Monday, December 29, 2014

The Bend in the Road

"When I left Queen's my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla." - Anne of Green Gables
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Hello? Anyone out there?

Remember me? I'm Tara... and I fell off the face of the earth for half a year without any explanation. So I'm here to explain.

Life.

It got busy. And not just the crazy-month-and-then-let-down type of busy. I mean the non-stop-go-go-go-on-your-feet-for-half-a-year kind of busy.

In short, I went to college.

It started in February when I played piano and sang at my friend's solo recital. It was terribly fun, but I had no idea it would change life the way I knew it! Lo and behold, a friend from our old church struck up a conversation with my mom and asked where I was attending college. Mom explained that I wasn't, and this lady invited me to come audition for the college she works at for a music scholarship. It seemed like a crazy thing to me at the time - me? in college? for music? We waited, prayed, and finally decided to give it a shot.

That summer...was extremely difficult! I crammed to make the final ACT test of the year, had two days to prepare my audition for college (two piano pieces and three vocal selections), and basically put all planning for the rest of the year on hold while I waited to see if I'd be accepted. (ever tried to live your life with everything on hold? it's hard! especially for a long term planner like me!)

And accepted I was!

And so I went.

And I've made it through one very full, busy semester. I've met some wonderful people. I've been stretched and tested. I've grown so much in knowledge and ability. Yes, it's been hard, and yes, I miss being at home all the time (thankfully I can commute, so I still live at home), but I love being a music major!

So, who knows what lies ahead for the next year - right now it looks like I'll be studying music theory, singing opera to my heart's content, tickling the ivories till my hands ache, and did someone say playing Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof?

Amazing what can happen in a few short months!

All that said - I haven't sewn very much at all - my spare time I've wanted to spend with family and friends, not my sewing machine! BUT - over this winter break, I'm sewing some new outfits to make up for lost time, so I have a few posts lined up for you! So stayed tuned, and maybe I'll be back come summer break!

Happy New Year everyone! Here's to a wonderful 2015!
|| insert random collage of photos from the past few months ||
top: walking downtown with Grace, Naomi and Ruth, a watercolor I did, Newsies stage
middle: certificate for a vocal competition, lunch in the city with Kristen, Kathryn, Renee, and Laura, Cinderella with the Agnews
bottom: snuggling baby Ripley, gorgeous ceiling at the theater, masquerade ball with the Johansens and Agnews
 

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