Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 In Review

In which I intersperse these questions with my favorite pic I took from each month. Or my favorite meme. Haven't decided yet.

January: Ik this isn't a great pic, but it captures my AZ skies <3 td="">

What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Oh gosh a lot! I drove by myself, helped run a music merchandise booth, went to a 2 week music camp, went to a singing convention, went to NQC, went to Las Vegas, stayed in a hotel room by myself, visited parts of Texas I had never been to when we drove to AZ, started college, and played for a gospel group WHAT

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make one this year?

Let's see, my New Year's goals for last year probably went horribly. I didn't have great blog posts, I didn't record all my arrangements, I didn't meet my Goodreads goal, BUT I did stay connected to most of my long-distance friends. Also, I made it a goal to play for a gospel group, but kinda "gave up" on that goal cuz I knew I couldn't put it together myself but then God was like BAM here ya go!

I'll probably make a Goodreads goal. I've found a consistent library schedule, at least for winter break... And I want to get back to journaling. I'm not promising anything on the blog. There are also several music goals I want to tackle, but those kind of have to stay on hold until I learn the songs for this Fine Arts Competition I'm accompanying for...

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Kinda. A girl who was in my dad's youth group when my dad was a youth pastor many moons ago and now goes to our church had the cutest little girl who my mom watches sometimes.

Did anyone close to you die?

Unfortunately, yes. She was a new friend I had met less than a month ago, and she was such an encouragement to me for the short time I knew her. That was a hard week.
February: I got to meet my fave pianist!
What countries/states did you visit?
Okay, y'all ready for this? Let's go west to east: California, Nevada, Arizona (duh), New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee (duh again). I ALMOST got to Alabama, and Lord willing, when this publishes, I'll be in Georgia!!!

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

A financial aid scholarship... I could always use more patience. Possibly a full-time gig playing for a group but idk if that will happen.

What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory?

July 10 - The day I met some of my best friends

Did you move anywhere?

Yes, from Phoenix to Nashville, and I do not recommend any moves, but particularly cross-country ones. Bad for the emotions, constitution, digestion, and any other -tion in your body XD
March: The Pat Tillman Bridge between Nevada and Arizona
What was the best month?
April was fun because I got to hang out with my school friends a lot, graduated high school (!!), and got to go to California to hang out around southern gospel music!! And July was fun because half of it was at music camp, and I wish I could stay there forever.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting paid to play the piano for my regular job and for a gospel group. Also, I've managed to drive to another state by myself so there's that.

What was your biggest failure?

Probably wasting time and not sleeping like I'm doing right now

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Not really amazingly. Everyone else in my family got sick but I literally had no time to get sick and I told my body we couldn't do that so I didn't really get sick!

April was so fun! The Lemon Hills in California

What was the best thing you bought?

Well, the tuition for my music camp probably. But I also bought tickets to NQC and a ferris wheel that was way too expensive but way too fun.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Eh the nation's. The world's. Christians at times, mostly including myself.

Where did most of your money go?

hahahahahahah Vol State, textbook dealers, and gas

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Um music camp, NQC, Great Western Fan Festival, New Year's Eve!!!
May: Not gonna lie, May was horrid
BUT I did go to the zoo, see friends, and drink lots of slushies

What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?

Oh gosh, this is hard because living in Nashville lets me go to so many XD Probably NQC because there were so many good artists and I got to hang with friends, but maybe the Great Western Fan Festival because I got to work behind the scenes and learned sooo much!

What song/album will always remind you of 2016?

There's this group called Cana's Voice that put out an album that I listened to sooo much this summer. Also, my friend Trevor released his piano album, and the group I played for released their album so lots of good 2016 music vibes.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. happier or sadder?  Happier!
2. thinner or fatter?  Um maybe thinner because I don't have time to eat lol
3. richer or poorer?  Richer, I think...

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Sleep, read, play the piano, sleep

June: Nashville is such a beautiful city with awesome public spaces!

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Freaking out, stressing out like I did literally 3 hours ago

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Like I said up there somewhere, Cana's Voice is so great to listen to. I also discovered Harry Connick Jr this year, and he's pretty great! Also, my piano teacher, another great musical discovery, has a group, and I love that album so much!

How did you spend Christmas?

My Grandma came over on Monday before Christmas, and then we went to my other grandparents' house Wednesday-Saturday, and got a trip to Dollywood in! (and season passes so my joy cannot be contained!!!!). We spent a quiet day at home and church Christmas Day. Opened presents, ate entirely too much, and just enjoyed each others' company.

How are you spending New Year’s?

Like I said, Lord willing when you read this, I'll be in Georgia at a singing convention till MIDNIGHT, and then I'm driving back to a friend's house so she can play piano at her church the next morning, and then I'll probably drive home and crash. rip my sleep schedule. Not that it was alive anyway...
July: There are natural bodies of water in TN with grass near them
I don't understand how this is possible
Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
I hate talking on the phone, so this would again be my college... But I love texting and Snapchat saves my relationships

What was the best book you read?

Ok, I could have read more this year. I really could have. I just kind of took a hiatus when we moved and then school started. But now that I've got my own library card and have discovered that my library actually has a lot of books, I plan to read a lot more next year. 

That being said, I read a lot of good books this year, but most of them I read over 6 months ago so here goes my faves from what I remember and Goodreads. 

Fiction: North and South 
Nonfiction: either God's Smuggler or Home by Julie Andrews

What was your favorite TV show?

The Flash! My name is Barry Allen, and I am the fastest man alive!

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No, but there's probably people I don't like as much.

August: idk fam so here's a pic of my grandma's dog by her cool barn

What did you want and get?

A new laptop, a record player!

What did you want and not get?

Financial aid for college but I can't complain cuz God provided, and I'm so blessed!

What were your favorite films of this year?

Chariots of Fire is a great movie I rediscovered. I've only seen it 2x cuz it's sooo long, and I have the attention span of a 10 year old when it comes to movies. Also, Rogue One was spectacular. Also, tonight a friend introduced me to the 1966 Batman and that is the most hilarious movie ever. It's like a parody of Batman, and it's awesome!

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 18, regretted it for like a week, hung out with cool 18yo peeps, and resigned myself to adulthood. I actually graduated the day before my birthday, and I got to go to California to help with a concert so that was fun!!! Also, I ate really good burritos.

September: I went to my first singing convention
and played backup piano lol
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
If I like it, nobody else does. Also, I hate boots because they make my feet feel clunky and loud, but I can't just wear flats without socks or anything because apparently that's not what one does in this part of the country in the winter and I resent that greatly. Sorry, but had to get that out there.

What kept you sane?

Basically just God. Also Snapchat streaks.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Ya know y'all, a lot of celebrities died in 2016, but I didn't really know any of them until Carrie Fisher AKA Princess Leia died today, and that kinda punched me in the gut. Like I can't really believe it? Anyway, Daisy Ridley and Julie Andrews are still my faves.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Idk. This sounds like a complaining question, because 2016 had its very rough patches, but you can't really fix those without rewriting my life and God's plan so idk

October: October was great!!
Here's the view from the aforementioned ferris wheel
What political issue stirred you the most?
The election that I legit only discuss with like 3 people because all sides make me mad.

Who did you miss?

Like everyone

Who was the best new person you met?

I met so many awesome new people, and I got immersed in a totally new culture of singing schools and singing conventions. I can't really say. I met my piano teachers, and they're pretty great. I have my music camp squad that Skypes like every week, and I'm part of a new community of people who have all had the same theory teacher at different schools. So I've met so many awesome people! (I feel like I answered that question like Donald Trump, but one person, seriously??? I ain't in a relationship!)

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.

Learn to pack fast because God can open amazing opportunities out of nowhere, and you gotta be ready to go!
November: So basic. Building leaf piles

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I had one like 3 months ago, but I forgot it. So here's one:

Life is good cuz God is.

Life is good cuz I'm His.

Cuz as long as you have God, life is good

Five personally significant events of 2016:
*do not put getting a 200 day Snapstreak*
Graduating high school
Helping at the Great Western Fan Festival
Attending Stamps-Baxter School of Music
Playing for a gospel group
Starting college

Five things I want to do in 2017:
I'm actually planning to write a whole post on this, but here's some stuff off the top of my head
Attend more singing conventions and schools, including the national convention
Explore downtown Nashville more
Make more friends near my town
Play piano more for a group (this is a total God-thing tho)
Manage my time better

Five people I’d like to know better in 2016:
My music camp friends
Singing convention friends/acquaintances
Anyone I can learn anything from
College friends
YOU reading this!
December: Jesus gave me blue skies for Christmas!!!!
2016 seems to be the beginning of so many things for me: new friendships, new music opportunities, new educational endeavors, and a new city. Sure, maybe 2016 was a hard year for the world in general, and I wouldn't live through May again for a thousand bucks, but, man alive, God really grew me through 2016 and blessed me with so much, and I'll always look back on parts of it as the best times of my life. Maybe in 2017, I'll stop writing run-on sentences on this blog... Thanks for sticking with me through this year pals!

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