the best of my 2011

3 01 2012

I feel like I’m on a roll, and that 2012 has a LOT to live up to, as I look back on the past year. For the second year in a row, I’ve moved across the country and been widely recognized for my social media. I’ve grown as a person, learned a lot, and met a lot of amazingly important people. Beyond that, I learned how to juggle being a workaholic, but also living life for me and for fun as much as possible.  Now, I’m saying goodbye to last year and blindly walking into this year, being slightly terrified to find out what it holds for me. It’s a good terrified, though. It’s the kind where I’m so open for surprises, and as long as I’m making more dreams come true, I’m down for whatever curveballs are thrown at me. In fact- the more, the better!

Before I keep it moving, I’m going to take one more look back at what 2011 meant to me, and my best moments of the year.

The 90s Dance Parties

I brought the 90s back in a major way in College Station, and from day one of being there, I kept trying to prove that I could get a successful 90s happy hour event going every week. FINALLY they let me give it a try, and I proved that I was right. Playing games like Twister and Simon Says with listeners and friends every week was not only a blast, but a huge accomplishment in being able to say “I told you so!” It’s always fun to be able to say that.

Pool days in College Station

Okay, so this isn’t any major feat or something to be proud of, but it’s definitely something I brag about and always remember when I look back on Summer 2011. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, I’d wake up, my friends would huddle up, and we’d head to the pool for a day of partying. You tell me a better way to spend your weekends, especially when you’re not even a college student, and I’ll probably call you a liar.

Mardi Gras

One of the things I vowed to do when I was in Texas, is go to as many of the nearby cities as possible. When Mardi Gras rolled around, nothing was gonna stop me from driving the short 7 hours to see a bunch of boobs. It put me in debt and took 11 hours to get there, and there were non-stop tornadoes that kept us from seeing any parades, but it was worth it. You don’t get to experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans every year. 

My goodbye parties

My friends in Texas made it really hard to leave, and with everything they did to bid me farewell, it was even harder. I had two goodbye parties, one with the station/listeners, and one for just my friends. ALL of my friends were at BOTH parties. That would be enough for me, but they went beyond it by getting me real cowboy boots, Aggieland t-shirts that were signed, and more. They really do go big or go home down there, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it.

Moving to Virginia Beach

Part of this moving process was great, liberating, and fun… but only about 10% of it. Packing- miserable [and would have never gotten done if it weren’t for my friends coming over to help me, even if we did take breaks to pool it up and watch really bad TV “porn”]. Finding a new place to live- stressful. Having no home for over a month- uncomfortable. Getting all of my stuff stolen or broken by the moving company with no repayment- nearly life-ending. BUT! I managed to learn a lot, and the drive wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it’d be, especially with the slut by my side. Now I know that if I ever move again, I will not be hiring a company. I’ve never trusted people to do my work before, and I’m not sure why I did this time, but I won’t do it again.

Getting a Texas Social Media Award

I wonder if they hate that I got the award 9 months into my stay in the state, and left 5 months later, but it’s too late now! I am beyond thankful for the people who stepped forward to recommend me for the award and support me after everything I asked for just months earlier during the TJ competition. I felt like a little girl in a very big world at the ceremony, but it was amazing to meet fellow social media know-it-alls and really experience a Texas life.

Starting “Why Party Today?”

When I got my green screen for Christmas, I brainstormed for the best ideas to use it as much as possible. Since I love telling everyone the reasons to celebrate, my coworkers and I decided to dedicate ourselves to daily videos that tell the world what the day’s reason to party was. It was a lot of work, and multiple hours were added on to my work schedule every day, but being able to get so creative every day was a lot of fun. Luckily most of the dates are the same every year, and we started in January… so you can keep up all over again!

Getting the job at HOT 100.5

It was a very interesting process. One day I was meeting Corey on Facebook and doing something for his show on HOT 100.5, the next day I was meeting him and his coworkers during my birthday weekend, and suddenly they were offering me a job. Well, maybe it didn’t happen nearly that fast, but it did happen in a bizarre way that I wasn’t entirely prepared for. You’ve heard it from me and plenty of other people, and I’ll say it again- the best way to get a new job is to network in any way possible.

There were a ton more moments that I’ll always remember like my birthday, helping Joplin residents after the awful tornado, several interviews, and the in-house Tim Halperin concert.
Seriously 2012, bring it on, and bring it hard.. because both 2010 and 2011 blew me away, and I’m prepared for the best now.




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