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2011: The Year of the Brooke?


The coming year is going to be a good one for me; I can feel it. My 2009 was absolute shit, my 2010 has been progressively on the up-and-up, so I have a feeling that it will all come together for me in 2011 — I will figure… something… out, make some travel plans, take some cheap holidays, put some money in the bank, hopefully see the approval of my Aussie partner visa, and maybe even start a new online venture. I’m already in love with 2011, and it hasn’t even happened yet!

I thought it might be cool to do something that documents my life for the year, or at least something that I can look back on and see more clearly what was happening every single day. Some people do the mug shot photos, which could be one option. Another idea would be to do a blog post for every day of the year, perhaps blogging about my day in relation to travel. Or, for something more elaborate, I could write myself a daily postcard and mail it to myself from wherever I might then be.

To be honest, I’m having trouble thinking of something clever, so if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!

Is anyone else looking forward to 2011 as much as I am?


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23 Responses to 2011: The Year of the Brooke?

  1. Magda December 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    I am very excited about 2011! I’ve recently come back from a 20-month long trip and coming back to reality has proven to be much harder than expected. So 2011 is going to be a year when I am going to work on building my ability to live location independently. Lots of plans. Hopefully some of them will work out 🙂
    All the best with making the best of 2011!

    • Brooke December 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

      Good luck! Location independent is a good way to be, especially for those with the travel bug like us! 🙂

  2. Gina December 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Brooke! I could have written this myself, haha! I am SO looking fwd to 2011 because I’m making big changes too. I’m also wondering how to document it… So I’ll have to check back here to see what people suggest. I’m driving across country again and moving out my house for pretty much the first time ever (& I’m 27) and living with my (actor) uncle in Los Angeles. It’s going to be very interesting and I def need a way to document. It’ll have to involve pictures + blogging and I’m determined to think of something creative so I stick with it.
    I’ll keep in touch if I think of anything cool!
    Good luck next year and I’ll be following 🙂

    • Brooke December 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

      Wow, it does sound like some big changes are coming your way! Moving to LA I think is a big change for anyone, but with an actor uncle? Awesome! Definitely want to hear more about that as it unfolds 🙂 Cheers to 2011!

  3. ayngelina December 21, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    I definitely feel a sense of anticipation for 2011 although I really did enjoy 2010. I think there will be lots of changes all around!

    A blog post a day? That is ambitious!

    • Brooke December 21, 2010 at 9:43 am #

      Yeah, it is! Can I do it? I don’t know! Have any other good ideas to document my life in 2011?

      • ayngelina December 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

        A self portrait a day is much easier…

  4. CRISSY December 21, 2010 at 4:46 am #


    I stumbled upon your blog through your “frugality” article posted on World Nomads. I am a huge fan of your blog, and have signed up to follow.
    I am also looking forward to 2011, which will include trips to south america, antarctica and asia for me, with only a few weeks at home in 2011!!!

    You can check out my blog at

    Looking forward to keeping up with your adventures!!

    P.S I love the giant mango pic! I have an identical one of myself taken on a road trip in 2008 from brisbane to carins

    • Brooke December 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

      Hi Chrissy! I couldn’t resist stopping at the Giant Mango — did you get the sorbet while there? Your 2011 is looking very exciting, and I’m signing up for your blog, too, as we speak!

  5. TraceMyTrip December 21, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Sounds like an awesome 2011. There’s this new website that might help you document your life, especially travels. It’s called TraceMyTrip. You can add blogs, photos, videos, and put it all on a map. You can even book trips from there, if you wanted. Could be cool if you’re planning to spend 2011 traveling and want to keep track of where you are and what you’re doing.

    I do like the postcard idea though 🙂

    • Brooke December 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

      Thanks for the tip 🙂 I’ll have to take a closer look to see if your site would work for me.

  6. Michael Hodson December 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    at the very least… I love the positive outlook!

    • Brooke December 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

      Thanks, Michael! It’s my new thing… being positive 😉

  7. joshywashington December 24, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    Year of the Brooke indeed! Maybe you could share it with me… Year of the Brooke / Joshy?

    We can work on the title…happy holidays and lets kick ass in 2011

  8. Brooke December 24, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    Ha, how about The Year that Brooke and Joshy Kick Ass! Has a nice ring, hey? 😉

  9. Nicole Smith December 30, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    2011 – a meet-up in order perhaps? ^_^ Would loved to have done it whilst I was in Sydney this past week (your Syd based… yes?) but it’s been a mad run around!

    2011 is going to be AMAZING! I can feel it!

    • Brooke December 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

      Yep, I’m Sydney based! When are you coming back? This past week was crazy for me anyways! 😉

      • Nicole Smith December 31, 2010 at 12:24 am #

        Not a clue when I’ll be back. Either when I get a cheap flight or maybe *fingers crossed* I manage to score a mystery shopper free flight (come on Virgin!)
        Otherwise let me know when your in Adelaide or Melbourne and we’ll catch up for a tweetup (or just a coffee… I like coffee ^_^)


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