January 2020 highlights

Selfie of Karly -smiling young white woman, buzzed dirty blonde hair, thin copper glasses and a striped tshirt in front of a blurred background.

It always blows my mind when I see people saying they felt like January is 200 days long. For me, January always flies by scary fast. Maybe because my birthday is at the end of the month or maybe just because I always get a little excited and anxious at the start of a new year. Regardless, it’s the 31st and I wish I had at least one more week of January. 

In the hopes of giving myself something positive to write, I’ve decided that at the end of every month in 2020 I’m going to do a ‘wrap up’ post. I’ll share some of my favorite things from the past 30 days, some highlights and fun things I did, etc etc. Every year towards the end of December, I like to make a list of everything good that happened in the past 365 days. But inevitably, I forget everything but the big highlights. So I thought it might be nice to look back month to month, because the little things are just as important to remember. This is selfishly mostly for me, but I hope that you’ll enjoy it, too. 

Anyway, onto the highlights of January!

Halsey’s new album ‘Manic’

I’ve been a huge fan of Halsey for a few years now. I used to force my family to listen to her first album in the car at full volume and I remember sending videos of her to my friends over Skype. Her new album that dropped earlier this month is incredible and honestly I can’t get enough. She’s great, you should give it a listen if you haven’t already. Which, you probably have because everyone has been screaming about how perfect it is.

New music from Hayley Williams

I saw Paramore for the first time all the way back in 2006 at a tiny club in Orlando. They’ve always been a favorite. After Laughter was on repeat for at least 5 or 6 months straight, if not longer. So yeah, it’s pretty safe to say that getting new music from Hayley Williams is absolutely a highlight of the month. All us emo kids are living our best lives currently.

‘Crip Camp’ reviews are looking great

There’s a new documentary coming to Netflix this year called Crip Camp. It premiered at Sundance and the reviews have been looking incredible so far! It’s about a camp for disabled people in the 70’s and explores disability activism. I absolutely cannot wait to watch it. It’s been so cool to see a bunch of my favorite disabled activists at Sundance watching it and sharing their reactions to it.

I got a raise

Probably no one but me cares about this one, but I got my first raise ever! It’s been such a change coming from a job where I was just going from contract to contract 3 months at a time, never feeling secure and definitely never getting a raise even though I excelled at my role. Now I’m actually part of a team, with a permanent position. I’m so thankful to have the job I do now.

My ‘Golden Birthday’

This year I turned 28 on the 28th – making it my golden birthday! So, naturally, I spent it at Disney. Given the choice, all I really want to do is travel but that’s not really in the cards for me. At least at Epcot I can pretend I’m traveling the world and eat snacks all day. My family got me amazing gifts and then followed me around all day trying to buy me things and get me to buy myself things. I can’t complain.

It’s weird to say I’m 28. I never imagined being 28, it just felt so old and far away. So close to 30. But now that it’s here it just feels strange. In my head I always feel like I’m still a teenager, partly because I don’t typically feel like I have the same life experience as my friends the same age. I guess I just haven’t wrapped my head around being at the end of my 20’s yet. Excited to see what happens, though!

Festival of the Arts at Epcot

I love that my birthday falls during the Festival of the Arts at Epcot. Flower and Garden is still my favorite, but as a little art nerd, I do have a soft spot for this festival. Throughout the park there are tons of tents filled with art from different artists available to purchase. There’s also different things to make art, like a giant paint by number mural, or learn to draw characters. Plus special snacks (like paintbrush churros!) like they do for all the other festivals. It’s real cute and I love it.

Photo of karly - young white woman with buzzed dirty blonde hair and glasses. She's sitting in a power wheelchair holding chocolate dipped churros, wearing a rainbow sweater and rainbow sequin mickey ears.
Photo of karly - young white woman with buzzed dirty blonde hair and glasses. She's sitting in a power wheelchair, wearing a rainbow sweater and rainbow sequin mickey ears, leaning over to paint on a large paint by number mural.

And some last few January highlights worth mentioning:

  • My friends got me a subscription to Stickii Club which I started getting and I’m OBSESSED.
  • I got really sick but didn’t have to panic about missing work or losing my job since I work from home and pick my hours. Have I mentioned how much I love my new job?
  • BTS announced a tour date near me. Which is just… a wild thought and I’m thrilled at the thought of MAYBE getting to see them.
  • Presidential candidates have been releasing plans for disabled voters. That’s a huge deal. Massive. It gives me a lot of hope for the future.

That’s been my January! Not too bad. I hope this month has treated you well, too.

What have been some of the highlights for you?

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