I started graduate school, majoring in choral conducting and taking on challenging coursework.
I performed in some barbershop quartet gig for Valentine’s Day and helped to bring joy to a few faces.
I started a blog for movie reviews, personal reflection, and whatever else I could think of as a writing catharsis.
I performed some of Handel’s Messiah twice for Lent services, both soloing and conducting.
I performed in far too many choral concerts to count.
I became the choral graduate assistant, as well as the director of the Men’s Chorus, where I learned at least three times as much as I taught.
I took part in the craziest, but most rewarding season of Stan Hywet, strengthening various skills, doing multiple jobs, having an impact on tons of people, and most importantly, making some wonderful new friends who give me life.
I stepped into the ELAB Coordinator role for YEPAW 2014, taking on a new level of organization, leadership, guidance, and servant-hood – great friendships were made here as well. Later, I became a YEPAW 365 Transformation Agent.
My youngest brother graduated from high school and started his collegiate journey.
I started becoming closer to the church I sing for, and began to accept them more as a church home/family – something which had been missing for some time.
I worked through an inconvenient injury which had long-lasting effects, right down to weeks of physical therapy, an MRI scan, and my own handicapped pass.
I returned to voice lessons and developed further as a soloist.
I composed arrangements of some of my favorite Christmas songs.
I was caught quoting a few ridiculous things that, for some reason, brought others joy.
I watched two pairs of friends get married this summer and begin a new journey together.
I developed my organizational & professional skills further with various organizations & jobs.
I helped with the organization of a major two-day High School Choir Festival for around 150 HS choir students from all over the state.
I put on a Christmas concert at Stan Hywet consisting of my own solos, choir, brass ensemble, along with a few of my own arrangements in the rep; so many people enjoyed it, and after the amount of time and planning put into it, I was exceptionally enamored with how well we were received.
So I did a lot of things in 2014, and stayed busy. Yes. You know what else I did?
I kept my family nearby.
I watched a lot of SNL.
I dressed well whenever possible.
I loved as much as possible.
I kept my faith in Christ in me.
I laughed at the wrong moments.
I said dumb, awkward things.
I got worse at mornings.
I tried to do nice things for others when I could.
I got irritated sometimes.
I scrolled through Twitter to procrastinate.
I Googled cool gifs to put in my blog posts/movie reviews.
I made fun of my siblings as much as possible.
They made fun of me back.