Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Year in Photos

Well we made it to 2012. Sometimes over the course of this last year I had my doubts that 2011 was actually going to end but I suppose that was just a reminder that time doesn't really speed up or slow down at all. It just plods along at the same pace it always has, ushering in the good and saying goodbye to all the hard times. I've been thinking over the past few days about what I wanted to include in this blogpost because 2011 was a difficult year for me and for probably the first time in my life, I wasn't sad to see the year end. Me, the Queen of NonChange, who usually clings as tightly to the past as possible was more than happy to say farewell to this year. At first, looking back, not much exciting seemed to have happened to me but I think now, what I realized is my decisions and mistakes were over shadowing those happy details. So instead of highlighting my mistakes, I want to focus on the good and so I have chosen to do this blog post in pictures. Of the good times. Not all of them were easy to get through at the time but they were definitely worth it. And of course, they all helped to add up to who I am.

In February, I made the executive decision and picked THIS school as my home for the next four years. Still waiting to see how that decision will play out in the long run.

In March, my wonderful mother made my dream come true by taking me out of school to see the NYC Teen Author Festival where I got to meet one of my favorite authors EVER, the fantastic Libba Bray.

I graduated high school. This sounds like it should be a really big deal but looking back, it's not. For me, it was just expected and I worked for it and then it happened. Maybe, in the future, I'll feel differently but for right now it is what it is.

A lot actually happened over the summer.

I went to a Taylor Swift concert (which is kinda a really big, huge deal):
Finished my first-ever manuscript (even though it's awful, it was still a huge milestone for me):
(not my picture - credit to WriteANovelManuscript)

Said goodbye to way too many people including my friends from school:

And also to my amazing co-workers who hands-down changed my life as only fellow bagel makers could:

Then in August, summer was over and I went to school:
Where I met my crazy yet awesome best friend:

And finished my second manuscript (which was still not good but substantially less awful than the first attempt):

I also ran my first race and saw Adam Pascal on Broadway IN THE SAME WEEK.

And of course would have been absolutely lost throughout this whole time without my best friend but more aptly named, partner-in-crime, by my side.

There you have it. My year in pictures. Of course a lot more has happened but I think I did a pretty okay sum up, all things considered. This past year taught me how to dream big and wild and to never give up on those dreams. I am determined to make 2012 my year and I wish nothing but the best for you in all your hopes and dreams as well.

~M. T. Rossi

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