2012 Year End Review

On January 18, 2012 I left Texas (again) for DC (again). I had a long drive ahead of me, and to keep my mind busy over the long, hypnotic miles, I made a mental list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2012. I knew that I wanted to really feel like I was making great progress in Washington DC, not just bumbling along, swimming in the status quo. I struck upon the idea of creating a video showing all the cool things I’d done, which I would publish on December 31, 2012. The idea of this video reel being empty really became a reliable mental trick through-out the year; it kept me wide open to new experiences. It was a cute gimmick; every time I actually did something interesting, I would think “that’s definitely going in the reel.” Every time I was ready to say no to something, I’d think, “I have to do this because it would be so cool for the video.”

The long story short, I did everything I wanted to do this year except make that video. (The irony is delicious, no?)

This is my short list of cool things that happened:

I moved to Washington DC, a city I love.
I met a boy who made me feel a way I’ve wanted to feel for my whole life.
I went to CPAC.
I met some excellent people, some of whom became treasured friends.
I saw Hugh Laurie’s show.
I saw Madonna’s show.
I saw Kristen Chenoweth’s show.
I went to London on average once every two months.
I saw Stonehenge. (Recommended)
I went to Oxford.
I read 150 books.
I met an Enron executive I’ve wanted to meet forever.
I met two other Enron executives, who blew me away (which is pretty common; they’re a good group.)
I got engaged.
I lost 25 pounds (this was almost unintentional: I just started taking spinning classes).
I launched a company.
I published a book.

It was the best year of my life so far. Now, some thing I didn’t do:

I didn’t update my blog very much.

I have a lot of reasons for that (see above), but that doesn’t ameliorate the slight guilt and disappointment I feel. I’m vowing that 2013 will bring more Enron posts, and a few really cool surprises.

I hope you’ll continue to read and debate and discuss Enron with me for years to come.

Happy New Year!

Cara Ellison

One Comment

  1. I’ve lost track of whatever appeals Jeff Skilling has still pending. Are there any? If not what is delaying the re-sentencing that was ordered?

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