My Favorites Things of 2011

Favorite Movie: Captain America
Yes, this was the year that Captain America replaced Tony Stark has my favorite super hero! And no, it has nothing to do with Chris Evans being shirtless, though that didn’t hurt! I just truly fell in love with a great guy named Steve Rogers. :)

Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead
No show could beat The Walking Dead, when it came to jaw-dropping and heart wrenching moments. The Walking Dead also has some great characters. Like Shane, who is one of the least likeable, but most interesting characters on TV. And of course, there is Daryl, who started off as a stereotypical racist redneck, but has become one of the most sympathetic and entertaining characters on the show.

Favorite Song: Last Night Again by Steel Magnolia
Joshua Scott Jones’ voice is so sexy and the video is so cute! My favorite line is when Meghan Linsey sings: “Boy, if you only knew the things I’ve been thinking, you’d be meeting me outside.” It’s a fun duet and I can listen to it over and over again.

Favorite Book: The Hunger Games
I could not put this book down! Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have become two of my favorite characters of all time. And I just think it is awesome that Lenny Kravitz is playing Cinna in the movie, he is just perfect! Be on the lookout for a review soon.

Favorite Trend: Red Pants
It’s kinda hard for me to believe, but I actually like red skinny jeans! Love them! I don’t have a picture of myself in my pair, but I bought the ones in the picture above. So cute! I hope these are trendy for a long time!

So, what are some of your favorites of 2011?

Sunday Stealing: The 2011 Year End Meme

Sunday Stealing: The 2011 Year End Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Held a sword in my hands.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No, I didn’t. lol And no I’m not, instead I made goals.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, one of my best friends Alison.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Sadly, none.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A trip to look forward to.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I’m not good with dates, but I will always remember Brooke’s wedding, my sister getting engaged, and Alison having her baby.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Maintaining this blog. :)

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t see failure. I only see opportunity. *snorts*

10. What was the best thing you bought?
My iPod Touch.

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Can’t think of anyone.

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
The Kardashians.

13. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Last Night Again by Steel Magnolia

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

16. Did you fall in love in 2011?

17. What was your favorite new TV program?
Pretty Little Liars

18. What was the best book you read?
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?

20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

21. What kept you sane?
My blog.

22. Who did you miss?
No one will stay gone long enough for me to miss them. 😛

23. Who was the best new person you met?
I wrote about them here.

24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2011?
I wrote about this here.

25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Oh, I am finding
That’s not the way I want my story to end

Pink, Sober

7 Goals for 2012

1. Get a promotion at work

I’m not gonna lie, the idea scares me, but in a good way. I have finally admitted to myself that this is the path that I want to take, and I am also finally ready to take this path. It’s exciting and scary, but also kind of peaceful, because I know I’m doing the right thing.

2. Participate in the Word Count Blogathon

I wanted to do this in 2011, but I had some health issues around that time, so I wasn’t in the blogging groove. But come May 2012, I am going to be ready! With a little planning, I don’t think that posting for 31 days in a row will be a problem. Plus, the Blogathon seems like a really great way to connect with other bloggers.

3. Participate in NaNoWriMo

This was something else that I had wanted to do in 2011, but time got away from me, and I wasn’t ready when November came around. NaNoWriMo is also on my bucket list, so it would be really awesome to complete this goal in 2012.

4. Blog more consistently

I considered making this a goal to blog everyday for a year, but I’m not sure that I actually want to blog everyday. Sometimes I like to leave a post up for a day or two in hopes that more people will see it. :) So, my plan is to write at least two posts a week. Plus, I also want to do Fantasy Friday, Saturday Sharing and Sunday Stealing consistently every week, instead of randomly.

5. Learn more about SEO

I want people to be able to find my blog, and I know SEO plays an important role in that, but I haven’t really taken the time to learn a lot about it. Well, that is going to change! I’m going to force myself to read about and incorporate it into my blog. Even if I do find it boring. :)

6. Commit to shopping with the 5 piece French wardrobe principle in mind

I really have to get my shopping under control! And I think this formula would be perfect for me. French women just buy 5 pieces each season – Spring and Fall. They look for quality over quantity, and of course, basics like bras, t-shirts, layering pieces, etc aren’t included in the ten pieces that you can buy in a year. I know I can’t quit shopping completely, so having a plan and forcing myself to really think about what I buy and limiting what I buy, will at least help me get it under control.

7. Read more books

Blogs replaced books for me this past year, and that is just not okay! I’ve decided that starting in January, I am limiting my online time to two hours a day – one hour for reading my favorite blogs and one hour for working on my own. Some of you are probably thinking that two hours is a lot of time to spend on the internet; others are thinking that two hours is not enough time! I’m leaning toward the latter myself. :) But I miss my books, and this is the only way I can see to bring them back! :)

So, what are some of your goals for 2012? Were there things that you missed out on in 2011 that you just have to do in 2012? Is there something new that you want to learn? Or a bad habit that you want to break? Let me know in the comments!