Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 In Review

And here we are. It's New Year's Eve and everyone is getting ready to celebrate. We're looking back at the last 12 months and looking forward to the next. Some are ready to party with friends, while others, like myself, will be with family when midnight rolls in. In case you need a refresher- here are the highlights of 2013 for me. It was a year of changes, theatre, and a lot of endings, goodbyes, and lasts.

Warning- there are A LOT of photos. If you just want a quick Instagram video, you can watch this:


This is the month I mainly remember for meeting Kirstie, Lor, and Alice in Orlando! We went to Hogwarts and Disney and it was fabulous.

Back in Cape, was also the Abbott Awards for the local community theatre. The play I was in (Smell of the Kill) won for best show!


The first memorable part of February was when I taught my last session of Peer Ministry Training and brought along these three amazing teenagers. (I'm going to miss these guys so much!)

Then, later that month I went up to St. Louis and visited the Fabulous Fox Theatre for the first time to see The Book of Mormon!


I was in another play! River City Players put together a vintage style radio show and I was one of the singers!

Then, with Easter being so early, I saw the 7th graders get confirmed on Palm Sunday.


I don't have photos- but the first thing I did in April was go wedding dress shopping with my sister! While, it ended up being a long day of white fluffy dresses, it was still an important day to remember. You only help your sister pick out her wedding dress once! (Hopefully.)

I also went on some outdoor adventures once spring came into full bloom with my friend Ginny.

April was also the month of the Boston bombing - and while we were reminded of how awful people can be, we also were reminded how great they can be as well. This video was one of my favorite reactions:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91a19xnXNvo

Then.... I got cast as the Nanny in Romeo and Juliet, the first play for the new theatre company Acting Out!

But, I also stuck in there my last confirmation retreat. (So many lasts!)


This means the month of May was basically consumed with rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet. 

However, one of my friends also got married in May! My sister, and her sister were both bridesmaids in the wedding. They all looked beautiful!

However, what I'll always remember the most from May is that at the beginning of the month is when I told my senior pastor I would no longer be a youth minister. It was probably the biggest moment of the year for me because it meant all of the thoughts and feelings I was having about ministry became real and I was finally doing something about it. It was terrifying and exciting, and it paved the way for the rest of 2013.


Finally- Romeo and Juliet! Even though we got rained out our last day. It was outrageously depressing. Which also happened to be the same week as Vacation Bible School. Basically, both dress rehearsal week for a play is insanity, and VBS week at a church is insanity. Put both together? Basically I must have had a death wish.

It's a good thing both were fantastic.

I also began watching Supernatural and began a love affair with the Winchester brothers. Hello there boys.


Generally, July is the month when I'm never in town. It was the month of my last big trips with St. Andrew. National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Camp SonRise, and a mission trip to Alabama. All three were wonderful- but also bitter sweet because these were always highlights of my year for youth ministry and they were my last ones. Yet, I couldn't share what I was thinking because no one knew my plans yet. As enjoyable as they were, it was rough.


Compared to July - August was downright boring! But, I did attend a leadership simulcast via Willow Creek was is always awesome, I participated in VEDA for the second year in a row, and my friend Kelli got married!


This month, I wrapped up my second show with Acting Out!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, began working on a River City Players show which I was the assistant director, Nuts, Bolts, and Carnations,  and was cast in Acting Out!'s final show, Night of the Living Dead. When I look back - it's amazing how 2013 was focused on theatre. Which I LOVE! I worked with such wonderful casts and directors, and I made some amazing friendships through these shows. It made my last year in Cape Girardeau totally worth it.


I was the Tardis for Halloween, Night of the Living Dead opened and closed, my friends Michael and Katrina welcomed their second child into the world, and I led my final Jr. High Retreat. But personally, the biggest moment was finally announcing to the congregation I was leaving ministry. Between that and the saddest episode of Glee that week, I was an emotional wreck. But at least everything was out in the open. You can read all about it here.


Or as I know it... NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH! AKA- one of my favorite times of year. I won for the 6th year in a row and I am so excited about this novel still. If I can get the drafts done, I'm going to be seriously considering sending out query letters for this project.

Beyond that though, there was also Thanksgiving with my family and the closing night of my last play in Cape Girardeau.


And now here we are. December. A month of goodbyes, getting snowed in, job searching, packing, and preparing for Christmas.


Oh yeah... and I got two tattoos which my friend Michael has named my "quarter life crisis."

My right forearm
My left calf/ankle

Glossy Blonde


  1. Quite a year to remember! You had so much going on - my life is utterly boring compared to this. So go for it girl! You have made wonderful contributions to society and hope you enjoy what the world has to offer.

  2. I love that quote from Les Miserables! Very good choice for a tattoo.

    1. Thanks! I'm so happy with it! I'll have the whole tattoo story up on Thursday with why I chose these two and where I went and all of that. I keep looking at them and I"m all "THEY'RE SO PRETTY!"

  3. Your year sounds so hectic . I hope coming year would bring more happiness and success. I love this tiny tattoo , Harry Potter , right?

  4. what a great year to remember!! and i love your little blog ornament. here's to 2014 being even better! happy new year !!

    Vodka and Soda

  5. I wouldn't have picked you for the tattoo type but that's a lovely quote. I'm too much of a chicken to ever get one.

    1. I was completely terrified. I'm posting the whole story about it on Thursday... but I was outrageously scared of the pain. It's part of what took me so long to actually get up the courage to do it.

  6. Disney and Hogwarts? These are my dreamlands! You indeed had a great year girl! And if I am not wrong, you're a Potterhead!
    Happy New Year!

  7. WOW! What a great year. It is perfect because you started it off with Harry Potter world. Can't go wrong there :D Oh and you got to see BOM this year?! Me too and it was absolutely amazing!! OMG and I LOVE your Harry Potter tattoo! I was totally thinking about getting one like that. You rock.

    1. I feel like I started and ended with Harry Potter (in Orlando in January, and then tattoo in December) .. so I feel like it was a good start and end. And it was a great year overall. Just... so many lasts and changes! Which means 2014 is all about new I guess. :) And I've gotten A TON of compliments on my HP tattoo. So if you want to get it - I say go for it! And I'll be posting about the entire tattoo story on Thursday. :)

  8. Holy cow, you had quite the year! That Christmas decoration is fabulous, as are your tattoos! When did you get them done?

    1. Isn't the ornament great? I got it through a blog ornament swap this month and she had it made just for me. I love it so much!

      And I'm glad you like the tattoos. I love them! I got them about a week and a half ago. I"m posting the whole story tomorrow.

  9. That ornament is adorable!!! Great pictures! Here's to 2014 :)


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