Wednesday, January 21, 2015

facing fears aka the concerto concert

One of my goals for all the time is to face fears.
I'm afraid of a lot of things. Trying new things, putting myself out there, failing in front of people, not doing things that I love, and the list goes on.
But a few months ago I took the plunge and decided to face my fear of playing trumpet in front of people. When I was deciding whether or not to participate in the concerto concert, I remembered volunteering for a solo in jazz band in 9th grade. I had no idea how to solo or what notes to play, but I raised my hand and went for it. It was terrifying. I was shaking before and after I played it! There was practically no one in the audience, but that didn't matter. I was still deathly afraid.
Three years later, I wouldn't think that I would be volunteering again to play a solo in front of a crowd. This time, it was purely a piece where I solo the whole time and the band plays in the background. I knew that I wouldn't be the best performer in the concert, but I still wanted to do it to prove to myself that I could do it. I chose the piece Trumpeters Lullaby because my dad loves that song and I love it cause he loves it.
We practiced all six concertos everyday in band class. I wasn't nervous in front of the band, but for the concert, man I was terrified.
I played my solo and didn't do as well as I wanted to (but really, who does their best when they're nervous?) and sat down and couldn't believe that I just did that!

I'm proud of myself, and I don't care who knows it. Yay for facing fears.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ice skating

There is a new ice skating rink that just opened up right around the corner from my high school. For mutual (a weekly church activity) we went and had a blast! We were there for an hour and half and I managed to only fall twice! (I fell right on my knee though, and I have the biggest bruise now)
I haven't been ice skating in a year or more, so as we started I was really really nervous to fall down. I was trying to skate and hold onto the side but I couldn't really get the hang of it. So I eventually just trusted myself and fell down a couple times, but got more and more confident as the night went on!
If you haven't gone outdoor ice skating yet, I totally encourage it. It is SO fun.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

see ya in 1.5

I said see ya to my friend Kelly today. I met her in a sports marketing class when she was a senior and I was a junior. She laughed and smiled a lot and I knew that I wanted to be friends with her. Dante, Kelly, and I were all in that class together and we were the most obnoxious kids you could ever have in a class ever.
After the class ended, Kelly and I were still friends. I took her senior pictures and mission photos and we learned that we both are obsessed with Gilmore Girls. I love love love her.

Saying goodbye to her is hard but she will be the grandest missionary. I love her.

If you wanna take a gander of the photos I took of Kelly for her mission, check this link out!!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

save. ferris.

We crashed PGs Save Ferris 80s themed dance. Even though we were from AF they let us in with no problem. My friend Paige brought over all the supplies to get ready and we had five girls running around the house trying to get ready for the dance. Hair dye, neon clothes, earrings, necklaces, tights, shoes, leggings, and crazy makeup was every.where. We showed up two hours late to the dance, but managed to dance our hearts out!
The entrance to the dance was kinda sketchy and so we had to ask how to get inside. Right as we went through the doors we could hear the 80s music and we didn't stop dancing until the dance ended. What a night!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

the grandparents and japanese food

My ojiichan and obaachan are the grandest people to walk this earth. They are the pioneers of the family. They lived through World War II while living in Japan. As converts to the church, they had a huge impact on the lives of their posterity. Both of their children went on missions and now have families who are active in church activities.
My obaachan sometimes tells me about the classes she had to take in order to marry ojiichan. Apparently ojiichan's father didn't think that she was good enough to marry his son, so he made her take many classes. She learned how to arrange flowers, make patterns and clothing, and make kimonos. The other day she showed me her book of patterns from her class and it looked incredibly confusing. Each pattern had to be made to fit each person that the clothes were being made for and the whole process was tedious and long. Watching her talk about it makes me so grateful for patterns that you can buy at the store.
My ojiichan loves studying my kanji with me for my Japanese class. I got a whole stack of flash cards that I was supposed to learn and he sat with me on the floor and taught me the proper stroke order and origins of each character. And not to mention, he has the best beard I have ever seen.