A Look Back at 2013

I was so excited to reflect back on this past year while putting together this post. I’m so happy to be sharing my top moments of the year with you, my readers, and I would love to hear what everyone else’s are. As always, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message!

I decided to look at each month from 2013 and think about what really affected me – for the better! – during that time. I think it’s important to find the good in everything, even if it seems there’s no good to be found. I found myself smiling while writing these recaps – and I hope it makes you think of great 2013 moments of your own! Cheers!


Me with the First Stage Devo ladies at the 2013 Make Believe Ball. What a magical and successful night!
Me with the First Stage Devo ladies at the 2013 Make Believe Ball. What a magical and successful night!

January was when I really started working as a Development/Special Events Assistant at First Stage (I technically started in December 2012, but a nasty sinus infection prevented me from really beginning my work). I am so, so, so incredibly grateful for everything I experienced while at First Stage. Everyone was so welcoming (in whatever department I was in!), and I definitely wouldn’t mind if my professional path brought me back to transforming lives through theater at First Stage in the future.


I wouldn't trade the experience of working with these kids for anything!
I wouldn’t trade the experience of working with these kids for anything!

This month is still such a blur to me because I was so beyond busy! But the defining moment of this month has to have been my final round of stage managing at CMH during the run of Grease. I love every single kid that goes through this drama program. They are so talented and some of the nicest kids around – I definitely miss being there for all of their rehearsals and performances, but I am so proud and cannot wait to see Singin’ in the Rain in 2014!


My mom surprised me with flowers moments after I learned I was accepted! (and I'm holding up my acceptance email)
My mom surprised me with flowers moments after I learned I was accepted! (and I’m holding up my acceptance email)

March was exciting because I found out that I was accepted to NYU for the graduate program in Performing Arts Administration… and then I was headed to NYC on a plane 2 hours later for spring break! This was such a movie moment for me because it felt so surreal. Definitely one to remember.


April was the month that I really learned to handle complete dedication to school work. This was the first time in a long time that I wasn’t working, and I had to learn how to schedule my time wisely. This turned out to be good preparation for my first semester of grad school..!


Brownie helped me get ready for my day!
Brownie helped me get ready for my day!

I graduated from UWM with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies (Ad/PR and Media Studies focuses) and concentrations in theater, business, and Spanish. I still can’t believe that my time there is done – it went by so quickly. I am so thankful for the friends I met, the professors who taught me, and the education and experiences I earned.


June was a month of many firsts: 1) (really) moved away from home, 2) moved into my first NYC apartment, and 3) lived with Gavin. I am so happy with how things have turned out, and those first few weeks were definitely a fun learning period. But I’m pretty sure Gavin is just as excited as me to move into a bigger apartment when our lease is up this coming year!

Oh yeah, I also cut ~6 inches off my hair.


Photo credit: N. Zieminski
Photo credit: N. Zieminski

I made my NYC (back)stage debut while assistant stage managing for De Facto Dance’s Savage/Love. This was such a fun experience and I thank the company for welcoming me into this amazing experience!

Gavin’s mom, Cathy, came to visit us in July, and we had all sorts of fun during the heat wave! One of the fun facts from this trip was that we wrote our 2014 New Year’s wishes on confetti that will be released when the ball drops later tonight!


In Winona, MN, while visiting my brother, Brian.
In Winona, MN, while visiting my brother, Brian.

I celebrated my birthday and saw some incredible theater in August. For starters, I saw Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 – so excellent. Unfortunately, it’s closing soon, but you can still purchase the cast recording! I then saw Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella – such a pleasure to see Laura Osnes perform onstage again (I first saw her in South Pacific). She’s so perfect for this role, but she’ll be leaving the show soon – so see her shine while you still can!

I also got to visit home before the fall semester started. So thankful for an amazing summer!


My first semester of grad school! I met some amazing people in September and began my journey to becoming a professional arts administrator! Also began reading the most I’ve ever had to for school… ever. SO much reading! Haha, but I think it will all be worth it at the end of my two years 🙂


October was the month that I really felt adjusted to NYC (I even read in the Park for a bit!). It was also a blast going to the New York Film Festival with Gavin – it’s always fun to hear his opinions because he has an insider point of view on all things film. And then we went to Fort Myers, FL, to visit Gavin’s grandparents. Such a fun and relaxing time!


Gavin and I were able to see lots of live events in November – double plus for both of us! One of the highlights was seeing Kanye West in concert at Madison Square Garden for Gavin’s birthday. We followed that up by going home to WI for Thanksgiving. The cupcake you see above is from a bakery in Brookfield, WI, called Miss Julia’s Bake Shop. Their cupcakes are melt-in-your-mouth amazing, not to mention so freaking adorable. And don’t worry – that flavor wasn’t actually mashed potatoes! (it was vanilla and caramel – yummmm). I also didn’t mind hanging around with that little furry monster in the bottom right.


I know you’re jealous, but, yes, I did get to see Santa in December. December was also the month of my failed vlogging attempt… but we’ll forget that 🙂 I also got to meet Keegan Allen (Toby in Pretty Little Liars) after his performance in MCC Theater‘s Small Engine Repair. I ALSO finished up my first semester of grad school. Crazy how time flies so quickly… only 3 more semesters to go until I have my Master’s degree!

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I feel like 2013 just started, and now it’s already ending – here’s to an even better 2014! I haven’t made any formal resolutions (because who actually keeps those anyways?), but I’ll be sure to post about it if I decide to actually go through with any. Until then,

Happy New Year!