A Reflection of 2011

December 30, 2011

in Blog, Family, Kristine's Favorites

Still hard to believe that 2012 is almost here, it went by really fast.  Looking back, there have been a lot of great “wins” that I’m very thankful for.  I don’t take *anything* for granted, and I’m thrilled for every opportunity I get.  2011 was very busy, and I worked my butt off, but you know what they say about hard work…it will eventually pay off.

Here are some things I’m proud to have accomplished in 2011:

1. Shape.com featured my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins in their “The Best Recipes from Our Favorite Healthy Food Blogs”

2. My recipe for No-Butter Chicken made it in the January 2012 issue of Oxygen Magazine. I had been diligently submitting recipes for a while, so I was thrilled they decided to choose one. I would love to be a regular recipe contributor to magazines like Oxygen, Shape, Fitness, Womens Health.

3. I became a columnist for a group of local news websites (Langleytoday.ca , Abbotsfordtoday.ca, Chilliwacktoday.ca, PittMeadowstoday.ca)

4. I changed positions at work. I went from a full time Account Manager (did that for 6 years) to a part-time Social Media Coordinator.  I’m doing what I absolutely love – Social Media!!! SISU is a premium supplement company in Canada. I’m the ‘voice’ of their Facebook, Twitter and Blog.

4. I published my first E-Book. This took longer than I had hoped, but since I switched to part-time with work, I had some more time to finally get it out.  Its available on Amazon.com.

5. I became a Tastemaker with SkinnyScoop.  Basically, its an Ambassador.  I’m still in awe that I’m included with such an amazing and accomplished group of women.  To have been approached by them and chosen is truly and honor. I’m still thinking I slipped through the cracks on this one 😉

6. Sponsorship with Krisda stevia.  Its no secret I’m a huge fan of stevia.  Krisda has brought me on as their “Brand Ambassador” to teach many of their users how to use stevia in their recipes. I love educating people on the benefits of a low sugar diet, so its a great match!

7. Partnership with Whey Gourmet. Another brand that I’ve been a fan of for years.  I started using their products in recipes with great results. They make amazing protein, and I especially love their Naturelle line.  They’ve been so kind to include a few of my recipes on their website, and I’m looking forward to making more recipes with Whey Gourmet.


What I Didn’t Accomplish (Goals for 2012):

1. Getting Pregnant with Baby #2 (more on that later). Hopefully 2012 will be the year. I hate that I can’t control this.

2. Source out a book publisher. I guess I was hoping to ‘get discovered’, but I need to do more due diligence in 2012.  I’d really like to have a paperback cookbook.

3. Get a second e-book out.  I’ve got another one that’s close to being done (Protein Shake Recipes), but I need to get on it to get that finished in the next couple of months.

4. Move.  We had our house up for sale for half of 2011, and it still didn’t sell.  The market isn’t good where we live.  But it will definitely be happening in 2012, as we decided to take our house off the market, and instead we will keep it as a rental.  We’re looking to move back closer to Vancouver.  Its where many of our friends are, and Brent started a new job so he’d like to be closer to the office too.

5. Fitness Goals? I can’t yet determine what this is going to be, as I’m so fixated on Goal #1, which ultimately affects my fitness goals.

QUESTION!  I’d love to hear 1 thing you’re happy to have accomplished in 2011, and 1 goal you’d like to accomplish in 2012!


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  • http://ThisMomsDelight.com Tami @ ThisMomsDelight.com

    Sadly, 2011 was full of whining. 2012 will be full of fitness and weight loss.

    Congrats on your accomplishments.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Thanks Tami! I’ve been there..making excuses and such. Glad to hear you’re ready to kick butt in 2012!!!

  • Terraklassen

    Kristine, you are truely an inspiration to all.  I diligently read your blog and love your receipies as I haven’t had a bad one yet.  2012 is going to be an amazing year for you and your family.  I am very excited to be finally graduating in June with my degree and should be finished my accoutning designation by end of 2012 or very close.  I also want to find time for myself which is hard with school, hubby and 3 kids but I really want to hit my goal of best shape of my life which I have come close but have not succeeded yet.  Thanks for all your posts and inspiration you are amazing.  Baby vibes your way Terra 🙂

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Thanks Terra! That’s so sweet of you to say!

      Wow, that’s an amazing accomplishment for you. I know a few people that have their accounting designation and its quite the process, so good for you! I know you’ll get to reaching your health and fitness goals…its hard when life gets in the way sometimes. Hopefully all your kids remain healthy in 2012 and you can focus on you!

  • http://twitter.com/eatspinrunrpt Angela

    Oh my goodness Kristine, this one has been AMAZING for you! You should be so unbelievably proud of yourself for the e-book, the partnerships, and the magazine features (which is totally how I found out about you!!) I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for you. One thing I’m super excited about is becoming a Health Coach in 2012 – I just signed up with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and can’t wait to get started.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Thanks Angela! Oh that’s so cool you found the site through one of the features 🙂 Congrats on taking the step to be a health coach! That’s amazing! Will you be doing it through distance ed?

  • http://blueeyedbarbie.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    Looks like its been a great year!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Thanks Sarah!  I hope yours was too 🙂

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