2011 wasn't just about scandals, celebrity divorces, and dire economic news.

It was also a year of personal breakthroughs: Life changes such as becoming a parent, quitting smoking, or moving away from home; experiences that 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. E-mail 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.