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Wow. 2011 was an amazing year for me. How was it for you?

When I started the year, I was freshly unemployed with zero income. I was feeling overweight and somewhat vulnerable. But it didn’t matter. I knew 2011 was going to be an incredible year, and damn if I was never more right.

Throughout the year, I felt more and more motivated, and increasingly renewed with energy. My health improved all year long, and by the end, I was in the best physical shape of my life.

Noah also went through the year without any major health or development problems. I was constantly amazed at how well-rounded a kid he is. I was a damn good dad in 2011, and I never put anything in my life ahead of Noah or what was best for him. I made a few mistakes, but I didn’t dwell on them, and at the end of every day I knew that I’d given my best to that kid.

Perhaps the biggest blessing of 2011 was everything that happened to make my dreams of writing for a living come true. My agent submitted my book proposal to publishers in late-January and I got a more than sufficient advance on royalties. It was enough to let me focus on writing instead of finding ways to scrape up extra income, and for that I’ll be eternally grateful.

Finishing my book went smoothly and the words that I needed flowed until I finished. It was released a few weeks ago, just prior to Christmas, and it’s initial launch was way more than I could have hoped for. I’m now well into book two, and the writing life is good. I love that I am now writing professionally.

A lot of other things happened that lined up good things for me all year long. I was given attention on a national radio program, and was tweeted and blogged about by some of the “big players” on the internet. Because of all this, Single Dad Laughing ended the year at least twice as strong as it started out.

Perhaps the coolest thing was meeting some of my favorite people in the world, and having their support as I went and did good and worthwhile things with them.

I think the most amazing thing was the check I got toward the beginning of the year. I called it my breathing money, and it held me over until I received the advance on my book. The opportunity that brought it was amazing and more than worthwhile. I’ll be forever grateful that such a possibility opened up for me when it did. It certainly made a lot of other things possible during the year.

Yes, 2011 was incredible.

I found a long lost friend that I’ve been trying to track down for years now. I was able to strengthen certain weak relationships that needed strengthening. I grew closer to my family and was a true friend to those I cherish most.

I strengthened myself throughout the year. I was able to let go of all the negative voices completely. I quickly became proud of myself for no longer letting them bring my spirits down. I was kind and respectful, even to those who didn’t show me the same kindness or respect.

I learned to really prioritize things in a way that made all things possible for me. I was able to fit more in than I did the year before. I stopped wasting so much time and energy on things that didn’t matter.

And, I was able to fall in love again.

Hell yeah.

2011 was a great year.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

This year, I decided to do my New Years resolution a little differently. Instead of telling myself everything I want to happen, I’m going to constantly tell myself everything that has already happened.

So, now that I’ve shared what happened in 2011 for me, tell me what happened in 2011 for you! Was your year as good as mine? I hope so!