11 January 2012

2011 A Year in Review

Upon entering 2012, I thought it'd be good to revisit my 2011 New Years resolutions and goals, just to see how many of them I was able to accomplish.

With regard to my Career and Education Goals, on paper, you could say I failed miserably. I did not take the GRE, apply to graduate school, apply for a job in Pittsburgh, or put together my Real World audition tape. I know, how tragic. In reality, I developed contacts and connections in the local art scene that are incredibly important to me, and in the long run have made my life here in Chicago feel more rooted. Additionally, my time as a temp paid off - after over a year of hard work, I was offered a full-time position at the Art Institute of Chicago!! While grad school is still in the back of my mind, I'm pretty content with where I am right now, and I'm looking forward to growing and learning in my new role at the museum.

Holy mole did I put a lot of things on this list.
- I did in fact re-do my room, only to move out shortly after the project was completed. Was it worth it? YES, 100%. And knowing that I was able to achieve a majority of it without anyone else's help (or funding) was incredibly empowering!
- I am pretty sure I was able to read a book a month, if not completely on a rigid schedule. I even blogged about some of them!!
-As far as snail-mail goes, I'd say I made a pretty decent pen-pal in 2011. I even did a fun holiday mailing, which based on the positive feedback, I think I'm going to try to do annually!
-The blog has done really well this year! My goal to be more diligent with my entries paid off, I doubled my blog posts this past year! I also bought my domain! But the best part definitely would have to be the amazing people I have met through Edie and Andy, and the meet-ups I've been able to attend. Readers and bloggers, you rock!
-Go to the beach in a bikini, I know, what a strange goal. I remember buying my first bikini being a rite of passage for me as a teenager, but over the course of the last few years I've been relying heavily on one-pieces and cut-offs as a way of covering up. After some reflection, I realized, I'm only 23! And I'm tiny! So for the first time in years, I bought myself a new bikini that I rocked the entire time in I was in Cuba!! And I looked fabulous.

Going away to college resulted in my losing touch with some close girlfriends from high school. And following college graduation, I fell out of touch with some gals from college! I've been in touch with my lady friends, and am happy to say we are still amicable!

-I visited Adolfo in Germany.
-I visited my friends in Kansas City.
-I visited friends in NYC.

While I didn't achieve every goal on the list, I feel as though I accomplished so much in the last year. I took over my room, did a major closet overhaul, and kept up the blog. I started writing restaurant reviews, writing and photographing with Randolph Street Market, and contributing to make-space. I moved out, got a tattoo, was offered a job at a museum I love, and am dating a boy that makes me really happy!! 2011 was a complete success, and I'm so lucky for all of the opportunities I have had, the friends I have made, and the places I have gone.



  1. You had a pretty kick ass 2011, although I'm sad to see you won't be on the next season of the Real World. I may have actually watched for once.

    Congrats on the job, you deserve it lady! Moving out is a big step and I look forward to finding a place for myself in the future too. And we all wish we could have a dude as great as Spencer to make holiday cards with (keep on sending 'em!)

  2. Also, good choice for your current book of the month. Even though I will forever prefer the film version, the novella of Breakfast at Tiffany's is beautifully written.

  3. you also visited a friend in tennessee! :-)

    you are such a go-getter, sandy, and you blow me away with your positive energy and enthusiasm. you have been a great pen and email pal!