2011 was filled with some pretty amazing things! I am so grateful for all of the lessons I learned and experiences I was able to have this past year, and now, am looking forward to 2012! Yes my friends, only 12 more months before the Mayan aliens come to abduct us all and take us to their fearless leader in a loin cloth . . . so we better make it a good one! With that, I will close out this year on the blog with 5 of my favorite memories and my top 10 songs of 2011. Enjoy and I will see you right back here in 2012 . . . errr . . . tomorrow. 😉
TOP 5 MEMORIES OF 2011
It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve gotten to see my brother and this past Christmas, he surprised me by picking me up from the airport! We also got to spend some quality time together during my visit. It really was a Christmas miracle!!
I’m so glad that my best friend Heather invited me to participate in the Glee Flash Mob this past year. We still remember the dance moves and break ’em out when we can! Read all about it here: TEENAGE DREAM
For our annual double vacay, my best friend joined me in Seattle for a Birthday weekend full of love, laughter, and quality time! It was such a special time for both of us and just reminded each of us why we became friends in the first place. We’re pretty much just sisters separated at birth. 😉 Read all about it here: ALL THAT YOU ARE | AMERICAN WOMAN
I got to go on an incredible road trip to Spokane, WA with my best friends, Heather and Korin, to see our other best friend, Cindy J. and her wonderful family! ♥ From dance parties, to lemon bars, to guys on bikes, so many priceless memories were made!
This year I got to work with an amazing new friend to help support a band that we both love! Helping Kendra with Parachute HQ has been such a treat. Even though I won’t be able to help with PHQ or with Parachute’s Street Team this upcoming year, I will treasure every phone call, e-mail exchange, and creative brainstorming session I had with my partner-in-crime, Kendra, as well as all of my interaction with Parachute’s amazing promo manager, Lauren! My involvement with Parachute’s Street Team has been an enjoyable one and I wish them all the best this upcoming year! Read more about it here: KENDRA’S PARAKATE TOUR POST
TOP 10 SONGS OF 2011
I figured that since music has played a major part of my life since I left the womb, I should probably do the obligatory top 10 songs list, eh? 😉 But really, these songs have helped shape my year and each of them hold a special place in my heart . . . and hips. The majority of them are songs that make you feel like you can conquer the world, and that’s pretty much what this year has been: rising out of the ashes, facing fears, and moving forward. I also have this playlist available for your listening pleasure on SPOTIFY! So feel free to listen there or just click the titles to go to the YouTube video for that particular song. Beware: You may be inclined to shake your hips or throw up your rock fist!
1. The Joy Formidable | WHIRRING
Just get up and dance already! And while you’re at it, join me for some slammin’ air guitar action!
2. Florence and the Machine | ONLY IF FOR A NIGHT
Hauntingly beautiful. Brilliantly written. Golden vocals. I just can’t shake the awesomeness of this song.
3. Foo Fighters | WALK
This is one that I still play on repeat for extended periods of time because it’s so completely relevant to where I’ve been and what I’ve learned this year. Also, if you aren’t throwing up your rock fist during that chorus, we need to talk. Seriously.
4. Jack’s Mannequin | AMY, I
“Another long winter trying to fight this freeze.” Okay, besides the fact that my dream come true would involve a songwriting retreat with Andrew McMahon (like he did with Matt Thiessen on this song), this song’s poetic presentation of one of the different facets in a deep relationship inspires me as a writer. Also, Andrew’s inflections on “Freeze” sends chills up and down my spine every time I listen to this song . . . which is a lot . . . so you can imagine how odd any innocent bystanders think I am.
5. Cobra Starship (feat. Sabi) | YOU MAKE ME FEEL
Dance! Dance! Dance! Don’t stop!! This is one of those songs I play in the morning to help get me going and pepped up for the day ahead.
6. Lady Antebellum | WE OWNED THE NIGHT
This was a definite wild card. I’m really thankful for my friend Heather M., who sent this song straight to my Spotify inbox. I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I haven’t really spent much quality time in the country genre. However, after a few listens, I couldn’t stop listening and now it’s an everyday staple song and it rules!
7. The Naked and Famous | YOUNG BLOOD
I found myself embracing a lot of the more techno/indie-pop songs this year and this is a definite favorite. It reminds me of how great it is to be young, free, and ready for more adventures!
8, Mat Kearney | DOWN
“I’m working late again slaving to make the rent. I’m slanging coffee with dreams heavy as cement.” There . . . you now have a summary of my past year. 😉 But seriously, this song is such a jam and it’s gotten me through many late night projects. Okay, okay, the coffee helped too.
9. All Time Low | GUTS
I think if there was an anthem for me this past year, this was it. Through every twist and turn, I’ve been able to find my voice and let it be heard without regrets. I’ve done a lot of brave things this year and as I look back, this song just paints the picture so perfectly. Viva la pop punk goodness!
10. Parachute | YOU AND ME
Not only does that string intro just get me going, but the theme of taking on the world in a Bonnie and Clyde fashion has given me a lot of momentum in many situations this year. That might be why it’s been my cell ringtone ever since the song came out. 😉
I want to say a great big THANK YOU to all of my friends and family who have made this year amazingly memorable and filled with hope, love, and laughter! You all rock my world and I could not have made it through this year without you!