2017 Social Media Highlights

I like this post series I do every year! Here are my favorite bits of my social media from last year, as well as some of my favorite media in general from movies to music and more. It was a good year for me!

FAVORITE MOVIE

I’m having a terrible time picking my favorite movie from last year, as I loved quite a few about the same for different reasons. Currently stuck between Baby Driver and Thor: Ragnorak so we’ll go with those. Baby Driver is freaking iconic; it has some of the best sound editings you will EVER see in a film. The soundtrack is LIT. The character Baby is very lovable, and the other characters are colorfully quirky and fun! Plus, very little CGI was used in all the action sequences, which is just awesome. Edger Wright is a freaking KING as a director and always fresh; his three Cornetto films are all in my top fifty films of all time and Baby Driver joins them.

And then there’s Thor: Ragnorak. Best Thor film yet, and somehow managed to be stronger than Spider-Man: Homecoming. Dead hysterical: the humor is just spot on 90 percent of the time. Hulk nearly steals the show, which is pretty hard to do because Chris Hemsworth as Thor is PRETTY DARN GREAT IN THIS FILM. Loki is forever a favorite of mine. And soooo many ICONIC lines I could mention from this film, but my favorite being, “Piss off, ghost!” XD Marvel put out three films in 2017 and they each were better than the last. I thought for sure Spider-Man: Homecoming would be my favorite of the year, but Thor just had to be spectacular.

Runner Ups: Spider-Man Homecoming, Logan, Dunkirk, Kong: Skull Island, War for the Planet of the Apes, The Lego Bat-Man Movie.

FAVORITE MUSIC

Probably the only album that I will clearly remember from 2017 is TAYLOR SWIFT’S REPUTATION ALBUM OH MY GOSH I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HER NEW LOOK AND SOUND. LIKE I’M NOT EVEN SORRY THAT I’M NOTHING BUT A MAD FANGIRL THESE DAYS, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ALBUM AND TAYLOR HAS ALL MY SUPPORT IN THE WORLD. 😀 😀 😀 ❤ ❤ ❤

Anywho. XD

My new favorite tradition lately is to create a soundtrack of my year once its all over! It was so hard to boil these 35 songs below into that playlist. But there it is. The music that played during my 2017. Some of them aren’t even my absolute favorites–but they hold MEMORIES, so they belong. (You can go to the playlist on my music blog to see my memories for each.)

Some of them take me right back to Dairy Queen, with Matt and Trent and Ashlyn, arguing over what stations to play on that static little radio. Others are songs I discovered and listened on repeat madly throughout the year, either from TV shows and movies or randomly stumbling over them online. Others like Strip That Down and Bad at Love I bellowed with Ashlyn at 1 AM in the morning coming home from Walmart with the windows rolled down. So many memories. (If you’re sensitive at all to the language, not all the music in this playlist is clean, so explore are your own risk. :P)

FAVORITE ANIME

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My favorite anime from this year is easily Land of the Lustrous. At the beginning, you’re not sure what the expect–but wow does it deliver. Its been ages since I’ve seen a character go through such a sobering, maturing arc like Phos does. Consequences are real in this anime. Plus the animation is freaking GORGEOUS–like, you can’t tear your eyes away, kind of gorgeous. The world is so unique and slowly explored in an utterly satisfying way. All the characters are lovable or intriguing and feel real. I’m PRAYING we get a second season because dang, I need more. I need more. I need more. Anime of the year, hands down, end of story, wow. Watch it on Amazon Prime haha!

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Runners Up: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, March Comes in Like a Lion, Welcome to the Ballroom, KonoSuba S2, Made In Abyss, Scum’s Wish.

FAVORITES FROM MY SOCIAL MEDIA:

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PINTEREST

I’ve also enjoyed adding gorgeous artwork to this board. I just absolutely adore all the imagery in it. You could call it my whacky zen board. XD

I’ve had my funnies board for ages but now with the Sections optioned I went through and sorted them all and I LOVE my selection. XD You’ve got the classic 2012 stick people memes, historical art funnies, anything fandom related, and my new favorite, relatable retail-fast food employee memes. Love it. XD

FINAL THOUGHTS

I wasn’t quite as active on my some of my social media sights this year, but that’s ok. I worked a lot haha. But I’m thankful for what I have used to save little “screenshots” of my life! Can’t wait to see what I will look back on for 2018! (If you missed seeing my favorite Instagram pictures, those are featured in my post here recapturing my last year and all the work I did lol!)

~Jamie

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My Favorites from 2016

I did this last year and I really wanna do it for last year too, even though it’s already mid-Feb. XD What were your favorites this year? These are mine!

Favorite Movie

My favorite movie from the whole year was Captain America: Civil War. It’s probably been the biggest payoff movie to a film franchise that I’ve followed or watched in my life. All those superheroes all coming together like that, for one of biggest most enjoyable fight scenes ever…plus all the emotional punches and clashes…it was perfect. As a Marvel fan who’s invested money and time to follow this series, I felt very much rewarded!

Runners Up: Deadpool, Passengers, Finding Dory, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Zootopia.

Favorite Music

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Susumu Hirasawa, Sia, Lindsey Stirling, Odesza just scratch the surface of all the music that became my new favorite this year; I introduced myself to Madonna too, and select pop songs throughout the year.

In the playlist below, I compiled 30 songs that I keenly remember listening to this past year,or that remind me of something that was going on when I discovered it. There’s a strong memory imprinted on each of them. You can read about them on the playlist on YouTube if you’d like. Feel free to scroll through it and help yourself to maybe some new music (there’s soundtracks and all sorts of songs sprinkled in there!)

Favorite Anime

I began watching JoJo way back at the beginning of the year. I watched three full seasons by April to watch the new season weekly with James (it was one of his favorite stories and I said as a Christmas present I would catch up and watch with him.) Wow, was it worth it. I watched this show weekly from April alllllll the way to December and it was flipping awesome. Brilliant genre twists, creativity out of this world, with truly lovable, quirky characters who sneaked into my heart: it was anime of the year for me and James for sure!

Runners Up: Mob Psycho 100, KonoSuba, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, The Diasterous Life of Saiki K., Flip Flappers, Sweetness and Lightning, Orange, ReLife.

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INSTAGRAM

Tink's surgery went well. Praying the tumor doesn't return. 💞🐾

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Dramatic black lighting made this photo actually awesome. XD #nofilter

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Last night's finale!

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Cozy cozy.

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Fastest blanket I've ever crocheted. 😊👍🏻💞

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These are some of my favorite Instagram posts; they capture some big moments, as well as some small ones that I’d nearly forgotten!

PINTEREST

I love my “Me” Pinterest board; I’ve been art, quotes, and images that I feel truly capture an esences of who I am. It’s been wonderful for self-exploration and identifying with my core personality and how I process or think of things! ❤

I made this to collect all the reasons why distance doesn’t matter when it comes to love. ❤

This is of a story I want to write one day; scraps of the plot are scrapping together, and I have magazine clippings from ages ago that have the same vibe for the same story. I decided to make a board for it. ❤

Final Thoughts

This year I did so much! I’ll be recapping some of the things I accomplished in an upcoming post soon in that regard. But looking back over this post, I already really appreciate all the little memories social media saved for me. Plus, I discovered some of the best music ever this past year, and CIVIL WAR WAS JUST AMAZING. xD So, what were your favorite things this year?

~Jamie

My Favorites from 2015

As a follow-up post to my personal rundown of my 2015, I’m going to document a few things that represents my favorite things from 2015. Like music, to what I did on social media, to movies. Well, speaking of movies, let’s start with that!

Favorite Movie

No doubt about, no competition in the ring, Fury Road was the best and most fun movie I saw in 2015 and it is one my favorite movies of all time. Bizarre and grimy, it followed women on the run to find hope in a hopeless world, in a post-apocalyptic, breakneck-speed feature-length car chase. For me, Fury Road succeeded where most action movies fail, in that while it was all mostly action, it didn’t lack a bit of heart from beginning to end.

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I went and watched Fury Road at the theater alone. It only took a few minutes to completely pull me into the savage terror that was Immortan Joe’s world, where deformities and thirst plagued the people while he sat atop a great water reserve. I was quickly invested in the flight of his five wives and their driver, Furiousa, as the six took off find the Green Place where they would not be slaves. The film didn’t have to spell any of this out for me to understand, which I absolutely loved, and my attention was stolen in an instant.

While I loved the epic chase and suspense and brilliant action, Fury Road, though touched with a wacky bizarreness, had as much humanity and heart as it did its action. I was blown away; I walked out of that theater chilled by the ending. I didn’t get another movie experience like that out of 2015, not by a long shot!

Runners up of movies that I loved both from this year, and just seeing for the first time in 2015, include Creed, Redline, Inside Out, Mission Impossible, and The Sixth Sense.

Favorite Soundtracks

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Gangsta, Assassination Classroom, Parasyte, Noragami, Death Parade, and Blood Blockade Battlefront.

I’m a huge original soundtrack fan and in 2015 I listened to almost exclusively anime soundtracks. Both as a writer who needs music to write to and as a music enthusiast, I was so happy that by discovering anime, I discovered the rich wealth of their OSTs as well.

I included some that didn’t actually release last year, like Gatchaman Crowds and Redline’s (and Berserk’s has been out for over twenty years) but they were still huge musical highlights of my year!

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Redline, Gatchaman Crowds, Wolf Children, Beserk, Food Wars, and Magic Kaito 1412

Favorite Books Read

DarkerShadeofMagic_Fotor_CollageI wanted to read more than I did last year, but the two fictional books I did read entirely were absolutely amazing. In fact, I had to buy The Night Circus for my book shelf. A Darker Shade of Magic and its coming sequel really do deserve future shelf space too.

The Night Circus was phenomenal. It was full of rich descriptions that could have rubbed me the wrong way but instead just soaked me into the world of black and white magic. I couldn’t get enough. And A Darker Shade of Magic was just fantastic and such a joy to read–if magic being smuggled between alternate universes of London doesn’t sound awesome, then I don’t know what does. XD

Favorite Pop Music

homepage_large_Fotor_CollageI built a brand new appreciate for the treasures hidden in today’s pop music this year. Actually, my appreciate for music in general grew mountains this year alone. SPOILER ALERT: I LISTENED TO A LOT OF KPOP. But there was other pop music too. XD

Justin Beiber actually put out decent music last year and I was startled to actually like some of it (please please please listen to I’ll Show You; it humanizes him in a really nice way.) Pentatonix blew me out of the water with their latest album of a capella songs. Selena Gomez’s newest electropop has fueled my writing BIG TIME. And I was so excited to get more music from Melanie Martinez. Her dark quirky music just really appeals to the disturbed part of me. *inserts innocent-looking heart-eyes emoji* 😉

But I mostly listened to Kpop. And it’ll just be easier if I just leave this little playlist right here instead of rambling about it. XD But this was the soundtrack of 2015 for me, right here. ❤ (especially that first song: listened to that one on repeat for about three days straight while painting a room. XD)

I’m not a band fan, never really have been, but I can rally behind Super Junior and EXO and B.A.P any day. They’re actually really rad and HAVE YOU SEEN THAT CHOREOGRAPHY!?!?!? ❤

Favorites From My Social Media,

This is more for me than for any of you, but enjoy nonetheless! ❤ 😉

Twitter:

Its silly, but I’m thankful for Twitter. Its preserved some interesting things that have run through my head over the last year. XD That’s really nice.

Instagram

I’m actually also really thankful for Instagram, too, I almost forgot how much work I put into repainting my mom’s workroom, or standing beneath a lightning storm to film the flashes, or that I had to replace my nine-year old MP3 player. Just, little memories are safely preserved. ❤ 🙂

LOVING my new TV set up!! Any Disney film suggestions for a live tweet tonight??

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No more painting after today!!!

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This is my mortal enemy. #hateyou

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Christmas as a grown-up. XD 😊👍🏻😂

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Pinterest

I used Pinterest on and off over the year, but I enjoyed the month and a half that I posted everyday to a challenge board to chronicle my feelings for Studio Ghibli movies. My Words board was also a huge place for encouragement and inspiration for me at different points.

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WeHeartIt

These were the collections I was most addicted to filling during 2015, from the cutie patooties with morbid twists, to breathtaking anime-styled artwork, and lots of jellyfish. I’ve always loved WeHeartIt, but this past year it was an especially nice escape for visual beauty. ❤

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Final Thoughts

2015 was a crazy year personally, and I did a lot exploring and embracing of things that I’d considered weird *cough-Kpop-cough* or too scary (like being afraid of being myself on my own social media sites.) I hope I can keep exploring and embracing new things into my life in 2016 too!

So, what were your favorite things of the year?

~Jamie

Wow Wednesday /// 02

1d2d68f07c6bcc19033e7554b56421a6Wow! But I’ve seen both of these come true in my own life, which is pretty scary and cool in its own way. But wow.

~Jamie

Wow Wednesday /// 01

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Wow.

So, this image specifically is spawning a simple blog post series, just for myself. 😀 I want to save anything like this that makes me literally go “wow” in response, especially if it will only get buried on my Pinterest board. Hopefully you’ll  all enjoy this series too. 😉

~Jamie