What's in store for 2012

Ha, if I only knew what was in store for the future life would be so much easier. 2011 was probably the most exciting year of my life. From traveling the world to reconnecting with friends, it was clearly the mark of dramatic change. HOWEVER.....with one day under my belt in the new year, this looks to be equally exciting.  
New Years in Seattle! This is my big sis Susan. Can you believe she is turning 50 next week? She looks incredible.
Before I jump ahead - lets do a quick recap.

January 2011 - My largest sales month for online sales. One of my military troops fail her fitness test and leaves a hole for her to deploy to Germany (hmmm, wonder if I'll have to go....) Travelled to Seattle and Idaho.

February 2011 - Consignment business for online sales is taking off. Travelled to Hawaii for 2 weeks with the military (tough gig, I know). Spent time in Seattle and Idaho as well. Where did February go?

March 2011 - Discovered that I will be deploying to Germany for 6 months. Travelled to San Antonio Texas for 1 week for military training, spent another week in Seattle, Washington working. Lucky lucky - Mr. C and I shared a fun weekend with dear friends in Napa Valley, California (rained the entire time - suck). Closed consignment business and ebay store.

April 2011 - Travelled to Seattle for 2 weeks and then left at the end of the month for 6  months in Germany. Work in Germany consisted of transporting critically wounded patients from Afghanistan to the local hospital. Yay (insert sarcasm here...), I get to wear a weapon on my leg and live in a dorm.

May 2011 - Discovered walking around the base totally blows. Purchased a bike and named her Fifi, she is my traveling companion and we hit the German train station and set ourselves free. Random cities - here we come! Travelled to Germany and France 

June 2011 - Travelled throughout Germany, Austria and France

July 2011 - Travelled throughout Germany, France and Rome, Italy

August 2011 - Travelled throughout Germany, France, London 

September 2011 - Travelled throughout Germany, France and Belgium. Was featured in a documentary by KIRO 7 news in Seattle.

October 2011 - Travelled throughout Germany, France, Belgium. Give Fifi a new home (Ms. Annie) and arrived back in the states on Halloween.

November 2011 - Seattle for 2 weeks, including Woodinville Washington to visit the wineries. Ran into uber-cool-chef Mario Baltali. Finally return home mid month. It's been forever since I've been home - and it feels great! Joined the German-American Society.

December 2011 - A month of traveling and holidays. Back to Seattle (again), Idaho (shopping) and Palm Springs, California for the Frank Sinatra bash.  Discovered clutter is slowly driving me crazy. I purge the house and Mr. C's shop gets a face lift. Hmmm, this type of business organizing gives me a new idea..... (more on that later).

Happy New Year everyone! 2012 will be amazing.

Whew. That's a TON of stuff, not to mention the friends I reconnected with and all of the NEW FRIENDS I made along the way. On top of all of that - I've been able to maintain a blog during this time. I couldn't help think that 2011 was an EPIC year and could never be topped. But......I was apparently wrong.

Yesterday (January 1st - yes, the first day of the new year), I was promoted to Senior Master Sergeant (a huge accomplishment I never thought I would reach) and I also discovered Mr. C and I were selected to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico at the end of the month. Compliments of the Yellow Ribbon program no less for my dedicated service overseas. What wonderful news!!

This looks to be an equally exciting year after all!!



Krista said...

Congrats Michelle on your new position, that rocks!!!!! You and your sister are gorgeous and no way is she 50! Mr. C also is looking pretty handsome. May the good times keep on keeping on!!!!

Sarah Pearson said...

Huge congratulations on your promotion, that's wonderful news to start the year!

Talitha said...

Seriously your family has amazing genes! Am so jealous of how beautiful you both look! Hope I do at 40/50 :)

You had a fab 2011, here's to 2012 baby!!

Talitha xx

Claudia Moser said...

Congratulations on your promotion and it looks like your travels continue!

Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

Congrats on the promotion. Your family has the best genes ever. How good does you big sis look. Happy New Year Lovely X

pastcaring said...

Wow, that's been one full-on year for you.
Many congratulations on your promotion, you've obviously worked hard and deserve it.
Plus the trip to Santa Fe - what a great start to 2012! xxxx

claire said...

wow your sis looks my age and i'll be 40 this year! Well done on your promotion thats so exciting! :)

Hot Pink Combat Boots said...

Thanks for congrats and the kind words! And yes - you're right, great genes. My grandma lived until she was 96 - and even then she still wore pink lipstick and dresses everyday. Sigh....my idol.

Miss K said...

wow, you and your sissy look so much alike- both stunning beauties! LOVED your NYE dress, so pretty. congrats on your new vacation, that's going to be so fun!

Christianna said...

You lead such an exciting life and it looks as if it isn't going to slow down anytime soon! YAY! Happy New Year!

P.S. your outfit is darling!

Sarah Elisabeth said...

Wow! Your sister looks wonderful!! Happy New Year Michelle :)

Lisa said...

Congratulations and Happy New Year Michelle! You look fabulous and your sister is gorgeous! 2012 IS going to be amazing! :)

Kelli Nørgaard said...

2011 was pretty busy for you... Cannot wait to hear about what adventures are waiting for you in 2012!!