2011 was a bit tough for me and to be honest, I spent a lot of time alone or focusing on my own goals, so I won't do this in chronological order but by topic.
Memories? Reflections? Looking back? Errr I obviously didn't know what to title this, so please forgive me if I was misleading. (I changed it from "My Favorite 2011 Memories," it didn't seem quite right of a fit.)
ResolutionsLike most well-meaning people, I started off nicely but ultimately faltered. It's okay though, because these are more of lifelong resolutions for me so I'm going to try again and most importantly, work on keeping up regularly with these.
Work Out MoreStarted going to the gym regularly again, and used my Wii Fit+ and Just Dance 2 to exercise at home. Bought these pink Asics first which I thought were pure white with pink, but then saw the little-girlish design and so exchanged them for turquoise Asics. Umm I should really start working out regularly again.
|Asics Gel-Kayano 16|
Eat Less Meat & Eat More VeggiesIt was my intention to have one Vegetarian day a week, but over time I failed. I do still often eat meals without meat but it's harder to keep track of, so I will probably go back to one day a week again.
|Oklahoma burger at Native Foods|
|mmm beets, arugula, goat cheese, pecans and apple bites, yum!|
Cook MoreI started well but eventually somewhat failed, haha. These resolutions are more lifetime goals so even though I fall off the wagon, I will get back on. FYI I did cook more than once but this was the only decent pic I could find. *shrug* =P
|Vietnamese Thit Kho - carmelized pork with eggs (& sometimes I add fried tofu)|
SummerHands down, summer will always be my favorite season, and July was by far the best month because it's my birthday month.
Went to the beach for the first time in a very long time on the 4th of July, Independence Day.
|ahhhhh I want to go back to this! *le sigh|
Started going to pool parties and bbqs. Got quite a bit of color as a result, and a tan that lasted until December, haha.
Celebrated my birthday. Went bar hopping in downtown Fullerton on Friday night. Then clubbing in downtown L.A. on Saturday night. Then recovered with a day at the OC Fair on Sunday. 72 hours of fun! Best weekend ever.
The fun continued into August!
Went to the OC Fair many times on Sunday Fundays.
|The minion is MINE!!|
|Oh what? Giant minion!!|
|the obligatory Ferris Wheel photo! <3|
|Ready to pass out with minions in the backseat, lol|
|please please please oh please win!!|
First time at a Korean booking club (Velvet Room in K-town). But the young crowd made me feel like such an ahjumma, or at the least, unnie/noona.
Gahhhhh I miss the summer, even though I know it will probably never be the same again, but that's okay because summer is always stellar and amazing in my book. =)
Beauty EventsI went to a couple of Beautylish events in L.A. I'd posted about the Spring Trends Preview event in Westwood but I also went to The Beauty Social event in Santa Monica.
|It's Amy (Shrinkle) from SugarPill Cosmetics!|
|rocking an Urban Decay Starlight Glitter Body Art (sparrow)|
I met a few beauty sweethearts at the Beautylish events.
|Ahleessa, Amy, and Tammy|
|April Athena! I was surprised she recognized me from this humble little blog of mine|
Went to SF and met up with May and also met Cat for the first time! I'll be back again soon!
What I learned in 2011I would say of all things, I learned to rely on myself more. At first, I'd wished for someone to save me, but no one did and so I learned to save myself.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” - Marilyn MonroePart of that meant I learned to expect less and appreciate more, but at the same time, value my self and my time. I've heard time is the most valuable because you can never get it back, so spend it wisely. These days I spend more time focusing on my priorities and my goals. In that sense I am a late bloomer because most of my peers are already happy where they're at in life but I still want more, so I'm pushing myself as much as I can.
Loving. Kind. Understanding. Forgiving. Compassionate. <-- I still want to be all of those things but not if the person on the other end makes me feel like I'm undervalued. I know my worth, and if I feel that someone doesn't, then I'm sorry but that person shouldn't expect any more from me than what he/she gives or shows me.
I am not a selfish person, and I don't mean to sound as such! I just mean that I very much appreciate the precious free time that I have, and I'm going to spend it as I please, on priorities and positive things (and positive people) in my life. =)