I spent the first month of this year in North Dakota. It was a really cold month. I knew I was leaving. I said my goodbyes, and vowed to make it work. In February I drove across the country by myself through nasty midwest weather and made my way back home. Back where I belong. I got to stop and stay with some of my favorite poeple ever. I stayed with Jill in St. Paul, MN and with Anna in Saginaw, MI. I developed a love for a little place called Chatterbox and made new friends in Michigan. When I got back home, I was immediately asked to come back to Mellow Mushroom. I remember getting a text when I was driving home asking me to come back. I don’t think my heart could have been happier. No one (except for mellow employees) will ever understand the family that the employees have there. It’s such a huge silly dysfunctional family, but it works. It felt so great to be back where I needed to be. Back with my best friends, with my family, around the people that love me the most. Oh, I also learned to not ever drive in bad weather at all. I totaled my car on some ice the week after I moved home. In March I went to Copeland’s last NC show. Loved it more than anything. Saw a man walking around W-S with a python around his neck. I started working on my half sleeve, which took me a good 8 months to finish! ha. I learned a lot of patience. In April, I took my best friends on a boating trip for my birthday. We had so much fun. No matter how cold it was :) In May I got to house itmol and levi the poet for a little while when they were recording in NC at Jamie King’s studio. I absolutely love those guys and am so glad that I met them. We got to help out in the saving of a really cool cat named Ellie and Levi and I went to a baseball game and got all kinds of delicious free food. I also said goodbye to my favorite mellow co-worker ever. Gianna was the best. seriously. I visited the mall of america for the first time in May. I went there two days in a row, fell in love with H&M, and spent a good 15 hours in that mall total. I spent lots of time at Jake France’s house with his family and in their pool. Vicky France is one of the most caring loving mothers I have ever met, and she is truly such a great example to me. I had one of the most incredible summers ever. My sister bought a big pool for our back yard and we had so much fun in it. In June I said goodbye to the France’s. Brennan and I had a really great girls night with the bessssttt custard from Wolfies. It’s weird how God’s timing sometimes is, and how sometimes your bestfriend just knows. Because you both know. Because that is just how it is. In June I met As Hell Retreats, and met some of my favorite people that have ever slept on my floor. I stayed up until sunrise talking to someone who has proven to be a great friend, time and time again. Then in August, two weeks later, they were back! Jackson and I collected 76 pennies from the parking lot at Sheetz. On a completely unrelated note, by this time, things were over and I was okay with it. I took a road trip with my favorite Ashleys up to Pennsylvania and Maryland. I got a tattoo. Went to an incredible art museum. Heard a funny joke from an old lady. Took funny pictures and met a cute couple from S.Africa who is holding our pictures hostage. Drank my first Monster. Hung out with people close to me. Made a pact with someone who didn’t keep their end of the deal. Came to terms with life, and moved on.This month I also got my tragus pierced. Woo? And started working at Alumni Hall. In September the sky was beautiful and I found a secret spot. It calms me. I love it. I discovered my love for cool whip and holiday sugar cookies. My Annie came to visit. Twice. We played in a giant jungle gym and I helped decorate the coolest cake ever for my bestfriend. In October I went to the fair. I love the fair. Everything about it is just good! I learned how to run a whole entire retail store with my bestfriend, and thoroughly loved the weather and everything about life. I also cut all of jackson’s hair off. I can’t believe I did that. STILL. Can. Not. Believe. Also, we got a big loud doberman named Lucy who I love love love love love. Except she thinks cats are snacks. Not so cool. For Halloween I hung out with Anna again, didn’t see Ke$ha, and had THE coolest tattoos ever. I was Kat Von D for Halloween, and Ashley drew all of my tatts on. In November, I finally finished my half sleeve. I cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for a bunch of (very talented) guys I had never met before. I ate lots of mexican food, and took lots o fun trips. December was pretty much the same. I decided I wanted to move to Charlotte, and now I am. I met some of the most humble, compassionate humans I’ve ever met. I’m so excited for A Past Unknown, and I really hope you guys keep your eyes open for them. This year I learned that wearing heels is okay to do whenever. Even if it is just to go to Walmart. I’m learning, with help, to enjoy the small things. I learned that I like sushi. I learned that the Panthers are absolutely terrible this year. I learned that I really like wearing yellow tights. I also learned that snow is okay sometimes, but only sometimes. Small doses is good, and that’s why North Carolina rules. Yesterday I picked up my last pay check from Mellow. Today I worked my last shift at Alumni Hall and turned in my keys. I don’t know what direction my life is going in, but I’m down for it. I’m going to miss you Winston! I think later I’m going to make a picture post of my year. Yep. :) L8R TUMBLR!