12.30.2011

LOOKING BACK AT 2011 AND AHEAD AT 2012

Well good morning to ya! Can you believe its been over a week since my last post? I decided to take a little break because my boys were out of school and I wanted to focus on them and just relax and enjoy the holidays.  I hope all of you had a blast!

2011 has been really great to me as far as the blog is concerned.  First up, I got to be a part of the team of House of Fifty!

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Then I was asked to makeover a room at a shelter here in Atlanta for the organization Room Service Atlanta (created by Erika and Dayka)

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With that project, I never would have been able to pull it off without all of you (Seriously!!).  From the support financially, to all of your comments cheering me on, I want to Thank You again for your help!

I started on my bedroom (yawn…again…yawn)

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I think this room is finished.  Seriously, how can it not be??? Anyway, moving on!

I flew out to New York for Blogfest 2011 and had an AMAZING TIME!!!

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My boys rooms were featured in our local newspaper!

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I attended a “meeting with Coke” and met some really cool ladies!

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I cut my hair!!!

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Let me pause for a minute and say that this haircut is my absolute favorite!!! I have never felt so good!  I’m currently growing my hair, but I think I’m going to cut it again for the summerSmile

Oprah came to town and I had a chance to meet…errr, see her!

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Actually, I saw more than just her!
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I painted my kitchen cabinets (again!) and my refrigerator (with chalkboard paint!)

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AND….. I used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint for the first time

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2011 really was a great year for me! I did all of that and was able to share it with all of you.  Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by and read about what’s going on in my little part of the world!

For 2012, I’ve been thinking of a lot about things that I want to do.  When I started this blog almost three years ago, it was basically to have an outlet of sorts because I was (in my mind) JUST a stay at home mom.  Since then, I’ve grown and I’m more appreciative of where I am in life and for my life in general.  I can’t explain to you exactly what I mean in this post, but I will soon.  For 2012, I’m not making any “resolutions”.  I’ve noticed towards the end of 2011 that I’ve been breaking out of the shell that I (along with others) put me in.  I guess you can call it coming into my own? Well, that’s going to play a major role in 2012 for me.  Again, I really can’t explain it right now, but hopefully you’ll be here to see it all happen

                              lakeitha    LAKEITHA_DUNCAN_HEADSHOT

If you look closely at the above two pictures of me, you’ll see that those are two totally different people.  One is who I created over time.  She is the proper version of me who did everything “right” or to everyone else’s standards.  The other picture is of the person inside of me that just couldn’t bring herself to come to the surface because of the fear of what everyone else may think.  She is fearless, fun, and sexy! She loves fashion.  She loves traveling.  She loves taking risks.  She loves good food and great friends! She is a rock star in her own right, and she is ready to be set free! 

I hope you all have a fabulous New Year and I hope to see you back here soon!

21 comments:

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Loved reading this post, you are an inspiration and I look forward to seeing what you make of this new year!!! Janell

Kenya@Greenhouse said...

So awesome!!! Your blog is one of my favorites!!! Happy new year!!!

Kat said...

Love your blog! So inspiring! Have a wonderful new year!

Tricia said...

You are gorgeous inside and out!! I'm so glad that we've become friends this year and thanks to your blog, I've reunited with an old friend. You are an inspiration to many!!! I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for you!!!

Mother of Vein of Galen Survivor said...

Well since I feel like I know the REAL LaKeitha C Flagg Duncan..here's what I think! Here is my preception on you from 2011-2012. I think you have grown into who GOD has called you to be. I agree that you have grown into your own without limits. You are more open and honest with yourself first and others. You take comments (positive and negative) and decide whether they are challenges, threats, or just a waste of your time (NMFF). You have started to find that balance. As a wife you have grown, learning to pick your battle. Because you know, we know, hell he knows your the smartiest things in the relationship! As a mom you grow each day, as do I. GOD certainly doesn't give us a manual other than the bible of course. You have learned the true essence of the Prayer of Serenity. Although you have attended many shows and events this year...they only gave you affirmation on your own deep thoughts. As you crawl into your 30's...you realize some people just ain't worth your time and energy. Feed them with a long handle spoon. And if they get on fire..perhaps you'll consider spitting on them. But don't think to long. :) The small circle that I have often spoke to you about, you get it. Those are your RIDE or DIE folks..We might not always agree with you, but we will certainly respect the decision you have made, because I know your an independent critical thinker. One of the most important lesson in LIFE that I see you and I both learning is that LIFE HAPPEN when you Make Plans. So be flexible! I too am so excited about this 2012 year for you. Can't wait for the ride and wrath of LAKEITHA FLAGG DUNCAN..

Tammy@InStitches said...

I have enjoyed getting to know you and blog with you, wishing you many more successes to come !

Kathysue said...

Laekitha this is a great post and I so agree, YOU are a Rockstar!!! Happy New Year to YOU sweet girl, xo Kathysue

The Sister Sophisticate said...

I have to say that I love you for your last statement. Although all of your accomplishments are great for 2011 the last one is going to be the greatest in life for you. I want that soooo bad for me. Good for you for steeping out on fear. The one biggest fear that I have is exactly what you said...the fear of what other people think. Its amazing how much you can hold yourself accountable for what you think others think of you. YOU BETTA GO GIRL and you did...you did from girl to woman! I gotta say I love that!

retrorevival.biz said...

I really enjoy following your blog:) Wishing you nothing but the best for 2012!

~Cindy

Whisperz...Shhh said...

I am new to blogging and I am enjoying the ideas and inspiration from everyone. I particularly signed up to your blog because I enjoy your energy and I can relate to a lot of your postings. I too recently transformed my appearance with a nice very very short hair cut and reached into my inner soul while the biker diva mixed with the intellectual diva with visions of creativity to the fashionista diva and still working on the minimalist diva....Please sign on to my blog so that we can always exchange positive energy and encouragement as well as ideas...Happy New Year !!!!

Just_Joanna said...

I'm a new reader of yours. I think it's wonderful that you are who you want to be now. It's hard to be the person everyone wants you to be, who you think they want you to be. Thing is, once you allow the real you to shine, you find the people you are supposed to have in your life. I hope 2012 is fabulous for you! I look forward to future blog posts.

Tonia said...

What a great year it's been for you. Well wishes for you in the new year 2012.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Great post! So inspiring! Looking forward to all that awaits in 2012!

Karena said...

Laekitha I loved this post so much. I know I do not comment enough, however I am very proud of all you have accomplished!

Happy New Years to you and yours! Please come and enter my Giveaway from Serena & Lily.

xoxo
Karena

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Brandi said...

Wishing you all the best in 2012, Lakeitha! You should be so proud of all the accomplishments you have made to date! Looking forward to the new year and the new you, and your rock star self!! : )

Erika [small shop] said...

Fantastic post! Congrats on all of your successes thus far! And may I just say...slamming hair cut! I love it. So sleek, so stylish, definitely stands out in a crowd, lady!

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