December 31, 2011

Lolly's Twenty-Eleven in Review

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
- Met Katy Perry. Had a popular image on Instagram. Saw Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Foster the People, and Katy Perry live. Danced on stage twice with Katy Perry & spent a moment with her while she took my iPhone to snap a photo. Ran a 5K. Met Sophia Bush. Raised over $2,000 for various charities. Went to Universal Orlando. Bought a new car. Dyed my hair blonde.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
- I did! View them here. I was a better blogger & Crowdriser. I bought a new car and took a new gym class, kickboxing for a while.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
- If my memory serves me right, no one close but a few friends gave birth to some beautiful babies!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
- Again, no one close to me but I did hear that a few family members passed away.

5. What countries did you visit?
- Didn't leave the country this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
- A nicer apartment, kittens, bigger paychecks so I can donate more money, less anxiety, pretty hair that's easier to manage, a budget that I can stick to, and a healthier savings account.

7. What date(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
- Late January was when I met Katy Perry for the first time at Facebook HQ.
- The end of July when I ran the San Francisco Marathon 5K & met Sophia Bush and Rob from Crowdrise.
- The BSB/NKOTB concert in July. Our upgraded seats, acknowledgments from the guys, and the tweet from Donnie at the end of the night.
- All of the days we spent with our nephew, Jasper. Every moment is a new, cherished memory.
- Our visit to Orange County in early December. We spent quality time with close friends.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
- Recognition of my efforts to inspire the lives of others
- Completing the 5K at the SF Marathon
- Raising over $1300 in August for my Birthday for Love is Louder
- Facing my fears and starting therapy.

9. What was your biggest failure?
- Not doing enough to be able to afford a trip home for the Holidays, again.
- Gaining weight
- Letting my fears get the best of me

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
- Nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
- Donations to projects on Crowdrise
- Our Mazda

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
- Mine, for seeing a therapist to fight my demons.
- Adam, for his continued hard work at his career, school and his life.
- My Grandma, she made some tough life changes in order to be healthier and happier

13. Whose behavior made you offended and/or upset?
- I have had my fair share of disappointments but it's not my place to play the name game.

14. Where did most of your money go?
- Bills and donations.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
"Pumped Up Kicks" — Foster the People
"Without You"—
"You and I" Lady Gaga —
"Tonight" — NKOTB
"These Days" — Foo Fighters
"Til the World Ends" — Britney Spears

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: happier or sadder?
- I've felt sad more often due to depression but overall, happier.

: thinner or fatter?
- Fatter.

: richer or poorer?
- Richer, and not just money-wise.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
- Modeling. Maintaining my weight. Traveling. Being creative. Following through with plans.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
- Being unproductive. Eating crap. Wasting time.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
- Spent it with Adam and his family.

21. Any trips planned for 2012?
Definite: Los Angeles in January and Florida in December. Wishlist: Buffalo/NYC, North Carolina, Seattle, and Denver.

22. Did you fall in love in 2011?
- Nope.

23. How many one-night stands?
- Zero.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
- One Tree Hill, Dexter, Beyond Scared Straight, Pan Am, Wipeout, Tori & Dean, most shows on ID Discovery.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
- I don't hate anyone.

26. What was the best book you read?
- Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
- Foster the People and I got into Adele a bit more.

28. What did you want and get?
- I wanted happiness and was shown a lot of it this year. I also wanted to see family and friends and was able to see Catherine and my sister - :)

29. How much did you change from this time last year until now?
- Every year makes me wiser in different ways and I've certainly 'grown up' a bit more. I have a long way to go to be the person I'd like to be but I'm getting there.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
- I swear I only went to see a new movie maybe twice, but wouldn't say either are my favorite of the year. I guess I don't have any.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
- I turned 25 (ahhh!) and since it was on a Monday, some girlfriends and I partied in SF that weekend and it was a lot of fun!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
- More money. It's not being greedy, I would just like to live a comfortable life with little worries about when money is coming in again. I'd also like the opportunity to share more of it with those in need.

- Time with family would have been nice, too. And seeing more of my old friends.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
- Black. Still wearing a lot of black and over-sized tops. I need to hire a stylist in the new year. It's to a point that I decide not to go out because I don't like my clothes.

34. What/who kept you sane?
- Adam, he's always very understanding of what I'm going through.
- Music, it always keeps me sane. Though I didn't rely on it as much this year as I have in the past, it was still there for me when I needed it to be.
- Monica, she's a beautiful soul and I'm lucky to have her as one of my best friends.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
- Katy Perry, duh!

36. What news/political issue stirred you the most?
- All of the bullying and teenage suicides. The tsunami in Japan. Steve Jobs passing away. Arizona Shooting/Gabrielle Giffords. The Casey Anthony trial. The US Troops coming home!

37. Who did you miss?
- My Mom, my sister & family, my Grandma, Kristen, Lauren, Ashton, Alycia & family, and friends all over the country.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
- Brandi, Michelle and Kristen Gray (haven't officially met yet, but soon enough), Sophia, and various OTH family members via Twitter.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
- If you don't take responsibility for your life, it could easily eat you alive. It's important to be honest with yourself about what's right for you, what you deserve, and what needs to be changed.
- Being vulnerable doesn't mean you're weak. It actually means you're strong enough to be honest and to step up in order to make things right.
- No matter what happens to you, keep positive. The moments that are the hardest to bear are the moments you have to remain your strongest. It will all work out, you just have to believe.


  1. and i miss you too! :-) lets make 2012 a great year! <3

  2. I love your 2011 review - so inspiring.