FYBF – 2012 Highlights

So here it is folks, 2012 in a nicely rounded up FYBFpost. Just need the red ribbon around it and send it off to the past!

January:  After the sudden defunct of my previous blog, With Some Grace was launched on the twinlets’ 2nd birthday. Oh happy day!

Being on a bloggy hiatus for the month prior, it was nice to read all the lovely comments of welcome on that very first post.  Nothing like warm fuzzies from  knowing people had actually missed me.  Naw…

February:  The twinlets started daycare! That very first day, I sat in the car and cried a fountain for approximately 15 minutes.  Then, wiping my tears, I drove to the mall to cheer myself up with some retail therapy.  Easy cure for a Mama’s Seperation Anxiety.

March:  DPCON12 or bust, baby!!  200 or so “mothers and parents who blog” gathered in Melbourne for 2 full days of seminars, workshops and helluva lotta drinking, um, I mean catching up!

Brenda Gaddi was a machine on rocket fuel making sure the entire event ran smoothly. And I should know.  She was my roomie.

A huge emotional high when I caught up with Deb, Kate and Lee.


April:  Sometimes we do certain things, not truly understanding our intentions.  But we just know in our hearts, if we don’t at least try and experience, we’re not following our intuition.  Or something New Age-ish like that.

Picking up a random flyer from the local butcher, I went along to a meditation course.  While it wasn’t life changing, it certainly made an impact on how to approach life with a little less stress and mental clutter.

"Just about to start a meditation course..."

May:  When Brenda asked me to take over FYBF from Glowless, I was reluctant.  How was I going to fill such big rockstar boots?  So, I decided to wear Princess Leia Buns instead.  I still have them.  They’re due for another appearance, yes?

Oh, and the phenomenal Prince concert. I can now die a happy 80’s tragic.

June:  FYBF welcomed its very first Featured FloggerCarmen from Musings n’ Mayhem!

And remember my Rocky Balboa moment when I froze my tatas off? Yeah, you do…

July:  Blogopolis was another bloggers conference and back in Sydney.  Met Catherine, Rachel, Lisa, Kylie, Melissa and many more crazy gals for the first time.  Woot!  I think Veronica‘s forgiven me for stealing her glass of wine…ahem.

August:  Tackling my 3rd City2Surf in a row, I crashed and burned, stuffing up my PBT.  But the disappointment was short-lived when I caught up with one of my favourite bloggers, Trish.

We both ran for Team World Vision and met up at the finishing line for a long catchup chat.  You’re an inspiration, Trish!!!


September:  We launched our very first FYBF Instagram party!  ‘nuff said!


October:  Problogger. My third bloggers conference for the year and I found myself back in beautiful, yet cold Melbourne.

Chris Guillebeau was one of the main speakers who captivated me.  He reminded me that the success of a blog is not in its stats but its community.  Concentrate on your content and what you have to offer to your readers and everything else will fall into place.

Got to put on fancy mo’s with some cool chicks like Melbourne Mum and Martine.

Photo booth 1

November:  Ah, Bali!   Full of adventure and moments of perspective.

There was sun, stifling heat, lots of pool time and a lost wallet, even.

But the orphanage visit, the smiling faces of the children who have been abandoned, will forever be embedded in my memory banks.

It’s a mystery as to who decides what lot we’re born into.

Dharma Jati 1

December:  I’m gonna cheat a little here and mention the FYBF Christmas party (even though it was held on the 30th of November).

#FYBFXmasparty collected 62 photos and a whole bunch of nutty bloggers (yes, I’m talking to you, KellyTracey and Vanessa! )

And there were even some sexy Panda Eyes, courtesy of Jess.  Grrrrooowwwl!

Phew! Another fully-charged, crazy year (almost) done and dusted!

Whatcha got for me?

1. Follow With Some Grace.

2. Sign up to the awesome Digital Parents community ( if you haven’t already done so). DP was created by Brenda Gaddi who happens to be the creator of FYBF. She’s also created 4 gorgeous kidlets. In case you’d like to know. Or maybe not. But we’ll share that info just the same.

3. Add your post URL to the linky. Please only link up one post.

4. Grab the funky FYBF button and post it on your sidebar. Help spread the blogfloggin love.

5. Visit the blogs of your fellow FYBF’ers and share the comment love.

6. Share some more comment love. It’s proven to make your wrinkles disappear…overnight. #truth


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  1. says

    Enjoyed reading your 2012 roundup post Grace. I’ve had plans to write the “best playground posts of 2012′ and “best recipes of 2012′ posts but haven’t done any of it and it’s not looking likely now. This always happens, the twinnies have been on school holidays since Dec 4th and NOTHING gets done!

    Never mind, we have been on a wee adventure, always a good thing. Hope you really enjoy Xmas and New Year with the kids and that your surfer gets to catch some waves.
    Seana Smith recently posted..The Cocoa Room Cafe, HuskissonMy Profile

  2. says

    Love the reflection Grace and I have nearly got mine finished which I’ll do in my next post when I wrap up the year that was FF&S or rather 6 months recorded and the rest I’ll just have to wing it 😉

    Thank you so much for everything and hosting the fabbest FYOB parties!!! You truly rock!!! Can’t wait to hang out next year and hope to see you at the DP conference.

    Wishing you and your amazing family a wonderful Christmas and continued happiness, health, success, love and plenty of laughter in the New Year!!!

    Love & friendship,
    Dani xxx
    Dani ~ Fitness Food And Style recently posted..Santa pictures with some yoga posesMy Profile

  3. says

    Gorgeous lady not sure if my previous post shows??? Here’s a another quick one just in case.

    Beautiful reflection!!!! Love it!!! I’ll do mine in my next post as I completely forgot when I pressed the publish button last night!!!! Plus still working on mine 😉

    Wishing you and your beautiful family all the very best for Christmas and have a sensational New Year?!!

    Thanks so much for a wonderful year and hope to meet up in 2013.

    Love & Friendship,
    Dani xxx
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  4. says

    Grace, this was such a great idea! Wow! Meditation class! That’s interesting! Just taking this opportunity to say thank you very very much for your support for my blog, for FYBF, for Facebook Lovin Sunday… Wishing you all the best for the New Year!
    Rita recently posted..2012 highlightsMy Profile

  5. says

    Loved reading your year Grace. I don’t recall if the force was strong with Princess Leia, but it certainly is with you. Brenda/Obi-Wan Kenobi chose the FYBF guardian very well.

    Your line “It’s a mystery as to who decides what lot we’re born into” really stood out. It’s something I think about a lot. We should never be too smug or too possessive of our country, we just got LUCKY.

    Thank you for being such an important person in my first year of blogging. You’re a wonderful woman and I’m so glad I met you. xxxxx
    Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right recently posted..Baby’s first year – a blog retrospectiveMy Profile

    • says

      A sto ako pravam pkktaroi razgovori na primer od 10min maksimum? Dali dobivam povekje razgovori togas od 200 ili nema vrska dolzinata na razgovorite? Vazno deka na sekoj povik ke mi se presmeta 2,5 den,pa od tamu sleduvaat 200 povici mesecno?

  6. says

    Great reacap Grace, I went to write mine but realised that 2012 felt like being stuck in a plane circling Heathrow in winter – a dark and gloomy holding pattern with a little light shining on occasion and figured it was probably better not to put it out there. Hoping 2013 will be a much more colourful year.

    Thanks for being such a great host, wishing you & family all the best for Xmas & New Years.
    Kyla @ Three Quarters Full recently posted..They Don’t Tell YouMy Profile

  7. says

    What a great year you have had. Lots of blogging conferences that sound like a lot of fun. I am glad I found you and can link up. This was a really good one for me to do, to take stock of the crazy year I have had too.Thanks for the opportunity to link up.
    Have a lovely Christmas and New Year xx
    rhian @melbs recently posted..2012 – A game of two halvesMy Profile

  8. says

    Wow Grace, what a year you’ve had! Especially for the blog. I can’t believe you made it to THREE conferences! Lucky girl. I’m dying to go to DPCon13 because I am DYING to meet you in the flesh. Fingers crossed yeah?
    Congratulations on a fantastic first year of With Some Grace, here’s to many more :)
    And yes, we all cry on the first day of day care xxx
    Kelly HTandT recently posted..Friday ChaosMy Profile

  9. says

    Hi Grace, I love your wrap up- I wish I could participate today but instead I’m doing the equivalent of a driveby because ohmygodmychildrenarehomefortheholidaysforweeksandweeksonend. Also I already wrote for the AIOOW website, here http://wp.me/p2rac2-e7 in case anyone’s interested- the wrap of our first year at high school. But I’ll be back next time!

  10. says

    You have been super busy! You have been so gracious to other bloggers, on FYBF and FBLS, amoung other things, truly selfless. You are a real treasure.

    Thank you! And a big Merry Christmas to you, your hubby and those gorgeous twins of yours.
    iSophie recently posted..The year was 2012My Profile

  11. says

    What a great year you’ve had Grace. You’re a rockstar yourself! It’s been lovely following your blog, and lovely linking up each week – this is one of my favourite linkys. You’ve certainly done a great job in building your community. I’m *hoping* to go to the DP conference in March – my first conference. But there’s a big massive IF involved. So, we’ll see…..
    Danya Banya recently posted..2012 in reviewMy Profile

  12. says

    Lovely lady!
    Thank you for introducing me to fabulous world of linky parties. Note to self: I will read the instructions first, not after linking! Not that I am ever a-cart-before-the-llama-kind-of-girl or anything ; ) First your pants then your shoes…
    Have a delicious silly season with your surfin’ boyz and see you in the NY

  13. Veronica @ Mixed Gems says

    Wow! You make summarizing a year seem so easy! It’s been great seeing you swing that blogging mojo about this year, especially since you weren’t sure you’d climb above laying low. Wishing you and your family a lovely holiday break and see you soon.
    P.S: I’ve almost got a post done but with running around in Mwlbourne, I’m not sure I’m going to make it. 3 hours and counting down.
    Veronica @ Mixed Gems recently posted..Women’s WitMy Profile


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