Bring on 2014
It’s amazing how quickly time flies. 2013 flew right by me. In a year filled with ups and downs 2013 was indeed filled with love, support, and growth. I did so many things I’ve never done before such as get an apartment, played a voice on a video game, went on commercial auditions, took commercial classes, took part in proper tailgating, and hit some major weight loss goals.
First, I would like to thank all of you for supporting me. It means a lot to me that people care enough about me to have a look at my ramblings about trying to become an actress. This blog is fun for me; I do it because I want to not because I feel obligated. It makes me happy when I can connect with others through my blog. So thank you!
Second, I would like to share some of my resolutions for the new year. Although I am not calling them “new years resolutions,” I am calling them goals and lifestyle changes. So here are my current persnoal goals/lifestyle changes for 2014:
- (part 1.) Stop spending money I don’t have (on items). I make money and instead of saving/investing I spend it – usually on items I don’t need. I feel “rich” because I do make a nice amount but I spend impulsively. My parents aren’t helping me, I’ve got bills to pay, and I often don’t realize how much I could have saved by now had I not walked in to that Forever 21 store.
(part 2.) Do spend money on experiences. I read in “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor that spending money on experiences with friends/family rather than superficial items can contribute to our long term happiness. There is no buyers remorse if you got to spend time with the people you care about most.
- Continue building healthy habits. It takes doing something 7 times (I think) for it to become a habit and I built a few great habits this year! I (try to) go to the gym at least 3 times a week and I pay much more attention to the food I put in my body. I am no “health freak” but I will use this year to become even more healthy and physically active. Goals include: Run a 5k, healthy breakfast every morning, and less caffeine.
- Jump start my career. I have been in the city for over a year now and career-wise I am pretty much in the same place. I have taken my sweet time to get settled… I’ve been doggie paddling in the shallow end but now it’s time to dive into the deep end. I will network, I will take classes, I will go on auditions. I will, by the end of this year, have a more certain career path.
Third, I wanted to do a brief reflection of last year. Last year I answered a series of questions about my year so let’s do it again! (Feel free to skip to the end and watch my instagram videos!)
1:What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I said some before: my apartment, voiced video game, commercial auditions, commercial classes, and tailgating but I also: met the Phelp’s twins, GBD NYC, turned 24, saw my best friend perform live stand up comedy, watched my little sister graduate high school (& turn 18, & start college), went to a fashion show (designed by a friend), saw Ed Sheeran perform live, stalked a movie premiere, “had dinner” with Tracy Morgan, won a ticket lottery (BOOK OF MORMON), had a surprise party thrown for me, tried all sorts of new food/drinks, and probably more that I can’t think of!
2:Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I lost some and I kept some (see listed above)
3:Did anyone close to you give birth?
So many people. So many babies. Cousins and friends alike.
4:Did anyone close to you die?
I lost a puppy. Rest Peacefully Miami.
5:What countries did you visit?
None but the good ol’ US of A but I am hoping that changes in 2014.
6:What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013
More self-confidence and a “go-getter attitude”
7:What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
So many. I saw Ed Sheeran on Jan. 30, I met the PHELP’S TWINS on Feb. 17, Jasmine’s first show April 6, Hallie Graduated May 21, Got together in Ox with some Lemon Droppers in late May, Moe’s visit to NYC in mid June, June 19 won Book of Mormon Lottery, CBGB Premiere Oct 8, My birthday October 11, My visit to Clemson Oct. 16, My surprise party Oct 25, Christmas Eve, and NYE!
8:What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I don’t know. Possibly the amount of growth I experienced in my commercial class?
9:What was your biggest failure?
Any failure is an opportunity. I spent way to much time worrying about failure.
10:Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had to get a cyst removed, and I’m paying for it (angry face).
11:What was the best thing you bought?
No clue. Curtains?
12:Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Supportive friends and family
13:Whose behaviour made you appalled?
None I can say
14:Where did most of your money go?
Rent, Utilities, bills, I’m an adult.
15:What did you get really, really, really excited about?
any concerts, performances, shows, live entertainment of any sort really
16:What song will always remind you of 2013?
Thrift Shop! & Roar.
17:Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
happier, thinner, and about the same.
18:What do you wish you’d done more of?
Live theatre, auditions, classes
19:What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spent money on pointless things.
20:How did you spend Christmas?
21:Did you fall in love in 2013?
With a baby named Zev! My baby best friend.
22:What was your favourite TV program?
Supernatural and Pretty Little Liars (as always) oh and you can add Doctor Who
23:Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope same hates really.
24:What was the best book you read?
The Cuckoo’s Calling by JK Rowling. Seriously love this woman.
25:What was your greatest musical discovery?
Matt & Kim (below), Icona Pop, and Haim
26:What did you want and get?
Tickets to concerts and shows and stuff.
27:What did you want and not get?
A major career advancement.
28:What was your favourite film of this year?
So many! Place Beyond the Pines, MUD, Gatsby, The Bling Ring, Thor: Dark World, Catching Fire, Frozen, Dallas Buyers Club, August: Osage County
29:What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being surrounded by Friends!!!
30:How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
As always: colorful.
31:What kept you sane?
nothing, I was totally crazy.
32:Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
RUPERT GRINT duh.
33:What political issue stirred you the most?
34:Who did you miss?
Max & Emma in Australia and all of my international friends and friends I haven’t seen in forever!
35:Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
It is important to love yourself. Not in a conceited superficial way but in a comfortable unselfish way. Know that you are enough, whatever the situation may be. Stay strong. Stop seeing other people as obstacles. And I think most importantly, Let go of the past because it is in the past. Live in the present and the now! (which I sort of said last year too!)
36:Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Whoa oh oh oh
Well this is life in color (color)
Today feels like no other (other)
And the darkest grays
The sun bursts, clouds break
Whoa oh oh oh
Well this is life in motion (motion)
And just when I could run this race no more
The sun bursts, clouds break
This is life in color”
Life in Color by OneRepublic
Thanks guys, Happy New Year!!