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Twelve Before 2012

Completely and utterly inspired by Oh Hello Friend’s Twelve Before 2012 project, I’m jumping in with the 12 things I hope to achieve before the New Years bells start to chime. It’s a very scary thing posting this list on the ol’ interwebz… Because there’s no way I can not NOT achieve these things now that they’re out there in the open. In one way I’m opening myself up to complete failure – I haven’t made it easy for myself…some of these require a bit of work, and some may involve tears (to be fair I have been known to cry after visits to the hairdresser). But in another way I’m pretty stoked to hopefully achieve some of these goals I’ve had loitering around in my mind for ages (especially considering one involves cake!!) Here we go!

1. Get the Shopping Guides on Pretty Fluffy ready to go!
2. Finally post that Doggie DIY Project I’ve been thinking about for months…
3. Make some home made treats for Soda – yum, yum!
4. Celebrate my 2nd Wedding Anniversary with my lovely husband.
5. Get some Rachel Bilson inspired highlights for summer.
6. Start writing guest posts for other lovely bloggers out there – anyone want one?
7. Start going to Pump class again before my arms muscles turn to mush.
8. Finish planning our European Vacation for 2012 – Oui Oui!
9. Teach Soda a new trick.
10. Learn how to make THIS, THIS, or THESE.
11. Have a weekend getaway with NO iphones, laptops or TV.
12. Finish reading my ever growing book pile.

Got any advice or words of encouragement for me? Wanna join in the fun? Visit the original post and call to action here. The whole idea is for everyone to jump in and support one another. I would LOVE to hear if any of you have Twelve before 2012 that you would like to do. I’ll be back before the end of the year to report on my progress. Fingers crossed!!!

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  1. I love a good list! I have to write lists to consolidate my lists. And sometimes I write things on my list that I’ve already done, just so I can cross them off.

    Think I might be a bit too focused on the list making and not enough of achieving what’s on said lists 🙂

    • I may or may not be guilty of doing the exact same thing! That’s why this list scared me so much – it’s up here now so I better bake a giant pink cake before 2012 or my laziness will be on show for all to see 🙂

  2. Such a great idea Serena!
    Love your idea about the tech-free weekend getaway. It definitely becomes harder and harder to separate from our phones and laptops but feels incredible and freeing once you do.
    Can’t wait to see the Shopping Guides up and running. Good luck! x

    • Thanks so much Kimberley – yes a tech free getaway is much needed. Between laptops, iphones and ipads I feel like they are connected to me constantly, so will be good to have a break 🙂

  3. Kirsty says:

    A great list!!
    I am feeling both under-achieved and suitably inspired after reading this!
    Would like to squeeze some more goodness into 2011 while I have the time, so I will be plotting 12 wonderful things to do before 2012 myself 🙂

  4. Karyn says:

    LOVE this idea!! I always have so many things flying around my head which may or may not make it to a list! emma@sweetchops I am SO guilty of also making nice lists on occasion when I have already done some of the items on the list – ha ha. Will have to get thinking about what my ‘Twelve before 2012’ could be……

  5. Karyn says:

    PS LOVE the weekend getaway from technology idea!! 🙂

  6. love love your blog!! i’m glad that you commented on hey caryl. you can do it. it’s scary putting everything out for the world to see – but that is what is going to push you. can’t wait to follow your progress!!

  7. Sam says:

    Thanks for the kind words on my list! I definitely think you should get the highlights, Rachel Bilson is quite possible one of my favorite stylistas. I see you have some baking on your list, if you like a sweet/salty combo, you should totally try these (my coworkers devour them in mere minutes):

    Good luck with the list, you’ll do fabulous!

  8. Joanna says:

    Thanks for stopping by my 12/2012! #11 sounds like a FANTASTIC idea and I’m totally craving a vanilla buttermilk cake now! 😉 Good luck with everything!!

  9. Jamie B says:

    Thanks for checking out my list! Me and my husband love dogs. We can’t have one right now because of our little apartment, but that doesn’t stop us from looking at cute pictures 🙂 I love your blog and your list. I can’t wait to see your doggie DIY!

  10. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment of encouragement on my blog– I wanted to do the same! That Pump class sounds killer (I completely need to do the same), and that vanilla buttermilk cake with chocolate frosting look freakin’ ridiculous. Best of luck on your 12, and I’m so so happy to have been introduced to your lovely blog!

  11. Tang says:

    Hey! Thanks for the sweet wishes. I hope we all complete our lists. : Love 6 & 12! And your completely cute blog as well! I will totally take you up on your guest post one day! :)))

  12. I read Danni’s list and thought it was such a fantastic idea — and I’m loving yours Serena! I’m going to pull one of these together this week I’ve decided so will link to yours too. xx

  13. This is a great idea and love your list! There should always be more cake xx

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  15. Jess says:

    I love the last two! Those are both something that I need to do as well!

  16. Linley says:

    Reading, a weekend trip and a vacation planning… sounds fabulous! 🙂 And I actually ran my marathon like a week after I posted my list. I put it on the list even though I pretty much had it covered, but I’m totally starting to train for my second in May!

  17. i laughed out loud at emma@sweetchops comment! i totally do this as well haha! great list serena! i can’t wait to hear how you go with all of your goals. i am so excited to hear about your european adventure plans(i am secretly planning my own one of these too). can’t wait to read the shopping guides and hear all about your cake baking. i am definitely starting to feel the heat now and really need to start getting things ticked off… there’s only 8 weeks left eeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkk!

    • I know I was so gung-ho with my list at the start but have only crossed 3 off so far!! I should have listed to Emma’s advice and put some things on my list I had already done!! 🙂 I’m sure we’ll get there though! PS. Good luck with your secret trip planning!!

  18. Serena…What a lovely blog. I love your 12 Before 2012 list. A wonderful list and so beautiful too. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  19. Hey Serena!

    Thanks for stopping by our 12 before 2012! I hope you get through all of your twelve. I am definitely lucky to be able to only commit to 4 lol. Also, I love the pictures that you posted with your goals too! so pretty!

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  21. Cheryl says:

    I LOVE my pump class!!! I go every week! 🙂

    And I would love for you to do a guest post on my blog, why not?! I own a pet-sitting business so anything pet-related would be great. Maybe something Christmas themed? I’m still trying to build up my followership but it could be practice for you?

    And, I’m so excited for your Europe trip. It’s really amazing being over there. Paris will be fabulous I’m sure!

    Talk to you soon!

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