Since I went through my 14 goals/resolutions for 2014 yesterday, I figured it was only fair to discuss the top 13 things that happened in 2013. As I mentioned, 2013 was potentially the worst year of my life, but in my effort to make 2014 great, I will focus on the good. (At some point, I may or may not discuss the bad parts, but for now…)
So, here they are. The 13 Best Things About 2013:
1. Finished My First Year Of Real College:
Not much happened from January-April since I was in school and doing nothing but eating Ramen noddles and studying for tests, so we’ll start here with May and finishing my first year of college at the University of North Texas. This is here for obvious reasons. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to finish their first year of college?
2. Got My License:
I was scared of getting hit, but the absolute horror of being a college student and not being able to go where I want, when I want, greatly outweighed the small fear of a fender-bender. So, I got off my ass and went down to the DPS (with two friends who failed their drivers tests the first time around) and passed my test with (semi) flying colors.
3. Made New Friends:
I’ll admit I didn’t really make any efforts to make friends at UNT. I was more concerned with studying and I really enjoyed the company of my roommate, so I guess it kind of figures that I’d find two of my three current best friends in my hometown. Christopher and Matt are two of the best friends I’ve ever had and I couldn’t be luckier to have them in my life. Who knows why we weren’t friends when I was in high school, but I’m excited to watch them graduate and see what the future holds for them.
4. Getting Back Together With My High School Sweetheart:
If you know Eric and I, you’d know we were the “best of times, worst of times” couple. Sure, I got a kick out of “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together” as much as the next pissed off ex-girlfriend, but truth is, I loved the guy more than I would have liked to admit. We were young when we met and started dating (I had just turned 15) but as time went on, we didn’t really grow up. Both of us made dumb, rookie mistakes that tore us apart during our first year of college. However, after the year ended, we did talk about it and getting back together with him was the best decision I ever made. I got to be by his side through some really tough times and I’m glad that he had a hand to hold for it (but I’m really glad that it was mine!)
5. Deciding To Take The Year Off:
Most people take their “gap year” right after high school, but I was so caught up with following my boyfriend to college and doing what my parents wanted that I didn’t ever take a moment for myself. I passed my first year of college just fine, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, or at all really… Deciding to take the next year (this current school year) off to work and take care of more important things than algebra was probably one of the best decisions I ever made. Now I can’t wait to go back to school this upcoming fall!
6. Nikki’s 70th Birthday:
At age 8, I auditioned for my first play and by some miracle landed a singing and speaking role (I played Pepper in the musical Annie) After nearly 10 years of summer camps, voice lessons, acting classes, dance class, tech work, and many more main stage productions, those people became family. And that theatre became home. So, that’s why when the woman who had been a teacher, a friend, a mentor, and fellow castmate to all of us turned 70, people came from all over to celebrate her. It was so nice to be surrounded by my theatre family once more and reminisce and laugh and celebrate the woman who taught me everything I know about theatre.
I’ve spent a large portion of my life traveling back and forth from Texas to New York and New York to Texas, but while I had gone on a few vacations here and there, it hadn’t been for a very long time. So, my mom flew down from New York and the two of us went to Colorado for a week. Colorado is one of the most beautiful places I have EVER been. While we were there, we attended the annual Shakespeare festival, rode horses, sat on the beach in Grand Lake, shopped, and of course, climbed the Rocky Mountains!
8. First Apartment:
Once I decided to take a year off school, I knew I would have to get an apartment, or I’d be stuck living under my father’s roof… So, shortly after returning from Colorado, I moved into my first apartment! No, it’s not as glamorous as I expected, but it is SO much fun living on my own and not having any rules!
9. Got A Great Job:
Since this apartment isn’t going to pay for itself, and my parents certainly aren’t going to pay for it, I had to get a better job than 20 hours a week at Best Buy. Not that I didn’t love my bosses and coworkers there, but it wasn’t going to pay the bills. Luckily for me, just shortly after I started looking for a better paying job, a woman from a large company contacted me and asked me to interview after seeing my resume on a job board. Two weeks later, I was a full time employee working for a great business and making more than enough money to pay my bills and still be able to eat!
10. Rekindled Friendship:
I had a lot of friends in high school and there were a couple that faded away due to stupid drama and all that jazz. Under a really shitty circumstance, one of those friendships was brought back and I’m really glad that it did. Evelyn and I had some really great times for the years that we were friends and a stupid, petty thing came between us our senior year and I’m more than a little upset that we stopped being friends for so long. But I do love her very much and she’s one of the best friends I’ve ever had and I’m so lucky to have her back in my life.
11. Return Of My Favorite Doctor:
I know this is SOOOOO nerdy of me, but I am a HUGE Doctor Who fan. Classic Who and New Who alike. So, when I found out David Tennant was gracing our screens once more as The Doctor, I kind of lost my shit… Getting to see My Doctor again was amazing, even though his exit (damn you, Steven Moffat!!!!) broke my heart all over again, I’m really glad the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who was made even more special and mind-blowing by having three Doctors come together so Gallifrey would fall no more.
12. New York For Thanksgiving:
Spending Thanksgiving in New York means family (which was plus a new baby this year!), food (duh!), cold weather, and of course, Broadway! So, in addition to the delicious homemade food I was consuming for four days, I got to spend part of Hanukkah (yay, presents!) and also my birthday (yay, more presents!) with my family for the first time in years. This also means I was able to see a couple Broadway shows. This year it was Macbeth (starring Ethan Hawke, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center), Romeo and Juliet (with Orlando Bloom, Richard Rodgers Theatre), and Beautiful: The Carole King Story (Stephen Sondheim Theatre) – all of which were absolutely amazing. Especially the Carole King Story. Just wow.
13. Getting Rid Of The Most Toxic Person In My Life:
This was a long time coming and the last super-important thing that I did in 2013. I won’t deny that I had been a friend to this person for many years prior to my ending our friendship. However, in the year leading up to the end, she was selfish, rude, hypocritical, self-centered, and unkind. This is not to say that she was not, at one point, a very good friend to me. But I was sick of playing her in her “competition” and she treated me poorly both as a friend and as a human being. I don’t regret the years that we were friends, though. I stuck by her through a whole lot and I was always the best kind of a friend to her but I did not ever receive the same treatment in return. I never felt that she cared half as much about my problems as she did her own. The world always had to spin around her, no matter what. Seems as if no one ever taught her the “Golden Rule,” and for that I had to say goodbye and put myself first for once. And I couldn’t be happier that I did. (Sorry not sorry…)
Well, there you go: The top 13 things that happened in my life in 2013.
Yes, there were a lot of other things that happened. But these were by far the best, most interesting, and most memorable.