A Year of Reflections, with Words and Photos

Wow, what a year this has been for me on and offline. I can’t imagine that 2010 will even compare but I’d be tickled if it did. When I first started blogging, I never expected to fall in love with it like I did. I never expected to find myself blessed with the opportunities that have come my way or to meet as many amazing people that I have. I truly have been blessed this year and am grateful for every bit of it.

I felt like all year, I remained true to myself. I represented myself in a manner that I’m proud of; whether that be personally, with my blogs, with other bloggers & friends, or with brands. I hope that they feel the same way.



  • 1. Bloggers choosing quality over quantity.
  • 2. PR folks choosing quality over quantity.


  • 3. So cliche I know but losing weight.
  • 4. Expanding my community, successfully.
  • 5. Staying organized.
  • 6. Emails–replying in a more timely manner.
  • 7. Spend more time with friends.
  • 8. BE a better friend, mentor, mom, wife, sister, Aunt, and daughter.
  • 9. Enjoy offline time a little more with my favorite things like crocheting, photography, family, and quilting.
  • 10.  Say thank you more.



  • 11. “top” lists.  I hate them.  They are high school and biased.
  • 12. Copycats.   Come on guys, get your creativity on.
  • 13. Bloggers who see other niches doing well so they dive in and do it too, regardless of whether they love it or not. aka copycats I suppose.
  • 14. Bloggers rushing to use their blogs to attack a company.
  • 15. Lame PR pitches.
  • 16. Less drama for crying out loud.  Grow up already.
  • 17. Whining–aka jealousy of what others get.  You want it too? Work for it.

I have always been content with what I have. I don’t want to be famous, to be on the Today Show or a speak at major conferences.  I just want to do what I love to the best of my ability.   So aside from the few things I mentioned above that I want to see in 2010, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. Being me.

Now for a roundup of some of the more popular posts here at A Cowboy’s Wife.





I had a blast attending Blogher this year.

One of my favorite events was with TJMaxx.

Had a BLAST at SeaWorld!!

Proud to be partnered with Lifetime and OfficeMax this year.

4 of my FAVORITE PHOTOS (don’t want to make the page load slowly but i have so many more I love.)


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  1. 1

    Annie says

    Oh my goodness I love those photos!!
    I agree with your goals – quality over quantity….that is so hard to actually live out though. But yes, if I just said yes to the pitches that are worth my time I could do better reviews.

    Here is to a wonderful 2010!

  2. 2

    Audrey - Mom Generations says

    Lori, I love this post! And I love your lists! Those photos are beautiful… the hand in hand is my favorite.
    And I have to admit… TJMaxx was my favorite, too. I will never forget how giddy we were running around the store – with the ladies saying, “Time is up!”

  3. 3

    Kasey @ All Things Mamma says

    Great post – probably my fav 2009 wrap up! I started blogging mid-2009 and have fell in love as well. I look forward to meeting more bloggers and getting to know you better!

  4. 4


    Great roundup of all your wonderful posts. Many of these I hadn’t yet had a chance to read, and a few I’ve read several times.

    Looking forward to reading your blog in 2010!


  5. 5

    Cat says

    Lori, you’ve had an amazing year, with amazing posts, photos and food! I’m so glad I was able to “meet” you this year.
    .-= Cat´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Princess Party Planning =-.

  6. 6

    I love this!
    I used to always enjoy the turn of the year overview and trend watch on TV but lately, the past couple of years I have found them so dated, washed out, trite. I enjoyed your points very much, so fresh!

    Here is a link to a post I wrote about dreaming and making your resolutions happen! I would love to include photos like you did. Your photos are also so terrific!!!!

    - Good times in 2009 to the end of time!
    Andrea C
    .-= Andrea Cook´s last blog ..Planning Ahead for Next Year’s Resolutions =-.

  7. 8

    I love this, those are some of my fav pics as well!
    .-= To Think Is To Create´s last blog ..The Tunnel =-.

  8. 9

    You had a great year, Lori! I am so thankful to have finally met you in person and to get to really know you. But, c’mon, you gotta admit that partying at La Deux was a pretty sweet memory, girl!!

    I love how you included what you want to see less of in 2010. I agree with every single one too! I really hope that our community shows more support and exemplifies the true meaning of being a blogger, in general. There are so many great people!

    The only thing I think you missed in your pictures are the shots of Toby and Tyler (that are in your header). I know you couldn’t include them all, but I really love those too!

    Here’s to 2010!
    .-= Andrea @ MommySnacks.net´s last blog ..Reflection on 2009 =-.

  9. 10


    I love this post and I agree with everything you said and the pics you’ve posted.. love them.

    I haven’t done a round up yet! That’s for tomorrow, sigh :-)

    Cannot wait to see you in 2010!! xo
    .-= rachel-asouthernfairytale´s last blog ..Blackeyed Peas =-.

  10. 11

    Love this. And I heartily agree with 1 and 2 and 11-17. I linked up a meme that I did today. I know, memes are so last year. But I’m packing to go out of town and that’s the best I’ve got! :-)

    Also, had a blast with you at TJMaxx!

  11. 12

    Victoria says

    Beautiful post! You have inspired me. I hope that 2010 brings you MANY good things, my friend! :)

  12. 13

    Misty Dawn says

    Your #9 really hit me, because I’ve been struggling with that decision. I work full time, then I come home and work two jobs on the laptop. I spend all my time in front of a computer working, and I’ve recently realized that I’ve kinda ‘lost’ myself when it comes to the things I used to love so much like photo-walks, reading, crafts, etc.

    Oh, and I really, really love those first and last photos!

  13. 14

    Great post and I agree with everything but I won’t be doing more quilting – don’t know how :)
    .-= Katja of Skimbaco´s last blog ..The Story How Gary Vaynerchuk Saved My Life =-.

  14. 15

    Nice walk with you down memory lane. I love everything that you had to say about what you want to see less of too. But there’s one thing I don’t think is possible – being a better friend and mentor. Lori, you’re there for everyone. No worries about that hun. Keep being you! Happy New Year and more of good things for you because I know how hard you work. (((HUGS)))
    .-= ConnieFoggles´s last blog ..Colgate Wisp Simultaneous Kiss New Years Eve =-.

  15. 16

    alyssa says

    I agree with you on so many of the blog thoughts…aka copy cats. I do think best of lists (for books and toys) can be helpful for parents! I love the pictures and want to come back as your child. It must be so much fun and I love the horses. Happy and healthy New Year to you and your loved ones.
    .-= alyssa´s last blog ..Favorite Books From A Four Year Old Perspective =-.

    • 17

      A Cowboy's Wife says

      Totally agree about products Alyssa, I was referring to the all the top bloggers, top moms type of lists. ;)

  16. 18

    Dana says

    Happy New Year, Lori!

    Great List, too!
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..Crazy in Love with Michael Buble =-.

  17. 19

    Tiffany says

    That was such a wonderful, well thought out post. I would also love to see PR really do their research and work with people based on quality, not quantity. I agree on the top lists and don’t pay much heed to them. They are only one or a few people’s opinion and sometimes we care too much. I love the personal goals that you set for yourself, that’s always awesome.
    And as for the photos, just beautiful.
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..Need for Speed Nitro for Wii – Review =-.

  18. 20

    Love this! You’ve been a busy girl this year honey! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and successful 2010, hope to see you soon!

  19. 21

    Christine says


    Love ya. :)

  20. 22

    Amy says

    I love, love, love these photos. Couldn’t agree with you more on all your resolutions and aggravations and triumphs for the year. I am so proud to call you my friend. Love you!!