When I turned 22, I blasted Taylor Swift at midnight. “It feels like a perfect night…” I had graduated the day before (or that day that quickly changed to the next as the clock struck 12). We were going to a bar, where I was going to see some friends maybe for the last time because I was flying home, from Dallas back to Seattle, the following day. I called these 3 days of my life “The Trifecta” Day 1: Graduate. Day 2: Birthday. Day 3: Move across the country and leave college behind. Suddenly, that midnight, Taylor Swift’s “22″ took on a whole new meaning for me.
“We’re happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time. It’s miserable and magical, oh yeah.”
I was Happy: to be blasting T-Swift at midnight with close friends I had made over the last 4 years.
I was Free: from the education system for the first time in 15+ years.
I was Confused: about what I truly wanted to do next with my life.
I was Lonely: to be leaving a tight social circle for the few friends I still knew back in Seattle.
It felt miserable and horrible and scary and sad and terrifying to be 22.
It felt magical and mysterious and adventurous and fabulous to be embarking on the next journey at 22.
Later in the song Taylor sings “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the BEST WAY!” and I vowed to make that the motto of my 22nd year. I vowed to embrace all the changes and hardships I faced with open arms. To love this transition year because everyone told me it would be hard but I’m a warrior and I’m prepared and some things go right and some go wrong and that’s okay and I will be OKAY.
Needless to say, this long intro is just to tell you why I posted all my pictures into a facebook album titled: “Happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way (22)”. It’s a beautiful record of my beautiful year. Here are all the wonderful things I did with my 23rd year of life:
- Moved from Dallas back to Seattle.
- Spend the 3-day Memorial Day weekend at Sasquatch music festival with Cullen.
- Climbed Mount Pilchuck with my mom
- Had Father’s day breakfast at Lil John’s.
- Spent 4th of July with my parents at Ebey’s Landing.
- Went kayaking with cousins and family friends!
- Met my newest cousin, Savannah.
- Did my first Seattle play: Bat Boy the Musical with YETI at the Ballard Underground.
- Went to the Decemberists concert!
- Climbed Tiger Mountain!
- Went on a 3-day backpacking trip on the Ozette Loop Trail
- Went to a Seahawks game!
- Got hired as a receptionist at Tsai Law Company.
- Went to Bumbershoot Music Festival.
- Traveled to Idaho, all expenses paid, as Playwright in Residence for the 8 in 48 Film Festival.
- My play, Devushka and the Cat, won Audience’s Choice at the 8 in 48 Festival.
- Started dating my dear Devin and we went pumpkin patching!
- Saw Florence and the Machine, live!
- Dressed up as Disgust from Inside Out for Halloween.
- Opened and closed Alice in Wonderland at Secondstory Repertory Theatre where I played the Mad Hatter, Five (a playing card), Humpty Dumpty, and the White Knight.
- Went on for 5 performances of Little Red with Storybook Theatre as a swing!
- Taught my first class as a teaching artist.
- Began house managing with Studio East.
- Went with a group of friends to the Mockingjay Part 2 midnight premiere as Katniss! (completing the challenge for myself of going to all 4 midnight premieres as Katniss!)
- Celebrated my grandma’s 85th birthday!
- Went out with my girls to a Beyonce vs. Rihanna party.
- Cut a Christmas tree with my family.
- Directed a group of teens in a 30-minute musical theatre review for Kirkland’s Winterfest!
- Went to a Cage the Elephant in-store concert at Easy Street Records
- Saw the premiere of Star Wars the Force Awakens dressed as an Ewok Sith (then proceeded to see the movie 2 more times in theatres)
- Performed in Adult Twas at Studio East as “Trump Mouse”, a mouse who doesn’t want cats entering the country.
- Celebrated Christmas with my family.
- Celebrated New Years surrounded by some amazing ladies.
- Went on a weekend trip to Bellingham with my girls!
- Opened and closed Stuart Little at Secondstory Repertory Theatre where I played Margalo, the bird.
- My play, Plant and Her, was selected to be produced at Nylon Fusion theatre Company in New York City.
- Spent Valentine’s weekend in Portland with my love!
- I saw Seattle Symphony play Led Zeppelin on the night of my NYC playwriting debut.
- I saw Demetri Martin live with my cousin.
- Went cross-country skiing.
- Went to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!
- Went to see Pentatonix live!
- Held auditions and callbacks for Urinetown – a show I’m musically directing!
- Ran my first 5k, the incredibly fun Color Run!
- Had a lovely mother’s day meal with my mom and extended family.
- Saw my favorite band, Lucius, live!
- Opened and closed Fancy Nancy the musical at Secondstory Repertory Theatre where I played Bree, the mermaid!
- Had LOTS of skype dates.
- Saw LOTS of movies
- Saw LOTS of excellent Seattle theatre.
- Spent LOTS of quality time with my cat.
- Spent LOTS of time with friends, old and new!