A Year in Review

30 December 2013

With the new year just around the corner (New Year's Eve is tomorrow--ahh!), I've decided to take some time and look back at my accomplishments/milestones/notes of the year 2013--which, despite feeling so fulfilling and busy, I've had trouble thinking of a lot key events that took place... Maybe I just have a bad memory. At any rate, here are some of the most important experiences I've thought up of, by month, in little paragraph form with photos and such. I figure it will give you a little more on who I am and what I've been through... let's begin!

**Warning: This will be a fairly long, personal blog post.


January was equally one of the busiest and slowest months of the year, in my opinion. This probably could be due to the fact that the day I would be returning home to San Francisco after winter break was the 31st! The anticipation to go back was actually killing me! I was packing for the entire month leading up to the day, and finally, after a very stressful travel home, I arrived. My friends invited me to In n' Out (if you're not from California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, or Texas, it's the most delicious fast food burger joint ever) for dinner...where I happened to meet a boy by the name of Chris and exchanged phone numbers.

1. the outfit I wore on our first date | 2. packing up to go back to the city | 3. on the aeroplane flying home (lipstick by makeup forever) | 4. valentine's day lunch! ♡


February was, without a doubt, my favourite month of the whole year, and pretty much determined my happiness for the course of 2013. I began second semester at uni, went on my first date with Chris (on the 9th!) and then my favourite time of year rolled around... Valentine's Day! Chris and I decorated heart shaped cookies for one another at lunch time, wrote "I ♥ Sarah" and "I ♥ Chris" on the giant heart on the wall, then after class got all dressed up in pink and he took me down to the pier to ask me to be his girlfriend! Eeee! After a delicious dinner and even better dessert, the most perfect day ended which led up to more and more perfect days to come.

A little over a week later was Chris' 20th birthday, where we enjoyed an unforgettable (and might I say very expensive--thanks to his unbelievably sweet parents) birthday dinner at Morton's Steakhouse and moments I will remember for the rest of my life.


March is where things finally began to slow down, thankfully. I had rehearsal for The Vagina Monologues every week, Chris and I made our one month (when Siegfried came into our lives!), I added pink to my hair. March was a very important step to my relationship with Chris as well, and we made a lot of progress in becoming the couple we are today through communication and understanding... (and our first fight).

March was also a big turning point for me as a blogger. I began getting new ideas and executing them on my old blog, Love & Velvet. I was being a lot more proactive about writing and coming up with my own ideas for posts and it has honestly brought me to where I am today! This post alone for The Petite Pixie is the first non-outfit post of many to hopefully come (not this long, I assure you...).
1. the return of the pink hair | 2. my Siegfried and Chris' Ludwig having a sleepover | 3. one of my two scenes in The Vagina Monologues (dress from forever 21) | 4. my new blonde pixie haircut!


April was truly liberating. I was given the amazing opportunity to participate in The Vagina Monologues (as aforementioned), which revolves around an issue so very important to me. We'd been preparing the show since December, rehearsing since the start of the semester, and working our hineys off to put on a great show. It ran for three nights and all of us girls grew very close throughout the entire process, and it isn't something I would ever want to take away.

The day after the show was completely finished, I made the decision to have all of my hair cut off and bleached blonde and I loved it!...at first. It was quite an adjustment, but I thought about the decision for a while and try not to regret it now because my hair is so much healthier!

May was a particularly difficult month, for it would be the last Chris and I spent together before the dreaded summer break rolled around. Despite being a fortunate enough person to have a home in Hawaii to go to over breaks, I am miserable being away 3,000 miles away from the city, and now that the person I love would be going 3,000 miles the opposite way, it made it even harder. However, we decided to make the most of our final weeks together, and made sure to spend a lot of time together despite having finals on top of it all. One of our dates included going to the midnight premiere of The Great Gatsby, dressed up for the era of course.

1. at the great gatsby premiere with Chris | 2. studying lines for my final | 3. crafting for my Etsy Shop | 4. mailing my care package to Chris


In June, I kept busy to distract myself from the whole long-distance relationship situation. I applied for summer work, made time to hang out with the couple of close friends worth keeping from high school days, wrote a lot on Love & Velvet, including a How to Survive A Long-Distance Relationship post that I still find particularly helpful, and did some arts and crafts. I decided to open an Etsy shop where I would sell my little creations, such as dolls, crowns, and even some vintage clothing that I had purchased. It was definitely a good distraction to run to the craft store, pick up supplies, and go home to my little craft table and just create for hours (sometimes while Skyping Chris, of course), but as predicted, it didn't help the heartache of being so far apart.


July was equally as long and torturous as June, however I did have some things to keep my mind off the distance. I was unable to find a job that was interested in someone to work for only 2 months, but I had been making money with my Etsy shop, and began counting down the days until Chris would come visit me, so things were turning around quite a bit. My roots had gotten to the point where it was time to dye my hair back to red, a colour I plan to keep for quite some time (as I always say...). I also received my own care package/5 month anniversary gift from Chris, which included some beautiful jewellery he made himself, a t-shirt with his hometown's name on it, and a poem I always keep close to my heart ♡

Around the end of the month, I had oral surgery to remove my wisdom teeth, which was not an easy process to say the least. I began having health problems on top of it and just couldn't wait for August to roll around! The wisdom teeth issues did, however, spark an idea for a great blog post about how to cover up a bruise with makeup--which my oral surgeon actually ended up reading!

1. my countdown cards for Chris' arrival | 2. back to a redhead | 3. yummy anniversary dinner | 4. Chris and I on the beach
It finally arrived--August, my favourite month of the year, especially this year. Not only would I celebrate my birthday on the 6th, but Chris flew out especially for the occasion, and we had a wonderful week together. The day before my birthday, we went to the water park and actually got 50% off because the park was closing 2 hours after we arrived. On my birthday, we had a yummy dinner with my family and watched a slideshow, and the next day we celebrated my birthday again with my good friend Shannon. Around this time was when the idea for The Petite Pixie came to life and I started it immediately!

The last night before Chris left, we celebrated our 6 months together, which marked the longest relationship the two of us had ever had, and he cooked us some delicious homemade dinner! Eventually, Chris had to go back home, but then it would only be two weeks until we were together again in the city, ready to take on our second year at uni!


September kicked off the start of my Sophomore year and it definitely started off with a bang. My first week back I decided to audition for the school-wide play--Shaw's Candida, just because I know I'd regret it if I didn't try, along with some other very close friends. It turns out I landed a call-back, which seemed incredible to me, as a second year, and took my confidence to new heights. Although they didn't decide to keep me for the part (and made the most perfect choice instead, my good friend Katherine!), it felt amazing to have been in their top four choices, and encouraged me to audition for everything I can because I am capable! On top of that, the day of call-backs, I was informed I had gotten the job at Banana Republic that I had just interviewed for a couple days earlier. I had a feeling, at this point, that this would be my semester.

Very early in the month, as well, I saw my all-time favourite (contemporary) band fun. live as a belated birthday gift from my brother! It was a truly amazing night I was so lucky to spend with Chris, and might I add, the lead singer, Nate Ruess, a.k.a. my husband, smiled at me. Everyone saw it, I swear I'm not making it up!

1. my view at the fun. concert | 2. halloween party with Chris | 3. accessories for photos hoot with Lauren | 4. the boutique I would be working in
October is honestly a blur. I feel as if I didn't do much other than go to work and go to school. It was becoming clear to me that work on top of school, if only to make extra cash, would be quite the challenge. It was also disheartening to know that I would not be able to participate in any shows that the school would put on for the semester, which was the entire reason I was at school to begin with! I did not let things get me down too much, however, because I had Halloween (Chris and I were a vampire couple) to look forward to, which is my absolute favourite holiday (especially as an actor)! Not to mention I also had the distinct pleasure of being photographed by Lauren Crow, super amazing photographer/blogger/all-around amazing human being.


November was a very jam-packed month, at work, school, and my personal life. Holiday season was finally underway after a long semester, but that meant even more time spent at work. Magically, I managed to survive the chaos and stress of it all, which would only worsen come the next month. I was thankful to have at least a bit of time to rest during Thanksgiving and was fortunate enough to see some shows for different classes--one of which took place on my 9 month with Chris.

It was in November that I made the choice to purchase a nice wig for myself since I was unhappy with my hair at its current state. I found the Zooey Deschanel wig online and had it shipped from the U.K. as a personal investment. I still don't regret this decision and I see my wig collection growing for years to come! Eventually, however, I did get tired of feeling the need to wear the wig every single day, so one day (while very sick and on cold medicine, might I add) I grabbed some scissors and cut my own hair so that it wouldn't look like a mullet, more like a bob (which I was going to have done at a salon, but did not have sufficient funds nor the patience). I am actually really happy with the way it came out and still haven't had it touched up because it hasn't been necessary!

One of the absolute hugest event that took place in November was having the privilege of meeting one of my absolute heroes, Tavi Gevinson of Rookie. Everything about that day fell into place perfectly, which was such a relief because I wasn't sure I would be able to go, since I had work at the time of the Rookie meet-up. However, the timing of my lunch, the location, and just everything went exactly right, and I was able to get what I came for--a photo and my Rookie Yearbook 2 signed (oh, and an autograph for Rachael). That was, without a doubt, one of my biggest accomplishments of the year. I was on cloud nine when I got back to work!

1. my new wig | 2. meeting Tavi--she said she liked my Nate Ruess pin | 3. seeing The Nutcracker | 4. dressed as Marina for my Acting III final

Ahh, finally, December. I had been anticipating you for quite some time. It's true, I do sort of go into a panic in December, wondering if I accomplished anything throughout the year, and start scrambling for things to change for the next year. I also had to find time to spend with Chris before we left one another for a short long-distance period. Thankfully, we got to do some cutesy coupley Christmas time date nights, like seeing The Nutcracker together--I've always wanted to go to the ballet with my significant other ;-) The remainder of the month was spent doing finals and going to work. Finals as an acting major sure can be fun though, because for one of them I got to dress up as Marina and the Diamonds.

Majority of this final month was spent on reflection and understanding what my needs are. I moved out of my four-person dorm room to live in my own private room for the sake of my sanity and overall happiness, I decided to leave my job to have more time for performances and films, and have taken a look and the people I choose to surround myself with. My best advice in that category would be to figure out which people make you a better person and you can always be your true self around--they're the ones worth keeping, after all!

Now I am on my winter break until the end of January 2014 and have a lot of time to myself to figure out who I want to be this next year and what accomplishments I intend to make.

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Well, if you're still with me after ALL OF THAT... that's my year in review. Sorry it was so long, I guess I did a lot more than I thought. Maybe next year I should consider a bulleted list.

Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful New Year ahead of you! What were your favourite accomplishes this year?

Stay sweet ♡
Sarah

2 comments:

  1. 2013 seemed so lovely for you!
    Might I add that the wig looks wonderful on you! =D
    xo,
    nancy

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