Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner (she’s such a trendsetter, y’all) wrote the greatest post ever about her best of everything that isn’t a book. I thought it was a genius idea, because despite it all, I enjoy music and photos and all these things that AREN’T books.
I’m doing all my links at once when I post my WLS Best of 2014 post so hold on a little while and I’ll have y’all all set up with iTunes and links for purchase.
I have an extremely sporadic/eclectic music taste that jumps all over the place depending on my mood. I will listen to alternative, rock, country, classical, rap, other languages, whatever I’m feeling at any given time. Luckily, because of my journaling habit, I have a pretty decent chronicle of what I listened to this year.
Atlas Hands // Benjamin Francis Leftwich
When I Was Younger // Liz Norris
Oblivion // Bastille
The Cave // Mumford & Sons
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg // The Temptations
Take Me to Church // Hozier
We Don’t Eat // James Vincent McMorrow
A World Alone // Lorde
Iscariot // Walk the Moon
Shelter // the xx
Stubborn Love // The Lumineers
Au Revoir // OneRepublic
My Notes // Atmosphere
Give Me Back My Hometown // Eric Church
Take Your Time // Fun.
Preacher // OneRepublic
Like Real People Do // Hozier
Expression // Helen Jane Long
Forrest Gump // Frank Ocean
Latch // Kodaline
Stardust // Nat King Cole
Scream // Chris Cornell
Losing Keys // Jack Johnson
Am I Wrong // Nico & Vinz
Home // Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes
Bridge Over Troubled Water // Simon & Garfunkel
Smother // Daughter
Too Close // Alex Clare
Each Coming Night // Iron & Wine
Say Hey (I Love You) // Michael Franti & Spearhead
If I Lose Myself // OneRepublic
Halo // Ane Brun
Riptide // Vance Joy
Eyes on Fire // Blue Foundation
Emmanuel // BASECAMP
Broadripple is Burning // Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
Dirty Paws // Of Monsters and Men
Heart Like Yours // Willamette Stone
Holocene // Bon Iver
Grow // Rae Morris
We Must Be Killers // Mikky Ekko
Big Jet Plane // Angus & Julia Stone
Hello My Old Heart // The Oh Hello’s
Little Motel // Modest Mouse
Raise the Dead // Rachel Rabin
Mykonos // Fleet Foxes
Never Stop // Safetysuit
Ends of the Earth // Lord Huron
Slippin Around // Zhala
Worth Wondering // Bronze Radio Return
Candlelight // Claslan
BIG ONES FOR ME: OneRepublic, Ben Rector, Bon Iver, Nico & Vinz, The Lumineers. LOVE.
I don’t really have that much time to watch TV live. It’s mostly a homework staple for when I have busywork that I’m suffering through, but I’ve picked up a few good ones!
1. How to Get Away with Murder – This one is fantastic, and the first one I’ve watched live in a long time. It’s suspenseful, has a circular plot that builds on itself, and cleverly handles relationships. It’s simply a well-done drama.
2. The Originals – Okay, so I was hesitant about a Vampire Diaries spinoff, especially since I haven’t seen the original (hey) show. The cinematic effects, music, and plot are riveting though, and it’s been a source of entertainment over winter break.
3. How I Met Your Mother – Forever. Love this show – I practically grew up on it. I used to sneak episodes onto my iPod when I was younger and watch them at night when nobody else was awake because I was too young for it. While I have mixed thoughts about the last season, I just love this show.
1. About Time – This was a lovely, poetic, funny movie that may be ranked in my favorites. It felt very quiet, a quality that set it apart almost immediately from everything else I’ve seen this year. It was just beautiful.
2. If I Stay – The music in this one was a huge selling point for me. It was tricky for them to render Mia’s present narrative but I think they overall did a good job with the storytelling. In fact, I wrote my first movie review here.
3. Divergent – They did an awesome job with this one. It sticks to the book with pretty much everything that’s important while still fleshing it out to be even more cinematic. The score was intense and distinct (a huge selling point for me); I thought it was done brilliantly.
This year, I discovered a few new addictions. I’m not normally super loud about fashion or trends (that’s for lifestyle bloggers, not me) but Jamie did it and I figured, why not. So here goes:
1. Cold pressed juices – South Tampa has recently produced a spattering of cold-pressed juice bars and distributers around the area, and I’m more than happy. They’re fresh, delicious, and the perfect treat for after a workout.
2. High heels/boots – I’ve never really been one for the height. But hey, if I’m 5’10 and going to awkwardly tower over everyone anyways, I might as well wear the shoes I really want to. And boots are just so comfortable.
3. Organization supplies – as I wrote about in my Blogging & Organization post, I fell in love with a few adorable planners and blog supplies. I love notepads and spreadsheets. Basically, I want to be a #GirlBoss.
4. Arm candy – I got a watch this year and it seriously changed my life. First off, it helps a ton since I’m trying to wean myself off of social media and it’s a lot easier when you don’t see the notifications on your phone each time you check the time. My twin sister Hannah and I have also been collecting a lot of bracelets.
5. Surfing – Okay, cheating. I don’t surf, nor have I ever. But pretty much everybody I follow on Instagram is a surfer or photographer because I end up reading the blogs, watching the video, trying to act like one despite.
6. Pad thai – I’ve always been a noodle person; pasta’s my favorite food. But this year, when I got my license, I really started getting food after lacrosse because my family had already eaten dinner. I’d swing by the local Thai joint and get some pad thai, then bring it to school the next day for lunch. Mmm.
7. Guitar – It’s no secret that I’m a piano addict. I practice as much as I can because there’s something both all-encompassing and numbing about letting my fingers flow over the keys. I used to play drums, guitar, and piano but dropped all of them due to time. My latest project? Getting guitar back. (It’s hard.)
I had some good moments this year. If you want a more poetic recap, head on over to my writing blog. For now though, enjoy the pictures.
In summary, my year had some great moments. My sister graduated from Clemson University (and got a puppy and fiancé to boot!) Over the summer, I went to the British Virgin Islands as a sort of last hurrah for family vacations, worked on a mission trip in Alabama, loved our annual trip to Canada. I choreographed and helped organize a pretty rocking *NYSNC tribute while I was a junior counselor at Camp Illahee, which the girls LOVED! In the fall, I got my job at the Oxford Exchange, visited my brother at the University of Virginia, and more!
So most of my best memories involved travel. Overall, those were really where my family reconnected and some of my favorite memories originated. For little moments and reflections, like I said, head over to my other blog.
Like I said in my 2015 Blog Goals post, one of my goals is to stop using social media as much personally and instead utilize it as a blog tool so I don’t think y’all will see personal photos as much. Maybe I’ll post them on the blog every once in a while as a monthly wrap-up sort of post, especially in my Day in the Life posts. In any case, I’ll have a few on my Vsco page.
That’s about it! What non-bookish things did y’all discover this year?