Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A review of 2014

Well, since I haven't blogged in a while, and with a new year starting tomorrow, I decided to make my final post of 2014 a bit of reflection on the year just finishing.

And what better way to do this than with a questionnaire? Woo!


1. What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
I got a puppy!!!

2. If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?

3. What new things did you discover about yourself?
That I really have a lot more patience than I assumed. I was still ridiculously grumpy about it but I found patience!

4. What single achievement are you most proud of?
While I'm proud of raising my puppy - I'm also proud that I didn't have another breakdown.

5. What was the best news you received?
When the phonecall came offering me the job that suits me to the ground. 

6. What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014?
This is the time in the questionnaire that I realise I can't really remember most of 2014. Not because I was drunk or anything - just because it happened over such a long period of time. Oh - I just remembered that I finally visited the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Gorgeous. 

7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
My stubbornness. Others may disagree. 

8. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
My mum. Always. 

9. Which new skills did you learn?
I learned to touch icky things. I'm not looking forward to having kids because apparently you learn to touch even more icky things. Gross. 

10. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
I am most thankful for my parents. Thank God for them. 

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?
Much as I would have loved it to be a romantic comedy - unless I meet a hunky stranger this afternoon, that's not going to be true. But it did have elements of a montage scene from a romantic comedy movie so I'll go with that. (You know - like when the female lead decides to kick ass and does so to a catchy tune?)

The uplifting montage that is my life. Just minus a few things!!

12. What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?
Take time to smell the roses. And the grass, weeds, seashells, sea, rocks... 

13. Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
I haven't yet. Bring on 2015. 

14. What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
It was exhausting but having time at home with Tilly while she was a puppy was brilliant. I also just love spending time in my own wee house and garden. Home is where the heart is. 

15. What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
I'm going to say apprehensive which is a definite improvement on last year. 

16. Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
Got a puppy. (I should really just answer 'puppy' for every single question!)

17. What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
I like to think that I took a major step towards doing some serious writing. 

18. Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
All of them! But seriously, most of my worries were completely unneccessary. As per usual. *Sigh* 

19. What experience would you love to do all over again?
I'm not sure I would have any desire to do anything all over again. I wouldn't wish bad things on anyone but without them, you can't appreciate what you have or learn from your mistakes.

20. What one thing would you do differently and why?
I would worry less and just enjoy the moments. 

21. What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
Mentally making it through 2014 in one piece. Go me! 

22. What activities made you lose track of time?
Reading, writing and Pinterest. 

23. What did you think about more than anything else?
Finding love, writing a book, making sure my family are safe and happy, getting an income and my Tilly. 

24. What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could? 
Everything is going to be okay. Just enjoy the moment, go with the flow and don't let the knockbacks get you down. 

25. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
I'm going to say (again) that Tilly has had the biggest impact on my life. I'm being completely honest when I say that she has not only changed my life but she has saved it. 


26. What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be?


27. What do you want to see, discover, explore?
I want to discover myself and explore who I really am. I want to find my self esteem and self worth. 

28. Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015?
My family, Tilly and hopefully my future husband. 

29. What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
I want to work on my self esteem. It's not a skill, as such, but it's what I want so badly. I also want to learn to knit (for about the fifth time), crochet and improve my dressmaking and writing skills. 

30. Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
Confidence, self esteem - whatever you want to call it, I want to be able to look in the mirror and not feel shame or hatred. I want to feel like I deserve to find love and that someone might actually love me for me. 

31. What do you want your everyday life to be like?
Happy, positive, fun and filled with love. 

32. Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
I want to be healthy in mind and body. I know that it's something that will always be around but I really hope to kick depression in the butt in 2015. I'm hoping that improving my physical health will benefit my depression, anxiety, colitis, self esteem and, of course, the body itself! 

33. What do you want to achieve career-wise?
I want to continue with the job I have. I also want to hopefully make some money with my writing. 

34. How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
I want 2015 to be the year. I want it to be year that changed my life in all the best ways. Love, health, happiness - I want it all. 

35. What is your number one goal for 2015?
Get some self-worth, girl!

Happy Hogmanay and all the best to everyone for 2015!

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