2014 in review

I saw this fantastic questionnaire over at A Graceful Disaster and thought I’d answer it myself.

What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
The obvious answer is that I fell pregnant. We weren’t really planning it, after being told it would be really difficult, it happened in month one.

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t really make new year’s resolutions as I don’t think they make a lot of sense. I actually believe more in goals but I haven’t always been very good at sticking to the goals I’ve set and/or actually setting them in the first place. For 2014, I started the year very newly married on honeymoon in fact and my goal for the year was just to enjoy life as we’d had some tough times. I didn’t know of course what was to come, more tough times, but we started the year in Hong Kong, and spent two weeks in Thailand following this and I just knew I wanted to have a good year.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
One of my close girlfriends gave birth to her second child, a daughter. We had mexican food right before she went into labour. I think it helped?!

Did anyone close to you die?
Not in 2014, we experienced that twice over in 2013.

What countries did you visit?
Hong Kong (China) and Thailand. My husband visited Scotland which was exciting for him.

What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Less stress. 2014 featured being diagnosed with hip dysplaysia and FAI (after husband being diagnosed with FAI the year prior), then losing my job, then finding out I had Adenomyosis and Endometriosis, and then falling pregnant. Until we reached 12 weeks, which was in November, the year was stressful.

What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 5 – I lost my job.
Father’s Day – we found out we were expecting.
December 21 – our first wedding anniversary which marked a much more positive time.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Apart from falling pregnant, it would be the two contracting jobs I secured which led to me working part time for a non-profit organisation finally fulfilling an ambition I’d had for a while. On a personal front, it was starting pilates in July after healing myself ‘enough’ from the back injury and hip problems that led to barely exercising. And losing about 8kgs to get to a really healthy weight before I fell pregnant.

What was your biggest failure?
I’m not sure that I really call anything a failure, I don’t really have regrets in life because everything teaches you something. The biggest lesson has been choosing the right job based on a variety of factors not just ambition.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
yes as already covered!

What was the best thing you bought?
Our car, after losing my job and company car, we bought a great car and were really pleased with the choice. A few years ago we bought a terrible second hand car and really regreted it. But this time we were much smarter.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Hmm, I’m not sure anything in particular stands out.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My father – we don’t speak but I’m not willing to discuss it here.

Where did most of your money go?
Health! My husband had hip surgery which cost quite a bit, a lot of physio and exercise rehabilitation for both of us.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
We got our second dog Keely in April, which was really exciting and has been such a good experience. Falling pregnant, getting this new job. So many things!

What song will always remind you of 2014?
I am so terrible with music! I can’t think of anything in particular.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
-Happier or Sadder?
Happier.

-Thinner or Fatter?
Thinner even at 25 weeks pregnant.

-Richer or Poorer?
Richer.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Travel.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Work.

How did you spend your Christmas?
With my husbands family at his parents home in Portland, Victoria.

Did you fall in love in 2014?
Yes, I fall more in love with my husband every day. Honestly.

What was your favorite TV program?
Oohh, I am known to love my TV programs. We have Netflix and I seriously cannot live without it. Chicago Fire is probably my favourite TV show right now but I still love Vampire Diaries and of course Chicago PD due to its interaction with Chicago Fire.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t really hate anyone!

What was the best book you read?
Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Again, I’m so terrible with music!

What did you want and get?
A better work life balance.

What did you want and not get?
Another overseas trip.

What was your favorite film this year?
Wow I’m so terrible with this, I just googled 2014 films and I have seen three of them. So of those three, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I had a lovely BBQ with friends and family for my 31st. For my 30th I was really suffering from a disc bulge in my back so I wanted to celebrate a bit more properly which I did.

What is one thing that would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less pain!

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
I’ve really transformed my style over the past 6-12 months. I used to love vintage but I’ve found myself not enjoying it from a fashion perspective. I’ve probably gotten more casual but more sporty and probably as a result of losing weight, wearing things I’ve not been able to for a while.

What kept you sane?
My husband and our dogs.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Taylor Kinney from Chicago Fire.

What political issue stirred you the most?
Asylum seekers. I just cannot stand it.

Who did you miss?
One of my closest friends Bec who has been living in Singapore and now in London. My most dearest friend Alicia who lives far away and who I wish I could see more.

Who was the best new person you met?
The CEO of the non-profit I work for, a well known public figure who I’m proud to work with.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Life is too short to worry too much about anything in particular. Prioritise your health because having your health be at its best makes everything else easier. Don’t listen to anyone too closely.

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