2011 wasn't just about scandals, celebrity divorces, and dire economic news. It was also a year of personal breakthroughs. Some breakthroughs are rites of passage - life changes like becoming a parent, quitting smoking, or moving away from home. Others radically change your life and make you look at the world differently. What was your breakthrough this year? Did you go through a career shift, a moment of forgiveness? Did you achieve a life goal? We'd like to hear about it. Write to mbroussard@philly.com by Dec. 21 with the story of your breakthrough plus some thoughts on how you're going to maintain your success in 2012.

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