Since January is almost over, I’ll finally post my DIY for the New Year.. This is my second year of making a “Year in Review” and I have to say it gets better each one I do. I start by making lists of all of the big things that happened over that year.
Some of the Categories I’ve done are Trips Taken, Things I’ve Crossed Off of my Bucket List, Charities Donated to, and other Milestones (or Top 5 Memories of the Year). It’s something fun I do and frame for my room and a way to reflect all of the many things I have to be grateful for. Being that I love to play around on Adobe programs, I put all of the numbers and categories in Illustrator and made a PDF which I then printed out.
Throughout the year, I’ve started to take notice in all of the big (or little things) that happen, and it makes life even more enjoyable! Here’s a look at my 2011 and 2012 “Year in Review.”
This was a HUGE weekend for me, as it was my first Inauguration in DC (and coincidentally the biggest events of my career thus far). I love DC but this weekend just reminded me how great the city is, the people are, and how lucky I’ve been to have ended up here. There were many times throughout the weekend that I just stopped and needed to pinch myself because I couldn’t believe how lucky I am. Although I’m absolutely exhausted today, it was totally worth it.
I think my favorite part of the weekend had to be with Kate Walsh, at Artists Making an Impact, which I coordinated at O Y A. I helped her fix her dress, and got to spend some time with her (she even called me a Godsend!) I took a photo with her and told her how happy my mother would be (which she was). She was so sweet and down to earth!
Here are some highlights of the weekend:
Rosario Dawson at the Voto Latino event at O Y A, our group that went to the mall to watch the Inauguration, Artists and Athletes Alliance Reception, Wilmer Valderrama at O Y A, and Kate Walsh and I at O Y A (with Malin Akerman in the back!)
I am SO excited because one of my best friends since middle school is ENGAGED!! And even more exciting, she’s asked me to be a bridesmaid!!!
This is the first wedding I’ll be in and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Brittany was the first one to show me how to truly chase around a boy…and even more so, to make them chase after her. We had books with quotes, poems and “AIM” comebacks for the ones that broke our hearts. I always went to Brittany’s when I knew I wanted to stay out late or sneak off to see a boy (circa 6th grade).
She’s finally found The One, and he is an amazing guy…and very lucky to say the least! I can’t wait for the upcoming months and all of the planning!
Here’s how she asked me to be part of her special day:
The most fun puzzle I’ve ever put together!
This weekend, I went to visit one of my sorority sisters, Ashley, who moved to Philadelphia in November. Ashley and I went to college together, and also studied abroad in Barcelona, so when our friend Luke suggested a visit to surprise Ashely for a visit, I immediately accepted.
I haven’t been to Philadelphia since I was in 7th grade but I had high expectations, as I’ve heard it’s a really fun place. It’s less than 2 hours, via Amtrak, so the convenience was a huge factor. Here’s a look at my trip:
Ashley and I at her apartment for her Wine and Cheese party, the view of the city from her rooftop, hanging an IU flag outside, and the four of us at Tressle Inn!
When I moved to DC two and a half years ago, I knew I was going to love it immediately. I figured I’d make new friends but I didn’t realize the extent of some of those friendships. I met Ally (via social media and some mutual friends) and we instantly became pretty inseparable.
Over our friendship the last 2 years, we’ve traveled the country together (Vegas, Coachella, New York, the Hamptons, Charlottesville, Ocean City to name a few) and have had countless happy hours, dinners, sleepovers (yes, as adults) and been through career changes, break ups, holidays and so many more things in between. She’s the best “plus 1” I’ve ever had for events, including ones with Adrian Grenier or Hayden Panetierre.
I can honestly say that she has kept me sane for the past two years (and also even swung me to become a little bit more of a tequila fan) and taught me that setting your own style is only done by taking risks (like floral pants, velvet slippers and furry “pimp-like” coats that only SHE could pull off). Friends like her don’t come easily…but they do go (just physically) to New York, in her case. I had some of our friends together last night to celebrate Ally’s next chapter, which I know she’ll be great in!
Good luck Ally, to such an amazing friend, and partner-in-crime. Love you!!
Just a few of the MANY photos we’ve taken together! xoxo
(I am also now accepting applications for replacement best friends…jk)