JANUARY: In mid-January, I found out that the back pain I had been having was being caused by a crack in the vertebrae of my spine. At the time, this seemed like horrible news, but a few months of physical therapy later, it ended up being a blessing in disguise. It forced me to take my health more seriously and get back to working out regularly. In January, I also attended my first semi-formal of college which was a lot of fun.
FEBRUARY: In February, my roommates and I threw a Valentine’s day party. I also found out I had an interview at a fashion magazine in NYC. It was surprising but very very exciting news!
MARCH: In March, I found out that I got the internship of my dreams! I also found the courage to end a not-so-good relationship. I think this month was a major turning point that really set the tone for the rest of this wonderful year.
APRIL: By April, I was already starting to get really excited about spending the summer in NYC. I also began to document all the things I was thankful for in the form of weekly gratitude posts. I also joined Pinterest in April, which has proven to be addictive ever since.
MAY: May was all about reuniting with friends, old and new. I also turned 21 and finished up my third year of college.
JUNE: In June, I moved to New York City for the summer. I was really nervous about working at a fashion magazine, but all of the other interns were nice and a lot of fun. They made the transition a lot easier. I also hung out with my friend Natalie a lot, since she was in NYC for the summer as well.
JULY: I spent Fourth of July in Jersey with girls from work. It was an ideal beach weekend and a nice break from the city. In July, I also got to play tour guide for friends from Ohio which was a lot of fun. I also was honored to sit in on a lunch with the editor-in-chief of the magazine which was very inspiring.
AUGUST: In August, my family came to visit me in NYC. By then I was pretty homesick, so it was great to spend some time with them around the city. While they were there, I finally made it to Carrie Bradshaw’s front step, something I had failed to do the summer before. I also started my third 30 for 30 (which turned into a 30 for 17…oops).
SEPTEMBER: In September, my internship ended. I came back to Ohio, moved into a new apartment, and began my senior year at Ohio state. I also took the plunge and became a brunette, which made me feel like a whole new person.
OCTOBER: In October, I got really excited about Halloween. I was Cruella Deville and the statue of liberty, and threw a party for all my friends. I spent this month catching up with friends I hadn’t seen all summer, which resulted in me being a pretty neglectful blogger. I also got an iPhone in October, which resulted in lot of instagramming.
NOVEMBER: Between my cousin’s wedding, Thanksgiving, and the birth of another cousin’s first baby, November was all about family. I also devoured as many pumpkin flavored goodies as I could get my hands on this month.
DECEMBER: In December, I finished my last fall quarter of college (so sad) and came home to Cincinnati for the holidays. I celebrated Christmas with my family, and Santa brought me everything I wanted. I'm a lucky, lucky girl! 2011 was an amazing year.