2011 in Review

Well I finished my holiday eating, I’m done digesting, and now I’m ready to start blogging again. I liked Tracy’s Year End List so much I decided to do one myself.  I believe it takes some time to truly understand the past, and that is why I waited until today to review 2011- not because I’m a procrastinator.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

I started a blog and I went skydiving. The blog was a lot less scary.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Yes! I resolved to make my bed every day and I have except for vacations and colds. This year I made a resolution to organize my desk every night. And I made a mini goal of selling 500 BeddyByes by June.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

One of my best friends, Sojo, gave birth to a beautiful boy. He’s the inspiration for my new career!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Fortunately no.

5. What countries did you visit?

Kenya, Mexico, and Spain. And the Dubai airport for 8 hours. Does that count?

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

My company, BeddyBye LLC, up and running…and super successful.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

June 5th when I decided to quit my job. August 5th , our 3 year anniversary. October 18th, Challenge day.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Deciding to quit my job and not having a plan – I’ve never been a risk taker before. Also, coming up with an idea for a new product and actually following through. It would have been very easy to dismiss it.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I always feel like I’m not working hard or fast enough.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had a dry socket after getting my wisdom teeth removed. This is when a blood clot doesn’t form over the new hole in your jaw bone so the raw nerve is completely exposed. I went to an online support group (yes, it was so bad I needed online support) and one woman said it was more painful than when she gave birth. I’ve never had a baby, but I’m going to assume she’s accurate.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My Toshiba Portege. I’ve always been an Apple girl, so it was scary switching to the other side, but I’m so glad I did. This computer is so fast, so light, and has incredible memory – not to mention it was half the price of the most comparable Apple.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Food. And where did most of that go? My hips.

13. What did you get really excited about?

Focusing on the HeSo project. It’s funny how little time most people spend thinking about what will make them happier and more fulfilled.

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?

Oh boy this is difficult. Adele’s Someone like You. I don’t know why I love breakup songs so much.

 15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?  Happier

b) thinner or fatter? Thinner

c) richer or poorer? Poorer

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Work on my fiction writing.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Watching t.v. Damn you Real Housewives!!!

18. What was your favorite TV program?

Portlandia and Happing Endings.

19. What were your favorite books of the year?

Bill Bryson’s At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, and Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections: A Novel.

20. What were your favorite films of the year?

There were a lot of great movies this year. Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Descendants, Midnight in Paris (which I just got for Christmas!), 50/50, and Bridesmaids.

21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 27 and Mike took me to see Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana. It was so exciting!

22. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A four day trip to a warm island without any culture so I wouldn’t feel guilty about spending the whole day sipping cocktails at the beach.

23. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

“Who needs more than one pair of jeans?”

24. What kept you sane?

Marla sleeping on my lap. And Mike laughing at me when I take myself to seriously.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

When all else fails breath. Also, your choices determine who you are.

I’d love to hear your answers to these questions. Leave a comment!

2 comments

  1. Okay Doodles. Just for you!
    1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
    Formed an LLC for a show I’m going to produce
    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    Probably not. But whatever it was I don’t remember it.
    This year, I will curse less.
    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    No.
    4. Did anyone close to you die?
    Fortunately no.
    5. What countries did you visit?
    Mexico, Turkey & Greece
    6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
    My new patent approved
    7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    Jan. 8th – my 60th Birthday Party! I had a blast. My family and friends made it a breeze to turn 60! Yikes!!!
    May 28th – The cast party for “The Best Is Yet To Come”. I met Brian Stokes Mitchell, and he’s the reason I decided to start producing;
    Sept. 21, 2011 – I decided to be the lead producer for “Bedbugs”. I never did that before, so I can’t say I’m not terrified;
    Oct. 24, we had a cabaret act performed in our house. I love doing that!
    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Realizing that a show I was working on wasn’t going to get done, and not blaming anyone for it.
    9. What was your biggest failure?
    Losing too much of my market share in my day job. I need to be more aggressive obtaining clients.
    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    The pain in my knee is excruciating. I will most likely have a knee replacement, and maybe a hip replacement as well.
    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    An Ipad for James!
    12. Where did most of your money go?
    Do you mean disposable money? If so, then “Becoming Tennessee” took the lion’s share.
    13. What did you get really excited about?
    Producing “Bedbugs”, developing a new business that I won’t want to talk about yet, travelling and being invited to be a Vine Reviewer for Amazon.
    14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
    “Carly’s M.O.” , “Silent Spring” and “The Bedbug Anthem”
    15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) happier or sadder? The Same
    b) thinner or fatter? Fatter
    c) richer or poorer? Poorer
    Exercise
    17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Driving
    18. What was your favorite TV program?
    “House” and “American Idol”
    19. What were your favorite books of the year?
    “March” by Geraldine Brooks, Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains”, “Start Something That Matters” by Blake Mycoskie, “Paper Blossoms: A Book of Beautiful Bouquets For The Table (Pop-Up Book) by Ray Marshall, “The Deluxe Little Prince Pop-Up Book” by Antoine de St. Exeupery, and “Force Of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Walmart’s Green Revolution” by Edward Humes.
    20. What were your favorite films of the year?
    I have to join Netflix. I stopped going to the movies because I hate the lack of manners people exhibit there.
    21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 60 and had the best birthday party anyone could have had.
    22. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    If I could be done with my weight struggle once and for all.
    23. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
    Loud, garrish and fabulous!
    24. What kept you sane?
    Why would I want to be kept sane????
    25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
    Sometimes when things don’t work out the way you want them to, it’s all for the best.
    xoxox,
    Mom

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  2. So cool that you did this too! Sorry it took me so long to read it. My New Year’s cold has made me behind already. That and trying to catch up on How I Met Your Mother on Netflix streaming.

    I love how clear and concise your list was and I like your simple goals. I always make too many.

    And dry socket. Ow.

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