I really wanted to look at the moments that changed the course of my life and although a few awesome ones didn't make the list (quitting my "job" and forming a partnership with my best friend and launching my own agency, joining cocoperez.com, meeting Ashley Graham and her saying "of course I know who you are" and me almost dying (???), finally finding my ultimate hair style and sticking to it *lol*, judging WA Plus America, spending some amazing time in LA/Santa Monica with amazing friends, hosting the Woodburn Stores Shopping Extravangaza and working a crowd of over 1,800 people and never feeling more alive and so much more), this list still feels surreal and I'm trying to wrap my head around it. And, of course laughing because I spent most of the year thinking I hadn't accomplished anything - what's WRONG with me??! **No wonder my best friend Mandy felt the need to perform an exorcism and write the MOST hilarious post OF. ALL. TIME. read here, you'll die.**
So, sending my continued apologies to Mandy, you're right....I need therapy, thank goodness I have your pro-bono counciling for now. ;-)
Here are my Top 10 moments of Two-Thousand-and-Twelve....
SIX Being Torrid's Official Fashion Correspondent at NY Full Figured Fashion Week and hosting their invite only blogger trunk show! That. Was. Beyond. At the trunk show, I was asked to open the event with a speech and well, the tears came and almost took over! GAH! I was soooo overcome with emotion in that moment realizing where I was and what an honor and dream I was living. Women I admire and work with were in front of me and supporting me and it was a moment I'll never forget. Read recap post 1 and post 2.
THREE I can still remember the day I walked into Torrid for the first time, it changed my world. So much so, I wanted to work there and do research to own my own store....fast forward a few years, and I was being flown to their HQ in LA and in a flurry of a huge team was treated like a star with a photo shoot and video shoot and feature on Torrid's facebook and more. WOW!!! I need to do more of that!! LOL Watch the video interview and see rest of pics here. See behind the scenes pics here.
NO. ONE MOMENT OF 2012 My baby the Full Body Photo Project went to the next level with the realization of a dream team photoshoot with some good friends that got some crazy fab media attention?!?!! This could NOT have happened without the team effort! Thank you so much to Stanley Debas for the photography! Thank you to Lane Bryant for believing in this project and being our presenting sponsor & providing the clothing!! Thank you to the very talented and VERY busy ladies that volunteered their time to make my vision a reality -- Nadia Aboulhosn, Rosie Mercado, PassionJonesz, Kari from MadisonPlus.com and Samantha Morris!!! Thanks to this entire team's effort, the project/shoot made it into USA Today (see full insert here!) and CocoPerez.com and was on the finale episode of Season 1 of Curvy Girls!