Monday, December 12, 2011

Looking Back At This Year


Amid the holiday hubbub, I want to pause for a second and reflect on the year that's coming to an end.  There are less than three weeks left of 2011.

This was the best year of my life.  And that's saying a lot when the reflection comes from someone with 54 years under his belt.

This year, I realized lifelong dreams.  I grew as a person and found fabulous new friends.  I explored femininity deeper than ever before.  I expressed myself in fun, interesting ways.  My skills at photography, writing and blogging improved dramatically.

The vehicle for all this, of course, is my blog.  In its second year, the blog grew stronger and became a greater focus of my life.  I devote many hours to creating interesting content, all of which are pure joy.

I'm especially proud of three posts that took sizeable effort and courage.  The Prom Project accomplished a major goal for me.  Leggings With A Twist was an artistic achievement.  And my Motorcycle Ride In A Dress was fearless comedy.

Heck, I even took my clothes off for you people!

I hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride.  :)

20 comments:

  1. It's been fun watching you come out of your shell!

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  2. That was such a nice post to read. You sound like you are in a happy place in your life. I hope your 2012 is AMAZING! :-)

    Jessica

    PS--Your 'Leggings with a Twist' post was the bomb! Very creative!

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  3. I am so happy for you! That is such a Gorgeous picture!

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  4. We are so happy for you and that you found an outlet to be yourself. We are glad we found your blog, as we thoroughly enjoy every post! Here's to a great 2012!

    Heather & Kayla

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  5. What a wonderful year! I re-read your prom-post and had a laugh at the pimple... you really did get the full anticipating the prom experience!

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  6. You had a really great and inspiring year! Happy to have met you and your blog. Looking forward to 2012.

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  7. Congrats, Ally! You had a fabulous year :-)

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  8. It has been a pleasure knowing you this past year. Have a wonderful year ahead :)

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  9. I adore you. And I'm so happy that we found each other through Blogger. (Actually, I think it was more of me stalking your fabulousness, hehe).

    I had not seen that nude photoshoot post and I must say, you are not only brave, but a beautiful person inside and out.

    I have a feeling if I ever got to see your closet in its entirety, I would pass out from envy. ;)

    Cheers to another year of blogging! xoxo

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  10. You are one of the most interesting and unique blogs I read so I have enjoyed following you along.
    I have been meaning to tell you, you have to check out this blog:
    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com/
    She is very young but writes like a professional writer. Very interesting and totally not fashion related by the way. I came across it cause she visited and commented on my blog a few times.
    Daphne.

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  11. I always enjoy reading your blog Ally. Not only do you try to push the boundaries, you post fun & interesting articles that I always love to read. But what I get the most from reading your blog is what a warm person you are xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  12. I must admit, that even though I'm an "on & off" blogger... Your blog is always the first one I catch up on whenever I log in. It has been wonderful getting to know you through this media. Every post, your confidence and creativity grows. You are so inspiring. And I can't wait to see what you do in the new year. XO

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  13. I think that this has been a great year, let's welcome the new year with lots of love and merriment.

    -Jaz
    http://summerlilacs.blogspot.com/

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  14. What a year- it's amazing how something as simple as a blog can so dramatically change our lives (how we write, take photos, and best of all become part of a wonderfully supportive community!) I hadn't seen the fashion without clothes post before- just stunning!

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  15. I've loved watching your transformation since I first found your blog over a year ago! Ally, you've come a long way, baby!

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  16. You are truly an inspiration! Amazing how a thing like blogging can enrich our lives...

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  17. You are probably one of the sweetest people in the Blog-o-sphere. I'm glad you've enjoyed hanging around and have learned so much :) Hope that 2012 is just as exciting!

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  18. All that you have accomplished..... imagine 2012 !

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  19. I am so proud to be one of your friends IRL. And I've really enjoyed being along for this ride with you. Keep it coming. I love everything about you.

    xo,
    Tracy

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  20. One part of me wants to shed a tear that you have had to hide your real self for so long, the other part is delighted that you have had such a wonderful year. My wish for you is a wonderful 2012 and that you continue your wonderful blog. I just read your prom post and it was lovely and so good of you to donate the dresses to make another girls dream come true.

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