Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Look Back at 2014, Part I

This year I'm on top of things. 2015 is still two weeks away, and I'm already in planning mode. My PowerSheets should arrive in the mail within the week, blog posts are being scheduled each day, and I've got my game face on. But before we launch into the New Year, there is so much of 2014 to be celebrated.

2014 was a year of travel and changes. It included the second half of my "Adventure Year" in Seattle, and wrapped up that season so sweetly! As hard as it was to leave my friends in the beautiful PNW, I knew that it was the right move. OSU is exactly where I am supposed to be right now, even if it isn't always easy.

In February I was gone 14 out of the 28 days. In the shortest month of the year I went every which way. Seattle, of course, was still my home, and I got to explore the city with friends from church. I had an interview in Alabama, and with some major rain/snow delays ended up in Denver for quite some time as well as a surprise night at my parents' house. Although I did not end up attending the university there, I learned so much about who I am and what I want during that process. I wouldn't change any of it!

Luis and I road-tripped to Portland for a weekend, and it was a blast! We met up with a friend from Baylor, checked out an awesome waterfall, ate way too much, and even took some time to relax. It's a beautiful things when friendships are so simple and run so deep. We also rocked out to Disney music almost the entire drive there. Be jealous ;)

Another interview took me to Chicago where I got to see more Baylor friends and some fantastic theatre. I drove hours and hours in the snow to the middle of nowhere, again learning so much about myself and rejoicing in the much needed alone time. I have learned that traveling alone thrills me!  Of course, the spring would not be complete without our family vacation to Disneyland. We really vacationed in San Diego, hitting Seaworld and Legoland for my little bro, but Disney was my day! I was in heaven. We ended the evening with Chick-fil-a and seeing Frozen, which was icing on the cake. 

I'm pretty sure I saw ALL THE MOVIES. Okay, not all of the movies, but quite a few of them! In the spring one of my roommates and I saw a movie almost every week. It was our thing. Then we'd process and gush and overanalyze the heck out of them on the way home. Or we'd sit in stunned silence, at a loss for words. Being a theatre gal, it's hard to take something at face value anymore. I've also become that annoying person who whispers through the entire movie:

"OH! That actor was in this one movie you probable never heard of..."
"I heard that song the other day! Did you know...?"
"OOps, did you see that? They totally messed up that last..."

I promise, I try to keep my mouth shut! Thankfully, Emily and I could go on and on and on about those things together, so I don't think I was too annoying. I hope we can pick the routine up again next summer when I'm back in Seattle.

The above were some of the most memorable, and several are now in my Top 10. Magic in the Moonlight was an unexpected favorite, and The Hundred Foot Journey is stunning! Most recently Mockingjay did exactly what I expected it to, which was ripped my heart out and tore it into a million pieces. I paid to have it done and just might do it again, it was that good. There are so many movies coming out next year, I think I might burst... or go broke. Whichever comes first ;)

2014 was also the year of the books. It was on my 101 Goals in 1001 Days list to read 15 books in 12 months... well, I blew past that number in July. I don't quite think I'll make it to 25 because I left half of the books in Oklahoma (boo!) but I'm still proud of myself! I traveled across the country and back several times during February which gave me plenty of plane rides to read through my library. 

Here are some of the most memorable, as shown above:
1. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
4. Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
5. Let's All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs
6. Four, A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
7. The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst 
8. Love, Skip, Jump by Shelene Bryan

I'm in the middle of The Best Yes and Love, Skip, Jump currently and they are ones I'd highly recommend (and I'm only 4 chapters in!). I am typically in the middle of four or five books at one time (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Greatest Gift are also on my nightstand), so I'm sure some of these will be re-read after the new year. Over all I really enjoyed the Divergent series, most of all Divergent and Four. The latter was a companion book of four short stories in the perspective of one of the other main characters. I was also very impressed with the book-to-movie adaptation of Divergent with high hopes for Insurgent in the spring. Anyone else a fan of these??

Check back next week for Part II. It's been such a great year I can't possibly keep it all in one post!

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