2006 is probably one of the biggest years in my life. It passed me by with a whirlwind of milestones and major events. No wonder I was exhausted by the end of it. But, I can't complain. It has been mostly wonderful and exciting ---
A year of travel; multi-million dollar deals for a business I co-own and now a Vice President of; media blitzes in Australia and overseas; major life changes like house buying, selling and moving; personal milestones like getting my driver's license for the first time ever, career developments and leaving a beloved job; new additions to the family in the form of a puppy --- and finding out I was pregnant with a second child; Seeing family members whom we haven't seen in years and meeting one particular member for the first time... Developing friendships and working relationships... Meeting new, incredible people...
I am just amazed at how much a year can bring. How a series of little events can change a life. Nothing can ever be taken for granted.
Anyway, here are some of the highlights from my year...
My sister came to visit for the second time to spend another 3 months in Adelaide.
My boy turned two!
Attended the Adelaide Fringe Festival opening for the first time.
Hubby celebrated his birthday.
Travelled to Hobart, Tasmania for the first time. Enjoyed a lovely trip there with my husband and son.
b5media's feature at The Sydney Morning Herald. This attracted more media blitz.
Turned 32! With various interesting happenings.
Finally became a licensed driver!
One of my biggest media feature to date: Appearing in Adelaide's main newspaper - The Advertiser.
Got my first iPod.
Becoming a PART Trainer.
Another big media feature: a write-up published in Reader's Digest (Australia).
A new addition to the family: Blue, our lovely Cavoodle puppy. Born (approximately) last 6th of May 2006.
It was World Cup Season. And, the Socceroos did really well.
Started attending pole dancing classes. Heh. I only managed to attend a few classes, thanks to a major event that happened a month or so later.
Started experimenting with learning how to play the guitar. Ashton came in to my life.
The process of selling our house began! What an ordeal. It was also the time we started the process of buying a new house.
The month when I first started experimenting with drinking wine, thanks to some friendly colleagues. Fun times. Heh.
Celebrated my first year in my job at a non-profit organisation, where I work part-time as a psych. A personal milestone.
Finally sold our house. And, bought a new one. Yep, the move begins!
Got mentioned in Business World (Philippines).
One of the biggest events of the year: b5media gets US$2M funding. What an incredible time.
After almost three years of being the Guide to About's Web Logs site, I resigned.
Moved to the new house on the 25th of October and left the house we built. Bittersweet moment.
Also discovered Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT) --- and really enjoyed it.
Met up with a journalist from ABS-CBN Australia, Michelle Baltazar (who's also editor-in-chief of the magazine Australian Filipina). She did an "on cam" interview with me, and she said it was meant to be shown some time within the month via ABS-CBN through The Filipino Channel (TFC). The main feature was about blogging and making money online. She was planning on doing a side feature about meeting a soul mate online. Not sure if the interview/s ever went on air. She said it was meant to be shown on TFC in various countries.
Australia wins back the Ashes from England.
Now, here's to looking forward to whatever 2007 may bring!
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.