31 December 2017

2017: A Year In Review & YEARBOOK




Friends, we have arrived at the end of this year. A part of me can't believe how fast this year has gone through, while another part does, with every tiring bone in my body begging for the new year-- or another nap! While I'm soaking in all the break has to offer, with college apps and most pertinent on my check lists completed, let's take a look back on how this past year has gone by, shall we?

Writing. Considering how limited my time for drafting and plotting was due to everything life decided to throw at me, only several projects came to fruition this year.

My two Silver Keys in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. This is one of the bigger events happening in the world of writing this year. I’m a bit saddened as this is also my last year for entering the competition, being a senior, but I’m incredibly pleased and blessed to see the amount of growth occurring. Besides several blogging friends, the process for entering has been a bit lonely on the writing spectrum although many of my friends are competing in the art categories, so we shall see how well that goes once regional results come out late January / early February! Hopefully I get awarded at the National level— one of the worries about art judgement is much of it is subjective, but again, we shall see what the results have to say!

I’ve joined a monthly poetry group at school headed by some of the teachers. Poetry appealed to me, but more or less I remained apathetic until I got into watching slam around late August. I didn’t realize how many of my friends are actually poets until I showed up, although when I did, it made sense. We were all slightly intimidated by the continual tone of poetry others read (mostly dark, but luckily the coordinators had light lively videos to show). I’m really excited to see this start up once again at the end of the semester.


Ah, yes. So much happened in life I wasn’t able to capture for the blog!

The big things: traveling and volunteering, of course! My family was fortunate enough to explore all around town and places both south bound in the state, as well as possessing the opportunity to visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and intertwined with those weekends of traveling was library volunteering, where after many months, my family members finally allowed me to drive solo. It’s strange because it’s winter and my driving is limited, but whenever I open my car, the scent smells of summer, with the heater blasting at medium despite the outdoors edging near eighty.

Volunteering over the summer was great, meeting with the new coordinator and having incredibly random interactions in a closed library (such as singing “It’s the Hard Knock Life” while wiping down the shelves and inducing one of the rising eighth graders what MySpace and Facebook games were). Volunteering at the library over first semester was a bit different, with the opportunities more sparse, but still the same amount of weird happenings: pranking the boss with a pizza call, stuttering in front of the camera when the local news cast came up and ask what I was doing at the civics fair (I was a volunteer making pin buttons and doing a very awkward job at them), and hosting a Halloween party with over four hundred people.

Also, I met a blogger in real life and we became somewhat friends all because of library volunteering WHAT?

Some other random moments which happened all this month: Our Calculus class of twelve now has a quote board and a Twitter Page, NHS members vlogging featuring my DSLR, and a friend and I rapping Eminem REALLY LOUD in the car as we drive out to the DMV and post office.

Also, math. Just in general. I may write a post about this in the New Year, but this year was practically defined by something called Calculus.


I blogged more than last year, but it’s still sparse— I’m planning posts much more in advance, though. There were a lot of personal posts written. Here is a post on artAnother post on mental health. A third post about a fear in blogging. However, much of everything I’ve done this year has been mostly collaborative!

First, I became a part of two writing-affiliated sites in the blogosphere, Rebellious Writing & Ravenquill Press respectively. I’m both involved with both, so don’t hesitate to check on those! Many know about Rebellious Writing, but don’t know about the latter. Ravenquill Press is a community of bibliophiles with a thirst for literature mostly in the past, though we are heavily invested in emerging lit in the present day, and we’re looking for many people to join.

Secondly, I did three post collaboratives! The first of this year was with Anna and Anna (aka Anna Squared) about book to movie adaptations, while the second one a romance stereotype collaborative with the The Mango Queen, which you can read her post here. The last one, done with May (again, the one and only Mango Queen) and Charis, who I was so fortunate to meet, and we tackled on how blogging helps with social anxiety. Doing collaboratives are some of my favorite things to do in the blogging world, and I’d love to do more of them frequently!

Wow, 2018. A TON of stuff is going to go down, including:

// COLLEGE. I’ve sent most of my applications to all of my universities and received two acceptances so far to some of my schools on the West Coast, which is crazy insane, although it would be nice to go somewhere more East bound and get a taste of what life has to offer, even if the most East bound I get is along the Midwest. I’m nervous, but I’ve done all I can— the best thing for me to do now is wait and see what the next several months bring.

// Fingers crossed, THEATRE. I haven’t been completely absent from the theatre world— I was backstage crew for one of the productions this past year, although I miss the thrill of the triple threat on stage and rehearsing for two hours on end which is a bit too much at times, but still fun. I also found my jazz shoes after a year of panic and they're screaming for me to start dancing in them again.

// GIVING BACK. I have a ton of projects I want to accomplish all within the next several months to thank everyone who helped me throughout high school and who I have good memories with which you’ll all see a sneak peek of sometime in March, hopefully!

// MORE WRITING, of course! There’s a small series I’m wanting to start on the blog involving writing and videos. I won’t say much more, but if you’ve read this post carefully, there may be a hint as to where this is going. This may start in January or February.

// AND MORE TRAVELING & LIFE LIVING. My family is brainstorming places to visit this upcoming summer, including the north end of the state, or somewhere although the East Coast once again. Either way, I'm so stoked!

Now, for the part most of you have been waiting for-- the blogger yearbook! Take a look down below, peruse through the pages, maybe get to know someone you introduced yourself to yet! Who knows? I've poured over fifty hours on this, but I hope you all enjoy it as we relax on this final day in 2017.
Name one good thing that came out of 2017 for you, and name something you look forward to in 2018! Do you like the yearbook? Also, would you like to do a collaborative with me in the New Year? (If so, shoot me a comment below!) I hope all of you have a wonderful 2018!

40 comments:

  1. ASDFGHJKL ahhh I love the yearbook so much wow!! You did such an amazing job Abigail!! 2017 has been good, as I've become more emotionally aware, and feel more content (although maybe I didn't so much at the beginning half of the year). I've lost a lot of friends this year, but I've also gained a lot of amazing, lovely people and I feel like I've just been more insightful in general.

    Happy New Year!
    Lexie x
    www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

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    1. ISN’T IT SO PRETTY?!?!? Thank you so much, Lexie! Becoming emotionally aware is so important, and I’m so glad that while this year’s been difficult because of what it took for you to get here, you’re here. And I’m sure 2018 is just holding new, wonderful people that are ready to come into your life.

      Happy New Year, m’dear Lexie! <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  2. ABBBBBYYYYYY!!!!! You got me all choked up. *sniffles* This whole post was wonderful and I learned some things about you that I didn't even know (wut). AND THE YEARBOOK LOOKS SO AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for mentioning me in the credits (even though I barely did anything). It means a lot to me. <3 You truly are a spectacular blogger (and writer) and you really are the glue to the blogging community.

    I hope that you continue to blog even whilst off to college, but whatever happens... I'm gonna be over here, on le east coast, waving my "GO ABBY" (in the Stranger Things font) flag. <3

    YOU. ARE. THE. BEST.

    xx Kenzie

    p.s. Thank you for the Ravenquill Press shoutout!

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    1. ACK ABBY THAT WAS AWESOME AND AMAZING AND YOU REALLY REALLY DID A GREAT JOB. It was incredibly fun to meet so many blogggers XD

      Aww I'm happy about all the things that happened to you this year, and I cannot wait to to see what 2018 holds for you. Love ya. Go girl <3

      Lisa
      www.thisinkwell.blogspot.com

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    3. @Kenzie: You’re going to make me cry now, too!!! Gah!!! *holds back the sniffles* It’s not even the New Year’s just yet, either! WE CANNOT CRY NOW. And hey, I’m not the glue of the community, although I try my best to be able to bring the blogging community together. It is my pleasure. And HEY I WILL TRY TO BLOG IN COLLEGE. I have many college-filled post ideas up my sleeve...

      @Lisa: I have no idea how that reply button snuck up in there!!! xD I can’t wait to see how your New Year’s goes as well too, especially since you’ve done such an spectacular job with blogging and life and GAH. To 2018!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  3. The Yearbook is so LOVELY!!! Bravo. :D

    The poetry group sounds cool. It's always fun to start new things, and poetry is such a wonderful medium.

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    1. Thank you!!! And yes, I love the poetry group! One of my favorite things we did was write a bunch of random words on the board and compose a poem based on those words as the main theme. It could even be said there’s going to be more poetry on this blog in the nearby future... :D

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  4. AWESOMENESS. it turned out so well!!! thank you for putting this together, abby!!!! it means so much to us <3 <3

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I’m so humbled to be able to do this and bring together a group of bloggers. Hopefully I’m able to head this again next year (or should I say this year???) but we’ll see how it goes and what life says.

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  5. Thanks for your hard work on the yearbook!

    Hailey
    www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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    1. Always, Hailey!!! <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  6. 2017 has been a great year for the both of us! It's been such a pleasure to get to know you and collab with you, Abi. Thanks so much for this wonderful yearbook, and Happy New Year!

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    1. Hasn’t it? I hope I can collaborate with you again, in the future! I hope you have a Happy New Year as well, Charis!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  7. Wow, the yearbook turned out beautiful! Great job, Abby <3

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    1. I’m so glad you like it, Abigail!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  8. Oh my gosh, college. Wouldn't it be ironic if you came to the east coast to do college and I went west?

    Also yesss I understand the struggle with calculus. I took a really crappy online AP Calc BC class last year and...it didn't end well XD (I'm retaking calc at a community college this year and it's going SO much better!)

    (I'd love to collab with you sometime! Hit me up!)

    The yearbook is so so pretty! This year less people I know are in it (compared to last year, where I know literally most everyone on it), but I'll definitely go check it out! I loved how you have it set up! (I'd be willing to do more next year too, so that it's not all on you)

    Happy New Year, Abby!

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    1. DUDE THAT WOULD BE SO IRONIC. I may have to stay on the West Coast if all of my East Coast schools turn out to be too expensive for me to attend (I really hope not)! And I’m so sorry that Calc BC didn’t rest you well last year— was it because of all of the series tests, or did it have to do with polar functions? We haven’t started the latter, but I’m somewhat terrified. I’m so glad you Calc is much easier for you this year!!!

      (I have an idea, I’ll email you today???)

      It’s just amazing to meet other people in the blogging community!!! And as for what’s going to happen next year, some others have expressed interest in taking up the mantle. When the time comes and reality solidified then, I’ll try to email everyone interested around July to organize everything all that needs to be organized then.

      Hanne, I hope you have an awesome New Years!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  9. Thank you so much for putting this together, you're so talented it blows my mind! :D

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    1. You’re the best, Catherine!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  11. The yearbook is absolutely beautiful, I only had a quick flick through it and I can't wait to disect each page of beauty.
    Róisín
    totallyro.blogspot.ie

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    1. Thank you!!! Once you finish it, let me know what you think, Ró!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  12. You did such a great job on the yearbook! You're very talented. Thanks for putting it together!

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    1. D’aww, Sarah!!! You’re welcome! <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  13. This has been a really great year for you too! I hope you have fun in college!

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    1. I don’t leave for college until the second half of the year, but until then, more library volunteering for me, haha! xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  14. Thank you for doing such an awesome job on the yearbook! And good luck with colleges, ahhh!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. COLLEGE IS SO STRESSUL. Literally you think you surpass the hurdle of admissions, then you realize you need to work on scholarships..: *sighs* I’m so glad you did the yearbook this year, Ellie!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  15. Your goals for this year are awesome! I can't wait to see where you end up going to school! The year book looks amazing! It's one of my favorite things to see at the end of the year. Wishing you the best this year!
    Simply Me

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    1. I’m not sure if I’ll publicly announce where I’m going to school if I decide (if all depends on where I end up going and the population of the area), but I definitely have a lot of college-themed posts on the back burner waiting to come to life. Vanessa, I wish YOU 2018 brings many good tidings your way!!! ^.^

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  16. Aaahh, Abby, the yearbook FANTASTIC!! You really outdid yourself, and I'm so happy to have been a part of it (barely). <3 Ooh, what is this involving writing and videos?? Consider my interested piqued!!

    And I wish you the best of luck with all your college things! College is still a few years away for me fortunately, but just thinking about it already makes me a little stressed out. :') And yes for more giving back! I really would like to give back to my blog readers in some way, since they mean so much to me, but also help out local people in need. <3

    Great post, and hope you have a great 2018!!

    xoxo may @ forever and everly

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    1. Oh, you’ll definitely see what the videos and writing are, all right. I have some pre-planned in case life gets busy, but it’s going to be such a fun little series! It may go on only for a year but it will still be a ton of goodness, no matter what happens. The only hint I could give is: what we’re some of my new interests in 2017?

      Treasure the amount of time you have prior to college or after high school. Seriously. The adult life is screaming to go out because no there is not time for blogging whatsoever! And giving back is something we need more of from this work. People take way too much.

      Same you you, May dear!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  17. the yearbook is absolutely stunning :0 YOU ARE SO GOOD :000

    good luck with the college stuff!! thinking about college stuff just stresses me out, i can't imagine going through it.. GAH i will have to soon though :'(

    have a lovely 2018, you deserve it girl!

    ~ noor

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    1. NOOR YOU ARE TOO KIND :OOOO

      College is stressful, but I guess it doesn’t have to be... if you’re good at planning ahead, you should be fine, but if you’re anything like me who needs a bit of pressure to produce some of the best work, then ACK!!!

      I hope 2018 is amazing for you, Noor!!! To blogging and beyond!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  18. Ah dude we did format our posts the same!! #TWINNINGYO

    OK and the yearbook looks lovely, Abby! *showers you with all good things* YOU DID FANTASTIC AGAIN.
    Oooh, that would be cool if you came East. I'm definitely on the very eastern edge of the country, and it's pretty nice. (Also freezing in the winter so beware xD Currently freezing as I type this) AND TRAVELING YES. Literally the other day I was thinking about it how I never left my state (except once) this past year, and I'm just like, THAT IS SO SAD. I really want to travel more in 2018 :D

    HAVE A FANTASTIC 2018 & I'M SO GLAD I KNOW YOU x

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    1. #TWINFORTHEWIN

      *sprinkles showers back to everyone since everyone is fantastic and not just me*

      I’m on the very western edge of the country, and let me tell you it gets freezing here, too. I feel like the East Coast has a different kind of freezing, too. AUTUMN YOU NEED TO TRAVEL MORE. It’s incredibly therapeutic, especially when stressed or lack the inspiration to move forth with your novel. I will pray traveling will occur more for you.

      SAME TO YOU, ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLES! XD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  19. The yearbook looks so beautiful, Abby! You had a great team this year. :) Best of luck with your resolutions and colleges.

    anna | annaish

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    1. Thank you, Anna! You too! To more fangirling??? (Also when is season two coming out I need to know what happens when Victor competes and coaches at the same time thank you.) :D

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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