2011: My Year in Review

Each year that passes brings bigger and more exciting things, as it should, right? 2011 was probably one of the best years yet. Although there were the inevitable moments of hardship, disappointment and mistakes, life wouldn’t be LIFE without those bumps that force us to become stronger, wiser people. Can I get an amen? Anyway, here’s a breakdown of my year.

January: The Month I went Pro-Bono

I joined Taproot and worked as the graphic designer on a brochure project for the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay. We worked on this project for just around 6 months, and it was the best experience I’ve had working in a pro-bono capacity. My team was fabulous and I can’t wait to work on another project with Taproot.

February: First Trip Abroad

I traveled to London with one of my favorite people, Brianna, to visit another one of my favorite people, Kendra. The trip was so so great; I miss London so much. Such a beautiful city.

March: My Birthday Month!

This year, my dream of having a karaoke birthday was realized. Not that getting all of my friends to karaoke is a huge feat, but it was such a wonderful feeling to see how many friendships I’ve developed over the last 2 years in the Bay Area. I felt very loved and very lucky. Also, it’s just fun to sing your heart out in front of your friends… and strangers! Also, this year I decided to buy myself a birthday present, as seen above with my sparkly red Jeffrey Campbell platforms. Yay!

April: Cousin Day

At least once a year, my cousin and sisters drive up to San Francisco to stay with me for a long weekend. We gallivant around the city, my cousin Ryan comes in from Oakland and we just hang out, laugh and eat good food. When everyone leaves I get sad, but I always look forward to our next cousin “day”.

May: First Big Craft Show

I took Babushka Designs down to Los Angeles to team up with Late to the Revolution at Unique LA. There were over 350 vendors, we saw many a D-list celebrity, and just had an all-around great time. I (again!) was lucky to have the support of so many friends and family members who drove to LA to stop by, say hello, and buy some stuff. Also, it’s always fun hanging out with Traci and Patrick and tagging along on their vegan food adventures. My digestive tract was so happy that weekend, lemmetellyou.

Oh! And I know I’m trying to only highlight one thing per month, but May is also when I met one of my heroes, John Waters. How freaked out/excited/weird do I look in this photo?

June: My Baby Sister Graduated

In my eyes she’ll forever be 9-years-old. That’s how old she was when I left home for college. She’s grown up to be a beautiful young lady with an excellent sense of style (even though I have to sometimes lecture her about how leggings are not pants). She has a promising future ahead, and I’m excited to see where life takes her.

July: The Birth of Mandatory Craft Days and Crochet Dates

July was a month full of crochet dates, movies, happy hour, and general good times spent with good friends, and the first of hopefully more mandatory craft days with J & K. It’s amazing how relaxing it is to hang out in your friend’s studio apartment on a Sunday with your craft of choice, music in the background, good conversation and snacks.

August: Fun with Fascinators and Themed Parties

August was another month of lots of friend time, discovering new bands (Gabby Young and Other Animals), and learning how to bake bread!

September: LA > Tahoe > San Francisco

September was the month of roadtrips and visits with more of my favorite people. J and I drove down to LA for FYF Fest and stayed in a studio apartment we booked through AirBNB and had a wonderful Thai Town/Little Armenia experience. The following weekend 3 friends and I drove to Tahoe (which was scary at times!) to stay in K’s grandma’s cabin for the weekend and explore the town, and Reno… even though I didn’t realize it was Reno when we were there. Lastly, my good friend K (I’m starting to realize a lot of my friend’s names start with K!) flew up to visit for the weekend and it was so great to see her, finally check out The Smiths tribute night at Milk Bar, and people watch. San Francisco is a great place to do that.

October: Wedding Madness!

With my sister’s wedding coming up in November, October was the month of bridal activities. Her bridal shower and bachelorette party were so much fun, and I’ll never forget either of them. Especially the fact that my grandma sat right in front of my sister as she opened her scandalous gifts.

November: My Sister Got Married!

It was a week of prep, running around town, seeing family and friends, bonding with the bridesmaids and just having a great time celebrating Kristina & Jonathan.

December: Renegade SF & Family Time

December was quite the busy month! The SF Holiday Renegade Craft Fair was a lot of fun and a great experience. Above is the video a friend of mine shot while he was there. I met a lot of really great people and had a blast hanging out with Traci & Patrick all weekend. Always a treat!

Bonus: Because there are always more photos…

1.) Spending time with my parents, 2.) Finally seeing not one, but TWO capybaras in the flesh at the SF Zoo, 3.) Many Midnites for Maniacs at the Castro Theater, 4.) Seeing Cibo Matto and feeling like a college student again, 5.) The Jimenez sisters visit Alcatraz, 6.) Although our book club dissolved, we still keep and touch and it’s lovely when we get together, 7.) Trip to Tahoe, making the most of the cold summer weather, 8.) Finally decorating my apartment, 9.) Experimenting with food, 10.) Getting into drawing again, 11.) Learning how to make bread from scratch!, 12.) SF Family Thanksgiving, 13.) Visits from Katrina (and bottomless mimosas!), 14.) Visits from Andy & Chandra, 15.) Playing games created for kindergarteners and getting confused, but still having fun, 16.) Lots of inventory and planning this year for craft shows, 17.) San Francisco food adventures with Judy, 18.) Fun events in SF like Bay to Breakers – this group costume’s message: “Use birth control!”

That concludes this 2011 Year in Review. I’m excited to see what 2012 has in store. We’re already 3 weeks in and I’m feeling nothing but positivity and excitement about this year, and I hope you are too. Cheers!

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