The Best Of 2012

December 31, 2012

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It’s the last day of the year and I’m feeling all reckless and reflective. And why not? So prepare yourself for lashings of self-indulgence and a dash of nostalgia.

I had one big goal for 2012 – and that was to refine the hell out of my writing. And I’m secretly pleased with how I went! Pumping out creative posts every week is no mean feat. And with time and illness being the monsters that competed, perhaps I’m the only one who knows how miraculous it was that I even wrote a word.

I have my favourite posts. Some of them curl up into my heart and refuse to leave. My sentimentality takes over and I end up housing them all like a crazy cat lady.

It surprised me however, that none of my favourites made it to 1st place in the Most Read Posts of the year – a completely arbitrary accolade I made up from my stats. In fact, the number 1 place-getter was a really ordinary post in my memory! Can you guess which one it was?

Bright and Precious 2012 Top 5 (according to the stats):

1. To Leunig

2. Real Mean Wear Skirts

3. Who are You?

4. Blossom Bomb

5. Life Ache

And number 2 was also a surprise. Who knew that a post about men wearing skirts could bring so much traffic? (And it still does… nearly every day I get the search term ‘I am a man wearing a skirt’… )

Blossom Bomb is my little baby. Not only did I love it from the moment I started writing it, but it also took me places – even if only figuratively. I was so thrilled it was the reason I was given a BlogHer Voice of the Year honoree award.

Despite what my stats say, here’s my favourites from 2012 (I hope you liked them too!):

1. Who are You?

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2. Blossom Bomb







3. Wild Bear







4. Hero Girl







5. Little Lion Part 2

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6. Be Alive







7. Fields of Gold







8. Finding It







9. I want to Run







10. That Moment







Writing and blogging aside, there were other goals and other important things brewing throughout the year too. Personally, it was another doozy of a year. I’m not sure how many more of them I can keep producing?! But it was a stepping stone I had to hop on… it will get me to the next one. Hopefully I’ll get to the other side of the pond soon. And when I get there I’ll look back and probably see how lovely and shiny that stone was.

I have mighty plans for next year. I’m rubbing my hands together as we speak. It will be the first year since having children where I can start reclaiming time and space for myself. I’m so bloody excited about it. It’s like I’ve grown wings.

And finally, thank you dear readers for reading. Your feedback and your presence here has been fine company to keep. I hope you will come back for another year!

Many adventures await. Who knows where we’re going? But there are certainties… It will be bright, hopeful, hilarious, bold, soulful, crazy, and real. And most of all it will be precious. Because every year is precious.




{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Grace December 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you. Deb! I’m so excited!
I remember “Wild Bear” leaving me with a lump in my throat. As well as Hero Girl and Blossom Bomb. “Who Are You”, “I Want To Run” and “Be Alive” left me in awe as to how gifted you are with words.
I see big things happening for you, my friend.
Selamat Tahun Baru. Semoga kebahagian, kesehatan dan sukses untuk 2013. xxx
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Deb January 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Thank you Grace! I so appreciate your encouraging words. Love your Indo words too. xx


Sharon @ Funken Wagnel December 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm

It’s been a great year, Deb:) A pleasure to read your beautiful blog
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Deb January 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Thank you Sharon. I have so enjoyed getting to know you and your blog this year too! xx


Caz (The Truth About Mummy) January 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm

So glad you’ve been able to spend time on your writing – it’s pretty dang good by the way! 2013 will be my year also for finding time to myself too. After 8.5 years I’ll finally have 15 hours a week of alone time ….. so so important to me as an introverted type of person. My little goes off to kinder in February. It’s all very bitter sweet.
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Deb January 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Thank you Caz! I know exactly what you’re talking about – this year is the first time I’ll be having about 20 hours to myself per week. And as an introvert this means SO MUCH to me. And I understand the bittersweet too . I hope you enjoy every moment of your precious alone time. Your blog is one I’ve REALLY been meaning to visit more. I look forward to reading more of it this year. xx


Jill January 2, 2013 at 2:37 am

I’m glad you wrote the leuning one, ‘cos that’s how i found you!
but I liked I want to run!
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Deb January 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Hi Jill! Lovely to see you here! I’m sure that Leunig one was written way after I ‘met’ you… I think I had a Leunig cartoon in Life Ache which is when you first commented (?) – but yes it was a Leunig meeting! I Want to Run was a sentimental favourite for sure. You’ve reminded me that I have SO MUCH catching up of your blog to do. I LOVE reading your updates and stories… I am so behind. You’ve probably traversed 5 countries since I last looked. Can’t wait! xx


Kirsty @ My Home Truths January 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I’m looking forward to catching up on your words Deb. I’m sorry that I have somehow missed most of your writing this year but what I have read has left me in awe of your genuine ability to write beautifully – your BlogHer award was very much deserved. Good luck for the coming year, I hope it brings you health and happiness and hilarity.
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Deb January 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Wow, thank you Kirsty. I really appreciate your comment. Looking forward to getting to know you better too. xx


kirri January 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

Yup. The girl can write!
Blossom Bomb is most def my favorite…although I adore everything you write and secretly wonder how you do it. Keep swimming x
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Deb January 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Oh BIG thanks, Kirri! Always chuffed with your encouraging words! xx


Happylan January 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

Who are you? was my favourite of your posts last year too. Just beautiful. Looking forward to seeing where 2013 takes you Deb. xx
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Deb January 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

Thanks dear Alana. I’m so glad you were part of my 2012 – what a treasure you are! x


Lee @ Mummy Issues January 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I can’t wait to read more of your beautiful words Deb. And with more time to yourself, you will be unstoppable!
I am looking forward to 2 days of Lee time too! xx
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Deb January 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Lee, time for ourselves is so important isn’t it? I keep thinking to that first year I blogged (2011) when 99% of my posts were written with a baby on my lap. And the difference it makes when I write with NO ONE ON ME! lol… I’m so glad you have 2 days to look forward too!


Veronica @ Mixed Gems January 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Congratulations on a successful blogging year, Deb. I know I’ve not been in as often to any blogs but you are one of the top few I do get to when I can. I could relate to your experience between your favourite posts vs the most popular in terms of my photos. Sometimes I’m not sure about a photo and sometimes I really am. Sometimes the one I’ve doubted seems liked more than the other I put more love into. I am really eager to see how 2013 pans out for you. P.S: I found The Lion, The Unicorn and Me book via your RSS feed. It looks like such a great book. I’m going to try and source a copy. Hope to meet you in 2013 somehow, somewhere. xo
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Deb January 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hi Veronica! I hope to meet you too! We will! My ‘Who are you?” post was the one I struggled MOST to press publish. I almost woke up the next morning and deleted it… only to find 30 odd people had already commented! lol And then I realised I loved it too. By the way the Lion, The Unicorn and Me post I took down. I’m notorious for doing things like that. I can make it visible again if you want. It really is a gorgeous book. Book Depository (free shipping!) is where I ordered it from. xx


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