Yearly Round Up

Closing the door on 2015.

Last year I really dropped the ball when it came to blogging. The first part of the year was spent pretty much non-stop job hunting, and then once I’d found a job moving and starting to settle into life in London. The energy drain all this caused meant that some things in my life had to slide and blogging was one of them. To the point actually where I wondered whether it was time to accept that blogging was no longer something I wanted to find the energy for. After much thinking I’ve decided I do want to still find the energy to blog, and I want to find my voice here once again – I want to work out what I have to say, and the best way to say it.

First things first, I didn’t complete my annual round up of 2015 and that doesn’t sit well. I’ve done it for the last few years here (2014, 2013, 2012) and so I’ve decided to do it belatedly in the interests of completeness and consistency!

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I moved to London and took the first step to forge a career in university administration.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
No, these were more things that slipped by the wayside. I did however maintain 2014’s focus on looking for the positives and being grateful for the small things.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not this year though there are already a few babies expected this year so 2016’s round up will be pretty different on this score!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
This year we sadly lost my dad’s cousin, a wonderful man who we were all very close to.

5. What countries did you visit?
In 2015 I travelled to Antigua to watch my oldest friend marry the man she loves. It was a truly wonderful holiday, our resort was like a little slice of paradise, and it was made all the better for the event.

Reception cocktails, as the sun is starting to set over the Carribean sea.
Reception cocktails, as the sun is starting to set over the Carribean sea.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
More energy – on top of the challenge moving posed to my existing health issues I managed to develop another, temporary, issue that has attacked my already poor energy levels. So I hope that as I get completely better from this new short-term challenge I’ll see my energy pick back up again. I’d also like to have more usable time, I think improving energy will also boost how much time I have in my day to devote to the things I love.

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
11th April – the day I moved to London, 13th April – the day I started my job.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Seeing my dream of finding a job I enjoyed and relocating to London for it become a reality.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Nope, another year on I still hate this question and refuse to devote time thinking about it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Illness, well my on-going stuff plus my new, minor and short term issue. Injury, yes I fractured my finger by squishing it between two boats. The sort of injury only someone with my lack of grace and coordination can manage I fear.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Big Shot die cutting machine. 2015 has seen me start to explore paper craft and buying a die cutting machine was a big part of that. It’s completely expanded my crafting repertoire and I have so much more to learn and try.


12. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, and of course my trip to Antigua.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving to London and being in the same city as so many good friends, the trip to Antigua, becoming a guide parent to Tom and Ollie, the NineWorlds convention…loads of things really.

14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Take Me To Church by Hozier, A Life That’s Good by the Nashville cast (the On the Record live version in particular).

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

a) happier or sadder?
Happier, much happier.

b) thinner or fatter?
About the same.

c) Richer or poorer?
About the same.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Always to have spent more time with the people I love most, in moving closer to some I’ve moved further away from others and so the balance remains one I have to carefully juggle.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Commuting. It’s a necessary evil, I just wish it didn’t eat up a couple of hours of every work day!

18. Did you fall in love in 2015?

19. What was your favorite TV program?
20. What was the best book you read?
21. What was your favorite film of this year?

I’m grouping these together and using the same cop out answer, I have far too many to choose from for each of these. Stories in all their forms, text and visual, are still my favouritething and this year I’ve consumed hundreds and loved dozens and dozens.

22. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 33. I spent a lot of the day road tripping with my parents, first to London to drop off my stuff after Christmas, and then to Bournemouth to see my awesome friends Sarah and Al, and their amazing boys Charlie, Tom and Ollie. We had a Chinese takeaway, the boys helped me unwrap my pressies, and it was all just chilled and perfect.

23. What kept you sane?
Friends, crafting, stories.

24. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
That list is just too long.

25. Who did you miss?
Adjusting to having moved to London meant I spent a lot of time missing a lot of people to some extent or another.

26. Who was the best new person you met?
I met loads of wonderful people for the first time at NineWorlds, it’s hard to pick a single best.

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