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Best of 2015: Highlights from a Traveling Nerd

Best of 2015: Highlights from a Traveling Nerd

2015 was a CRAZY year for me!

It's impossible to list everything that happened last year. I got to go on a trip of a lifetime, finished my first year as a full-time professor (WHAT?!), and started this CRAZY journey of blogging! I'm going to attempt to sum it all up in a flurry of pictures (attempt being the operative key word). So bear with me!

Favorite Book: Tie between Queen of Shadows and Six of Crows

Favorite Author: Sarah J. Maas (duh)

Favorite DebutGirl on the Train

Favorite SeriesThrone of Glass series

Unknown that Surprised MeRed Queen or Cruel Beauty

Mission Trip/Backpacking Through Europe

We started in Latvia with a mission group from our church. Our task: to help with the 2015 Baptist Union Choral Festival and lead a week of Vacation Bible School. Afterwards, we backpacked our way from Latvia all the way down to Italy. It was the single most influential, amazing, life-altering trip of my life. I seriously get teary-eyed just looking at these photos.

3 weeks of European necessities crammed into two backpacks. BOOM.

3 weeks of European necessities crammed into two backpacks. BOOM.

It was truly a feat of the Lord to organize 3 weeks of interchangeable outfits into one Osprey backpack. Guilty Confession: I'm usually the girl who lugs a giant suitcase filled with shoes for a 3-day weekend getaway. This trip alone broke me of that habit. Well...mostly. 

Kraków, Poland

Kraków, Poland

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Favorite City: Florence, Italy

Favorite Food: Caccio di Peppe (Rome)

Favorite Landscape: View from the top of Prague Castle

Favorite Language to mess up: German

Countries visited: Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy

"Look, Ma! I Sing and Play for a Living!!" (AKA: A Performance-Driven Year)

It's amazing what God can lead you into. For the longest time, I thought since I was trained as an opera singer, all I could do in order to feel successful and validated as a performer was to sing in operas. This last year was filled with performances, some classical, some not... but my fondest memories had nothing to do with the genre or composer or style, but rather the people I played/sang with, the memories we made, what we accomplished together, and who we touched with our music. I feel so blessed to have been a part of these groups!! 

DNow Youth Conference

DNow Youth Conference

DNow

DNow

Cesis, Latvia

Cesis, Latvia

Singing "Pie Jesu" in St. John's Cathedral in Cesis, Latvia

Singing "Pie Jesu" in St. John's Cathedral in Cesis, Latvia

Dallas City Performance Hall, Beethoven's "Mass in C" with Highland Park Chorale

Dallas City Performance Hall, Beethoven's "Mass in C" with Highland Park Chorale

Easter service worship; I'm on violin, with The Hubby playing acoustic

Easter service worship; I'm on violin, with The Hubby playing acoustic

The Life of a Professor is the Life for Me! 

2015 concluded my first year as a full-time collegiate instructor of music AND my transition into my new office!! It's amazing how a few extra feet can make your office feel like the Taj Mahal! My bust of Beethoven thoroughly approves.

Back to the Books...

No matter what your year has brought, a new year means new possibilities!!! Everything that 2015 brought about for me happened by chance, and it was one of the best years I've had in a long time!!!

Stay positive, be true to yourself, and take chances! Here's to an amazing year!!

A Smattering of Projects in Pictures

A Smattering of Projects in Pictures

Post Christmas Musings: Holiday Infestations and Book-ish Gifts

Post Christmas Musings: Holiday Infestations and Book-ish Gifts