Saying goodbye to 2011. Yes.

Goodbye 2011. I’m happy to say goodbye. It’s been a long year.

Lots of good and a mix of crap.

Everyone knows I somehow landed myself on the biggest tv show for the year. It brought a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of angst. That’s a post for another day!

I’m still not sure what being on tv has done for me – I’m still trying to work it out.

Plus my health has been awful.

However, I am grateful for so many fun times. I got to meet some of the most amazing people. I also learnt a lot about people in general…


More things I’ve learnt:
♥ Absence does make the heart grow fonder. I appreciate my husband more than I ever did.
♥ The grass is never greener on the other side. Never ever wish to be someone else. Their life is not always what you think.
♥ My sister and I are a team. Always will be.
♥Confront all the negative things said about you and you’ll end up on top. Listen to the negatives, hear them and then disregard them. It feels good to grow extra skin and  nothing anyone says about me worries me anymore.
♥ Nail polish is a necessity. Never ever have chipped nail polish though.
♥ Smile and say you’re ok if even if you’re not. This too shall pass.


However, mostly I’ve learnt a lot about myself. If nothing else, I am pleased to say I am happy in my own skin and I know what I want and where I want to be.

Where am I going in 2012?

I have no idea what is ahead for me in 2012. I’m still trying to work that out.

I do know that I am moving house AGAIN in about 3 weeks. I’m sad about that. I am hating the idea. I do want to build a new house in 2012, but I’ve been so unwell so I have no idea if that’ll happen just yet. If you’ve been following my blog for a long time you’ll know that I built a house in 2009 and sold it at the very end of 2010. The plan was to build another one in 2011, but the tv show put it on hold. So we’ve been ‘floating’ from house to house! And, unfortunately this house we have been ‘borrowing’ from Andrew’s sister (who lives in another house) has sold. I have no idea where we are moving to (I have 3 weeks to find something!) and for how long.

So, for The Chambo’s I am sure 2012 will be another journey. I am grateful for ‘my’ people. A good friend of mine lost her sister in a terrible car accident 3 days before Christmas. She is gutted. A tragedy always makes you wake up and smell the roses.

2012 for me, is going to be more about who cares. So who does care? No one, but yourself. I have spent 2011 wondering and thinking about too many things. I want to spend 2012 not thinking and wondering.

I will see my baby start big school and this is the first time in 10 years I will have 5 days a week to myself. Hmmm maybe I need a job! Ha!

Well, it looks like 2012 will be a year of no plans. I have no plans. I have no idea what I am doing about anything.


I can’t wait. Bring it on.


  • Becs

    No plans is good! Means you’ll be more open to stuff and opportunities that just come up I reckon, rather than focused on a goal- happy New Year, bring on 2012! X

    • Katrina (author)

      Happy New Year Becs! Thanks for reading my blog x

  • Kerry

    Congratulations on all your successes this year Katrina, and using those ones they weren’t in the best possible way. I hope 2012 is a brilliant year for you and your family.

    • Katrina (author)

      Thanks Kerry. Happy New Year too! xo

  • Jode

    Pretty jam pack 2011 Treen! I love your list of the things you have learnt, if only more would catch on that negativity isn’t the way to go!! All the best for you and the Chambo clan for 2012, best wishes for your next move, I’m sure you’ll make it work. Just go with the flow! x Jode

    • Katrina (author)

      Hi Jode! Can’t wait to follow your journey this year! It’s YOUR year! xo

  • deb

    Katrina, what a huge year you have had. Amazing really, life changing perhaps. I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you and your family. At least with the moving you will start the year with no clutter. Clean house, clean start. I ave really enjoyed your blog and tweets this year. Happy New Year. Deb

    • Katrina (author)

      Thanks Deb 🙂

  • Cathy

    Happy 2012 to you and your family!! I enjoy reading your blog so will see you back here next year 🙂

    • Katrina (author)

      Thanks for your support Cathy xo

  • Penny

    2012 is almost here. For me I have found a whole new world of blogging. And I have enjoyed reading every one of your posts as u, like me say it as it is and love your family to pieces.
    Happy (packing) New Year
    Let the bubbly flow,
    Pen x

    • Katrina (author)

      Hi pen, lots of exciting things happening in your house this year! can’t wait to watch 🙂

  • Danielle

    In 2012 I’m going to pop in for a visit at your new house.

    • Katrina (author)

      Sounds awesome! x

  • Leonie -Australia

    Well whatever it brings I hope 2012 is kind to you & you have improved health (that’s the most importnat thing) Happy 2012 Katrina!

    • Katrina (author)

      Thanks Leonie!

  • julienne

    Wishing you a good move, good health and a good year…you deserve all three. xx

    • Katrina (author)

      Thanks Julienne, Happy New Year to you too! x

  • Jo

    Well. That does it. From someone who always manages to have chipped nail polish. My new years resolution is NO CHIPPED NAIL POLISH. Starting from now! I’m off to find the nail polish remover! I hate the chipped nail look, but somehow always manage to have it. It’s one of those Mum things where I never seem to find the time to take it off and re-do it properly. Not any more though!
    Thanks for your blog Katrina. We loved the Block and I was really happy to have found your blog. I love reading it each day. Always something I can relate to. Good luck for 2012. I’m sure it will be amazing for you. Take care x

    • Katrina (author)

      Hahaha Jo! Shellac them and they won’t chip as easy 🙂

  • Maid In Australia

    It’s been a mixed bag for a lot of people. Who knows what 2012 will bring but let’s hope it’s a big bag of awesome! Good luck with the move also. xo

    • Katrina (author)

      Happy New Year to you too Bron! x

  • Chris R

    Katrina, you are a breathe of fresh air and I am grateful for The Block for bringing you into my daily life.
    This year for us has been challenging, more health issues with just about everyone, so the only thing I hope for in 2012 is better health for us all.
    Wishing you a much healthier 2012 and good luck finding a home.
    Chris R

    • Katrina (author)

      Happy New Year to you too Chris! x

  • le@third

    hope your health returns in 2012 … at the risk of being seen as intrusive google sarah wilson and see what she has to offer health wise … we are moving too in four weeks Bris vegas via NZ … hectic pack underway while I work fulltime … best to you … your efforts on the block this year bought me lots of enjoyment … see you on the flipside – le

    • Katrina (author)

      Ooo how exciting! Good luck! x

  • Julie-Ann

    Lovely, I care – I really do. And I am sure many others truly care too:).
    Maybe the plan is to get healthy. Take it easy, try to relax and let your body heal. Then when your body has recovered maybe you can look at something more active.
    What ever 2012 brings you I hope it is health and happiness for you, your gorgeous hubby and 3 cherubs:)

    • Katrina (author)

      Thanks lovely xoxox

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