To start off the year, my work paid to send the entire company on a three day ski trip to Sundance, Utah. It was a cool surprise, even if it did force me to spend three days trapped on a mountain of snow. After two days of hiding inside our mountain home doing puzzles, I finally gave skiing a try. I was NOT good at it.
Back in Chicago, we were facing an even bigger opponent than the World Champions- NATO protestors.
One of the other fantastic things that happened around this time was that I published my first book, The Shadows, on Amazon. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had a lot of fun learning. Once I got started, I couldn't stop myself from writing more and more books. But we'll get into that more a little bit later.
About a week after this, we all headed down to Mexico for a week long celebration, capped off by their beautiful wedding on the beach. It was such an amazing time, we all want them to do it again every year.
Sidenote- there was a celebrity wedding that same weekend and we got to see Michael Bay and have a drink with the Old Spice Guy.
So that takes us through June.
In July, I move apartments and accepted a new job. Big, scary changes but I don't regret either of them.
August was a month of adjustments, and a bit of a reprieve before September. I started traveling for work and finally got to visit Philadelphia. Very cool city.
My friends and I drank a few Miami Vices and spent a lot of time by the pool. I'm ready to go back there, too!
In early December, I made another work trip to DC and NY. It was my first time ever in DC and I loved it. Can't wait to go back for fun some time and actually visit some museums.
I got stopped by the presidential motorcade twice while I was there which means that the president may or may not be stalking me. I also got stopped by him in Chicago on election night, and by Air Force One in Warsaw, Poland. Don't ask- long story.
It wasn't always a perfect year. My family had some crazy health scares, and life threw some curveballs. But when I look back at the past year, only one word comes to mind that summarizes it all. BLESSED.
With that, I wish you all the happiest of new years, and don't forget to count your blessings.