I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: years come in waves. Some high, some low, and some extremely rocky waters. This year has been a high, for so many reasons that I’ve unfathomably decided to do what I don’t usually: bear a little more soul for others to see.
So excuse the more ‘journal’ approach, but I’ve unashamedly poached (from the best LiveJournal blogger in the world, other than Zuckerberg) the same ‘meme’ format in order to quickly and comprehensively review my year.
In the words of the ever-daft 3am: “Care? Read on…”
What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Move in with a boy.
Where did you begin 2011?
On a rainy day in St Albans.
Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Got through a fair whack of my Bucket List.
What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Did anyone close to you die?
No, thankfully. But a distant relative who I respected passed away.
Were you in school?
I was not. Had lots of nightmares about going back though, oddly.
What countries did you visit?
France, Morocco, Sweden. Very French all-round (apart from Sweden). Still haven’t gotten close to fluent French yet…
What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Financial freedom. I’m getting there, gradually.
What moments from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Quitting my old job and deciding to co-habit: these two actions have increased my happiness exponentially.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Putting myself out there as ‘Miss Editor’: meeting Mark Frith; getting to write for The Huffington Post.
What was your biggest failure?
Gym upkeep post-Summer.
Did you have to go to the hospital?
What was the best thing you bought?
Inexpensive, classy furniture.
Where did most of your money go?
On said furniture; I’ve reigned in my clothes obsession.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Finding the Wimbledon flat (sensing a theme?)
What song(s) will always remind you of 2011?
Jesus is a Rochdale Girl (Elbow).
What concerts/shows did you go to?
Made In Japan. Wicked. Roald Dahl’s Twisted Tales. Probably some more that I didn’t get around to blogging about and therefore can’t remember right now.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? Happier, although this time last year was pretty awesome too.
II. thinner or fatter? A bit chunkier (inevitable when happy). Fixing it with Zumba though.
III. richer or poorer? Richer. I even made a snap decision to start a pension, mysteriously.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Waste time going to events that I wasn’t really feeling or seeing people who don’t matter. I’ve decided conclusively to spend my time on things I really want to do, with people I really love. Vom.
How will you be spending Christmas?
At the boyf’s parents where Christmas basically throws up everywhere in all sorts of wondrous ways. It’ll be my first real Christmas; super excited.
What was your favourite TV programme?
Made In Chelsea. I’m really, really sorry.
What was the best book you read?
The Glamour (Christopher Priest).
What were your greatest musical discoveries?
I’m rubbish at keeping up with the kids; Graham’s Soundtrack to 2011 is helping me along the way.
What did you want and get?
My first EVER Christmas tree.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Dirty night out in Camden for my 26th, followed by sophisticated day in Hampstead. North London: you’re forever in my heart.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not being holed up in Canary Wharf for quite so long.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Flawless. Nah, just more of the same – feminine (lace, flowers, feathers) with ever-expanding accessories.
What kept you sane?
A very tolerant boyfriend.
Who did you miss?
Who was the best new person you met?
All my new work colleagues are pretty awesome.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
You can change everything yourself.
Did you move anywhere?
From North to South London.
What’s something you thought you would never do but did in 2011?
Walk to work; attend a wedding; Centre Court at Wimbledon.
What was your best month?
October: new flat, holiday, anniversary.
Of course. But I’m not going to dwell on them.
Overall, how would you rate this year?
172 out of 173.
What did you like most about 2011?
Not being single anymore…I still miss elements of it, but this is SO much better.
Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?
Putney, Croxley, Brighton.
Change your hairstyle?
Still doing the same half-up, half-down look that suits my beastly hair, but at least I’ve got rid of the strange dip-dye effect due to overgrown roots.
Get a new job?
I did indeed. I can now add ‘UK Content Manager’ to my CV.
Do anything embarrassing?
Get married or divorced?
Neither, but I did watch A LOT of wedding programmes and help out with a divorce. Guess which was more fun?
Did you get sick this year?
Just your standard batch of colds.
Start a new hobby?
Zumba! Shake, jiggly shake, wiggle.
Are you happy to see 2011 go?
Yes and no. Never good to dwell, but it’s been a bit of a corker.
What are you wishing for in 2012?
Enough time off to attend the zillions of Olympics events we got tickets for. Great holidays. No dramas. Nothing and nobody unnecessary. A happy London life. A bigger wardrobe.