December 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm 4 comments

Going through my year on New Year’s Eve is a blog tradition, of sorts. Though I can’t remember how often I actually posted this and how often I simply clicked “save draft” and kept it for my own private amusement. But in light of my goals to actually feed my blog and keep it healthy (read: write more), I’m sharing my 2011 with you.

{meme copied from Dana}

What did you do in 2011 that you’ve never done before?
Got contacts. Brilliant life decision.
Had a real internship. Three of them, in fact.
Commuted to work in Philadelphia. Via car (my own-ish!) and train (!).
Visited Pittsburgh.
Saw Broadway shows spontaneously – a whirlwind daytrip to NYC during spring finals week (I was done!) with Melanie, Maureen, Kelsey, and Li and student-rushed Memphis; and then toured the Kennedy Center in DC with Katie over the summer, discovered that Wicked was currently playing there (national tour), and pleaded with Katie that if she was willing to stay, stand and watch it with me, I would buy her a standing-room ticket. Epic memories.
Explored a city. All by myself.
Went to a formal with a real, live date.
Worked an internship and did school at the same time.
Led a Bible study.
Lived in an apartment. With five other roommates, too!
Baked homemade bread, from scratch, all by myself.
Was baptized.
Ate Indian and Thai food.
Ate dinner at eleven p.m. or midnight with alarming frequency.
Decided I liked running.
Interviewed a ton of people. Sometimes three in one day.
Drove up to Ithaca. Myself. (Well, Dad was in the car – but I did the driving. In crazy Memorial-Day traffic, no less).
Watched my older sister graduate from college.
(wow – I’ve kind of done a lot this year!)

Did you keep your New Year’s resolution and will you make one for this year?

I should re-read my own blog. I don’t think I made a real resolution: just probably loads of generic, optimistic, and enthusiastic “I will be better at this!” type-things. I tend to make my goals in the summertime, because that really feels like time to start over or really work on things to me. And I did follow through with exercising in my summertime goals!
2012: I don’t know. So  many things I want to work on, wish I was better at. I think my only goal, with God’s grace, is to live out my true priorities and seek Him first.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
No. But Caroline D is pregnant again – does that count? And I know a few people my age who are married AND pregnant/just had a baby, which is a bit strange to comprehend.
Did anyone close to you die?
Did anyone close to you get hitched?

My darling roommate got engaged! Does that count? (Hurrah for Kelly and Derek!) And my cousin, as a matter of fact. And Emily. And several other friends…

What countries did you visit?
Zero.  But I don’t particularly mind. Is there something wrong with me?
What date(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory?
August 17
Beyond that, no specific dates…just the year in general. so many new things, hard things, wonderful things.
What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Rest. A truly quiet heart. I didn’t lack that for all of 2011 – but this last semester, it’s been missing.
What’s your biggest achievement this year?
Learning that God is there for me, no matter what. That I can face even the painful things with Him.
Three internships!
Being paid to write. Having my pieces published on the Honors College Website.
Biggest failure?
Belief that I was constantly failing (stealing Dana’s on this one – because it’s so true of me).
Not taking care of myself: body or soul. Not taking time to spend with God, every day. Not eating when I should. Not sleeping enough.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Thankfully, nothing more than a lingering cold and going through an appalling amount of cough syrup. Although I did sprain my wrist ice skating. I feel like neither of those things should count, though.
What was the last thing you bought?
Um, flowers for my hair.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
Joannie. Katie. Julia. Mike. Kathy. Carrie. Penn State students, in general, in dealing with this messy scandal.
Where did most of your money go?
Gifts, transportation (train + gas), clothes, food.
What did you really get excited about?
Leading a Bible study.
Ballroom dance class.
Graphic design.
Going to the beach with Katie, Amy & Jessina.
Photoshoot with Melody and Laura.
Living in an apartment.
And so many things. I get excited a lot.
What song will remind you of 2011?
“Blessings” by Laura Story
“You Never Let Go” and actually the whole “I Will Praise You” album by Rebecca St. James. The songs resonated with me, and it also had a good beat and became a summertime running staple.
“Far Away” by Ingrid Michaelson.
“My Heart was Home Again” by Celtic Woman
The Mary Tyler Moore show theme song.
Keith Urban, in general.
(Clearly, I have a problem following directions and picking just one)
Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

I don’t know. Probably the same: mostly happy, but really mostly quite grateful.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Journaling. Taking time out.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Stressing. Beating myself up. Trying to be perfect, and being ashamed when I’m not. (Which is all the time.)
What was your favorite TV show?

The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

What were the best books you read? 
Oh dear….I read so many.
“Craving Grace” by Lisa Velthouse
“Grace for the Good Girl,” by Emily Freeman
“Kisses from Katie,” by Katie Davis
And discovering the whole essay genre was a treat…
What was your best musical discovery?
Michael Buble. I must have been living under a rock, but I only just started paying attention (read: loving) him this year.
What did you want and got? 
An A in graphic design.
A third family car that I can drive.
The chance to visit Katie and see Wicked – which were unexpectedly and delightfully combined.
Two things I didn’t know I wanted, but were beautifully given anyway: Realizing that people love me even when I’m an absolute mess. And Learning, in a whole new way, what it means that God is my rock.
What movies did you see in cinema? 
Tangled. Multiple times. And the Lion King in 3D.
Draw your own conclusions.
What did you do on your birthday? How old did you turn?
I turned twenty! Day of, I had an epic dance dress rehearsal, I remember. Day after, Jessina and Jess took me on a magical, surprise birthday picnic with some other dear AP class friends who live far away. It felt old-fashioned, fun, and altogether delightful.
What one thing would have made this year more satisfying? 
I think I made a lot or progress in learning to be more flexible, in general. But I wish I would have shown a bit more grace to myself and not worn myself quite so thin. Been a bit more patient with myself and clung to God a bit more deeply.
How would you describe your personal fashion?
Feminine. Occasionally vintage. Lots of flowers, ruffles and swirly skirts.
What kept you sane?
Coffee dates.
Talking endlessly on the phone to Katie, and at night to my dear roommates.
Hugs. Lots of them.
Journaling. But I would have been a bit more sane this semester if I’d taken the time to do a bit more of it.
Who was the best new person you met?
My Bible study girls: Cory, Caitlin, Alaina, Addie, Sarah, Jeanne, Kathy, Casey. Delightful, wonderful, inspiring, and funny – all of them.
Libby. I’ve known her since freshman year, but since leading a Bible study and taking ballroom dance together we’ve become much closer and I just love her.
Peggy. I met her last fall, but really started getting to know her this semester since we’re living together. She’s been a life-saver so many times. Her firefighting training comes in handy when I’m cooking.
Carrie. Again, I met her freshman year (we lived on the same hall) – but we weren’t really friends until this year.
All of the super sweet people I worked for: Chris, Beth, Kiera, Lucy, Kim and Dani.
Seth. Again, knew him before, but not very well. But we were ballroom dance partners this year, which was fun, and we’re good friends because we both simply adore Rachel (his girlfriend).
What was a valuable lesson you’ve learned?
-God will be with me in whatever happens in my life. Even the painful things I’m scared of…He will carry me through them, and bring blessings from the raindrops. No need to spend life terrified.

Entry filed under: adventures & misadventures, random nonsense.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. artemislexie  |  December 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Cool meme! I think I’ll do this, too! Awesome blog, by the way. =)

    • 2. overlapped  |  December 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks so much! And you should do it – it’s such a fun way to stop and think about the year 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

  • 3. singamelody  |  January 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    “No need to spend life terrified.”
    Perfect wording my friend. I’ve been discovering that exact same thing.
    Happy New Year!

  • 4. 2011: a look back, part 2 «  |  January 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

    […] 31, 2012 by Joanna I’m joining my dear friend Megan in looking back at 2011…   What did you do in 2011 that you’ve never done […]


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