Letter of Love.

Dear 2011,

You changed my life. It has been the best year of my life so far. Just a few of my countless memories of my year in OZ:

Swam with sting rays
Held a python
Drank out of a coconut
Jumped off a cliff
Fell in love with Scottish accents
Tried vegemite
Got shat on by a bat
Survived an 8 hour Cricket game
Gambled for the first time
Became homeless
Jumped off a bridge
Swam with an eel
Moonlight kayaking
Grocery shopping w no shoes
Learned how to surf
Became a beach bum
Skydiving on the beach
Fried eggs on toast
Fed piranhas
Toga Laundry Party
Got my first leech
Girls night out VIP Limo
Surfed w dolphins
40 cent meals @ Hard Rock Café
Became #1 Housekeeper
Tim Tam Slam Parties
Got over Scottish accents
Shark attack across the street
Ate seafood for the first time
Learned to love & let go
Pet a wallaby
Held a koala
Fed an elephant
Pet a crocodile
Slept on a boat
Jet Ski Safaris
Listened to fairy penguins
Snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef
Full Moon Party on Magnetic Island
Slept listening to waves
Stood at the top of a waterfall
Went skinny dipping
Harry’s Tiger Pie
Rooftop Barbie
Bonfire beach parties
Bartender on the beach
Saw wild Sea Lions
Fell in love with the ocean all over again

Time warped for me and I’m glad. A year was not a year, but a lifetime worth of change.  I grew, I digressed, I hurt, I laughed, but most of all I learned. I learned to love myself for the first time in my life.  I learned how to live on my own and not depend on anyone or anything.  I stripped my life down to the bare essentials and not only survived but thrived.  The possessions will come and go, but the people I have met and the memories we shared will forever stay with me. 2012, I have high hopes for you. I promise not to compare you to 2011, but rather learn and grow in the new amazing ways you have prepared for me.  Keep positivity a priority every day, and renew my mind when negative thoughts invade.  Most of all, I promise to keep love first in my thoughts.  Loving life, no matter where I am, who I'm with, or what I'm doing.  Loving every piece of every day, I know that no matter where I end up, I will be living life fully.


  1. Awww cheers to 2012! May it be filled with lots of learnings and just as many amazing memories as 2011.

  2. Love it!! Glad I experienced some of those things with you!

    2012 here we come!!

    Xxx Love, Janeyl

  3. Wow, it seems like you had an incredible time in 2011! I hope 2012 is just as wonderful!


  4. Thanks guys! I wish you all a fantastic adventure-full 2012!

  5. Got shat on by a bat? Lol.

    But wow that is one hell of a year! Hope 2012 is filled with happiness and adventures as well.

  6. An amazing year for a more amazing girl! You left the rest of us in the dust! Incredible post and perspective we all can learn from. Here we all come 2012!

  7. A love letter to you, Summer! You have beautifully shared your 2011 with the world! This love letter is wishing you another amazing year in 2012...

  8. I am so jealous lol!! You've had an incredible year and it's been really lovely reading about your adventures. I hope this year brings you more of the same!


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