Apr. 29th, 2015

rain_and_snow: Image of a Victoriana style butterfly (old butterfly)
 I never thought I'd make it to 25.


I did fill in the 2014 in review at the end of 2014 - I think I was in Budapest at the time, and it was approximately Christmas. It didn't post, though, so I'll try again, but for 'partway through 2015'.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Traveled alone. Spent lots of time with myself, out and about.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Certainly didn't manage to leave the house each day. Aiming to play piano more now it's arrived. Daily is the goal, but weekly is realistic.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Yes. That was difficult.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nanna H still feels recent, but the two year anniversary is on Mothers Day this year. That's also the one year miscarriage anniversary, so at least my absolute reluctance to go makes some logical sense.

5. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
As last year, an addition to our family. More of a routine would be nice too. I was getting one going before Festival, but my sleep and energy patterns have changed now, and I haven't caught up to what works yet.

6. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Days, rather than dates. Losses, learning I was pregnant, mum's cancer, meeting dad's new partner.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Traveling. I got from Berlin to Krakow on my own, with my own bag, and I felt capable. That was pretty awesome. I started just trusting things would work out - I had bought an emergency KitKat as dinner, and just hoped things in Krakow would fall into place. Turns out they did, and G was wondering if I was still the same person.

8. What was your biggest failure?
A lack of faith in myself.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
LOL. I have that diagnosis I was after last year, though, and several others to go with it.

10. What was the best thing you bought?
Other than flights? I got a nice ring from Gdansk, and that chair on Monday!

11. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, medical expenses, travel. Also food.

12. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I was really excited about Festival 2015, the weather put a bit of a damper on that. It also took us a few days for some members of the campsite to 'realise' we were camping there, but once we'd all worked out who was who it was quite nice
The Bialowiezia forest and the Vienna cemetery were some of my highlights of the trip. I saw snow fall from the sky. I saw different kinds of snow fall from the sky. I understood that some snow was good for making snowmen, and some was not. SNOW.

13. What song(s) will always remind you of 2014?
Teen Idle - Mariana and the Diamonds; There She Goes - The La's; Sights (especially the Andy C remix) - London Grammar; The Hanging Tree (from Mockingjay (Hunger Games)?); Take Me to Church - Hozier; OneDirection - 18 and Live While We're Young; Taylor Swift - Shake it Off and Blank Space; Riptide - Vance Joy. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons.

Music is one of the things I feel like I was missing in 2014, and I've really been making up for that over the last 9 months or so.

14. Compared to this time last year, you are:
More cautious.

15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
 
Handwriting/calligraphy, being outdoors, interesting cooking. Identical to last year.

16. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Flopping in front of the internet, rather than a notebook. Identical to last year.

17. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Mariana and the Diamonds.

18. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Nothing I can think of. Possibly nothing, actually.

19. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
It would be really nice to have a social work-y job. I guess that's why I've picked up the volunteering this year.

20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Still Nana clothes. I did buy some new ones online while I was away, though. Trying to go back to the black a bit, but I mostly got purple.

21. What kept you sane?
Distance, and G. As last year. Also, going away. I've not been seriously depressed (except after work, like clockwork) since we got back from Europe, so that really helped too.

22. What political issue stirred you the most?
. Head in sand.

23. Who did you miss?

Mum.

24. Who was the best new person(s) you met?
The couchsurfers who stayed with us here, and who hosted me/us while we were away (one of them was even the same person, and that was so good).

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Often, I actually can. I have lots of feelings, and that's okay. Sometimes they are even predictable. Sometimes predictable things alleviate them too.


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