In chronological order…
1. Getting promoted – This was awesome for more reasons than just making a lot more money. It re-affirmed the power of focused intention for me. I decided that 2012 was going to be the year I got promoted again. I narrowed down the location I wanted to be prompted into. I faced a TON of competition and a lot of uncertainty, but I remained stubbornly focused on getting that job. And I did.
2. herDIVAspot – This is the non-profit organization that I started up with some friends and truly awesome ladies this year. Again, this was an affirmation of the power of focused intention. It started out as a post on Facebook, which led to a series of casual conversations, which grew into regular meetings, serious planning and a whole lot of paperwork. It was so dope to see a concept become a vision and to see that vision come to life. It was also great to experience the amazing synergy that went on while working with these ladies. For information on out program, go here.
3. Being on Anderson – Remember this? And then this? It seems the producers at Anderson stumbled upon them and found the concept of self-marriage fascinating (if a bit laughable) and decided they wanted to to a show about these women who were marrying themselves. It was a pretty cool experience being on TV. My boyfriend (now fiance…how ironic is that?) even got to come. You can watch the clip here.
4. Cats Meow Media – I incorporated this year. I know everyone is doing it nowadays but it was a pretty big deal for me. It made me feel all business woman-y. I’m looking forward to really defining my vision for my creative projects under this umbrella in the new year.
5. Aruba – Well the whole trip was pretty awesome but Aruba was my favorite spot. Those who know me know that I’m an avid cruiser and that the Caribbean is my preferred vacation spot. In April my cousin, mother and I went on a cruise to 6 islands we’d never been to before. Aruba was one them. We went to this beach club/water park. We snorkeled, rode the banana boat, lounged on the beach, drank umpteen Mai Tai’s, and had some great food. Ahh vacation…
6. The Dark Knight Rises – I had been eagerly awaiting this film since leaving the theater after seeing The Dark Knight. It’s no secret that I loove Christopher Nolan’s work. And while, as both a long time lover of comic books and a cinephile, I’ve been mostly disappointed by the comic book film adaptations, I love Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Most directors get it wrong when doing a comic book film adaptation. They either completely disrespect the source material or they aim to make an adaptation so faithful that they stifle their own creativity. Nolan strikes this balance beautifully. I didn’t think he could top The Dark Knight (and overall I’d say that he didn’t) but, even after all the anticipation, the film didn’t disappoint. And seeing it opening weekend in New York’s only true IMAX theater…major plus.
7. Getting engaged – Do I really need to explain this one? My man rocks. And our wedding is going to be amazeballs. That is all.
8. Sandy – I don’t want to sound like a jerk because I know Sandy was devastating a lot of people. Thankfully, I didn’t suffer any damages or loss other than a few missed days of work. and honestly, it was exactly what I needed at the time. I was utterly exhausted and run down with no vacation in sight. The holidays are crucial in my line of work (read: crazy and stressful) and I kept thinking “If I feel like this now, how the hell am I going to get through Thanksgiving and Christmas?” I knew I wouldn’t be able to take any time off until my honeymoon which was months away. Then, BAM. The storm comes and for almost a week I get to lay up.
9. Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving in my family is always an event. This year was extra special though, because I got to see pretty much everybody. There were extra people at grandma’s house this year and lots of extra food. It was great.
10. Connecticut – The day after Thanksgiving, my fiance, his daughter and I, drove to CT where his family lives. We spent a couple days staying at his mom’s house. She and her friends threw a big party (it was also my birthday weekend) and it was good to meet more people on his side before the wedding.