2011 was quite a year for me. I started out in a good position career-wise with my clients from 2010 having lots of projects for me early in the year.
We also spent the early part of the year getting our upstairs bathroom remodeled, which almost turned out fantastic. The tile work we had done came together really great and replacing the carpet with laminate cherry flooring looks good too, but the other contractors got sloppy and left some work unfinished. We still need to deal with that. However all the major work was done and the new bath/shower looks amazing.
I managed to add some more clients to my roster this year and that kept me busy throughout the Summer, along with taking care of our dog Joey, who we adopted in 2010. He’s turned into a very fine dog.
In late Summer we purchased a new vehicle. I traded in my 2004 Saturn ION-3 Quad Coupe for a 2011 Subaru Outback. Dave wanted me to have a safer car to drive and we both agreed we needed a “puppy-mobile” for Joey.
In the Autumn we took a trip out to Telluride, Colorado for vacation. My Aunt and Uncle also were vacationing in the area, so we were able to spend some time with them. We also visited a family who had adopted Joey’s sister Lexi and we ended up bringing Lexi home with us. Her family decided that she wasn’t the right dog for them and we didn’t have the heart to send her back to the rescue we found Joey at.
After we got back home my Aunt and Uncle also joined us back here as well for a few more days. It was nice to see them and to show them around where I live. My Uncle has been out here before, but my Aunt has never visited me until now.
Also late in the Autumn I finally added my coveted 2nd long-term agency client that I’d been working to add to my client list. Having 2 clients will hopefully give me more steady, regular work in the long-run.
The holidays this year have also been great. We decided to stay home for a change for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have a lot of travel planned in 2012 and so we just wanted to enjoy some quiet time at home this year. I also celebrated my 40th birthday and to honor the occasion started my own YouTube channel where I’ve started vlogging. I did a special birthday countdown to commemorate the milestone this year.
I managed to also negotiate myself a higher hourly bill rate with my clients this year, while also almost doubling my earnings Year over Year from 2010. It was hard work, but all the networking and late nights have really paid off!
In December Dave and I also became engaged and we are set to marry sometime in 2012 (I guess the world really is ending!).
On that note … I wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!