2012: My favorites

Monday, December 31, 2012

I think this is the first time I've really looked back on a year in reflection. So here are my top ten favorite moments of 2012, including the people that made it all happen! :)

1. Europe with my Dad.

Definitely one of the highlights of the year. I am glad that I made it back to Europe (I went in 2010 as well), and I am glad that my dad was able to see it with me. This trip really helped me realize the passion I have for travel, as well as learning about different peoples and cultures. I was able to see the Basque country, which I didn't know anything about before this trip. I was able to walk the same streets as Ernest Hemingway in Pamplona, and see Picasso's Guernica. And of course, I saw Paris again. It was this trip that made me realize that I have to live in Europe.

My dad in the terminal during a layover in Germany. 

The inside of the Cafe Iruna, where it is said Hemingway wrote much of the book The Sun Also Rises (which I really enjoyed, I don't see why everyone hates it)

Hotel La Perla, where Ernest Hemingway stayed.

Me in front of the Mona Lisa 

My dad and I at the top of the Eiffel tower! 

2. High school graduation!
High school was tumultuous, but mostly enjoyable. I had great teachers, great friends, and there was a lot of good in school. Nevertheless, I was very excited to graduate and move on to the next phase of life. Graduation day was one of the most enjoyable days of the year.
Me being silly when taking pictures after the ceremony. 

Me and my bestest friend Colleen after before the ceremony! 

3. University of Denver
I have the wonderful opportunity to attend DU for college. Honestly, I couldn't have anticipated how wonderful it is. I have the most amazing professors that have challenged me in many ways, I have met the most truly incredible people I could ever hope to have the pleasure of knowing, and I have had so much fun. If the rest of my collegiate experience is similar in any way to my first quarter at DU, then college is going to be the best four years ever! Plus, the first presidential debate was held here on Oct. 3, which was AWESOME! The Lumineers played DebateFest, and I was in the front row! It was awesome.

The Lumineers! On my campus! At DebateFest! On October 3!

A pretty view of the bell tower at sunset.

4. PLP (Pioneer Leadership Program)
I have the unique pleasure of being a part of a program called the Pioneer Leadership Program, called PLP for short. I don't think my experience at DU would have been anywhere as close to amazing without the people I have met in this program. Every day is a new adventure, and I have gained incredible insight from my fellow PLPers. I owe some of my best friendships to PLP. Although people jokingly call it a cult, it's more like a family. I know I will grow so much by being a part of this group.

5. Delta Zeta
Never in a million years did I ever think that I would have gone greek. Never. But I am so glad I did. Being a Delta Zeta is one of the best things that could have happened to me at DU. I have met some of the most amazing women I could ever hope to know, and it is here that I have found friends that I know will last forever.

6. Working with my Mom
This summer, I worked for my mom at her business, called DIAZ Group. She is a furniture manufacturer's representative (she sells chairs for various settings, including education, government and healthcare). Although I worked for a parent, I learned so much about business. I learned how to answer phones, order samples, how to set goals and ask for favors in a professional manner. I learned about how to promote business through social networking (that was my primary task). Although I don't think I will go into the design world, these skills will be valuable for any professional setting.

7. Washington D.C.
My dad goes to Washington D.C. every year, and this year I got to go with him! After that trip, I knew that I would have to live in D.C. It was this trip that made me think seriously about wanting to pursue a career in museum work. I need to live there. Not only is it one of the most important cities in the United States, it is also a city full of history. I would breathe and live in history every day. That was one of the most inspiring trips I've been on in my life.

8. Mumford & Sons
Not only was their album Babel one of my favorites, but I also went to their concert at Red Rocks on August 29, 2012. Red Rocks is my favorite place for a concert, and Mumford and Sons is one of my favorite bands. Needless to say, Mumford and Sons was one of my highlights.

Plus, Marcus Mumford is pretty gorgeous.

9. Julep Nail Polish
This year, my obsession with nail polish really came to a head. I found a nail polish company that I absolutely love. Julep not only has really beautiful colors, it's high quality, and I love the brand. It's all about celebrating women, and the bond between us. The nail polish is 4-free, so it doesn't have formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, or formaldehyde resin. So I became a maven, and have a monthly subscription to nail polish. My favorite color is Audrey (it's a really pretty sparkly pink!).

10. TOMS
I have loved TOMS for quite some time, but this year they came out with some pretty neat stuff. I love their shoes, their vision, their mission. Unfortunately, I left all of my TOMS in my dorm room so I don't have any pictures of my favorite pairs. Here are some of the ones I would love to own!
Black Women's Strappy Wedges found here

Navy Blue stripe nautical biminis found here

2012 was a really important year for me, one that I will look back on often. Hopefully 2013 will be another great year!

Thanks for reading,
Zoe <3

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