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!