Year in Review: 29 Couldn’t Wait

My 28th year has been finished for a while, but 29 couldn’t wait to begin.

I haven’t had a moment to pause and take stock until now, a whole month later.

So what happened? Some fun, fulfilling things:

  • Embraced urban cycling again with a new bike. Blog, meet Robin.
  • Made some pretty neat stuff in my second year as a knitter. And learned how to crochet.
  • Got my first record and record player, in that order oddly enough.
  • Saw Matt Nathanson (for the third time), Tilian, William Ryan Key, and Lights live in concert, plus Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with live accompaniment from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
  • Re-embraced my love for musicals and big Broadway-esque theatre with The Lion King, Book of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ain’t Too Proud, School of Rock, The Play That Goes Wrong, Dear Evan Hansen, and Waitress.
  • FINALLY saw a show at Crow’s Theatre (East End represent!) – which was an all-female cast, written by a woman, and directed by a woman: The Wolves.
  • Volunteered on the search committee to find a new minister for Kimbourne Park United Church. Welcome Daniel!
  • Went on a beach vacation for the first time since BEFORE my senior year at Rice.
  • Wrote 31 (short) plays in 31 days in October 2018. Check out posts like this to read a bit of what I wrote.
  • Celebrated 2 whole years of purple. Darren has never actually seen me with my natural color 😛
  • Played two seasons of beach volleyball.
  • Spent so much time growing food and community in Garden@Kimbourne.
  • Visited Atlantic Canada for the first time with a work trip to Antigonish, Nova Scotia and PEI.
  • Sang back-up vocals on Sam Marranca’s new album Highland Memories. You can hear me on “Burton’s General Store,” “Song for a Farm Boy,” and “Little White Crosses.”
  • Dressed up for Halloween with one of the most epic costumes I’ve ever put together. We are Groot!

And then the big stuff:

  • Moved from sales into marketing at Nelson, where I get to use my creative spirit to promote all of the amazing lists I used to sell to educators across the entire country. I might still be in the honeymoon period but so far I LOVE it.
  • Recorded the first two teasers and first two entire episodes of my upcoming fiction podcast, The Familiar–premiering in January 2020!
  • Celebrated a one year anniversary with my boyfriend.
  • I lived on my own for the first time #maggiesgrotto
  • … and then days before the end of my 28th year, I signed the lease for my first place with Darren. Another big first for the beginning of the ultimate year of my twenties.

So now that I’m *almost* recovered from my first month as a 29 year-old, it’s time to get started on my goals for this year.

  1. I will apply to 30 things. Playwriting and creative things, I mean, like contests, festivals, grants, residencies, etc. Big or small, it doesn’t matter as long as I’m working to get my work out there.
  2. I will run a 5k. My co-workers are already trying to convince me to up this to a 10k which they say is downhill. My goal is just to complete one and have fun, not to try and meet a certain time or use it to train for more and more races.

I could think up way more, try to stuff as much as I can into this last year in my twenties. But I’m happy with the lists above, both the small one that I’ve planned for what’s to come and the long, varied list of what happened last year. They represent a full, well-rounded life. If that’s what’s coming in my thirties, then I’m not worried. Bring it on!

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About austinausten88

Playwright in love with Classic films, afternoon tea, and Noel Coward. She recently graduated from Rice University. In the fall, she will be exchanging her English major undergraduate status for that of Theatre & Performance Studies graduate student.
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