Highs & Lows of 2011

Last week, to celebrate our 6th anniversary, my wife Jess and I went out for dinner and, as is our tradition, we spent time reflecting on the year gone past, and sharing our “highs and lows” for the year.

Here are some of my own personal “highs” for 2011 (in order of appearance):

However, as we laughed and reminisced, we also both realised that 2011 has in fact been quite a tough year for us. Here are a few of the “lows” from 2011:

  • Renovations that took far too long and cost far too much
  • Living in our house while said renovations took place (doing our dishes in the bath for a month is a personal favourite)
  • Jess throwing up everyday for 4 months during her pregnancy
  • Jess being admitted 3 times to hospital for kidney stones and various complications, worrying if we would lose the baby, having surgery twice while pregnant…
  • Becoming a parent (see “highs”, but still a big adjustment)

And so, as we reflected and pondered this year of change, we acknowledged it has been…

a hard year, but a healthy year.

In fact, this time in 2010 we were both exhausted and burnt out, and yet this year we seem to be in a better place than we’ve ever been. With more energy, more peace, more grace towards each other, and an incredibly deep sense of contentment with our lives right now.

And so, I guess happiness and joy is less connected to our circumstances and more connected to our inner world than we might give credit for. It is not simply the absence of conflict, but rather peace in the midst of it.

What were some of your highs and lows of 2011?

From the blog side of things, 2011 has been an amazing year for me. I have absolutely loved sharing some of my thoughts and experiences with you, and I honestly can’t wait for where things are going in 2012. I would just like to thank every single person that has taken the time to visit my site, and be a part of it. I really appreciate the support!

May you have a blessed festive season, filled with God’s peace and joy.


19 Replies to “Highs & Lows of 2011”

  1. I really like the idea to reflect personal highs and lows of the last year. I never did something like this, just always looked towards the next year. But this year is reflection year. 🙂


  2. Bingo!

    “And so, I guess happiness and joy is less connected to our circumstances and more connected to our inner world than we might give credit for. It is not simply the absence of conflict, but rather peace in the midst of it.”



  3. I had some really good highs this year. I graduated from college, maintained a great relationship with my girlfriend, and have taken some good steps professionally. I have had my share of lows. As a result of a busy year at school and spending a lot of time at work I am in the the worst shape of my life. I am about 30 pounds heavier than a year ago. The thing that I love about lows is that you can make them highs. I am excited for a new year full of lows and highs. Thanks for the post.


  4. Working steady at a job I like and am good at is definitely one of the highs of the year. It’s not full time, but I’m here every day and I thank the Lord so much for this job. The low was when my husband lost his job. He stayed in the Word and got closer to God, which drew me closer to my husband. He’s now back at his job. I don’t want him to lose any of that spiritual ground he gained. The Lord really helped us. I’ve also been a student of PEACE these days, and I started blogging! Those are high points.


  5. Okay Tom, I don’t often get here to leave comments… no it’s not that I’m a lurker, but because your postings drop into my inbox whenever the latest one goes up. So I don’t actually get over here very often.

    But at the end of the year, as we tally the highs and lows (thanks to your good idea), I’d have to say that bumping into your blog has been one of those highs. I love your well-rounded view and take on life…….. that you share about all kinds of topics that grab my attention… that you share your love of God without it feeling ‘religious’…. that you give me ideas and interesting thoughts to ponder……

    Enjoyed your own high and low list…….. hubby and I are thinking a coffee out as we think about our own lists sounds like a good idea right about now!

    Wishing you and your family the BEST in 2012……….and may you catch glimpses of heaven in unexpected places all through the year!


  6. Great Post. Following this Blog for a while now. Particularly like ‘6 things to stop caring about today’ and ’16 tips to simplify your life’. This Post I can relate to, having experienced Highs and Lows this past year myself.
    Look forward to reading more next year.


  7. I wrote a list of my first time experiences on my blog for 2011. This has been a pretty good year. The high this year was getting my artwork out there in the general public. I didn’t really make a lot of money but the sheer joy was in the process. The low’s? I’d like to be a little better off financially but doesn’t everyone?

    Your posts have been great! I consider that also one of the highs. 🙂


  8. My wife and I had our first child.

    I moved from Blogger to self hosting on WordPress.

    I connected with many other bloggers.

    Looking forward to connecting and learning with you even more next year.


  9. I love the idea of taking the time to talk about a year’s high and low points. It seems like a perfect way to celebrate the good times and leave the bad times in the past, opening the door for even more goodness. Happy 2012!


  10. I have my own routine at the beginning of the year to look back and look forward. I had the same conclusion that while 2010 was mediocre, 2011 was actually a much better year for me. What’s interesting is that you’re not the first blogger who’s made that comment. Something about 2010 seemed to be a problem for others as well.

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!




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