2015: A Year in Review

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Let me photograph you in this light in case it is the last time that we might be exactly like we were before we realized we were sad of getting old, it made us restless. – Adele

As I write this it’s about 7 pm PT on December 31st, 2015. I decided to note the date and time because I have no idea when I’ll actually post this. I have a bunch of almost-complete posts that I’ve never published, so perhaps finishing what I’ve started could be one of my resolutions for 2016. Hmmm, I’ll think about that.

Overall, 2015 was a great year. At the end of 2014, I was feeling pretty down. Mostly because I wasn’t allowing myself to be upset, causing the stress to build up, followed by being incapacitated by the stress and wanting to lay in bed all day. A large part of this was due to personal and family issues that I found myself unable to recover from. My grandfather’s illness and death will be a large part of my association with 2014, so 2015 felt like a fresh start. And in a lot of ways it was.

In 2015, freelance writing became a larger part of my life. The support I received from friends and family was shocking to me. I’ve always considered myself a supportive friend, so seeing my friends and family sharing my articles brought me more joy than I knew where to store it all. I don’t think I’ve told them how much I appreciate it, so this is me saying Thank You!

In 2015, I began to feel more like an adult. Maybe 27 is that magical age…but maybe not.

In 2015, I took chances and made decisions, good and bad.

In January, I had jury duty for the first time. It was a double-murder gang trial and I ultimately got myself excused but it was a great learning experience.

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In February, I began writing for Geek & Sundry.

In March, I turned 27 and traveled to Austin to document my hero Lydiaemily as she worked on her first Multiple Sclerosis awareness mural. I visited the writers room of Zoo at Culver Studios, one of the best moments of the year.

In April, I interviewed the cast of iZombie and got to attend Lydia and Andy’s Northern California beach wedding. We said a final goodbye to my grandfather at a beautiful service in Arlington National Cemetary and all of my Dad’s kids we in the same place at one time for the first time I can remember.

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In May, my mother visited LA again with my sister Anna, then I spent two weeks in Portland, Oregon as Lydia and a few other talented artists painted a huge mural for National MS Day.

In June, I attended the LA Film Festival, went backstage at The Greek, and went to the Saturn Awards. It was a glamourous month.

July brought San Diego Comic Con, which I couldn’t put into words if I tried. It was perfect.  July was also when my first article was published on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and also my first post on Femsplain. What an insane month.

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In August, I attended TWO awesome concerts at Staples Center: Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson. I also made the difficult decision to leave one of my jobs after almost exactly two years. I’m so grateful for them but excited I found an awesome replacement as well.

In September, I took my only trip to Atlanta of the year for DragonCon. Afterward, I drove my grandmother’s car across the country with my mom and sister. We stopped to see my great uncle and aunt, who are basically the coolest people in the world. It was a great adventure and we all made it to LA alive, so I consider it a win. I also got to see a friend from middle school sing at The Hotel Cafe, one of my favorite LA venues.

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In October, my friend Lucia took me to see Marina and the Diamonds at The Greek and I took my sister Anna to a taping of 2 Broke Girls. I visited the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and watched “The Martian” and fell more in love with space. I spent much needed time with my lady friends. And then my uncle suddenly died, so I made a trip back to Indianapolis for the funeral.

In November, my mom and sister Brittany came in town for a week and we headed to Anaheim where Brittany and I completed the Avengers Half Marathon. I hadn’t trained at all cause I’m a fool but I managed to make it through in a respectable time (about 3 hours and 7 minutes). We took a family trip to Disneyland the next day and had a really lovely time. I spent Thanksgiving in LA with our annual Friendsgiving party and playing tons of video games at a friend’s house.

In December, my grandmother and mom came to LA a few days before our family cruise was scheduled to leave and I got to take them around LA. My grandmother had never been so it was really special to show her around the city. They got to meet some of my friends and see where I live so I was very glad they had a few extra days to spare! We took a Mexican Riviera cruise, which would take up an entire blog to explain so I’ll just say it was great to not have internet access for 7 days. I spent the last two weeks of December catching up on emails, watching so much X-Files, and seeing Star Wars The Force Awakens three times in the first week it was out. I also managed to secure Adele tickets for 2016 and go to Disneyland again.

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However, just reading the highlights gives an unrealistic picture of what the year really was. It was fun and unbelievable but also heartbreaking and daunting. The times between these moments I spent a lot of time writing 82 articles for Geek & Sundry, 6 pieces for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and countless hours on all of the other jobs I work. But I also got to see almost every member of my family this year and make a bunch of really awesome new friends. I’m not saying 2015 was perfect by any means, but it had it’s moments. What I think stands out the most about 2015 is that I would’ve never in my wildest dreams written any of these plot points had you asked me at the end of 2014. I couldn’t have plotted a single one. So trying to imagine what the next year will bring me isn’t something I’ll even try to do in any specific way. Instead, I’ll simply wish for another messy, complicated, adventurous, and exciting year.

So here’s to 2016. I hope it’s exactly the same and completely different. I hope it’s a surprise and a comfort. I hope it’s peaceful and aggravating. I hope it’s demanding and fun. I hope it’s freeing and suffocating. But most of all, I hope it’s exactly what we each need.

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