1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
In January of 2013, I started taking ballet! I could never have imagined how much I would love ballet. I’m working towards pointe (estimated date of arrival: March 2014), and in December I danced ONSTAGE in the Waltz of the Flowers in front of REAL PEOPLE in my studio’s Urban Nutcracker production.
Me in the tutu that I wore IN FRONT OF A REAL AUDIENCE. I am loving ballet, and I am gaining confidence that I have never had before. I cannot wait to see how I progress in 2014!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I have a continuous “resolution” to lose weight, which I did kept. I’ll post later about my resolutions for 2014.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
You know, I don’t think so… Hmm…
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness.
5. What countries did you visit?
Hubster and I journeyed to Nassau in the Bahamas! To say it was lovely and gorgeous would be an understatement.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A little more direction. I wrote about entering a season of calm, but that calmness has turned into straight-up boredom. In 2014, I hope Hubster and I start to get a clearer vision of where we are headed in our future.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I don’t know if I have exact dates. I mean, apart from April 25 (because it’s not too cold and not too hot–all you need is a light jacket). But I will always remember our trip to Nassau and dancing onstage for the first time since toddler-hood. Both of those were beautiful experiences.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Ballet, for sure. I have always wanted to get back into ballet, but I always stopped myself because I thought I was too uncoordinated and too fat. 2013 was the year I decided to stop waiting for some foggy, unclear date of being “good enough” to start ballet, and I just jumped in, fearful and fat. It was the greatest decision I could have made.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Failing to trust, and failing to let go of worry.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I have viral-induced asthma, so I get 3-5 Epic Colds a year. I also got a stomach flu that decided the best time to manifest itself was in the movie theater as Hubster and I went to watch White House Down (or was it Olympus Has Fallen??? I don’t remember, the one with Gerard Butler).
However, my weirdest injury would have to be losing my left big toenail in Nassau. In a series of random events, my toenail caught the back of Hubster’s flip-flop as we were walking around our resort. It caught the nail just right, and a few days later the nail fell off. I’ll tell you what, though. Using the sea as a giant saltwater rinse was far more enjoyable than sitting awkwardly with my toe in a bowl of saltwater on my bathroom floor.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I succumbed to a First World Problem of losing iMessage when I traded in my iPhone for a Samsung, and I traded that Samsung back in for an iPhone 5c. In a series of shrewd business moves, I ended up getting the phone for nothing, and I got a big fat Best Buy gift card. I also have iMessage back. Clearly my priorities are in order here.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Gas and groceries. Lame.
13. What did you get really excited about?
I haven’t said ballet yet, right? But seriously, I have been so very stoked about ballet. It has been amazing. I have also been able to do some guest posting on the new blog for the Convergent imprint, and that has been very exciting as well.
14. What song will always remind you of 2013?
2013 was the year I became hopelessly addicted to stupid pop songs, so stuff like Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball”, Selena Gomez’s “Slow Down” and “Come and Get It”, or Lady Gaga’s “Applause”. Seriously, stupid pop songs are the best thing to listen to after a crappy day of work or as you are preparing for one.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? About the same.
– thinner or fatter? A few pounds thinner, but not without great effort.
– richer or poorer? About the same.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading and writing. I was happily busy in 2013, and that meant a bit less time for quiet reading and writing.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Brainless TV watching or brainless social media surfing. Those are just wasted moments of my life.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
We spent Christmas here with Hubster’s famiy. Then my parents flew into town after that, so we spent the next few days with my family.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
It is a tie between Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, New Girl, Sherlock, Orphan Black, and How I Met Your Mother. I’ve also recently discovered Girls, which I love, but I don’t have consistent access to HBO (I only have it when Comcast offers me free 6 month trials, and then I lose it).
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I read Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, and I loved it. I’ve really fallen in love with Neil Gaiman‘s books. I don’t know how I got away with not reading him before now. Non-fiction religion-wise, my two faves were Sarah Bessey’s Jesus Feminist and Addie Zierman’s When We Were on Fire. I am certain I am forgetting others I’ve read and loved, though…
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Like I said before, I had a weird “stupid pop song” phase this year. However, there were also such staples as Mumford and Sons, Hanson, The White Stripes, Fun, Ed Sheerhan, to name a few.
22. What was your favorite film of the year?
I don’t think I can pick one. Some of my faves were We’re the Millers, This Is the End, Star Trek: Into Darkness, World War Z, Catching Fire, The World’s End, Gravity, Thor 2, and Ironman 3…so if that doesn’t paint a clear picture of my mental state, I don’t know what will.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25 in January. I think I went out with Hubster, but probably not much beyond that. I’m not big into parties.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Taking chances, namely, ballet.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
I’m not a super flashy dresser, but I played around with more colors. For instance, I’m currently wearing a pair of maroon pants that I bought last year. 2013 was the year of colored pants.
26. What kept you sane?
Friends. Family. Chai tea. Books. Ballet.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Don’t wait to try something new.