Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 In Review

Holy cow! I did so much in 2013!! One of my favorite things about blogging is the chance to look back through old posts and re-live those experiences. There's no way I could pick just one to be my favorite.. So here's a list of some of the things that made my 2013 awesome!

Travel
I never thought I would go to Disney World.. and now I've been there twice! Thanks to some flight vouchers, my Dad and I were able to visit Disney World again this past spring and see the newly built FantasyLand :)
Other amazing trips I went on:
-Austin (I went to Ikkicon this past weekend!)

Conventions
Last year I got a taste of what convention and cosplay life was like. And this year I really ran with it! My favorite convention of the year was the Dallas Comic Con and A-Kon. They are the biggest local cons, and had a lot of good artists and media guests. The best part is seeing all my friends in their new costumes!
A few of the other conventions I liked:

Photo by: Eli Luna
Photo by: SeadaemonPhotography
Cosplay
Cosplay has been a new hobby of mine that I just can't seem to shake. I'm totally addicted! It makes comic and anime conventions so much more fun. My favorite part of cosplaying is creating the outfit. In just a year, I feel like I've grown as an artist. And I definitely owe it to all my cosplaying friends. I feel so inspired by them and really love how encouraging the community is. My favorite costumes from this year were Arwen from The Lord of The Rings and Fiona from Shrek. It was hard to pick, but I remember feeling super happy and excited to put these outfits on.
I wore 10 new costumes this year! Here's the list:
-Asajj Ventress
-Arwen
-Fiona from Shrek
-Evil Mary Marvel
-Sailor Venus
-Annie from League of Legends
-Black Widow
-Legolas
-Luna Lovegood
-Fionna from Adventure Time

Favorite Books
I'm trying to remember if I read anything besides The Mortal Instruments series, but I don't think I did. I'm a little sad I didn't read more.. but at least there were 5 books in this series. I loved them all, and I can't wait until the next one comes out in 2014. 
The TMI series consists of:
-City of Bones
-City of Ashes
-City of Glass
-City of Fallen Angels
-City of Lost Souls

Theatrical Release Poster: Walt Disney Studios
Favorite Movies
I don't get to make it out to the theater for new releases too often, but this year I managed to see a couple! My favorite was definitely Thor: The Dark World. I wrote a review about it, and now I'm considering making a Thor cosplay! The movie was a good mix of action, humor and romance.
Other movies I saw that I loved:
-Wreck It Ralph
-The Avengers
-Warm Bodies
-The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
-Frozen
Note: I know for a fact I am going to LOVE The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, but just haven't had a chance to go see it yet!

 Favorite TV Shows
The Vampire Diaries is still on top of my list of favorite shows. It's really the only one that I watch live. I will not make plans on Thursday nights because that's TVD night! I was lucky enough to attend a Vampire Diaries convention this year, too.
Other shows I am hooked on:
-Game of Thrones
-The Big Bang Theory
-Glee
-Sleepy Hollow

Favorite Songs
Growing up I listened to music constantly. All kinds, too! And that definitely hasn't changed. This year my top played songs were very eclectic. Paramore's "Still Into You" takes the crown! I love this song and video so much!
My other favorite songs of the year:
-One Direction - Story of My Life
-Demi Lovato - Lightweight
-Lindsey Stirling - Song of the Caged Bird (I saw her live!)
-The Killers - Here With Me (I saw them live this year, too!)
-Katy Perry - Roar

Favorite Games
Animal Crossing: New Leaf wins this category so easily. I never thought I could be addicted to a game other than EQII. I love hanging out with my villagers, buying new outfits, and participating in the holiday events. It's just the cutest game ever!
Of course I'm still addicted to:
-EverQuest II
-League of Legends
-Pokemon X


Favorite Blogs
Now that my blog has been around for over a year, I have had the pleasure of getting to know other bloggers! Cazz over at Nerd Burger has become a great friend, and I love seeing her posts about new comics, geek fashion, and watching her videos. She even cosplayed for the first time as Carrie Kelly and looked fantastic!! I also became closer to Mia Moore, who lives just down the road in Austin, Tx. We got to meet up a couple times for conventions this year. I love talking cosplay, anime and movies with her!
Other blogs I can't live without:


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Goals for 2014

-Go to San Diego Comic Con. This is like the con of all cons! It's really hard to get tickets, so I'm hoping my application for a press badge is accepted!
-Get better at making props for my cosplays. I use a lot of cardboard and foam. And I'd really like to challenge myself by using new materials.
-Be more active (who DOESN'T put this on their to-do list?) But seriously, I sit at the computer a lot.. like a whole lot. I'd like to do more activities outside.
-I never made it to the Dallas Aquarium or Arboretum which was on my list for 2013. So I definitely HAVE to do that.
-See more movies. This sounds like a silly goal, but I'd like to go to the theater for new releases more often.
-Reply to blog comments. I'm putting this because I am really bad about replying. I absolutely read every single comment on my blog, Facebook, Instagram, etc ... But I tend to check them on my phone and tell myself I'll reply to it when I get to my computer. I appreciate everyone taking the time to look at my posts, and I would love to interact and become a better friend! I can be super shy, and a big goal of mine for 2014 is to become more social. On AND off the internet.

So let's all raise a glass (Coke Zero in mine) and celebrate the end of a great year and the beginning of an even better one!

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What was your favorite memory of 2013?
What is your biggest goal for 2014?

16 comments:

  1. This is great! Still Into You is TOTALLY my song of the year too! Its even my "power" song for working out! (I am also a dork in that, I sing it to my husband a lot LOL).

    Your cosplays are great girl! Keep it up! I hope we both get SDCC tix this year! Happy new year!

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    1. Isn't it the best song?! It's just so dang catchy. I love her pink and orange hair in the video, too. I think that's my fav style she's done.

      And thank you so much! It would be way awesome to see you at SDCC. Happy New Year :)

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  2. Happy New Year! My favorite memory of 2013 wold have to be visiting Seattle. I love that city and I fall in love with even more every time I visit. I have a lot of goals for 2014, but my biggest is to be healthier. Here's to 2014!

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    1. Seattle is definitely easy to fall in love with. I enjoyed visiting it, but didn't really get to see much of the city. So hopefully I can go back someday! Happy New Year!!

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  3. Happy New Year!! I really hope you get SDCC tickets, that would just make my year! SDCC is so, so fun and such a different experience than any other con I've been to. I think you'd love it!

    I am so happy that I've gotten closer to you this year, you are one of my favorite con friends! <3 Here's to an excellent 2014!!

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    1. SDCC with you would be a total blast!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can get tickets! I'll need advice from ya on how to survive it, too! Happy New Year, Mia!!

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  4. Cheers and Happy New Year! Here's hoping that your 2014 is even more amazing than your 2013 was!

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  5. Have you heard this guys string cover of Still Into You(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxmKvtwKpGw)? Probably my favorite cover of the song on Youtube.

    I would hope that my favorite memory was my trip to Denver, but that didn't end the way I wanted it to. Just gotta keep working at it, have to make every day matter. Real talk though, keep doing what you do. I love reading your blog. You always have such positive things to say, and I always feel inspired to do something imaginative. Stay awesome!

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    1. Whoa that violin cover was so cool! So unique!

      Thank you for your kind words :) It's so inspiring to ME to keep blogging when I read supportive comments from friends! You rock!

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  6. I'm starting to think going to more cons should be a resolution for me this year. There aren't that many in the Montreal area, but I did get to go to PAX East last year. Missed out on tickets for 2014, so unless I get invited as an exhibitor it's unlikely that's happen this year.

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    1. I got a Saturday and Sunday ticket to PAX East and I have a feeling I won't be able to go!! So if you can't get an exhibitor pass then email me!!

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  7. Happy New Year!!! Good Luck with SDCC!! I couldn't go one year and that was the end of getting tickets. I put my name into being intrested in Volunteering again so we shall see. The best memory for me in 2013 was my trip to London/Paris!! So rad!! My goal for 2014 is to get back to SDCC and maybe PAX prime. I just can never get tickets. I do have DisneyWorld planned for this year and ECCC!!

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    1. I saw your London/Paris pics on Instagram! What an amazing trip! I've never been outside of the country.. Maybe I'll add that to my goal list :)

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  8. Dude. You are my hero. I am so happy to have met you this year. You are a beautiful and talented girl and I hope my cosplay will be as good as yours in 10 years. :) Thank you for being you and by the way your Fiona cosplay is the best thing ever!!!

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  9. Looks like an awesome year!!
    Wish I could have made it to Disney or comiccon too (awesome cosplay). :P

    <3
    Harlynn
    www.mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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