The Best of 2011

I can’t believe that 2011 has almost come to an end….

2012 is going to be spectacular! It’s full on election season and that just means work becomes even more CRA-CRA!!!

2011 was and continues to be an AMAZING year.  I may not have had as much time to my extracurricular activities of surfing, singing and cooking but I did so much professionally that I figure that my personal hobbies will circle back to me soon.

I started 2011 in Paris, France so the year was bound to be filled with positive outcomes.

I did have a minor set back when I sprained my ankle after taking a belly flop at a busy intersection in DC, but I was relieved to find out that chivalry does exist when I had a whole gaggle of gentlemen assist me at one of my most “graceful” of moments.  The timing couldn’t have been worse as I was getting ready to host 60 people for my annual Mardi Gras party.  Nothing stops for Mardi Gras and that includes a sprained ankle!!  Laissez les bon temps roulez!!

Then Spring came and reminded us that flowers can certainly brighten your mood.

It was a great time to visit with friends and to take trips for celebrations.  I went with Hubs to the 20th Reunion of President Clinton’s Announcement of his running for President in Little Rock, AR.  We hung out with old friends and visited the Clinton Library.  They were kind enough to open up the Library for us to review the archives and we were allowed to walk into the Oval Office replica from the West Wing.
I took the Hubs to Hawaii to celebrate his bday and although we were there for 4 days, it was such a great time eating food, seeing what the locals do and of course, visiting a farmers market to try all the local food! 

Whenever we celebrate the Hubs’s bday, I always know that the end of the year is near.  It’s a fast 4 months to get from September until December 31st.  
Earlier in the year, we were supposed to spend a weekend in Nantucket but were thwarted by Hurricane Irene.  As a result, we went to the Island for Thanksgiving.  I’ve been to Nantucket on and off for years in the summer so it’s generally crowded with tourists (like me!) so going during the off season would be a welcome experience.  We had a great time walking through the quaint streets and supporting the local shops.  

November was busy professionally as well.  I started a second company, www.navigarestrategies.com and we had our launch party to let our networks know.  We also got some great press in politico.com and CQ.  Now, we’re raising money for our clients and working to make positive change.

Every December, I host a Ladies Brunch/Tea to benefit Toys for Tots and this year I had a great time hosting my friends for this annual tradition.

Christmas is always one of my favorite times of the year.  I’m fortunate that I get to visit the White House for the Holiday Tour so it combines my love of history and politics.  Here are some of the beautiful decorations.

As we head towards the end of 2011, I reflect on all the wonderful things that I’ve experienced and look forward to all of the unexplored moments in the future.

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