Well, this blog's sort of fallen into disuse so I may as well officially say goodbye to livejournal along with the last year.
I had a pretty great year! I tried lots of new things, had many adventures, and grew personally more than ever. Here are some highlights:
January: I had been dating Conrad for a few weeks, so after New Years' I visited him and his family in Colorado. I started another semester of college (technically my senior year), including my first (and last) Illustration class. My relationship with my roommate Karmin waned because between classes, my job, and my boyfriend I didn't make much time for her. Life was stressful and busy to say the least!
February: I was still having a lot of fun with Conrad, especially because our interests overlapped in the Visual Narratives class I was taking. Darren Criss was on Glee and Lacey and I became obsessed, of course. This month I had two awful car accidents because I stink at driving in snow, although they were mostly just scary and frustrating; the worst that happened was a flat tire. Karmin got her mission call to Mesa, Arizona and it was fun watching her prepare for that.
March: I decided to drop my art double major to graduate in the fall with my English degree; the decision was sort of random but I'm so glad I did it. Karmin, April, and I all went to Disneyland for spring break! We had a blast, especially because both of them are Disneyland connoisseurs and knew all the tricks while we park-hopped for a few days. A week or two later Conrad dumped me, which was a total bummer at the time, but it was a blessing---everyone I knew told me so.
April: All through this month I challenged myself and tried new things. I made a goal to have adventures to pull myself out of my being sad funk. I started meditating and rollerblading which I continued all summer, and my friends and family were incredibly kind to me. I experienced so much spiritual growth in having to overcome my sadness and end-of-semester stress with faith and trust in God's plan for me.
May: I finished my 75-page novella for Advanced Fiction Writing class, as well as my two self-portraits for Oil Painting II of which I was incredibly proud at the time. The day after I moved back home to Vegas, my dad started me as a file clerk at his office which was quite a dull 9-to-5 job, but it paid me well. I fell in love with Terry Pratchett audiobooks and listened to them all day at work. Also in May I had fun playing with my siblings and helping my mum around the house.
June: I worked on comics and listened to audiobooks, but didn't do much else. Most of my time was spent behind a desk in my cubicle, but I got to go out to the lake with the family, swim at home, and then at the end of the month my family took a trip to Maui.
July: The highlight of this month was definitely working a booth at San Diego Comic Con! I got to geek out at costumes and Doctor Who things and meet some famous comic book artists and writers. It was exhausting but paid well. Also, my Ramona Flowers subspace purse got its test run at Comic Con and it remains by far my favourite bag. After over a week in Hawaii and then a week in San Diego, going back to my desk job was really difficult.
August: I had a panic finding housing for my last semester of college, but I enjoyed the apartment I moved into. I had a variety of professors and classes---some fun, some boring, some intelligent, some questionable---and overall it was a great course load with not too much work and subjects I found interesting. I only worked my cashier job one day a week, which was really nice, and I got a federal grant to pay for all my tuition, which was awesome.
September: I submitted my mission application and got called to Tokyo, Japan! That was probably the most exciting thing to happen to me all year. I got super excited and started doing all this studying about Japan that I've continued to now. Also I started a job as a one-day-a-week political cartoonist for the school newspaper, so it was neat to be published even if I wasn't thrilled by what I was drawing.
October: I turned 21! Big deal. In my classes I found myself being more outspoken and as a result I started gaining more friends in my English department. My Ramona Flowers Halloween costume was a hit with my nerdy friends. I kept doing my best grade-wise, and going to my missionary prep classes was one of my favourite things to do every week.
November: I had my first date in months after bugging a friend to get his roommate to ask me. I had a great time which then resulted in some mild preoccupation with this guy, a bad thing during a time when I was preparing for finals! I procrastinated everything, like always, but did great anyway.
December: Right when I was leaving school I made some more new friends. And then I graduated! Yay! Three and a half years got me a BA in English with a minor in Illustration. People keep asking me if I'll go to grad school and I have no idea---I'm concentrating on preparing for my mission! I even started memorizing some Japanese characters. Christmas went well (I gave everyone new chopsticks), and I was able to go to the temple with a dozen or so family members. Our annual New Years' trip to my grandfather's cabin got cancelled so I enjoyed watching Las Vegas fireworks from the balcony.
Come February 8th I won't be an active blogger anymore because of my mission to Tokyo, but until then I'm still posting my comic diaries and photos at my bento blog.
Once I'm a missionary, I've set up a blog for my family to post my letters home as well as photos I take and things I draw, so the address for that is sisterlong.blogspot.com (the design still needs work).
Happy new year and happy blogging, friends!