Yearly Round Up

Saying goodbye to 2016.

Oh blog, how I’ve neglected you. Just one post in 2016, my look back at 2015. I spent much of 2016 wondering whether I’d ever come back to blogging, but it turns out I’m just not ready to stop yet so I’m starting January with plans and already written posts in a hope that in blogging terms at least a new year will bring a new me.

Before I get completely new though it’s time for me to do my annual look back post and say a proper goodbye to 2016 (previous years’ can be found here).

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
I did a resort holiday solo, I visited San Francisco, I attended YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention), I learned how to do papercutting and rag rugging and how to make flowers from felt, and I was part of a team that taught people to knit at the same time as yarnbombing a phonebox.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions. I did choose a word for the year – Create – and while I didn’t create as broadly as I’d hoped to I definitely kept in mind throughout the year. I’ve chosen a word for 2017, more on that tomorrow.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my cousin and his wife had a little girl, and one of my oldest school friends had a little boy.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
This year no one close to me died, but sadly many people close to me lost loved ones.

5. What countries did you visit?
I was very lucky in 2016 in terms of travel. I went to America, to spend a week in San Francisco, and I went to Mallorca for a week. Both holidays were wonderful, very different from one another but both very loved.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
More time with my family. This year I really felt the distance between us and I hope in 2017 to be able to spend far more time with them.

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I’m not sure there are any actually.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
It’s been a pretty quiet year in terms of achievement I think – it’s been more a year of carrying on with everything and steadily improving. There’s certainly no stand out thing.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Still not answering this one!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
This year was, for me, a pretty healthy and safe one. I did start the year with Hand, Foot and Mouth which was a pretty sore and itchy week, but after that it was pretty easy going.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My holidays, and my craft workshops. All experiences which I appreciated so much.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, and travel.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Attending YALC this year was really exciting. In previous years I’ve always had prior commitments that have meant I had to just enjoy all the tweets and photos, so being able to go in person was brilliant. I had such a lovely weekend catching up with friends I don’t get to see anywhere near often enough.

14. What song will always remind you of 2016?
Just Hold On by Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki, a release from the very end of the year but a song I love very dearly.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?
These questions have never bothered me before, but this year they do. I’m not sure comparing the years in this way is particularly helpful for me (and I’m definitely done with questions about weight) so these are joining the question on failure in my I won’t answer that column.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Seen my family more, seen friends more, read more, written more, made more. Just generally done more of the things that make me happy.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Like last year commuting is the thing that comes straight to mind. Spending a couple of hours a day on buses, trains and tubes feels like such an inefficient use of time.

18. Did you fall in love in 2016?
No. But I did spend a lot of time thinking about love, about romantic love, about family love and about friendship love.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
20. What was the best book you read?
21. What was your favorite film of this year?
So, so many of all of these. Next year round ups will be part of my December blogging for sure.

22. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It was my birthday two days ago, I turned 34. I spent the day seeing family members, and went out for a wonderful lunch with my parents. It was quiet but filled with so much love.

23. What kept you sane?
Making things, and my friends. This year I reconnected with an old friend and she introduced me to new friends, and I really don’t know where I’d be without her and them.

24. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Like always there are too many candidates to choose a ‘most’.

25. Who did you miss?
When I was away from my family I missed them, when I was away from friends I missed them. And like always I missed those family members no longer here.

26. Who was the best new person you met?
I can’t possibly choose a single one. There have been some brilliant additions to my life this year and I value them all.

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