2015 has been completely amazing. So much has happened this year, and I never would have imagined that most of it would happen! I am so excited to see what is in store for my life in the years to come! Here are a few things I put together describing why I love this past year.
1) I started attending a new church.
In the beginning of this year, I started attending Higher Hope Church! It's a small church plant that is expanding very quickly right now. The meetings are in a former elementary school. We are working on building a church not too far away! Progress is happening!
I am very grateful to have found this church. The best term to use when speaking of Higher Hope is humble. I have a very humble church.
Besides attending, I play bass guitar in the worship team! I love having a place to play again. We may not be the best team around, but it's fun and I'm glad to be a part of it.
2) I got a new job.
In March of this year, I found a job that I am absolutely obsessed with. I work at a locally-owned cafe in my neighboring city. I love it so much! All of my coworkers are fantastic and for the most part our customers are great. We have lots of regulars that come in that I am always excited to see!
It is a great place to work; all of my coworkers are some of my closest and best friends. I have no idea where I would be right now if I hadn't been hired there! I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of such an awesome place. We are a family, and a team. My boss (who is also the owner) is working very hard to revive the city that we work in- through the cafe, and otherwise! I am so grateful, beyond words, for this incredible place and all of the things it has taught me and given me.
3) I took some vocal classes.
This year I began vocal lessons again. In the spring semester I took a vocal class with less than 10 other students at the local community college. I have to admit that these students were not the most advanced singers, so I didn't really make a lot of progress. I did, however, learn a lot from the textbook we used!
The fall semester was all about applying these things I learned. I was one in four students who was chosen to take private vocal lessons from the vocal professor in the fall! My coach taught me so, so much. She is definitely the best vocal teacher/instructor that I have ever had the privilege of working with. She is amazing! I am so grateful for the opportunity to train my voice and work towards my biggest dream- to be a singer. I am so excited to see where this goes! Anyway, I know that my technique and range has gotten so much better since taking these lessons. So, Lou, if you are reading this, thank you. Thank you so much!
4) In July, I went to Camp Electric.
Camp Electric is an awesome place. I went to Nashville for four days of music and insane fun. I got to learn from the experts- actual famous recording artists in the Christian music world taught our workshops and hung out with us at lunch and in between scheduled events. It was amazing! I had never been to Tennessee before, or flown by myself! It was an amazing time and I was so excited for the opportunity. I saved money for a long time to make this happen!
To read more about my time at Camp Electric, click here!
5) I started a website!
Soon after going to Camp Electric, I decided to create a website about music and all the adventures I go on throughout my life. Thus, the website you're on right now, Conscious Girl, was born!
6) I got a Canon T3i.
One of my good friends, Sarah, started a photography business when she got out of high school. She sold one of her old cameras to me a few months ago! I am so excited to start experimenting with film and photography. Hopefully a lot of things will come your way in the new year!
Click here to check out Sarah's photography!
7) I got my GED!
After so much time wasted on high school, or rather not doing high school, I finally got my GED! I am so glad to be done with school and have the freedom in my brain to think about more important things!
8) I traveled to Arizona!
Back in July, when I was at Camp Electric, I met a girl from Wisconsin, who goes to school in Arizona! So, in November I flew across America to see her, and go to the Winter Jam Tour!!! It was an awesome trip, seeing friends and my uncle! Arizona is a beautiful state.
I hope your year has been amazing- full of memories and amazing new friends. I am so excited to keep on going... Happy New Year!
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