First of all, I would like to make it known that I pride myself in the fact that I’m up before 9:00 today.
I’m not really one for making New Years Resolutions, since I’m usually resolving to be better quite frequently as it is. Always I’m hoping to be more productive, more wise, more healthy (though perhaps that could do with some work). So what I’d really like to do today is talk about the good things of 2012. See, one of my Facebook Friends made a post somewhere on the lines of “Good riddence 2012,” and couldn’t help but think ‘isn’t that a cheery way to look at life and begin the year.’ So I’m going to talk about the wonderful things that have happened in 2012.
First of all, I finished my second year at BYU-I. With that has come a number of good things. One of them is that I finally declared my major. It’s good to be able to say “I’m a Humanities Major” instead of “I’m undecided.” But I think one of the best things is that I’ve met SO many good people. My Ballroom Dancing friend, my D&D friends- one of whom would visit with me on occassion, ward members, classmates, and of course my fabulous roommates! One of them has graduated and moved on to lawschool, and I am so happy for her! But as for the rest, I should be able to see many of them again this year!
Also, I saw some wonderful performances. Extravadance was great both semesters (but the first one was extra special, because my roommate was in it. And then of course, I saw a Gilbert and Sullivan comedic opperetta (The Mikado) live! I also discovered The Piano Guys and have enjoyed watching their YouTube videos, as well as Lindsey Stirling’s!
Furthermore, my sister wrote a story in 2012. A story that included some ideas that I came up with, so that was kind of special. I’ve gotten better with my artwork, and I’m starting to get better at creative writing. I’ve spent quality time with my family, including a couple of great hikes. Also, I’ve made pizza for the first time without Dad’s help, and I’ve tried a new recipe. Plus, there’s all the great movies I watched this year; Brave, Thor, and Mirror Mirror, as a few examples.
The fact is, it’s been an awesome year. Not perfect, of course. When is it ever? But it has been great, and I’m looking forward to what this year may bring.
Actually, the words that are coming to my mind are words from a song in Fiddler on the Roof; “And if our good fortunes never come, here’s to whatever comes!”
Happy New Year.
Now as a footnote, I’ve decided it’s a good thing I made that calendar for myself yesterday- because so far I have severe doubts that anyone else is interested. I talked with Ben about my artwork again, and he told me that working toward a certain goal or project is what will help me qualify. I’ve been worried about ‘getting good enough’ before I work on something big, but he would say that working on something ambicious (though only spending as much resources as I would be willing) is what will help me ‘get good enough.’ There is some sense to this.
However, I may not have much time to do artwork while I’m in BYU-I this year. I didn’t have much time last year. Although, I suppose if I don’t have D&D this year, I suddenly have a lot more hours available to me on Saturday. I’ll be sure to bring my colored pencils and my watercolors in any case.
Speaking of BYU-I… I suppose I’ll be packing and preparing these next three days (ugh!). Pray for us while we travel.