Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 Year in Review

This year felt like two different experiences. Pre Bulgaria and Post Bulgaria. I had to think hard about the first half of the year. It feels like another year in itself. Pre was all about State College, finishing up Elements, navigating relational insanity, needing a grounding point and feeling lost. It was also a semester of team work and art making, seeing CommonPlace open and hosting WHY Workshops. And Bulgaria... it was all about learning basic living all over again. It was my new start. And it the old me came too but there has been a lot more to show the cracks and weak spots... and growth. I still feel a general "epic fail" emotion as December closes. It is being countered with a reminder that I am not my hope. And I need hope.


What did you do in 2013 that you've never done before? 
Lived in another country
Pre champ standard
Opened a local art gallery coffee shop place. Hello event planning!


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..
2014: wear more dresses.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Some people got pregnant!

Did anyone close to you die?
No.

Did anyone close to you get hitched?
Emma Tingle and Matt Payne
Mooney and Foxy
Kent and his girl
Lindsey and Isaac
Greer and Nathan
Jon and Jillian
Kaitlin and Greg
Maggie and Dan

What countries did you visit? 
Bulgaria
Serbia
Sweden
Dominican Republic
Turkey
Portland

What date(s) from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?
May 13ish
May 27
July 17

What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Assurance.

What's your biggest achievement this year? 
CommonPlace in State College
WHY Workshops.
Living abroad
The small language victories
Final showcase
Teaching!

Biggest failure?
Evading repentance for too long.

Did you suffer illness or injury? 
Various stomach issues in Bulgaria
Mental... low points.

What was the last thing you bought?
My checked luggage to Sweden for Christmas.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Anyone who wrote me a letter.

Where did most of your money go?
Travel. Food. New starts.

What did you really get excited about? 
Getting a Fulbright
Glen Workshop
Dating Robbie Fraleigh
Opening CommonPlace

What song will remind you of 2013?
"This is Not the End" by Gungor

Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? 
Happier. 

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Being genuine.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Evading

What was your favorite TV show?
Parenthood. No other competitor comes close.

What were the best books you read? 
Anna Karenina

What was your best musical discovery?
Gungor.

What did you want and got? 
A Fulbright to Bulgaria
Dating Fraleigh
A new start
What movies did you see in cinema? 
Catching Fire
Ender's Game
Startreck


What did you do on your birthday? How old did you turn?
24. BBQ and Sangria night at the Haven. Shared with Fraleigh.

What one thing would have made this year more satisfying? 
A way to track teaching. More new friends. Attending the weddings I missed.

How would you describe your personal fashion?
I can pack it in a backpack and go. Mascara if I am lucky. Introduction of H&M.

What kept you sane?
Elements team: Steve Erica Josh Kristen
The Browns. Gary's office on day long loans. 
Phone calls home
The Calvary Prayer team
My team of 6 women who pray for me daily
The small victories 

Who was the best new person you met?
Irina

What was a valuable lesson you've learned?
Admit you were wrong. 
Accept the things that can't be helped. Don't give up on the things that can. 

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