08 January 2013

Highlights of 2012...part 1

2012 was possibly my least favorite year in recent memory, there I said it. It seems that several people had a rather rough 2012. When I was chatting with a friend about it, she said she was calling 2012 a "transitional year" instead of calling it a horrible year. I thought that was a good way to put a positive spin on it so I've adopted it too. 2012 was not all bad though. Here are some highlights from the year:

The Burning
I started off the year with a great girls weekend with Jen, Jane, and Sharon. We cooked, watched movies, survived a weevil attack, had a Ya-Ya Sisterhood-esque fire ceremony, went out for a fancy dinner, and just enjoyed a lovely, loungy weekend.

I turned 27 years old this year. Yikes! I took the day off work which was so fantastic. I went to my favorite spin class, got a massage, had lunch with some friends. My dear friend Ashley threw me a lovely birthday dinner at her place the weekend after and we had cake at dinner group the Sunday after. It was a good birthday and my friends made me feel so loved!

Last day at Deloitte!
Early this year I made the decision to quit my job. I had been very unhappy with my job for a long time. After I decided to quit, it felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders!!  While I was sad to say goodbye to my dear friends that I worked with, I was happier than happy to walk out of there my last day. I haven’t regretted my decision to leave once!

Ladies of leisure time with Sarah
I had a month between when I quit my job and when I left NYC. It was so fun to be a lady of leisure in SLC and luckily my friend Sarah was a lady of leisure too! We went to museums, did some touristy things, and accomplished a Tour de Shake Shack, visiting every Shake Shack in Manhattan.

Italy trip!!!!
One thing I was looking most forward to in 2012 was running the Rome, Italy marathon! Unfortunately, my body had a different idea and a stress fracture prevented me from running. I had already booked my tickets so a running vacation turned into just a vacation vacation.  It was SO SO fantastic to be back in Italy again. Jane and I had such a fab time roaming around Florence and Rome, eating delish food, and of course sampling all kinds of gelato!

Goodbye NYC
At the end of April, I bid farewell to my NYC life. I visited all my favorite spots, packed up my room, and managed to get incredibly sick before leaving (I was in bed 2 weeks after I got back to SLC). My friends Ashley, Jen, and Sharon hosted a great going away party at their apartment and I was able to see all my favorites one more time before I left.

Trip to DC for Ashley's wedding
A month and a half after I left NYC, I returned back to the east coast for the wedding of my dear friend Ashley!! Karen and I flew into NYC, spent the day there then drove to DC for the wedding festivities. Ashley’s wedding was so lovely and classy and I’m so glad I was able to be there to share the day with her and Eric!

**Apparently the only photos I took that weekend were of me and KLR at IHOP...

Tennis lessons!
I signed up for tennis lessons through the Cottonwood Heights rec center and rediscovered my love for tennis. We had a great, small class. The teacher was adorable. And the other ladies in the class were so great. One of my favorite parts of summer for sure!

More highlights of 2012 to come...