It’s 2017, which means it’s time for my annual Year in Review post. 2016 for me, was pretty full on; it was filled with lots of travel (within NZ; overseas would have been preferable), catching up with friends and family, and of course, moving cities.
Anyway, here’s what 2016 looked like for me.
Did you keep your New Years resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make resolutions as such, but I do make loose goals. They’re usually pretty small and not at all life-changing, but they are things that I would like to see happen in the year ahead. I managed to achieve about half of them, and have set some for this year (they’re over on my youtube channel if you would like to check them out).
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, one of my best friends had a baby boy toward the end of the year. He’s such a little cutie.
Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I am aware.
What countries did you visit?
None. I did get to see parts of New Zealand I’d never been to before though, as we did a South Island road trip in March (you can check out my road trip video here)
What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
Overseas travel! We’re planning on taking a trip to see Phillip’s parents at the end of the year; fingers crossed everything works out.
What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory?
August the 2nd, it was the day we packed all of our belongings (the ones we could fit anyway) into our dar and drove to Auckland (I made a playlist of my moving vlogs, which you can check out, if you’d like).
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Starting CS50, and sticking with it; so far at least. For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently doing an online computer science course through a website called Edx, and it’s fucking tough (rewarding, but tough). Also, painting our apartment in Wellington; it was the first time I’d ever painted a place, and I think I did a pretty good job.
What was your biggest failure?
The same as it has been every year, self-doubt. I’ve gotten a lot better over the past year, but there’s still a bit of a voice telling me I’m useless, and I’m going to stuff things up. That voice can get fucked.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Aside from seasonal bugs, and usual bumps and bruises; nothing major.
What was the best thing you bought?
Not so much bought, but rented. When we moved, we rented a storage unit in Wellington for the stuff we didn’t brought up, but wanted to keep.
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My brother’s, seeing how much he has turned his life around since having his daughters has been amazing to see. I am so proud of him, and his little family. I said this last year, and it’s still very much true.
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
No one worth mentioning.
Where did most of your money go?
Moving. Moving is fucking expensive.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
A Pusheen Christmas sweater; I got one too, and it’s fabulous.
What song/album will always remind you of 2016?
Starboy by the weeknd, because I played it so much…
Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? Happier, much, much happier.
thinner or fatter? About the same
richer or poorer? Richer
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Travelling, exploring and saving money (for future travels and adventures, of course).
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Stressing over little things; is it weird that I stress myself out over small things, and don’t really care much about big things? Like, not having enough food for when guests come over? STRESSED. Our leaky apartment/possible financial sinkhole? MEH!
How will you be spend Christmas?
At home, eating left overs from lunch with friends the day before.
Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
I don’t really talk much on the phone.
Did you fall in love in 2016?
Yes, a little more with my husband. Feelings are gross, I know.
How many one night stands in this last year?
What was your favourite TV programme?
I didn’t watch much TV this year, I did start watching Scream Queens though…
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate’s a waste of time. If I don’t like you, I just won’t bother.
What was the best book(s) you read?
I think I only read one book this year, and it was #GIRLBOSS. One of my goals this year is to read more…
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Popcaan; I can’t get enough of Love Yuh Bad
What did you want and get?
A Tux stress ball from my #NZSecretSanta, the whole gift was so fucking thoughtful; it made me cry.
What did you want and not get?
Pets (always, pets), and overseas travel; we went on plenty of road trips this year, although to be fair a few of them were moving related.
What were your favourite films of this year?
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned a year older than I was the year before. I spent it by having HIgh Tea at Hippopotamus in Wellington, and we spent a night at The Museum Hotel.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Moving cities; apparently I’m a lot happier now. I think that sometimes, a little change can do a lot of good.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
All over the place? Maybe?
What kept you sane?
Moving cities. I’ve mentioned this multiple times, but moving has been great. I really needed to get out of Wellington.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
What political issue stirred you the most?
The US Election.
Who did you miss?
My friends and family in Wellington.
Who was the best new person you met?
Since moving to Auckland, I’ve met a bunch of awesome people, especially the people who attend the weekly open mic night at the bar we frequent.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
The same lesson I learn every year – that I am capable, that I can do more than I think I can or give myself credit for, and that I am more than enough.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
You talking ’bout me, I don’t see a shade (Starboy only came out in September, but it was my most listened to song of the year)