Yearly Round Up

2014 round up.

Time to say goodbye to 2014 with my annual yearly round up.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

I graduated from university with first class honours (my previous degree was not such a good result), I earned my Wood Beads in Scouting

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I changed my first nappy (and then continued to practice that skill on and off through the rest of the year), and I fed lorikeets.
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2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?

Rather than making specific resolutions I tried instead to make a couple of broader changes to my life – focusing on the positives and being more grateful for the small things. I think these have had a really good impact on me, I’m happier with the person I am finishing the year. For the coming year I’m going to try something a bit different again – I’ll be blogging about that some time tomorrow.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, my good friends Sarah and Al added lovely twin boys Thomas and Oliver to their family that already included adorable toddler Charlie.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, this year was thankfully free of any close losses.

5. What countries did you visit?

Like last year Wales was the furthest I went from England, visiting Aberystwyth twice. This coming year is definitely going to be better, I have one trip abroad booked and the beginning of plans for a second.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

2015 will be the year I find a full time job in London and get to move closer to many of the important people in my life. I will also finish the book that I’m writing – a finished book is something I would really like.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

18th July, the day I graduated. 5th September, the day Thomas and Oliver were born.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Definitely completing my degree and graduating with first class honours.

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9. What was your biggest failure?

Many things went differently to the way I’d expected or wanted them to, but I can’t say any of them were failures. I’m not sure how much I like this question in any case – failure’s a word I don’t feel very comfortable with.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

2014 was another blissful year of just ticking over. I had a few minor things, mainly related to my Hypermobility Syndrome, but they were all very manageable and had no lengthy impact upon me.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

These answers seem to follow a theme, last year I answered my iPad and this year I have to say my laptop. It saw me through many assignments and my dissertation, has seen many blog posts and thousands of story words written, many hours of Netflix streamed and much more.

12. Where did most of your money go?

University expenses.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Seeing my lovely friend Liz de Jager’s first two books Banished and Vowed published. I know just how hard she’s worked to achieve her dream of being a published author so seeing all that hard work pay off was brilliant.

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14. What song will always remind you of 2014?

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons, Pompeii – Bastille, and of course Happy – Pharrell Williams and Let it Go – Idina Menzel.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?

Happier, much happier.

b) thinner or fatter?

Thinner.

c) Richer or poorer?

Poorer.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

There are people I wish I’d been able to see more of, but I know this year I’ll be able to make this happen. I also wish I’d spent more time reading, but at various times this year it either hasn’t been possible or just hasn’t clicked for me.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying about things that are actually of minimal importance. I got much better at letting go of things as the year progressed, hopefully I can continue this in 2015.

18. Did you fall in love in 2014?

No.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

So, so many including; Orange is the New Black, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Walking Dead, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, How to Get Away With Murder, The Flash, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Nashville, Teen Wolf, Supernatural, and Arrow. There will be so many I haven’t thought of on that list – between the steady stream of new and continuing shows on the telly and a subscription to Netflix I’m a very content tv lover.

20. What was the best book you read?

I find this question even harder than the TV one! This year was my worst reading year for a while, I read fewer books than I have in recent years though I was pretty good at walking away from books I wasn’t reading. Favourite books included; Better Nate Than Ever – Kevin Federle, Far From You – Tess Sharpe, Trouble – Non Pratt, Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel, Shadowboxer – Tricia Sullivan, Vowed and Banished – Liz de Jager, Starring Kitty – Keris Stainton, and Gracefully Grayson – Ami Polonsky. My absolute favourites though were the Marked Man series by Jay Crownover, I read the first four this year and loved them all dearly.

21. What was your favorite film of this year?

I didn’t see so many films this year, my favourite is an easy answer – Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

22. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

It was my 32nd birthday on Tuesday. Whereas I normally start my birthday with my family and then go to London to see friends I did it the opposite way round this year – I went to London on Monday and had a lovely time with Gemma including a theatre trip to see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and then travelled home to spend the rest of the day with family.

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23. What kept you sane?

Same as last year – good friends, crafting, gallons of tea, the Beavers.

24. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

That list is just too long.

25. Who did you miss?

My maternal grandparents. There were many times this year when I wanted to see them, talk to them and had to be okay with the fact that I no longer could.

26. Who was the best new person you met?

Not one person but two. Thomas and Oliver, who’ve already had a couple of mentions in this post. They’re utterly lovely bundles of wonderfulness.

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