Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Stephen Hayford

2012 is over already? A while ago when anticipating the release of The Hobbit the year seemed so far away and now it's done and we're all still alive - no apocalypse yet!

I'm going to mirror my post from last year and go through a few good things from this year...

Early in the year I went on a young women's retreat - it was silent (we didn't talk much but listened a lot) which was awesome because it was a lot easier to focus on talking to Jesus, and also great because I didn't have to awkwardly try to socialize! Ok, mostly the first reason, but it was the best retreat I've been on and I'm so thankful for it.

I did another musical this spring/summer and it was, well, pretty much the best show I've done too. Since it was my fourth show with this group I felt more comfortable than I had before and that was so nice. And the musical itself was a ton of fun too. Though I still had some challenges in it, I totally loved it.

Got my learner's permit in May and drove as much as I could to get my license in August! Thank you Mom and Dad for helping me!

Star Wars Celebration VI, which I already talked about in another post so I won't go on and on about how great the experience was again.

This fall I started college! And so far I've survived!

What really helped me survive was joining a small church choir that I absolutely love! We have a really nice group and the music is really enjoyable.

And as I mentioned at the beginning, we finally got to see The Hobbit! I would say it's pretty worth the wait.

Oh, other fandomy things - I finished all the Ace Attorney games (and sealed my obsession with the series), got through all of Once Upon a Time and Fruits Basket (loved both) and started Doctor Who (I currently have one episode left of season 1).

I said this last year, but connecting with friends and family meant a lot to me this year - meeting new friends and strengthening old friendships. I love you guys (that includes you, followers)!

I had two lists last year, things I planned (did them all) and some things I was hoping to do. Let's see how I did on the second list...

Make a account and write more. (Technically it's not midnight yet so I could make an account real quick but that sounds like cheating. So no, I didn't do that, and didn't write too much either - writing seemed particularly difficult this year, though I do have some blog posts I'm proud of.)

Do Script Frenzy in April. (Yep! Did an Ace Attorney fanfiction script which I think was pretty bad, but it was still fun and I got to the 100 pages. Unfortunately, the program ended this year so if I do it again it will be unofficial.)

Get better at music, writing, and my recent interest of drawing. (Definitely better at music, a little change at writing maybe, and drawing...I'm not really sure because I'll get lucky and draw something good once in a while, but then aren't so good the rest of the time so it's hard to tell)

Make a Jedi costume for Celebration VI. (Yes! Mostly...I still don't have a belt or boots and I recently discovered my tunic has a hole in it after washing it, so it needs work all around.)

Read more...and not just fanfiction. (I'm afraid I didn't read much of anything this year. There was the Fruits Basket manga and a few other things scattered through the year.)

Don't have many plans for next year besides school, so skipping that and on to things I hope to do this year and resolution type things:

Watch The Avengers (maybe even tomorrow), Doctor Who, Sherlock, more Once Upon a Time, Star Wars 3D movies, and The Hobbit part 2!

Costuming - fixing my Jedi costume, and I'd love to do an Ace Attorney cosplay (specifically Maya Fey who I think wouldn't be too hard), and maybe LotR-ish cloaks.

Write - blog posts, stories/fan fics, and lyrics (I have several big projects involving lyrics-writing I really want to work on).

Better manage computer time - drag myself off Tumblr more in favor of sites where I talk to friends and/or have way to improve myself (through writing and some reading).

Try to exercise once in a while (which would be more than I do now), eat a bit more healthily, and get to a place where I'm healthy and feel good about my body (also known as wanting to try and lose some weight without worrying my parents).

Work on my spiritual life. Way.

...This list looks a lot harder than last year's. Wish me luck!

Guess that's all for now! I'll just be here listening to people bomb us--I mean shoot off fireworks. Hope 2012 was a good year for you all, and hope 2013 is even better! (and that it doesn't take you too long to remember to write the correct date!) May the Lord be with you!


  1. Your goals look a lot like mine! You get to go to Celebration?!?!?!?!?!?! SO JEALOUS!

  2. ^^ Backing up :) Happy New Year! You started college already! :)

  3. Happy Year! Hope you meet your goals this year.


  4. Happy New Year!

    The Sith Photographer - good luck with your goals! I hope you can go to one of the conventions sometime!

    Solace - Yep! It's still weird to think I'm in college.

    James - Thanks! Hope you have a great new year!

  5. Happy New Year!
    And good luck with the costume...i haven't even started mine...

    1. Happy new year to you too! Thank you, and let me know if you need any help or just need to talk stuff out/rant...I get that. :)

  6. Happy new year! (A tad late)
    I started college in the fall too! I'm also surviving =p
    Script Frenzy would be awesome! I haven't done it, but i've seen the website and it looks sooo cool! I'm actually working on script right now ^_^

    1. Glad college is going ok for you - hope this semester is good! That's cool that you're working on a script! :D I really like writing in that format.

  7. Sorry for commenting so late- I hadn't seen it til now

    Glad you had a really good year!! :D Sounds like you did a lot of really cool things :)

    I hope your new year continues to be great and that you finish all of your resolutions and enjoy the shows you watch :)
    And good luck with college :)

    1. No prob :)

      Thanks! Being able to meet you in person is definitely one of the coolest. :)

      Thank you! I am on the verge of obsession with Doctor Who. XD I hope you have a great year as well!

    2. You're welcome! :) Same here, meeting you in person was one of the coolest parts :)

      You're welcome! :) I'm glad you are enjoying it!! :D I agree, it's really good!! :D Thank you!! :D

  8. Hi Arda! I awarded you over at my blog. :) (By the way, this is Alyianna if this doesn't show up properly. I'm on a different Google account at the moment.)

  9. I gave you the same award since you brighten my day! :)