To be fair, I really enjoyed 2011. I had a good time. It had some parts that were down but definitely mostly up. You thought that I would miss my year-end wrap up, didn’t you? Well, since I wrote them for past years, I figured why stop now… even if it’s already the New Year. Happy New Year by the way!
I started the year training for a half marathon. I was a running machine! I remember going further than I had with each passing week and I felt so accomplished! I was also freelancing and enjoying every moment of it.
I learned how to make chili.
I loved the city even more after coming to terms of being single. I also realized that my friendships were forever changing. It still is.
I had some life lessons immediately this month. I was able to gain another year and I think I got smarter. I started adding value to friendships. I did more painting this year than any other year because I was experimenting:
I also went to see the Harlem Globe Trotters for my birthday. The get together that I planned was fantastic but I realized I would have a better time traveling for my birthday from now on.
I was up to running 10 miles by March.
I was also taking Spanish (end of the year: I don’t think I’m any better than Spanish than before)
I was also still painting:
I did “hand modeling” for an NYC subway ad.
I booked a trip to my country after 15 years because I realized that I could afford it.
I gave up Netflix and Cable completely (even if I hadn’t turned on Cable in years I tried it again for a month).
I also did more painting and I tried hot yoga for the first time and loved it. I do want to try it again.
I rode a motorcycle:
It had been a year since I lost my job at Aviary. Everything went uphill from since that day. I joined the Cement Bloc as a Senior Art Director in digital. I still love it.
The ads that I modeled for went up:
Overall place: 3566
Gender Place: 1366
Age place: 476
Finish Time: 2:04:21
AG gender place: 1561
I did loathe myself for getting injured at mile 7 and walking/limping all the way to the finish line. However, the point is… I finished.
I went to St. Croix to visit my parents and met my youngest sister for the first time:
Immediately after, I took a trip to Dominica after 15 years. It was absolutely amazing. I met family, ate good food, rethought my religion and achieved clarity.
I started slacking off with my blogging since I started working fulltime.
I got so busy taking care of my life and balancing it that I didn’t blog throughout July.
My dad learned how to text (finally!).
I took up tango, which I realized that I absolutely LOVED. I also started the 100 push ups challenge and got a few more boot camp sessions.
I went shooting rifles with Brittany (college friend — it’s incredible that I still have a good time hanging with her when we meet).
I also met Emily Duong who has become an incredible friend throughout the year. Thanks Emily!
I started reading “Born to Run” which made me feel more like running with each chapter.
I lost my wallet and realized that a company that I worked for earlier was taking money out of my account so we got into a legal battle that got resolved later that year. I became aware that companies can take money out of your account once you have done direct deposit with them. I hope this information helps people later.
I signed up for 23 and me.
I did some new style of art which I enjoyed but never continued 🙁
I started this new style of polishing my nails.
I also wrote about my horrible cab experience.
During this month, I got to see my niece for the first time since I was on my way to Adobe Max Conference.
I went to L. A. again for the Adobe Max conference. I also went to Vegas for the first time. It was incredible. I also fostered amazing new friendships.
I made Artist training cards for the first time at Gardenia’s party:
I came back and made my Halloween outfit.
I didn’t blog at all mostly because I was resolving what occurred with the company that took money from my bank account in August. When it was finally resolved, I continued with my life absolutely loathing that I can’t write about what ended up happening.
I learned how to solve the Rubik’s cube:
I came to terms with a lot of things. Now, I just want to keep thinking like this into the new year. I have too much to lose now and I hate how that feels.
I also bought way too many Apple/Mac devices this year (I did mourn the passing of Steve Job’s passing although a day earlier I was angered by Apple interrupting the Adobe Max Conference announcement just to announce the new iPhone).
I think 2012 can only be as good as I handle each situation. So, with that said, “May the best days of 2011 be the worse days of 2012!” Happy New Year!