, and then 18 weeks of marathon training took over a lot of my free time. A Pulled Sugar class at the Wilton School later in the year sparked my interest again, and I finally got my sugar art mojo back.
And finally, after a couple of false starts, I started blogging regularly. I am still learning a lot, but I really have enjoyed having my own little place to dork out about my interests.
As for 2012, I don't set New Year's resolutions. Instead, I write a list of goals I want to accomplish in the various parts of my life for the entire year. It is still a work in progress, but I have set some ambitious goals for myself related to fitness and running, and I am working on my bucketlist of sugar art techniques and cakes I want to make for the new year.
And with that, I am ready! Bring it on 2012!