A year in ten questions #2Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Prompted by reading a similar post by Harriet a few years ago I decided to ask myself the same 10 questions at the end of 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. See my 2014 answers here.
1. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
2015 - Spending more time with my husband
2016 - Having those difficult conversations sooner rather than later
2. When have I felt the most alive?
2015 - Our wedding day. The day was full of so many lovely moments.
2016 - A night away in Aldeburgh with Andy, we had a lovely meal, a beautiful view out to sea, a bracing walk on the beach, and a game of chicken with the sea.
3. What countries did I visit?
2015 - Zurich and Paris with Andy, and Morocco
2016 - None
4. What event from the year will remain etched upon my memory, and why?
2015 - Shopping for and finding my wedding dress with my Mum, our wedding day, and sleeping under the stars in the Sahara
2016 - The result of the EU referendum in June. I was shocked that, with so little evidence or truth, so many people where convinced it would be better for the country and voted to leave.
5. Best beauty buy of the year?
2015 - Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel, The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick, and Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial Blemish Serum
2016 - Rimmel eye liner - soft smudgy and doesn't budge until you want it to. Burt's Bees mango butter lip balm, and The Body Shop Aloe soothing rescue cream mask.
6. What did I try for the first time this year?
2015 - Needle felting and scuba diving
2016 - Making rose hip syrup, and blackberry gin. Crochet, picking walnuts, shooting a 12 bore shotgun
7. What song will always remind me of the year?
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).
2016 - A Head Full of Dreams by Coldplay, and Ex's and Oh's by Elle King
8. What did I do to celebrate my birthday?
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.
2016 - I had several celebrations - I visited Harry Potter with my sister in law, went to the cinema with Dad after supper at Ask to see Bourne, had a pizza and film night (The Lost Boys) at home with my brother and his family, watched The Tempest at an outdoor theatre with two friends, had our traditional Little Chef breakfast with Andy, visited Southwold with Mum, and had coffee with friends. It's safe to say I like to make my birthday last.
9. What did I learn this year?
2015 - You have to create opportunities for yourself, and make positive steps towards the changes you wish to see in your life
2016 - You change over time, what worked in life last year - or two, five, ten years ago - doesn't necessarily work for you today, but sometimes it takes you a while to realise the change has occurred. Also looking after yourself should be a daily priority, and 'me time' is not selfish but essential.
10. My hope for the coming year?
2015 - Lots of home improvements, and more time with Andy, family, and friends.
2016 - Same as last year, a little trip abroad too, and lots of taking care of myself.
What questions would you ask yourself?