I found a neat page that had some questions to ask yourself as you enter 2016. I thought why the hell not? and jumped on it. I’m pretty glad I did. My first post can be found here and the post with all the questions can be found here. Go and do it! I dare you 😉
1. What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
I think I was happy. A lot. It was scary to move to Auckland by myself and that fear did follow me around for a while. I did get over it and found my place in Auckland. Everything fell together in that city and I am so happy that I get to call it my home.
2. Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
I parked in Auckland and actually explored the city. I had only gone to Auckland very, very briefly in the past. It was mostly for dates, so I’d park up in a hotel and go out for dinner and drinks before returning to the hotel. I’d wake up the next morning and have to haul ass to get back to Hamilton for college lectures. Can you believe that I had never been to the North Shore before 2015?
3. What was your favourite moment spent with your friends?
Um, how about all of them?
4. What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
I was right when I said that my move to Auckland would lay the foundation for the next few years. I love the city and I can see myself living there for a fair while. I guess by swapping my degree from public relations to journalism and back again also helped me figure out where I wanted to go career-wise. I also started running and working out more, which was a huge goal of mine for 2015. Hopefully I can keep moving forward in 2016 🙂
5. Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
I’m not going to lie: I was really worried about making friends when I moved to Auckland. I think a small part of me had the stereotype lodged in my brain. That stereotype is largely unfounded. I found some lovely friends thanks to #brunchclub and my college lectures.
6. What experience would you love to do all over again?
I would love to move again. And again. I think I would be happy to live in almost any part of Auckland. (Keeping in mind that Auckland is huge and I haven’t seen half of it yet.) I would also love to keep going to brunch events with all the Auckland blogging girls! They are absolutely lovely and the brunches are something that I look forward to each month 🙂
7. What was the best gift you received?
Probably the jewellery that I got for my 21st birthday. I got a Pandora charm from family friends, a ring from my grandparents, and a necklace from my parents. They are definitely something that I am going to cherish for a long, long time.
8. How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
This was the year that I truly became happier, more confident and more comfortable with myself. I think a lot of it has to do with my physical environment. I’ve learned that if you don’t like something then change it or do something about it. Most situations can be remedied by a simple change of mindset or physical environmental change.
9. What was the biggest problem you solved?
Problem: How was I going to live in Auckland without selling my soul?
Solution: Get a job…and continue to receive loans 😉 Problem solved.
10. What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
Oh, gosh. I don’t know. Probably some of the drunken antics that my friends got up to over the year. They’re the best.
11. What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
My Skechers. Seriously. They have memory foam in them and they absolutely save my life at work. Standing up and running around all day is hard, but the shoes make it feel like I’m walking on little clouds. I’m the type of person who will buy things I need, but not something that I want. Shopping just for the sake of it is a very, very rare occurrence.
12. What one thing would you do differently and why?
I would have liked to get more involved with my college. There are so many clubs, organisations and social groups at Massey University. I’m going to be an external student (for the most part) in 2016, so I might get involved in a club. We’ll see. Other than that, I would have liked to take a break from dating. Admittingly, I didn’t “date around” or anything, but I probably spent too much time on someone instead of simply walking away. Needless to say, this man-free summer is going down well.
13. What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
I think I deserve a pat on the back for creating a new life in a new city. I know I keep saying it, but it is truly scary. I also deserve a pat on the back for sticking to my guns and walking away from some things when I see that they are beginning to hurt me.
14. What activities made you lose track of time?
Blogging can make me lose half a day if I let it. People don’t realise how much work and planning goes into a blog and blog posts. It can be all-consuming. If you add social media management and then commenting/reading other blogs…Wow. It can snowball quickly. For example: My Bloglovin’ reader is currently telling me that I have 1,039 unread posts. Cringe. I also started going for walks that somehow turned into two-hour strolls. I’m definitely not complaining, but two hours is a long time to walk around.
15. What did you think about more than anything else?
I fell into the same trap as last year. I looked at what other people were doing and instantly compared them to myself. Bad, bad, bad. I also thought “I should blog about this…” when I was at an event or if something had happened. I guess that’s a good thing.
16. What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
I really, really enjoyed anything to do with public relations. The classes I participated in were introductory, so some topics seemed obvious or like common-sense stuff, but I still enjoyed it. I really like pulling things apart and see how they work. It is so interesting to know how and why communication can influence a person and their thought processes. It is also interesting to know what sort of communication and medium can create a larger impact. Not related to public relations, but I did have a hot minute of researching criminology. I am a bit obsessed with that topic as well. I am 100% convinced that I would be working in a police department if I wasn’t so interested in communication.
17. What new habits did you cultivate?
I became a morning person. It might have taken six months, but it finally happened. I now sleep with the curtains open and rise with the sun. What happened to me? I stopped taking sugar with my coffee (unless I really mess it up). I read at least half an hour every day. I exercise every second day. I make my bed (more than I used to). I also tried to take ten minutes (or more) to talk to my flatmates every day. I lived in a smaller house last year and it felt like someone was constantly around. It was harder in 2015. Still, I like to know who I live with, so I tried to make an effort.
18. What advice would you give your early 2015 self if you could?
Say yes. Often. You never know what could happen because of that one small word.
19. Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?
Yes. I went from studying public relations to journalism to public relations again. I got a part-time job (after being unemployed throughout the college calendar year). I started the year when I was dating someone and I ended it as a single woman. I went from being a quiet person to someone who was a little louder. I went from a hardcore party girl to someone who drinks once every couple of months. I also discovered that I like crayfish meatballs. They are probably my favourite food. Thank you, Baduzzi.
20. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
I have a (very short) list of people: my mother (always), my lecturer that kicked my ass and ultimately made me work harder, and Strahan Wallis. He
probably definitely doesn’t know it, but his enthusiasm for public relations kicked me into gear. There were also a few people who made me ‘wake up’ and realise that I needed to do better for myself. Thank you.
- What advice would you give your younger 2015 (or even early 2016) self?
- Who (or what) had the biggest influence on you in 2015?
- What would you do differently?