It’s always hard to fit a whole year in a few paragraphs, especially a year like 2011, but I am going to try my best and use a different approach. Instead of writing a novel I will use lists, short sentences, and photos. Are you ready? Here we go!
Personal achievements in 2011:
+ I pass my PMP certification exam!
+ I graduate from Gaia Flow Yoga 200 hour teacher training!
+ I payed off my car!
+ Cool new toys: Nikon DSLR and MacBook Pro :)
1. Have you ever tried to study on the beach while on vacation? Don't do it.
2. Life will come and bite you at the worst possible times. Like loosing your grandmother in the middle of exam preparation. Or getting hit by people who have no car insurance (expired insurance is soooo not cool). Or getting bronchitis right before teaching yoga. Regardless of what comes your way remember that you WILL make it through. You will always find a way and make it through the hard times.
Recommendations (add them to your New Year's Resolution list!)
+ try yoga, any kind
+ try dance, any kind
+ try something new, any kind :)
+ visit the Dallas Opera if you haven't already
+ write down what you want to achieve and plan to achieve it. writing it down really works!
+ learn to forgive
+ A private tour of downtown Dallas from a plane - thanks Randall!
+ Marko’s birthday. Who could forget that one ;)
+ I try Pilates for the first time in my life. WHAT a workout...
+ Cirque du Solei's OVO performance. Amazing show and performers, as always, and amazing seats thanks to Aida’s assertiveness :)
+ Another successful Crepes party. Aliya, thank you for making it great!
+ My family comes to visit me for spring break. We survive in my one bedroom apartment :)
+ Rigoletto at the Dallas Opera.
+ Mowgli (he knows)
+ Dallas Auto Show - I love cars.
+ Family vacation in Mexico.
+ Kim and Ismael's wedding. I am honored to be Kim's makeup artist.
+ My yearly "career swap" - I'm a stage model for celebrity makeup artist Luis Casta. I get one smoky eye done at least 10 times on stage in front of hundreds of ladies.
+ Pretty major apartment redecoration. Big thanks to Roby and Eric for helping me with "The Rail" curtain project.
+ The Dallas Chocolate Festival the day after my birthday was a gift in itself.
+ Return to Studio 22. It was...very emotional after such a long break. I thought about walking out of class because my body was in so much pain from not dancing this long!
+ Amazing Incubus concert with a very special someone :)
+ This year I've spent more time visiting my family than any other year and I am very grateful for that and for them.
Let's not forget....
Friends' highlights for 2011!
+ Lloyd, Marko, and Milena move to Dallas - welcome!
+ Nickm opens his own spa - congrats!
+ Congrats to Rahul for finishing his Masters degree!
+ Jenika graduates from Aveda institute!
+ Kim and Ismael get married!
+ Stefanie and Brian have a baby girl!
+ Segrei and Maria have a baby boy!
+ Arash and Shadee have a baby girl!
+ Eric travels to the UK!
+ Kate moves to NYC!
+ Danilo visits from NY and Yannick visits from Denver!
+ Cindy gets a new job!
+ Vikas gets a new job!
+ Derek gets new jobs and a new place!
+ Dana graduates from UTD!
2011's been great. Let's hope 2012 will be just as good if not better!
Thank you for reading :)
Happy New Year to you!