Where Have All The Blog Posts Gone? Part 2

In yesterday’s post I spoke about what big changes occurred in my life in 2010.  So, what happened this year, in 2011?  Since I broke out my life changes into three categories: love, wealth and health, I’ll do the same again today.  However, I will change the order as it makes more sense for the flow of information regarding what happened this year.

Wealth: The bankruptcy was finally finished last month.  We should get the discharge papers from the government within the next 12 months.

My job search was very long and arduous as I began my search at the beginning of the recession combined with a very powerful, yet niche resume.  I was hired by an insurance firm in March to be their Social Media Manager, but after 7 weeks of watching other’s work, they let me go apologizing they were not ready to be so public or connected.  In June I was hired by Global Financial as their Marketing Assistant and Social Media Manager.  I am filing in for their current Marketing Assistant who is on maternity leave along with expanding their Internet reach.  Their social media plan is slow going is there are many other aspects that need to be upgraded first, such as all the Global websites.  Plus, I am on contract and due to the length of my original search (20 months), I will begin applying for marketing roles again in January.

I had an exciting year as the Contest Queen.  My webmaster and I moved and redesigned the website.  I like it far more than the old one (there are bits and pieces still not finished, so keep checking back for updates).  I was part of the premier of a new TLC show called; High Stakes Sweepers, that sadly did not get picked up as a series.  As things settle down in 2012, I would like to get back to sharing tips, tricks, contests, sweepstakes, rants and ideas on my blog, Facebook, my Page and Twitter.  Be sure to follow me so you don’t miss a single adventurousome moment.  I become the official Contest Queen for All Day Giveaways.  I hope to be increasing my relationship with ADG in 2012 and become more active with them in/on various social media outlets.  I am continuing to sell off my entire inventory at 50% off as I do not plan to sell products in the future.  If you see something you like, buy it, as many items in the store only have one left in inventory.

Due to being so busy dealing with, what equates to, two full-time jobs along with all the other aspects of my life that are changing in such a drastic way, something had to give.  I have not contested in 21 weeks.  WOW!  Amazingly enough I have had no withdrawal symptoms.  The beauty of our hobby is there is always something to enter and when I am ready it will be there.

Love: The bankruptcy trustee recommended we do not file for divorce within the same calendar year as the end of the bankruptcy as it could affect out income taxes for that fiscal year.  Therefore, in January we will officially be filing for separation and divorce.  I am not sure how long the legal process will take, however, I am confident I will be moving into a new home before the spring.

Health: I continued the vitamin regiment adjusting it according to my improved health.  When funds ran out altogether in late 2010, I stopped going to the yoga studio.  As my heart wasn’t in a home practice I stopped exercising altogether.  Months and months went by.  I now want to begin a daily home aerobic and yoga regiment, however, due to stress, my sleep patterns aren’t stable and I find myself too tired, too many days to be bouncing around the basement.  Once my sleep pattern becomes regular again, it will be easy to add in a daily exercise routine.

More importantly my daughter’s health changed.  Earlier this year I noticed a curve in her spine.  Last month she was diagnosed with scoliosis.  This month she was cast for a brace.  Next month we will pick it up and begin the weaning on process.  By February she will be wearing it 24/7 with the exception of sports and bathing.  She will go back to the hospital every 6 months for a check-up and fitting.  They expect her to wear it for 5 years.  She is fine with the whole process, and as she says, “Only mom is freaked out!”  I can’t help it, I’m a mom.  That’s my job.

With so many changes over the past 24 months, I wonder what 2012 will hold?!

2011-12-11T17:40:47+00:00December 11th, 2011|General|6 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. liesje fennimore December 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    the only constant is….CHANGE…hang in there and keep smiling….I do hope the best for ya’s

  2. Nicole December 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Carolyn, I hope you get your energy back and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

  3. Deborah Lajoie December 12, 2011 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Very sorry to read about your troubles and glad you’re on the mend! In regards to your daughters diagnosis of scoliosis…by coincidence there was a piece on our local CTV Ottawa news. A teenage girl has started a support group…..your daughter might want to check it out. http://www.curvygirlsscoliosis.com/

  4. jean December 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Dear Carolyn:

    I hope that 2012 is a happy, healthy, and prosperous year for you and your family. Unfortunately, like most of us, we have to go through those tough times. Things do get better even though it’s hard to see when we are in the midst of it all.
    I wish you a happy holiday season and a very happy new year.
    I will continue to follow you and hope to hear that things are turning around for the better.

  5. Christina December 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Hi Carolyn, If you’re anything like me, or most women on earth (and I remember this from past break-ups), expect your sleep patterns to be upset for a period of time because of your divorce (it’s just natural and feels like it will never end, but in time it actually does, and of course exercise helps, and I commend you for taking up yoga again). As to the scoliosis, I’m so sorry. It is a “big deal” – although it seems like your daughter is adjusting wonderfully – but be so glad that you caught it so that eventually it will be corrected (even if it’s five years – I’ve known both people who had it corrected and those who haven’t, and the latter is not pretty). I feel for you, and I can see that you’re doing all you can to go on. With one break-up of a very long relationship I kept telling myself I’d feel just a little better in six months, and I did, not as dire, but sometimes it takes a year or two years to feel “yourself” again – because yourself will become someone else, not who you have been in the past or who you are now. All my best to you, Christina

  6. Teresa Young December 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    2011 has been a year of change here too – my son is going through a nasty divorce and my father-in-law passed away. I wish we lived closer to do an at-home yoga practice together. Buffalo is a little far for each of us to commute though! I wish all the best for your daughter – what a brave one she is! I would like 2012 to be more peaceful for myself, my family & friends.


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