I believe I have grown so much in the last 2 years, even though the root of my writing has remained the same: capturing & embracing every moment I have with my family & friends, even the awful moments that may require a little alcohol to uncover the comedy behind them.
The last 2 years have not been easy, but I’ve done my best to maintain a positive attitude, even through the recent rough patch I experienced through the loss of my niece. I saw some pretty dark days surrounding everything that happened with my little Tenacious D. I’m still fighting that, but I’m getting help, both online & off! And I do believe I’m still the same fun, beer-loving Momma my nearest & dearest know & love.
Let’s walk through a few highlights from the past year, shall we?
I celebrated my first blogiversary — and that same day I was knocked out while having a growth on my foot removed surgically. I had to stay off my feet for 3 weeks — not a huge accomplishment, but the growth was cancer-free, and I maintained my sanity… and enjoyed wearing sandals again!! Even little victories should be celebrated!
Crazy busy month… I attended my first Blogging Conference
: BlogHer ’11 in San Diego
, was featured in a Clever Girls Collective video with P!nk and rubbed noses with a celebrity! A few days later, the hubs had a conference in Salt Lake City
, so I spent my birthday driving around a convertible in the mountains. It was a day I’ll never forget. My oldest decided to chop her hair, and both of my daughters are now attending school. I also officially became a work-at-home Momma! I am now a paid, free lance writer. Email me if you are in need of content articles and beyond!
I attended my first BeerSocialGR with fellow Grand Rapids area bloggers & tweeters.
I participated in A Week In the Life
challenge, capturing just about every moment of the day for a week with Melissa at Adventuroo. Many reasons that week was so good for me, but outside of the obvious, I met a couple of awesome new blogging buddies in Jocelyn
& Alexia (check them out — they rock!)
and about 10 days later, my iPhone crashed and I lost everything… thankfully I posted so many pictures that week, I came close to driving to North Carolina to make out with Mel. #thereIsaidit. This month also found me addicted to Pinterest
… which I still ADORE… but don’t need 12 steps to walk away from Pinterest for a few hours. Follow me!
I kicked off the month by
being critiqued on MomComm
which led me to a decision to make the switch to WordPress (the big switch will finally be happening next month!!)
. Then created a little fun flowchart: Does Momma Need a Beer? Unfortunately, that fun didn’t last long, as my niece lost her battle on earth. The remaining days of the month, and into February I struggled to write, but I’m nothing but honest, so I did my best to capture my reality.
Still in a bit of a fog, but I managed to keep writing at least once/week… not only for theraputic reasons, but because I actually had things I did want to write about. Like how we’re raising our advanced reader. I also had so much fun planning for and participating in the Michigan Winter Beer Fest. This kicked off an upswing that I’m still riding today.
That upswing I mentioned? It got even better as we celebrated Sedona’s 4th birthday in Disney World. I was inspired to write daily for a week, and the posts are jam-packed with info if you’re planning a trip to Disney World anytime soon.
You guys have been all kinds of awesome over the last 2 years. I wish I could personally hug those of you who have reached out through comments on here, facebook, twitter & countless emails. I couldn’t have accomplished what I have these last 2 years without you. The title of this blog
could have probably has pissed off a few people who likely judged Momma Needs a Beer by it’s title and moved on. But those of you who have stopped to take a read know I’m not some drunken Momma, stumbling through parenthood one beer at a time. I usually call my sitter before I morph into her.
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