A year in 10 questions

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Prompted by reading a similar post by Harriet last year, I decided to ask myself 10 questions about the year, to note down and keep in my draft folder, to revisit and answer each year.

I used some questions from Harriet's post and added a few of my own. I think it'll be interesting to look back over these in years to come to see how my answers change.

1. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

2014 - More exercise and cooking from scratch more often

2015 - Spending more time with my husband

2. When have I felt the most alive?

2014 - A long weekend in Cornwall for a friend's wedding - it was so good to get away with lovely people and enjoy good food, good company, and the beautiful outdoors.

2015 - Our wedding day. The day was full of so many lovely moments.

3. What countries did I visit?

2014 - None. I'm working on getting Andy out of the country. He now has a passport so I'm slowly getting there...

2015 - Zurich and Paris with Andy (mission accomplished!), and Morocco

4. What event from the year will remain etched upon my memory, and why?

2014 - Christmas Day, when Andy proposed and the next few days that followed, telling our family and friends, making tentative plans and shopping for my engagement ring.

2015 - Shopping for and finding my wedding dress with my Mum, our wedding day, and sleeping under the stars in the Sahara

5. Best beauty buy of the year?

2014 - Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant and Laura Mercier radiance primer

2015 - Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel, The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick, and Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial Blemish Serum

6. What did I try for the first time this year?

2014 - Patchwork and making sloe gin

2015 - Needle felting and scuba diving

7. What song will always remind me of the year?

2014 - Happy by Pharrell Williams and She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy by Kenny Chesney

2015 - Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor, Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding, Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, When I Need You by Leo Sayer, Hold My Hand by Jess Glynne, Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) by Mark Ronson (all unashamedly wedding related).

8. What did I do to celebrate my birthday?

2014 - I had an early breakfast with Andy. Spent some of the day working, and had a visit from my Mum.

2015 - My birthday fell on the same day as A Photo An Hour. I had an early breakfast with Andy (it's tradition) and then spent the day with Mum and her husband, mostly eating, before Andy came home and we watched Paddington.

But my birthday was celebrated over a few weekends. I also went to Go Ape with my best friend, where we faffed around in the treetops like loons. And I also had a family BBQ with garden games and the most delicious sausages from our local butcher.

9. What did I learn this year?

2014 - A meal plan is great for saving time.

2015 - You have to create opportunities for yourself, and make positive steps towards the changes you wish to see in your life

10. My hope for 2016?

2014 - A happy year with less procrastination, more time spent with friends and family, and a trip abroad.

2015 - Lots of home improvements, and more time with Andy, family, and friends.

What questions would you ask yourself?

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  1. This is such a lovely idea for a reflective post. I've been thinking a lot over the past week or so about goals for the coming years.

    1. I can't take credit for the idea, but I agree it is a lovely idea! I do a lot of looking back and looking forward at this time of year, I have so many new lists of goals it's unreal!

  2. I really like this idea. I'm hopeless at keeping a diary but have kep journals from our 3 week honeymoon and a couple of holidays which makes very interesting reading 7 years on. I could possibly manage 10 questions to review at the end of the year! Makes for a great blog post. 😊

    1. Thanks. I think it'll be interesting to see how the answers differ as the years go by.

  3. Oh this is lovely! You have so many happy memories this year!x

  4. This is such a good idea, I love the way it helps track changes from year to year.

    1. I do like a look back, if only I was better at keeping a diary!


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