What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?
Had my ears pierced. Got a job. Got another job. Attended an IRL NaNoWriMo event. Hosted a read-along on my blog (The Outsiders). Wore mascara. Read the Bible through in a year.
Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make one this year?
My resolutions were…
Give more than I get. (Mayyybe not. I went rather crazy buying books after I got my job[s]).
Read the Bible through. (YES.)
Write every day. (No. But I’ve since come to the conclusion that one doesn’t have to write every single day. In fact, sometimes it’s better not to.)
Get my Beginner’s driver’s license. (No, but not for want of trying.)
Watch Dunkirk (2017). (No. *cries*)
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Two women who attend my church each had a baby – and both babies are extremely cute.
Did anyone close to you die?
Not exactly, but Charles Wesco’s death hit me hard. My family has prayed for him and his family a lot and to hear that he’d been shot and killed…that was really emotional for me.
What countries/states did you visit?
Montana. That’s it.
What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
A driver’s licence and a final draft of The Darkness Is Past.
What date from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory?
Okay, so I did have to look it up just to be sure of the dates, but February 8th-10th was when I attended a winter church camp (Chill Out) with some of my siblings and friends. I can’t describe how incredible the experience was. Can’t wait to go next year!
Did you move anywhere?
Yep! In November my family moved into a much larger house and we’re loving it. It’s super close to our church and all of our friends in Edmonton, so that’s awesome. And it’s within easy walking distance of the mall/library so WIN.
What was the best month?
To be honest, I don’t view any month as better than the others. Every month this year was filled with highs and lows and enjoyed each month as it came. None of them stand out as super special, though NaNoWriMo does always make November a tiny bit awesomer than other months. Same with Christmas in December.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
What was your biggest failure?
Honestly, not having a close enough relationship with Jesus. It’s definitely a work in progress.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
What was the best thing you bought?
I think I bought twenty books, give or take, after I got my freelance writing job and I looooved being able to do that. None of those books were ‘the best’; I adore each and every one.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
A married couple in the church I used to be a member of. (For reasons.)
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Jason Momoa. WHAT KIND OF AN EVIL VILLAIN RIPS PAGES OUT OF A PERSON’S BOOK JUST TO GET THEIR ATTENTION??? After I mentally put myself in that situation, I realized just how furious I would be if someone did that to me. My reaction wouldn’t be pretty.
Where did most of your money go?
Books. No question about it.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting a job! Made me really happy. And NaNoWriMo was great, too.
What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?
Didn’t go to any.
What song/album will always remind you of 2018?
The soundtrack for ‘Coco’ and, especially, ‘Un Poco Loco’. I listened to that soundtrack SO much a few months ago and it’ll always stick with me.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
1. happier or sadder? About the same, though I seem to be more tired these days. #irrelevant
2. thinner or fatter? The *cough* latter.
3. richer or poorer? Richer!
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Writing, reading/studying my Bible, and praying.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Wasting time. 😛
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Michael Giacchino. His soundtracks are GOLD.
How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve was the books/chocolate thing. And then on Christmas Day we opened our stockings, had breakfast, opened our gifts, and then had friends from church over for lunch. After a super delicious lunch, we watched a couple Christmas movies and played Clue (a gift from our pastor’s family). It was a really fun day.
How are you spending New Year’s?
Lots of junk food and ‘Meet the Robinsons’ (2007) on New Year’s Eve and probably taking down the Christmas decorations New Year’s Day.
Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
No one, really. But I did text these two friends of mine – Liz and Rebekah – a lot.
What was the best book you read?
Heartless by Marissa Meyer. </3
What was the best movie you watched?
‘Coco’ (2017). Incredibly moving story, great characters, epic music…Pixar at the absolute top of its game.
Did you fall in love in 2018?
Massive crush on This One Guy, but probably not love. 😉
What was your favorite TV show?
So hard! I started watching The Flash and Arrow early this year, plus Agent Carter, and all three are fantastic. (I believe that season one of Agent Carter is the greatest season in any TV show. Period.) And I kinda can’t believe I’m saying this, but Arrow was probably my favorite show of 2018. I started out liking The Flash way more, but there’s something about Arrow that really gets under my skin…in a good way.
I’d also like to mention Troy: Fall of a City and TURN: Washington’s Spies. Really enjoyed both and they’ll always say ‘2018’ to me.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
What did you want and get?
A job. And multitudinous books.
What did you want and not get?
A driver’s licence.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018?
Hand-me-down. *winks at certain people who read this blog*
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was twenty. TWENTY. And I didn’t do much on my actual birthday because, about a week later, I had a Disney-themed sleepover. (You’re never too old for Disney.) Everyone dressed up as a Disney character – I was Edna Mode – and my sister cooked a Disney-inspired meal (spaghetti from ‘Lady and the Tramp’ and baguettes from ‘Aladdin’ were featured). Rebekah R., one of my best friends, created a Snuggly Duckling birthday cake and it was perfection. Then we watched 2015’s ‘Cinderella’. ❤ It was a memorable birthday, to say the least.
What kept you sane?
All the good people I have in my life.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
*shrugs* I’m pretty satisfied.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
In chronological order: Tom Felton, Gael García Bernal, and Jamie Bell. And it wasn’t ‘fancied’ so much as ‘crushed on verrrry intensely for a limited period of time before obsession turned into something slightly more handleable (but not by much)’.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Nothing really. I keep up with politics but I don’t get worked up over political events like some people.
Who did you miss?
My dad and some other family members.
Who was the best new person you met?
Okay, so I met Rebekah and Liz and Hannah in 2017, but we didn’t become friends until this year (something we laugh over now). They’re some of the best friends I’ve ever had. Love them so much.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018.
God will always provide – in every way.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
The sun’ll come out
So you’ve gotta hang on
Come what may! -‘Tomorrow’ from Annie
Five things I want to do in 2019:
-end up with a final draft of The Darkness Is Past
-get my driver’s licence
-read through the Bible in chronological (historical) order
-start a freelance editing business
-read 300 books
How was your year? What are you looking forward to/planning for 2019?