An Epic Year! 2011 in Review (Part 2)

DenaDecember 29, 2011

Two thousand & eleven has been extraordinarily epic for so many reasons. I don’t even know where to begin! Personally, I’ve had tremendous highs & desperate lows. In the end, like life, it was terrible & it was beautiful.

Here’s a look at the second half of my year. (Click here to see Part 1.)


In July, I:

  • Had the most wonderful 4th of July celebration with my family
  • Spent a gorgeous week beside the sea
  • Got a lovely tan

Favourite Post: “Seniors spar after roadside spat” (A Lesson in Kindness)

Favourite Photographs:


In August, I:

  • Visited the New Jersey State Fair
  • Ate fried pickles for the first time (!!!)
  • Enjoyed every moment of the sweet summer heat

Favourite Post: Let Go of Your Ego

Favourite Photographs:


In September, I:

Favourite Post: Be still.

Favourite Photographs:


In October, I:

  • Took a whirlwind trip to San Antonio for a speaking engagement
  • Watched our little mountain turn into the magical colours of autumn
  • Experienced a freak October blizzard
  • Went Hallowe’en trick-or-treating with the cutest little boy this side of heaven

Favourite Post: Sunday Sweetness: Snowed In!

Favourite Photographs:


In November, I:

  • Went on magical adventures with Matthew & Bella
  • Practiced gratitude for my one million blessings
  • Savoured the stunning November sunsets

Favourite Post: Beat Anxiety, Overcome Depression–The Book

Favourite Photographs:


In December, I:

  • Got new glasses
  • Made homemade Christmas presents
  • Lost a person who was incredibly special to me–my precious Uncle Rich
  • Contracted the stomach flu from hell on Christmas Day & lost 6 pounds in 2 days (!)
  • Remembered what an amazing, difficult, beautiful adventure this year has been

Favourite Post: Willing to Be Unpopular

Favourite Photographs:


Thank you so much for being a special part of my journey. I can’t wait to experience 2012 with you.

Wishing you all of the love & all of the light in the Universe!



Comments (5)

  • Anonymous

    December 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    A great 2nd half of the year even with a few little down spots, seems like a lot of my friends both here in Charleston and out in cyber space had some really bad flu or colds around Christmas. I hope you’re feeling better and I wish you the very best for the New Year.

    1. Dena Botbyl

      December 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Lou! Wishing you & yours the merriest & brightest 2012! xo

  • Clare Bear

    December 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I loved this review – didn’t realize you saw Gala! You look amazing in those glasses.

    1. Dena Botbyl

      December 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you so much!

      Yes, I did. And I went to her birthday party, too. She is a doll, a real, live doll.  <3

  • Andra Watkins

    December 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I love that I have been around and recall most of these things as they happened. I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for you. xo

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