Wednesday, January 02, 2013

2012 in Review


An old, old tradition of mine. Like... since 2005 old.


What did you do in 2012 that you've never done before? 
Travelled to Bulgaria
Had wine on an airplane
Moved two apartments at once, while ill with a bacterial infection.
Swum in the Harvest Fields pond
Texas Two Stepping (in Dallas with Jessi!)


Did you keep your New Year's resolution and will you make one for this year? 
2012: Just do it. Stop waiting.
2013: Yeah... about that...

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Sarah Bomgardner
Kate Sauder
Melissa Rock
Kendra Tingle
Erica Reitz

Did anyone close to you die?
No.

Did anyone close to you get hitched?
Steve and Rachel
Evan and Maureen
Missy
Chrissy

What countries did you visit? 
Bulgaria!
Texas (Yes, I think this counts)

What date(s) from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory?
Spring Break w/ Maggie
The Road trip in June
An evening in August
An evening in November

What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
A new setting.

What's your biggest achievement this year? 
Travelling in Bulgaria (semi) on my own for a few days.
Learning the Bulgarian alphabet
Starting to structure a ministry
Translating
A Christmas Party

Biggest failure?
Lying.

Did you suffer illness or injury? 
UTI over spring break away from home. Hurrah for Maggie Cox for taking care of me!
The Great Bacterial Infection of 2012 (Post Bulgaria)

What was the last thing you bought?
Dance pants. Same as last year.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Melanie Kammerer
Hannah Ray
Kaitlin Sickle

Where did most of your money go?
Rent. Food. Dance. Drink.

What did you really get excited about? 
My job!
Bulgaria
Various children being born and couples getting married and Maggie getting engaged!

What song will remind you of 2012?
Kept coming back to "Rock of Ages" as sung by Sandra McCracken
"We Can't Be Friends" by Miranda Lambert

Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? 
Realizing that the relief I felt at this time last year was true... but also partially premature. There were many more miles to travel on that road of recovery and healing. There are many more miles. 

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing, damn it.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Lying. Judging.

What was your favorite TV show?
Sherlock
Dr. Who
Gilmore Girls (still watching them)

What were the best books you read? 
Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Somebody
Lit by Mary Karr
From Good to Great
Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

What was your best musical discovery?
Alright. Breathe everyone... I discovered Country.

What did you want and got? 
An arts road trip
3 weeks in Bulgaria
Some life direction
Another shot at campus ministry
A new computer
A place to live in the fall
Forgiveness

What movies did you see in cinema? 
Les Mis
The Hobbit
Hunger Games
Moonrise Kingdom
The Tree of Life
My Week With Marilynne

What did you do on your birthday? How old did you turn?
23! Grilling in a park with a cake and then Cafe and a foxtrot and a west coast and my first ever shots and a walk in the dark looking at the stars.

What one thing would have made this year more satisfying? 
Loving unselfishly.

How would you describe your personal fashion?
Westie. This means: loose sleeved shirts, hair down, scarves, off the shoulder, dangly earrings, leg warmer, I-can-dance-anytime-just-ask kind of look.

What kept you sane?
Tea times
Spinning
Good books
Late night fun (like the pond)

Who was the best new person you met?
Ed Cox
The Clarks
Alex and Abi
Joshua Felstead

What was a valuable lesson you've learned?
-People watch. People tell stories. Help them tell true ones.
-If you punish those you claim have hurt you by continuing to feed your own pain, then the only person you have punished is yourself. Stop it.
-To be isolated is a choice you make each moment. To be in community is to open your shame to light. Don't hide.
-Do not judge. You cannot possibly understand what you think you see.
-Forgive.

1 comment:

Kaitlin Sickle said...

I've been itching from something from you lately. Glad to see the inward train of thought has continued, even though the written processing has slowed. Please give me more words.

Also.. "Food. Dance. Drink."
Lets have sommorea' that.