updated 01/01/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/02/2012 AT 9:15 AM ET
There were highs and there were lows for Kim Kardashian in 2011.
It was the year she got engaged to basketball star Kris Humphries, the year she walked down the aisle in a fairy-tale wedding – but also the year she watched her divorce play out in headlines after only 72 days of marriage.
“I learned to always follow [my] heart,” Kardashian, 31, told PEOPLE while ringing in the new year with her mother, Kris Jenner, at Tao Las Vegas for the second year in a row Saturday night.