I found this list of questions last year and turned it into a ‘year in review’ for my blog (part one/part two). I’m nothing – if not predictable – so I thought I’d do the same thing for 2015. I’m going to be answering the same fifty questions in three parts! Buckle up, get your reading glasses on (and glass of wine), and get ready to dive into this post!
1. What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
I’m going to tell them about my move to Auckland. Auckland is only an hour (or two on a really bad day) away from my old city of Hamilton, but it can feel like I’m on the other side of the planet sometimes. It was hard to move away from everyone and everything that I knew, but it turned out to be so worth it. I learned a lot about myself and about Auckland. Dare I say it, but I think I fell in love with Auckland while I was there. I am definitely looking forward to the next year of living and exploring my city.
2. If you had to describe your 2015 in 3 words, what would they be?
I think I would describe it as: learning, growing, and discovery. Like I said, I learned a lot about myself when I moved to Auckland. I learned to be 100% okay with being alone. I went to events by myself and actually enjoyed myself. I navigated around the city with no help. I went to meet ups and study groups. I found new coffee shops and different areas of education to explore. It has been a year of finding what makes me tick. I think I’m almost there.
3. What new things did you discover about yourself?
It’s not exactly ‘new’, but I discovered that a lot of my stories start with “So I saw this really attractive guy today…” Ha. It might have taken the last few days of 2015 for me to realise how often I utter that opening line. Not sorry. I also learned that I can talk to just about anyone I come across. I do need a minute or two to warm up to a person, but I can talk at a million miles a minute afterwards. I guess I’m not as introverted as I thought? Perhaps I’m one of those “extroverted introverts” that I’ve read about.
4. What single achievement are you most proud of?
I really wasn’t expecting it, but I received a certificate for ‘academic excellence’ from Massey University. I thought it was a letter saying that I was a terrible student and that I was being asked to leave silently before they had to take action. Dramatic, no? Needless to say, I am very happy that I was considered to be in the group of ‘top students’ for a class.
5. What was the best news you received?
Does the above answer qualify for this one too? I was pretty damn happy that day. No? Perhaps it was that I got a job after a very, very long job search. It came at a very good time, so I think that counts as good news.
6. What was your favourite place that you visited in 2015?
I didn’t travel around during 2015. Not really. I explored Auckland a lot more than I did in 2014, but I couldn’t really afford to leave the area. I did discover a cafe in Auckland Central that I absolutely love. I would go back every single day if I could. The same goes for Miann, which is an amazing dessert restaurant. Hopefully I get to do a bit more travelling in 2016! I’m going to renew my passport and put it through its paces sooner or later 😉
7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
The ability to be alone…and be comfortable in being alone. There was a time when I was definitely ‘on my own’ and needed to be by myself as I adjusted to Auckland. I was in a few interesting relationships this year and my independence definitely helped in that respect, too. I got more comfortable with doing things by myself and for myself. I got to really put myself first for once and I kind of like it.
8. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
Would I surprise anyone if I said my mother again? She would always answer the phone when I called. No matter what the time was. I would be lying if I didn’t have a breakdown or two this year. She was definitely on the receiving end of those episodes (Sorry mum!).
9. Which new skills did you learn?
I learned how to drive in Auckland. I feel like I need to list that on my resume. No joke. I managed to live in Auckland for close to a year without being involved in an accident or near accident. There were a few hair-raising moments, but nothing to write home about. I also learned how to design my blog headers. Important skills, no?
10. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
The person I’m most thankful for is my mother, for being so patient with me. For listening to me rant about life. For listening to me work through my emotions (shock) and help me realise things that I have known for a long time. I’m also thankful for the lecturer that kicked my ass one day. I needed that. Badly. I hated him for a hot minute, but he made me realise that I needed to get serious about college if I was going to stay. Thank you.
11. If someone wrote a book about your life in 2015, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
I feel like it would be a sort of adventure-y genre. I have discovered a lot about myself and what I want from life. It would be some cheesy, feel good film about a girl discovering a whole new world 😉 Someone crown me as film maker of the year. I’m ready.
12. What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2015?
I learned that you have to stand up for something if you really believe in it. I learned that you can’t please some people and that is okay. I have learned that some friendships aren’t meant to be forever and that’s okay, too. I learned that I can run and that I actually enjoy running. There was also a phrase floating around that I really liked: Never make a promise when you’re happy, never reply when you’re angry, and never make decisions when you’re sad. It may seem a bit blah, but there is real logic and truth behind those words.
I learned that actions are bigger than words. That is probably the most important thing. Some people can promise the world and they never follow through. I know that even the best of intentions can be changed by unforeseen events, but the approach regarding the aftermath is just as important as the build up.
13. Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
I only have one major mental block and I definitely did not get over it this year. Maybe in 2016.
14. Who did you enjoy spending time with?
I enjoyed spending time with my friends in Auckland. I am going to sound so silly, but I was worried about making friends and creating a life in the city. Part of me thought that I was so set in my ways that I was going to be running back to Hamilton before I could blink. I almost did. Ultimately, I’m glad that I am a part of the #NZblogger and #brunchclub groups because I met so many amazing people who just “get it”.
15. What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
I think it was when I changed my degree to journalism for a semester and then promptly changed it back to public relations. I had a dream to be a journalist for ten years, but there is just something about public relations that excites me. I think it all comes down to that click moment that I had when Strahan Wallis from Porter Novelli took a college lecture. I have also met a few people who rolled their eyes when I said that I was studying public relations, but I have learned to ignore it. My degree is just as valid as yours 😉 Thank you very much.
16. How did your relationship to your family evolve?
I’m going to go with the same answer as last year: Good. In a typical fashion. 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?
I tend to zone out when I watch movies, so I can’t say that any of them really “spoke” to me. I am currently reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and it is turning out to be an amazing book. The author is magic. I swear. I have a long wish list of books that I want to read, so hopefully they have a magical quality about them too. My favourite book of the year would be Naked Conversations by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel. It’s a book about how blogs can transform small companies and big corporations. I read it at the start of the year and I’m probably going to read it again when I get back to Auckland.
18. What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?
It was less of a compliment and more of a kick in the ass. Someone essentially said: “I know that you’re better than this” to me and it gave me the kick that I needed. That being said, I am always incredibly happy when someone compliments my blog. This little space on the internet is my baby and I care for it more than I would like to admit.
19. What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
I enjoyed going out for coffee with friends. I enjoyed walking the estuary track by my house. I enjoyed being in a house that a) didn’t smell like men 100% of the time, b) was quiet, and c) clean. I enjoyed being able to get in my car and just drive somewhere; anywhere. I enjoyed being able to come to this place and spill my guts about anything with the knowledge that someone was going to say, “It’s okay”. Believe it or not, but I actually enjoyed studying as well. I guess that goes to show that I’m in the right degree 😉
20. What cool things did you create this year?
It probably isn’t traditionally “cool”, but I created a mock campaign for the Ministry of Health in New Zealand. It was my first campaign, so I felt very out of my depth and overwhelmed, but I loved it. Every “what the heck am I doing?” moment of it. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
- What genre would your book be?
- What did you learn in 2015?
- What is your favourite memory from 2015?