Much of the year was overshadowed by my dad’s cancer diagnosis in February. Luckily, he is doing well at this point, and I couldn’t be more thankful. His illness certainly has been a reminder that life is short and unpredictable and that we can’t count on tomorrow. It made me live life in the moment more, and I made the long trip to visit my parents three times in 2011, something I had previously thought impossible. I also became very much aware (after twenty years!) what a huge decision it was to move to another continent…
I also faced some challenges to continue a healthy and balanced life while things were tough. I’m proud that I continued to stay active and eat well through most of it. But it was certainly difficult and far from perfect. I hope to refocus a bit more on exercise and on cooking some new and interesting meals in 2012.
But luckily in addition to the lows there were also plenty of ups. Here are some in pictures.