It’s funny how simultaneously a year can feel so long and yet so short. 2016 has been one heck of a year, in good ways and bad. It’s been a busy, crazy, interesting, adventure filled year. I thought it would be a fun idea to do a rewind over each month and tell you about some of the best moments and fun times I had in 2016 🙂 I hope you enjoy! Let me know in the comments what was one thing about 2016 that you really liked!
A brand new and fresh start again. I started 2016 with a list of goals for the year (as I try to do every year) but what set this year apart was that I actually accomplished some of them! I didn’t do all of what I wanted to do, but since I’ve never actually stuck to my goals before, I’d say I did pretty good 🙂 The goals I accomplished were: Get my driver’s license, graduate high school when I’m supposed to, make new friends, and post to Girl on Fire more regularly.
I got my driver’s license at the end of June which isn’t when I had wanted to get it by, but hey, at least I got it. This was a big and necessary step in beating my procrastination, as it’s only been two years since I finished driver’s ed…but like I said in 19 Lessons in 19 years, “you don’t have to be the best, you only have to be better than you were yesterday.”
I graduated homeschool high school in July and I only have to do some additional studying before I take the SAT and ACT tests because my math skills leave a lot to be desired. However, it was a success for me as if further cemented the fact that I am, indeed, and adult when I didn’t have to go back to school like my siblings did in September.
I made a lot of new friends in 2016 which is probably the biggest milestone yet. It’s not particularly easy for me to make friends because of my introvertedness and awkward tendencies. But you’ll hear more about this accomplishment when we get to talking about June/July.
I started posting to Girl on Fire weekly (three times a week if I did really good) and it became super fun. Not that it was ever not fun, but I really enjoyed putting together a fun or interesting post and seeing what my readers thought of it. I haven’t had the chance to post as often as I wanted towards the end of the year but Blogmas (which just ended and you will hear about later) was a huge success and a ton of fun. Hopefully 2017 is full of more good posts from me and on a more frequent schedule. 🙂
February was fun because my family and I got to volunteer with Compassion International and serve at the Rock & Worship Roadshow in Boise. Rock & Worship Roadshow (if you don’t know) is a concert of seven Christian bands preforming for only $10. My family got to go for free because of Compassion and we had a great time, not only because of the concert, but also because we got to see firsthand how God can use people to be his hands and feet and help others. I believe the number of sponsored children that night was over 600! And we also got to watch the concert which included Family Force 5 and Newsboys.
In March, not a whole lot happened. However I did do a piano festival for the third year in a row. For the festival I memorize two pieces for the piano and play them for a judge who ranks me on a scale of 1 to 5. Five points is a superior rating and I got a superior rating for the third year in a row, which earned me a trophy. Honestly, this year of festival was my poorest performance that I’ve ever done but somehow, the judge still thought I did well enough for a superior rating 🙂
April was a lot of fun. I participated in a piano recital for the festival that I talked about previously. It was a lot of fun and unlike the festival performance, I think that was the best performance I’ve done.
Also, once again we (my mom and a few of my siblings and I) volunteered for Compassion International at a for King & Country concert. It was a pretty small venue and we got to once again pass out the Compassion packets and help people sponsor the children. In addition to that, we got to talk to the boy’s mom and she was a super nice lady 🙂 Not to mention this month started the beginning of my obsession with for King & Country 😄
May was fun because of Mother’s day. I took mom to Boise (well, she drove but I helped 🙂 and we went to lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and then we did some shopping. Later on that night we went to see the documentary The Abolitionist in the theater and there was a huge crowd of people there with signs protesting human trafficking. The show was completely sold out which was so amazing. It was a really cool experience to see so any people there with the same passion I have and who want to put an end to slavery in the 21st century.
In June I took Dad out for a day in Boise as well and after a lunch at Red Lobster we went to see the second Independence Day in the theater. It was nice to have a day for just me and dad as I felt like we got to talk about a lot of good things that we didn’t normally talk about and catch up with each other.
Also at the end of June, in addition to getting my driver’s license, my family decided to try out a new church in town. It had been almost a year since we had been kicked out of our old church and I guess we were ready to try again. I’m so glad that we did because I ended up making some of the best friends I’ve had in my lifetime and they are the source of many of the best moments the rest of 2016. 🙂
July was the month that I quit my two year job, which was a little disappointing and a little freeing at the same time. I also celebrated Forever Day with my very best friend of 4 years on the 7th of this month. In a nutshell, Forever Day comes from the saying “Best friends forever.” Forever Day for me and Bella is formally known as the “start of our ‘forever” as it marks the day she wrote her first letter to me as a reply to a pen pal add I had put in a newsletter we both subscribed to. 2016 marked our four year anniversary of being friends 🙂 (you’re awesome Bella! 🙂
August had one highlight that I can remember and that would be the camping trip that me and my brother went on with our youth group at the new church we became a part of. It was such a great two days! We didn’t do anything super special but we got to spend some time with our new friends (who by now felt like we had known them forever) and it was the first camping trip that I had been on in at least a year (and the only camping trip I’ve been on since). It was super fun and I would love to do it again 🙂
September brings me to what I call “the best weekend of my life so far.” I’m talking about the Women’s Retreat that I was able to go on with the ladies of The Rock (our church.) It was up at a super nice retreat center near McCall and it was surrounded by lots of trees and hiking trails (which I was out walking on every day of the three days I was there). I got to know some of the girls a lot better than I did and both nights I stayed up super late talking to a few of them. I did a lot of great studying and I got to know the girls and Christ on a deeper level that I had before.I also got to go zip lining while I was there and that was so awesome 🙂 Of course, the next day after I got back, I got my wisdom teeth taken out which put a dampener on the whole thing 😄 But it wasn’t terrible 🙂
October brought news of our impending move which I was not excited about in the least. It felt like I had just gotten to know all these wonderful people and now I was going to have to move across the country away from them for a long time (well, not so long now 😉 ) But there were many highlights in this month 🙂
I got tickets to go see Lindsey Stirling’s Brave Enough tour which came to Boise! I got a ticket for myself and Caleb and I happened to get an extra one so I was able to take a friend too. We didn’t know it at the time, but some of our other friends were going too and so we had a small group who went together. Lindsey Stirling is just as amazing live as she is on her albums and in her music videos! It was a great night, except that it was so cold!
I also had a super early birthday party/sleepover with my friends because I wouldn’t be there for my actual birthday. After having some homemade pizza we all went out to our camper where I presented everyone with some gifts I had made (which turned out way better than I thought they would) and some fair trade chocolate 🙂 We then played some games and Caleb and the two others who could stay the night stayed up until 6 in the morning. I wasn’t that brave however and went to bed at three instead 🙂 Then the next day we all met up at a park in town with a group of other friends and had an epic battle of foam, pvc pipe, and duct tape weapons. It was really great 🙂
Now on to the best day of the year for me: the corn maze. For many reasons, this day was one of the best I’ve had. It would be super boring if I went over everything that I did, but it was awesome to spend time with good friends and have fun getting lost in a maze 🙂
November was hard as it landed smack in the middle of a move. But we did have some good times as Caleb and I were able to fly back to visit everyone for a last time and go to a Disney Murder Mystery party that one of our friends held. She did an amazing job and everything looked great. I had been compiling my costume since she told me about the party (my character was the Evil Queen from Snow White) and as you can imagine, I tried to go all out with the evil theme. Everyone else looked amazing and did a great job of dressing as their character.
Also in November, I turned 19! Honestly, I don’t feel any different than I had before but it was still an interesting experience 🙂 I hope to put my newfound maturity to good use in the coming year though 😉
December wasn’t the best month as far as the whole year goes. There were a lot of big changes for me and a lot of challenges.
I took on the challenge of once again doing three blog posts a week for “The 12 Days Of Blogmas” here on Girl on Fire. I was intending to write them ahead of time, but I didn’t get around to it so I usually had to write them the day before or the day that they were to be posted. But for the most part, I think Blogmas was a success and I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year. 🙂
Christmas was good, but a little different than what I’m used to. But it wasn’t bad in the least. We had a lot of extended family over on Christmas Eve which was nice as I hadn’t seen a lot of them in quite a while. The best part of Christmas for me though was the chance to gather gifts for my family and all my friends. It’s my favorite thing to do and I often spend all year choosing things to get or make for everyone. I was a little behind this year though because of the move and everything, but I hope I will have a better grasp on it next year.
So, that was pretty much all the good moments and fun times I had in 2016 and I am excited to see what 2017 will have for me. 2016 wasn’t all good, but the good moments outweighed the bad. I’m excited to see the fresh challenges of 2017 as well as how I will grow as a person. Thanks for supporting Girl on Fire by reading about all the randomness I post and I hope you will stick with me for another year 🙂
Happy new year, readers!