2014 in Review: Part One.

I was looking for inspiration when I stumbled across this post on a really cool site called Into Mind. They gave you fifty questions to answer about 2014 and the year coming, but I decided to break it down into three parts so you aren’t reading a realllllllly massive wall of text. No, 1235 words doesn’t count as a massive wall of text. I really liked answering all the questions, so hopefully one of you will too!

  1. What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about? I could tell them about the lunch dates or silly little supermarket trips or the parties I have been to, but that’s my life and it only applies to me. They wouldn’t understand the inside jokes or stupid names we had for things/each other. I would tell them about the moment when I realised that I was finally happy in myself and what I was doing.
  2. If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be? I would probably describe 2014 as “a wild ride”. I feel like I have become more reliant on myself and come into my own this year. I have gone from studying in England to declining the offer and changing my entire degree to changing my entire university and city. 2015 will be an interesting year, too.
  3. What new things did you discover about yourself? I absolutely love pitching my ideas and new information to people. I love creating something out of nothing. I have a love-hate relationship with leading a group of people and when all else fails, to just do it yourself.
  4. What single achievement are you most proud of? Not writing off my own car. I can honestly say that it wasn’t my fault. Thank goodness. (I managed to completely wreck my first car within a month of moving out last year, just for the people who aren’t in the loop).
  5. What was the best news you received? That I got accepted into Lancaster University, that I could change my degree and eventually my whole university. That my parents were going to be married, that the cat only had a broken pelvis, that my sister got into the university program she wanted. That there is still good things and people in the world, despite all the bad.
  6. What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014? I didn’t really ‘visit’ anywhere I haven’t been before. I travelled to some cities that are within a couple of hours of Hamilton. My favourite of them was probably Auckland. I don’t know why, but I like the city. I’ll probably love it when I master the crazy driving technique that everyone has AKA never, ever letting a person merge. EVER. I have a bit of road rage so I will probably hate driving anywhere in Auckland all the time.
  7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year? My resilience. You have no idea how many times my ideas were shot down or I didn’t think they were good enough. It is insane. It takes a lot of courage to keep pitching ideas when they get shot down.
  8. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on? Probably my mum. She was a good sounding board for all my good (and not so good) ideas this year. She was also the person who pulled me back from the ledge and stopped me from turning into a (bigger) raging bitch.
  9. Which new skills did you learn? How to speak in public and not completely screw it up. The beginning of the year started off a bit rocky, but it got better and better as the semesters progressed.
  10. What, or who, are you most thankful for? I’m thankful for my friends, my mum, the occasional partner and you guys for listening to my dramas and reassuring me that everything is going to be alright/that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I really struggled at different points of this year and I’m glad that you could make me see the big picture.
  11. If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else? I think my life would definitely be reflected in a love story crossed with a drama. You can’t have a love story without a little drama and vice versa. Everyone knows that the love makes the drama worthwhile 😉
  12. What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014? That you can’t be all things to all people all the time, that you can’t please everyone, and that it is okay if you achieve absolutely nothing on a particular day.
  13. Which mental block(s) did you overcome? I had a huge mental block when it came to sharing things about myself with partners. It was only until recently (ish) that I discovered that being honest and willing to discuss things (even the hard stuff) isn’t a bad thing and that it needs to happen no matter how awkward it is for me.
  14. What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with? Well, that is a really specific question. Wow. Weird. I’m just gonna say my friends and leave it at that.
  15. What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise? When I realised that my degree wasn’t going to lead me down the path that I wanted. I had been thinking about it for a long, long time and I finally bit the bullet and changed my enrolment. It was probably the best move I could have made and I regret nothing. It finally feels like I’m doing the right thing. Ask me again in a year or two and I might have a different answer 😉
  16. How did your relationship to your family evolve? Fine? I’m not too sure how to answer this. My family has always been there for me, no matter what I threw their way, and they continued to be there for me this year. Its pretty neat.
  17. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way? Pass. I didn’t have time for “fun reading” this year because I got so swamped with coursework. I’m going to be a huge nerd and say that it was something from my Corporate Communication class. You could pretty much point your finger at a random reading and I would find something that I loved about it. They have taught me two things: Always win the two moments of truth and that there are only three things you can do when confronted with change: you can ignore it, you can react to it or you can make other changes.
  18. What was your favourite compliment that you received this year? It wasn’t really a “compliment” per se, but when someone stops and says “Wow” then you know you’ve done good.
  19. What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life? I absolutely loved my morning cup of coffee and cuddles with my sister’s cat. He is the coolest little guy and I am 100% convinced I’m going to be a crazy cat lady.
  20. What cool things did you create this year? I created my own company, which is something that I have blogged about. I had a great time coming up with all the little details and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
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