Thursday, December 19, 2013

Rewind 2013: The year that was.

It's been a year of life that was exactly what you expect. There were super funny moments, friends made, children growing out of shoes that you only just purchased, burnt lasagnas and cakes of distinction. There were parties and wine and pilates.

During all the busy I somehow managed to write over 100 blog posts during the year, in case you missed some, here's the highlights reel for 2013!


In January, there was much holidaying including this gem of a spot that you should visit yourself if you are in Victoria at any time.

By February the holidays were over and there were stories to tell and advice to be given all about working and super and good cheese.

I had a ranty tanty in March about people using three little words which still drive me totally bananas. The experts say you are wasting your time and pissing off your readers but people still do it...LINK IN COMMENTS.

It was six months in April that my Dad had been dead. It still hurts to write those words. I listened to my favourite Christmas song ever yesterday, White Wine in the Sun, but it wasn't a good thing to do. The world keeps on spinning without all the amazing people that have made it so great. I owe it to my Dad to live a full life, to be busy, to be the person he dreamed I (and my siblings) would be. We owe it to him not to waste the moments we have that have been taken from him. In the end, that is all we have left to give him.

In May I attempted a challenge to write every day for the whole month. That is 31 days straight. Of course I didn't complete it successfully but a few of the topics I enjoyed. The topics made me think and really concentrate on writing. Like when I wrote about what makes me uncomfortable.

In June I loved writing this post. A Tribute to Goldie and it is not a tribute to a gold fish as many people were expecting.

I discussed the big issue of the paper versus the hard versus the electronic book during July. Last week on ABC radio they were discussing the biggest growth area in books this year has been in children's books, totally music to my ears.

It was in August that I had had enough of cleaning out the microwave and decided to throw it out in hard rubbish. There have been very few times I have thought it would be useful to still have it.

September came along and I did some home renovating for a weekend and showed you how in my first blogging video.

MAGNETIC CHALKBOARD PAINT from Clairey Hewitt on Vimeo.

I did my very best to conquer Frocktober during October, it was tough going, but I did find this new favourite dress and jacket for work.

A few weeks back, in November I talked about people doing the marketing for free for clothing labels, it made me think of my teenage years and my desire to have a Country Road towel, which I never got.

And here we are in December.

Those in the know of blogging suggest that having a plan is essential to being a successful blogger, but being a successful blogger was never the plan. Just blogging until I don't want to blog anymore is the aim here and making connections with people that read along. Meeting people and sharing stories.

An enormous thank you to everyone who has read my blog and joined me during the year. For your comments, your tweets, your love over on facebook and on Instagram. The thrill of receiving a comment from something that I have shared never fades.

Have a wonderful Christmas, may your dance card be full on New Years Eve and your 2014 be filled with sparkles, love, good laughs, yabbie pate, Meredith cheese, sleep ins and party invitations, books to read and family to talk to - for these are the good things that make for wonderful moments.


  1. What a wonderful way of looking at your year Claire. (May have to steal this idea!) And Merry Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and all the best for a brilliant 2014 - with many more blog posts x

  2. A big year.
    I've enjoyed reading.

  3. Merry Christmas, Claire! A lovely post to round out the year. I'll be back for the ride in 2014. Fo'shiz.

  4. Good for you Miss Clairey. No idea what Meredith cheese is but I feel the need to discover it. Happy Christmas. May we smooch across the internet again in 2014.

    1. MM I hope that you get some Meredith Marinated feta in your Christmas stocking.

  5. Merry Christmas to you Claire! I've really enjoyed reading (and even contributing to) your blog this year and look forward to reading more in 2014!

  6. Amazing year Claire. So glad to have met you at Problogger too. Hope you have a great Christmas with your family!

  7. I'm definitely going to try and get to Mt Buffalo it looks amazing. I have a thing for stripes too. I accidentally dressed my baby in matching stripes to my dress, not a great look. May the new year bring all your favourite dreams to life x

  8. I saw the link in comments thing the other day and it made me curious.. but not enough to make me figure out what it actually was. Still don't know and it sounds that I'm not missing out on much. Merry Christmas and have a great 2014!

  9. Great wrap up of a big year. I love the way you concluded with the blogging plan comment. Sounds like you know exactly where you are at and it is working for you. Merry Christmas.

  10. I love your wrap-up. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :-)

  11. Mmmmm Meredith cheese. Always a jar in our fridge. Miss 9 eats it just as it is. Locheilan feta also a good one to try. Sending good wishes for Christmas xx

  12. What a year - it's been lovely reading along with you. Hope 2014 is a great one. x


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