2018 has been one interesting year. I decided to date, then I decided not to date, then I decided to date again, and now I’m not sure if I’m dating or not…*shrugs*. I moved from one state to another 2 states away. I realized that making friends as an adult is hard for a slightly antisocial introverted person. BUT, I’ve also shed some of my introverted ways as well…kind of. However you put it, I must say that this year was pretty good. I’ve had highs, and I’ve definitely had lows, but we’re going to end this thing on a good note, so I’m just going to get right into it. In no particular order, these are my favorite moments/things about 2018:
Concerts Concerts Concerts
I’ve decided to lump this one together. Why? Well, because I didn’t want three different concerts taking up my list. DUH….
I was never a concert goer growing up. I didn’t go to my first concert really until I was like, 25. My first artist I ever saw live in concert was Bruno Mars, and ever since then, I’ve been in love with it. Now, people may have considered me a big music guy, and I am, but I’m not that big on crowds, or I wasn’t. I’ve grown to overcome that over the past years and now I even make friends (with the assistance of alcohol) The concerts I’ve been to this year were Miguel (twice) w/ DVSN, Janelle Monae w/ St Beauty , Sam Smith, Tank and the Bangas w/ Big Freedia, Allen Stone, and Jessie J. All of these shows were awesome. Janelle Monae, was BY FAR my favorite with Allen Stone and Sam Smith coming in at close second. If you want to know why, just ask, I’d be more than glad to ramble on about her fierceness. There’s nothing like seeing an artist in person, be it your favorite or not. The sheer talent that these humans display is just utterly amazing. If you find yourself close to any, check them out. You won’t be disappointed. Here are a few videos of my favorite songs from my favorite concerts from this year.
Janelle Monae – Django Jane
Sam Smith – HIM
Allen Stone – Unaware
Moving from Charlotte to Washington, DC
Most definitely the BIGGEST decision I’ve ever made in life and from a professional standpoint, I feel like it was a great decision. From a personal standpoint, I’m not sure yet. My personal/social life hasn’t been the best, but it hasn’t been terrible either. It’s kind of hard being an adult in a new city who’s trying to find their footing. The friends I do have here that I’ve known from College though are great and I really appreciate them for all their help when I just want to talk, or go out to Happy Hour or whatever, but I’m still trying to find my own place…My own little circle, if you will. Anywho, this post isn’t about that. This move has really let me know that I shouldn’t be complacent or be satisfied with complacency and if there is an opportunity to better myself, that I should think of all the options and go out on a limb if I believe in myself. And that’s what I did. I don’t think I’m ever looking back, although I do love Charlotte, it was pass time for me to leave, and I’m glad that the pieces fell in the right place for it to happen. I’m loving DC btw for anyone who’s wondering
Bowling with Stonewall Sports (Charlotte)
So, thanks to a friend from a couple years back, he introduced me/forced me to play sports with Stonewall in Charlotte. I started out playing winter volleyball (in a gym) and honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing. It got me out of the house during the week, and I was able to socialize a bit and make some good acquaintances. But then bowling season came around, and I’ve never loved being social as much as I did once I discovered that. I think it’s just the non competitive demeanor of most players. Everyone was there to have fun and you could also drink beer while doing it without looking like an alcoholic, lol. It’s a very low key, social sport and that’s what I enjoyed most about it. I’ve made some good friends playing, and I honestly miss those guys the most outside the circle of my close friends. Stonewall Bowling will forever be ingrained into my mind as one of my favorite memories of 2018, and of Charlotte as a whole.
In addition to making new friends through Stonewall this year, I’ve also had friends who have always been there for me. Obviously some of us don’t talk on a daily basis, but we can definitely chop it up as soon as one of us says hi and has something to talk about. And sometimes we don’t even talk about anything, we just like to say hello and keep it moving. I hate that I wasn’t able to spend more time with my most bestest best friend Lanita, but I know that she’s got my back any time I need it, and I have hers just as well. Also, shoutouts to my new best friend and former roomie Caroline. I hope I didn’t drive her too crazy for that year she lived wit me. She’s helped me with more than she will ever know over the last year and I’m forever grateful. Lastly, shoutouts to my BFFFFFF and blogmate Lee, for putting up with my mess and silliness and stupid emotions over the last forever. Not sure I would be as sane as I am without ranting to you on a daily basis. I can’t say enough to embody the appreciation I have for all of my friends. I love them all, and hope that they all prosper in their jobs, family lives, or whatever else they want to have success in for life.
I will be the first to admit. I don’t visit my family as often as I probably should but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them. They probably think differently though, lol. Either way, the times that I did visit my family this year, it was for special reasons, and I enjoyed every moment of it. I want to be there for them more than I have in the past so I want to make it my mission to visit more often, talk to them more often, and just be around/present more often. Unfortunately, it may be harder since I live farther away now, but we will try.
I owe pretty much all of my sanity to my wonderful, but crazy dog Sora. She was named after the girl in Digimon, but only after I found it on a pet name site. despite having a pink coat, a purple harness, and no male genitals, people still think she’s a boy dog, and everyone in my apartment building either is in love with her, or is scared of her. lol. Sora wouldn’t hurt a fly, but she is very energetic and doesn’t know how to turn if off. The joy and excitement she has when she sees me get up every morning, and when I get home in the evenings, puts a smile on my face that I just can’t avoid. I love her to death. I have literally a MILLION pics of my loving pup on my phone and I’ll try not to share them all here, but OMG I don’t know how I would be without my lil sweetheart. lol
Just look at this pup!
Even though I haven’t written a lot here lately, most of my content comes from this year and I can’t thank you all enough for tuning into the craziness I call my mind. Everyone who has given me feedback, I have taken it and hopefully applied all of your input to make this thing better for everyone. I’ve been told by many people that they enjoy reading my posts and even had some who were inspired by them. As I’ve said many times before, I don’t think of myself as that type of person, one who inspires, but I’m glad to hear that 1) you all are no different from me and 2) that we all go through life in different but similar ways and 3) that we all can provide some kind of inspiration or insight to help each other out, even if you don’t feel like you can. Also, I love that my blogmates have been here to share in these experiences as well, and hopefully we can grow to even more followers in 2019. Here’s to our followers and to us for another wonderful year! Year 2 will be a blast! We love you all!