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16 Jan

I know, I haven’t blogged “in a minute” (that’s something people say to mean literally any unit of time, but whatever).

I used to have a tradition where I’d recap my year with the songs that summarized each month…and although I failed at getting that posted anywhere near the end of 2015, I am not one to break with tradition.  So, I thought I’d pop back up really quickly to summarize the gist of 2015 and then hit you with some 2k16 goals. (Tangent: what’s with the hashtags of #squad #squadgoals this past year?  I’m guilty of using them, but not 100% sure what either of them mean.  #squadgoals?)

ANYWAY.  Here are the songs that summarized my twenty fifteen.  I’m skipping the recaps this year (my life is boring and and I am not sure anyone cares, but here’s some addictive songs and some rad photos from the last year).

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And while I’m here, might as well hit with you some 2016 goals – not making “resolutions” per se, but here’s what I want to tackle in 2016:

  • PR in the marathon.  Not putting obscene pressure on myself to BQ, but trying to run smarter (and slower in the beginning) to finish with a faster time.  I would love to see 3:39:xx this year, but I’ve also been pretty lazy with my training.  I’ll be happy with any finish (or that’s what I tell myself).
  • Complete a triathlon.  I’ve signed up for one.  #gulp
  • Read more. (for pleasure, duh)
  • Tackle some unspecified professional and personal goals (gotta keep some things a little cryptic…)

mmxiii music.

5 Jan

Sooooo I’m a bit tradition-obsessed on this ol’ blog…and I know I write the majority of this stuff for my own amusement/to have memories recorded…but one of my favorite posts to write every year is my “year in review” post, in the form of a mash-up.

How it works: One song for every month that symbolizes that month for me in one way or another, together with the highlights from that month + a photo or two.  So here goes nothin’…

January – Don’t You Worry Child (Swedish House Mafia) 

I was obsessed with SHM and this song last year at this time and it also sums up what was a very busy month for me.  It started with my friends Blake and Heathers’ wedding, and then two days later I began an externship with the Hon. R. Gary Klausner in the US District Court.  On top of that, I was busy with moot court practices, assignments for my journal, and taking Evidence.  The month ended with a weekend in Portland for my friends Jeff and Kate’s wedding and then my 25th birthday.  So, I guess the admonition of “not to worry” was perfect for 01/13.

last year's birthday celebrations.

last year’s birthday celebrations.

February – Rattle (Bingo Players)

February started off with the first of five half-marathons (I went 1:45 at Surf City), and was obsessed with Bingo Players’ “Rattle” during that race. February was a busy month — I was getting ready for moot court competition in March, and essentially working full time at the externship + a demanding class. One thing that helped me stay sane (less rattled?) was lots and lots of Soul-Cycle.

Surf City Half.

Surf City Half.

March – Mirrors (Justin Timberlake)

March was a crazy month. When I wasn’t doing nerdy law school stuff, I was going to concerts (STS9 and Purity Ring), hearing Mindy Kaling talk about how funny she is, and going out in Santa Monica.  I also spent 9 days in Vienna, Austria for a moot court competition which was an adventure.  The end of the month was one of the most stressful, though, as my roommate and I learned we our apartment was broken into, our landlord refused to accommodate our requests for increased security, we broke our lease and moved the heck out. (That trickled into April, but you get the idea).

at an Easter Market in Vienna.

at an Easter Market in Vienna.

April – Pour it Up (Rihanna)

April was also pretty insane — Jenn and I dealt with crazy landlord drama…but in the long run it all worked out because we moved to DTLA. Hellooooo upgrade. (DTLA >>>>>> West Hollywood).  For me personally, April was a huge transition month — I finished up all of my law school extra-curriculars as well as my externship.

I will always remember April 15, 2013 because I was glued to Twitter and could not believe the events of the Boston Marathon — really that whole next week was shocking to me as a runner.  I joined the #DTLARunning Group on April 16th. It felt so nice to be around people who “got it” and running with them has made me stronger ever since.

my first run with #DTLARunning Group.

my first run with #DTLARunning Group.

May – Get Lucky (Daft Punk)

May was a great month — I started it off with Soul Cycle with my friend Michelle, ran a speedy 13.1 in Orange County (1:39:56 at the OC Half) with Whitney, took my Evidence final, decided to do the Rock n Roll San Diego full marathon, ran my first 20 miler, celebrated graduations, bridal showers, and started a 10-week firm job.  Awesomely busy month.

celebrating my roommate Jenn's graduation from law school.

celebrating my roommate Jenn’s graduation from law school.

June – Instant Crush (Daft Punk)

One of the highlights of June, no doubt, was seeing Yasiel Puig’s MLB debut.  AMAZING…and that kicked off my renewed Dodger dedication (I lost count of how many games I went to in 2013…but at least 12).

I also ran a marathon in June.  NBD.  (Synopsis: Felt great first 18 miles, wanted to die and debated crawling miles 18-26).  In other fitness news, I rode a spin bike for 3 straight hours and raised over $700 to fund cancer research, and I got certified to teach spin.

June was filled with tons of fun firm events — seeing Jimmy Kimmel live and meeting Will Smith probably is at the top of the list. I also enjoyed traveling to Santa Cruz for my brother’s college graduation. WHAT A MONTH.

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July – I am a God (Kanye West)

In July, I got hired by my gym as a spin instructor. #IsThisRealLife?  I’ve loved teaching there ever since — total gym nerd. I also rounded out my summer job with a couple of fun events — my favorite was sailing in Marina del Rey. (Yes, it’s a real place for those of you who’ve seen “The Californians.”) After my job concluded, my parents and I headed out to Chicago for a few days to see my friends Andrew and Andrea get married and to explore the city.  Fun was had by all.

at the Navy Pier.

at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

August – We Can’t Stop (Miley Cyrus)

In August, I started getting back into a more well-rounded fitness regime.  I ran with my running group regularly, taught spin, and started law school classes again. I also took (and passed) the ethics portion of the CA Bar exam, the MPRE. #phew.

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#DTLARunning.  Because duh.

September – Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus – Palladium Remix) 

While much of September was filled with boring law school classes, it was punctuated by a few awesome things.  First, I started volunteering at a local middle school a few hours every week to prepare them for a mock trial in November.  Middle schoolers are hilarious. I also picked up a second spin class (for a total of two per week), began a stint as a research assistant for my favorite professor, and spent a long weekend in NYC with three of my best college girlfriends!

Me, Kathleen, and Michelle day-drinking in Bryant Park.

Me, Kathleen, and Michelle day-drinking in Bryant Park.

October – Versace (Migos f/ Drake, Meek Mill, and Tyga)

Honorable Mention:  Worst Behavior (Drake)

October consisted of a few things:  working with my mock trial students,  spending a lot of time running with my running group and teaching spin, watching the Dodgers clinch the NLDS and supporting their bid to try and knock the Cardinals out of the NLCS, and half-marathons. (Long Beach in 1:40:40 and, weirdly enough, #RnRLA in 1:42:42).  I also attended two great meet-ups in October — #FitBlogLA and one before #RnRLA hosted by Pavement Runner at one of my second homes, Yard House.

Post RnR LA.

Post-RnR LA.

November – Team (Lorde)

In November, I started volunteering and running with Back on My Feet – Team Homeboy! I also ran a couple of smaller races (Mustache Dache and the DTLA Turkey Trot), spent some time at home with my family for Thanksgiving, and concluded both my middle school mock trial and my own Trial Advocacy class.

After the 5k/10k combo at the Turkey Trot!

After the 5k/10k combo at the Turkey Trot!

December – Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses)

I know what you’re thinking…why is she including some old song from the 80s? Well, I heard this song for the first time ever at the starting line of Santa to the Sea and became obsessed. I also became obsessed with that course because I PR’d (1:36:58).  I also ran a lot with BoMF and we had our first race ever which was awesome. I spent the first half of December in a mad-dash to learn Criminal Procedure and Trusts & Wills, but after finals I spent my time gallivanting around LA at various Christmas parties, and I rang in 2013 in SF.

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What song sums up your 2013?  What’s your favorite song from last year?

I love this actual mash-up every year from DJ Earworm: United State of Pop 2013 – Living the Fantasy. 

Here are my previous Yearly Mashups: