2014 in review: A year of milestones and putting myself out there

2014 was a great year for my blog and it was just a wonderful year in general (and I have this blog to thank for continuing to chronicle my journeys in life).

I’ve accomplished many milestones in my life throughout the year, from:

  • turning 21 and obligingly accepting my self-promise to have my first taste of alcohol (21),
  • producing and directing a 250+ cast student-run production (PACN),
  • interviewing well-respected singer-songwriters and musicians (Kina Grannis, Milo Greene, Yuna),
  • writing and creating my first screenplay for my summer screenwriting class,
  • being inspired by some amazing films that caused me to record a video tutorial on my 6-year-old YouTube channel–and even caused that video to have 40k views (“Lost Stars”),
  • getting the chance to interview and even continue to grow close to the ones who have inspired my decade-long devotion to music and writing since I was a 13-year-old girl (Meg & Dia/Dia Frampton, KMGMT–coming soon),
  • who also let me attend an entirely unexpected Hollywood party (A Casa de Awesome Christmas 2014),
  • to getting my first car, which has allowed me the freedom to enjoy my last year of college binge-attending concerts (Hall & Oates, Local Brews Local Grooves),
  • and even embarrassingly experiencing my first real “crush” (Totally Crushing).

But most importantly, I feel that I myself as a person have grown so much. I can honestly say I am in a good place in my life (and I believe you all are well-aware of how optimistic I am and how I too easily see every opportunity/mistake/event/moment as a chance for positive growth). Knowing my role as a woman, how the music industry really runs, what it takes to really make/produce/write a film, to even approaching the world of music and my own guitar-playing from a more “realistic” point-of-view… I feel that I’ve attained a hefty amount of knowledge and experience, from myself as a person and professionally.

So, gone are the days where I look towards opportunities with hesitancy, feel shame for others’ comments, or even approach friendships and relationships from unhealthy or superficial angles!

2014 really was the year where I put my all out there. I began with giving my all to my community at UCI (or at least all that I wanted to give back to it) to finally allowing myself to “do what I want to do” at UCI, by approaching my music and writing headstrong.

For a girl who was always too shy or too afraid to put herself out there in years past, I can say with confidence that I love this feeling of feeling my walls starting to crumble. Although there is still much room for growth within and much I wish to do or wish to have spent more time with (Mr. Guytar, I can never quite get my mind off of you), I am happy to say that at 21 going on 22 in 2015, my utter youth and wealth of optimism, experience and knowledge is propelling me forward with excitement. To continue to grow within and without… And focus on what really matters with matters of the heart…

Thank you for coming along on this journey with me and sharing in my experiences. I never quite expect any of the things that I go through, but thank you, from the bottom of my heart. ❤

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 45,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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