Things I Learned in 2010

Life works in mysterious ways. Things have a funny way of working out. I just need to trust the process and know I’ll end up where I should be.

I really am not a 9-5, Monday-Friday person. I’ll take my working weekends and wonky hours thank you.

Some relationships are worth the extra work. Others just need to be let go.

Being myself will attract the right kind of people into my life.

The pressure I feel to succeed does not come from others, but from within. The expectations I put on myself are much too high.

Life isn’t something to be “survived” every day. I need to be an active participant in my own life.


My diet is always going to be a work in progress. My life is always changing, thus so is the way I eat.

My social anxiety disorder asserts itself into every area of my life. I will always be challenged by it, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t see past it.

Earthquakes happen in Ontario!!

Bloggers are some of the best people I know.

I’m a baker as much as I am a cook.

Gaining weight is not the end of the world and some extra pounds are worth the fun times that brought them on.

Eye masks are the best invention ever.


This country girl has a bit of city girl in her.


But when all is said and done, I’m still a country girl.

My only long-term life goal is to have a dog and a yard it can run in. Preferably with a house attached.

As much as I pretend to be a grown up, I still don’t have that many responsibilities. I need to act my age and be a little reckless sometimes.


I love my life. For a long time I thought I didn’t. But 2010 taught me that I can make life fabulous on my own accord. It’s all about the choices I make, so why not make some amazing ones :)

Click here to read my 2010 recap.

Click here to read my favourite posts.

Happy New Year!! xo

Question of the Day: What did you learn in 2010?

Posted on December 31, 2010, in Lessons Learned. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I LOVE these… being an active participant – that is SO awesome and SO true… and eye masks.

    Happy New Year, Susan!! <3

  2. These are some great words of wisdom! I am definitely bookmarking this! :]

  3. Im so glad to have met you in 2010. Great lessons learned and to carry forward. :-)

  4. beautiful post susan!

    “My diet is always going to be a work in progress. My life is always changing, thus so is the way I eat.”–
    TRULY SAYS IT ALL! And insert workout/exercise in place of diet. Same thing.

    Can’t wait to watch your 2011 unfold !

  5. 2010 was the best because i met youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  6. Great post! Happy New Year Susan!

  7. I love life and the fact that I am alive, but loving my life and the way I am living it is something that is a work in progress for me. I have a feeling I will make huge strides in getting there this coming year.
    I need to try out eye masks. I have an eye bag that has lavender in it and its great for relaxing, but too heavy to sleep in! If only I weren’t so cheap (even though they are only like 5 bucks).

  8. happy new year! i’ve jumped on the eyemask bandwagon this year as well. how did i sleep without them?!?

  9. I love this post! I am very encouraged by your great and honest words. Happy NYE!

  10. Happy New Year to you, too! Your dream about the puppy made me smile :). And I totally need to be a little reckless. Sometimes we’ve just got to do something crazy for fun. 2011 is going to be an amazing one!

    Have a lovely day!

  11. This post brought tears to my eyes. It’s been a tremendous year of learning for me as well, and I can totally understand certain realizations you made this year. For example – “My social anxiety disorder asserts itself into every area of my life. I will always be challenged by it, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t see past it”. I feel the same way about my health issues, and it feels like even though they are there, I am finally “free”. I also completely agree about the pressure we put on ourselves. This year I was able to turn off my inner alarm clock and now I live in the moment so much more! Yay!

  12. Great post! House + dog + yard is a great goal! Took me a while to achieve it, but it’s one of the true pleasures in life:-)

  13. Happy New Year, Susan! This was a great post…and features so many of the reasons why I love reading your blog! :) This year I think the most important thing I learned is that you (I) cannot be happy solely by making the people around me happy. I need to be happy to even begin making the people in my life happy and need to assert myself to get what I need. :) Woo hoo for figuring that out.

  14. 2010 was definitely an epic year for you. And I’m so very glad in the midst of that epicness you decided to put out an open invite for Banff. That was a definite highlight! :)

    Anywho – I can’t wait to see what comes next for you. I’m sure it will be awesome. Business, move, and doggy (hopefully)!

  15. Your earthquake picture makes me giggle.

  16. Happy New Year Susan. You always share such great lessons. Let’s see, what I did learn this year? So much! It was a year of letting go of a lot of stuff – everything from my food and exercise rules to my anal housekeeping. Yep, a baby will teach you more than you ever thought possible, but all very good lessons! :)

  17. Happy New Year!!!!!!

    Great post I love your life too! Ha ha I hope 2011 is just as fab for you as this past year x x

  18. I think my biggest lesson is to not let fear hold me back. I busted through some fear and did something that I had been putting of for YEARS because I was scared I would fail. When I finally did succeed, the confidence I gained from it was unbelieveable.

  19. amazing.

    i’ve loved watching your transformation over the past year, and here’s to a great 2011 friend!!!

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