As the end of the year approaches, it seems that most of the articles are reflecting on the last year. Journalists write about the best campaigns of the year, and the worst campaigns of the year. They write about the most memorable parts of the year, and the most painful moments of the year. Last year I wrote a post called the Final Post of the Year that went month by month through the best parts of 2010. I really enjoyed writing that post and looking back on my past year so I figured I would do the same thing for 2011.
In January, I went to the Dolphins/Patriots game in Foxboro which is something I have wanted to do since I moved to Boston. The Dolphins obviously got killed, but it was still a great time.
I also started my last semester of college at Boston University. They had a few celebrations for seniors.
I had some exciting trips in February. First, I went to Chicago for the first time. I went to DePaul University’s PRSSA conference. I wrote about it on an older blog post. Then I spent the rest of the weekend exploring the city with my awesome tour guide, Nick Lucido!
A week later I went skiing for the first time at Mont Tremblant. It was definitely scary learning how to ski at first, but by the end of the weekend I was getting the hang of it. But I have heard that your first time skiing should not be on this mountain.
In March I did something I had been looking forward to since I heard it opened. HARRY POTTER WORLD!
This month started off bittersweet. I went to Seattle for the PRSSA National Assembly. I always looked forward to my PRSSA trips, and this one was my last. The next committee was elected, and I was so excited and proud of them. But it was also (potentially) the last time I was with everyone in my committee at the same time. PRSSA continues to mean the world to me and truly made a huge difference in my life and my career. I was also awarded with the Elaine Averick Outstanding National Committee Member Award. Oh, and I caught a fish in the Seattle fish market!
In May, I graduated from Boston University with a degree in Public Relations from the College of Communication and a degree in Business Administration from the School of Management. I also received the Gerald Powers PR Scholarship, Blue Chip Award and Scarlet Key.
In July I spent a lot of time working and a lot of time enjoying Boston and getting together with friends.
In mid-August, I co-founded a Young Professionals Network for the Public Relations Society of America in Boston. Then at the end of August, Dreamforce, Salesforce.com’s annual conference that included 45,000 people this year, began. My responsibilities at HubSpot all summer consisted of working on our presence at Dreamforce and planning for our HubSpot User Group Summit. David Kirkpatrick of MarketingSherpa wrote a case study about our presence there. It was memorable, exciting and turned out very well despite Hurricane Irene’s attempt to keep the HubSpot team in Massachusetts.
September was the HubSpot User Group Summit (HUGS) in Boston with 1,000 customers. It was inspiring hearing many of the HubSpot customer stories and seeing how excited the customers and HubSpotters were to meet each other and learn from one another. And I cannot leave out the balloon sprocket at the opening reception. I had honestly wanted to do this since my first day at HubSpot!
October started off by going to Maine for the first time! I have wanted to see more of New England since I decided to stay in Boston after graduation, and this was the first step. I also had lobster for the first time.
Then all my dreams came true, and I FINALLY got the Verizon iPhone!
And I, of course, had to highlight it on my Facebook Timeline:
This month was busy, but at the end of the month, I went with HubSpot to Cloudforce. It was great to see everyone who I had worked closely with all summer for Dreamforce. And it is always fun to meet HubSpot customers and talk to other people about the company!
At HubSpot, not only are we around some of the greatest marketing professionals in the industry, but they constantly take the opportunity to teach us as well. HubSpot, therefore, set up a program called HubSpot Fellows. The CEO and co-founder of HubSpot, Brian Halligan, teaches a bunch of classes on leadership and helps us become better leaders at HubSpot. It is an awesome chance to learn from Brian but also interact with other HubSpotters who are part of the program.
Happy New Year to everyone!