I'm gonna do a post I've been waiting to do since I first got my blog!
I'm going to do the Top 11 moments for 2011. This year I waited for my entire life. The year I'd graduate. The year I'd go to college. The year I'd turn 18. It came and went, living up to my expectations in every way!
I wanted to highlight the best parts of this year, that I'll never forget, for y'all!
I also wanted to add in some regrets and hopes for the New Year--because there is always room for improvement and goals.
So let's get started! (BTW: You can click on all the pictures to see them bigger! I had to scale them smaller to fit the blog post)
My chorus has always been my family. When I first moved to Cary, those people were the only ones that made me feel welcome and at home.
Every year, the Green Hope chorus goes on a trip that revolves around a singing competition. My senior year, we participated in a festival in Charleston, South Carolina. The city was so beautiful and I got to spend time with some of my favorite people in the world.
This is on my list because it was my last chorus trip I'll ever have, and because it literally was one of the best concerts I've ever performed in. Everyone in my group was crying during the final song. I'll never forget that moment! Or Steve, our amazing bus driver :)
Halloween (Franklin Street Style)
If you've never been to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for Halloween before, you definitely have to at least once in your life.
Franklin Street is filled with crazy costumes and crazy people on Halloween night. This was my first year going and it was such a good night. My friends and I made memories we'll never forget--and some we'll never remember.
Christmas in the Big Apple
Christmas in New York was the greatest. I always love spending time with my sister and Scott. We had amazing food as always, and I had the best Christmas Eve of my life.
Being at Rockefeller Center with my family was so special. I also went ice skating for the first time in my life, and I'll always remember my mom busting her butt a million times and how my sister and I almost peed our pants. Such good memories!
Sissy's Big Debut
When my sister's season of The Bachelor premiered in January, I was so excited to watch. I knew she would represent herself respectfully and thought it was pretty cool to have a sister on tv.
I would have viewing parties with my friends, which were so much fun. I'm happy that she had the time of her life, and made so many amazing friends while on the show.
My Acceptance into Chapel Hill
Since birth, my Daddy instilled in me that Carolina is the only team I should ever root for. Growing up, I learned to live and breathe the Tar Heels, and I thought the sky was Carolina Blue because God loved the Heels.
On January 21st, when I got my acceptance letter, I could feel my dad congratulating me, and I know he would be so proud of me. I know being obsessed with a school as much as I am with UNC seems a little ridiculous, but I honestly wouldn't rather be anywhere else in the world. Being accepted into the Carolina family was one of the best days of my life.
|A cake my best friend and I made after being accepted into our dream schools.|
|Me drinking from the Old Well on the first day of class.|
My best friends through high school were Lauren and Ann, and as long as we've been friends, we've taken a yearly beach trip. This year, our last high school trip, we decided to go to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
I can honestly say this was the best beach trip of my life. Not only was it spent with my two best friends, but I got to visit one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. We got to ride along the beaches and see the wild horses, meet crazy local people, and plan out the exact town that we'll have our beach house one day. I fell in love with the Outer Banks, and it was the perfect end to my summer and high school. I cannot wait to go back soon.
Pi, Pi, ADPi
It's pretty obvious how much I love my sorority, and how joining it has changed my life for the better. I had to divide of some of the best moments:
This day was so special because I knew that whatever sorority I was accepted into was meant for me. I was so nervous and excited, and when I opened my card and it said "ADPi," I knew that was the place for me. I immediately loved all the girls and was so happy I was finally an ADPi.
On this day, I found out my Big was Julie. I had always hoped my Big would be someone I could spend time with, was a role model for me, would listen to my problems, and had the same style as me. I got that and so much more in Julie. She is one of the sweetest human beings I've ever met.
I loved our pledge retreat because I really got to know all the new girls that I'd be with for the next 4 years. The stories we shared to each other and all those ridiculous hikes we took together will stay with me forever!
Two Big Days
These are the two biggest things I've looked forward to my entire life:
My 18th birthday was perfect in every way. It was the Seniors' last day of school, and my parents let me throw a huge party. All of my best friends were with me and it's literally a day I'll never forget. I was so happy at this point in my life and I'll always cherish that.
Graduation Day came and went literally so fast. Out of all these events, I would place it as Number 1 as the happiest point in my life. I was surrounded by my awesome family, I was taking a step forward in my life, and it was everything I always hoped it would be. I spent the night with my best friends, the boy I was crazy about at the time, and we celebrated all night with parties and drinking. I'll never forget how crazy everyone got when the boys played endless speed quarters and we yelled "OLE" at the top of our lungs. I would repeat that night a million times over if I could.
One of my best friends of all time is Kevin, and he asked me to return to Fayetteville and be his date to Senior Prom. Of course I said yes, not only because I love Kevin to death and I was honored to be his date, but I had always hoped that I'd be able to go to prom with Lauren and Ann.
Although I had shingles, and spent most of the night passed out in a chair because I was in so much pain, Kevin was an awesome date, and I loved being with all my old friends. I also was excited to wear my sister's dress, which I felt so gorgeous in.
Senior Year Prom was honestly almost equal to Graduation Day. It was one of the best days of my life. I spent all day and night with the guy I cared so much about, and I felt absolutely gorgeous. Our party bus was ridiculous, dinner and prom were so much fun, lots of dancing, and the after party was awesome.
It was another point in time that I just felt like everything in life had come together, I had no worries, and I was absolutely happy--without question. I wouldn't change a thing.
Have a couple notable mentions under this category:
Little did I know my first nights in Chapel Hill that I would quickly learn the p2p system, that a hard 4 months of class and exams were ahead of me, and all the amazing people I'd meet.
These were the events I had waited for my entire life. Although Carolina football isn't the greatest, I loved cheering on my boys and tailgating. And Carolina basketball, don't even get me started. I love those guys more than is probably healthy, and talking about the outcomes of their games gets me so heated. Whether they win all their games or one game, those are my Roy's Boys and I will defend them and their amazing skills til the death. They make me so proud to be a Tar Heel.
They call it Chapel Thrill for a reason, and the parties in college are one of my favorite things in the world. Not only do my girls and I make the most ridiculous memories, but we have so much fun--which is one of the most important things in life.
I am seriously demanding you to go to Dayglow once in your life. This was the best night of my college experience thus far. My girls and I had so much fun, the dancing and music was ridiculous, people-watching was hilarious, and we got backstage access. I'll never forget eating all the food in the backstage tent or hanging out in the trailer with the producers. I literally thought that night was a dream, and I'm so grateful it wasn't. I'd go to Dayglow every year if I could.
All the people I've made memories with this year--whether new or old--I am eternally grateful for. I've been blessed with the opportunity to be friends with some of the best people in the world. Thank you to all the ones that have made me laugh, picked me up in my saddest moments, changed my life for the better, been a part of my crazy nights, shown me that you care, been there when no one else was, accepted my good qualities and my faults, and most of all been trustworthy and a true friend. I don't know what I'd do without you guys, and you make my life so much better. Whether you're still in my life or not, you mean the world to me for the moments of happiness you give/gave me and the awesome memories I'll keep with me forever!
Uggggh, writing about all those memories makes it so much harder to realize 2011 really is over. But life goes on, and I'm sure 2012 will bring so many new memories and good times.
Lastly I wanted to state my 2011 regrets and 2012 goals:
~ Putting too much trust into people
~ Walks of shame on Saturday mornings
~ Depending on boys and friends for happiness
~ Trying to please everyone
~ Skipping classes
~ Hurting certain people
~ Not putting enough focus on my studies
~ Not spending enough time with my family
~ Better work out regimen
~ Stop looking for boys
~ Focus more on school and work on time management
~ Get a summer job/internship
~ Go somewhere amazing for Spring Break
~ Be a better person
~ Don't let people walk all over me/don't forgive so easily
~ Eat less pokey sticks
~ Do whatever makes me happy
I hope you all are making some awesome New Years resolutions and are gaining the strength to stick to them. I know it sounds cliche and kind of dumb, but really evaluate your lifestyle/actions/-self as a person and think about anything you'd like to change. It's a new year and anything is possible. Forgive those you've hurt. Get involved in that thing you like. Plan healthier eating habits.
Whatever you choose, I wish you all loads of happiness and health in the New Year. On New Year's Eve, be safe, be happy, and spend it with the ones you love!
I'll talk to you all in the New Year,