2014/2015

I saw this tag pop up on Natalie’s blog a little while ago (well, quite a while ago now), and thought it would be a fun one to write up for myself! So here I go…

1. What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about? Driving from Adelaide to Perth with Sebastian. I’d done a similar trip when I was a lot younger but seeing it through “grown up” eyes, and sharing the experience with Sebastian was something truly special. It was also a great way for us to discover that we get along really well even when cooped up with each other in a car for an extended period of time, or staying in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone reception and nothing to do except play pool and try not to get bed bugs from the motel bed.

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

3. What new things did you discover about yourself? That I over think things way too much (although I sort of already knew this), and that I have quite a bit further to go than I thought.

4. What single achievement are you most proud of? This was a tough one for me. I’m going to say successfully setting up and establishing a house, because I feel like that was a pretty big achievement for me even though it happened naturally over the course of the year.

5. What was the best news you received? That I had long service leave coming up the following year. I hadn’t really thought about it much up until that point, and it’s now a shining beacon of hope on my workday horizon.

6. What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014? I think the Great Australian Bite was a travel highlight for me. Standing at the edge of Australia and looking out at the vast expanse of ocean stretching out beyond it was awe inspiring.

7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year? My communication and organizational skills.

8. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on? My partner, Sebastian.

9. Which new skills did you learn? How to implement advertisements on a blog. Which is really straight forward but it was something that I hadn’t taken the time to put into place, and I’m glad that I finally got around to doing it.

10. What, or who, are you most thankful for? If we’re taking about 2014, I’d have to say Sebastian. He was new into my life, and made the biggest impact. I am incredibly thankful for all the happiness he has brought into my life.

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? A love story. As cheesy as it may be, that was the main theme of 2014 for me.

12. What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014? Love more, worry less.

13. Which mental block(s) did you overcome? I think probably my ability to trust people without question took a bit of flexing in 2014. I’m so glad I worked on it though.

14. What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with? There is one girlfriend of mine in particular that I really got to know over the past year, and have realised that we’re very similar in a lot of ways. It was a happy discovery, and we’re now quite a lot closer than we’ve ever been, which is great. Another one of my best friends had a baby last year, and I’ve loved getting to see her grow and I absolutely LOVE spending time with her. I always enjoy spending time with Sebastian, but you’re probably all getting sick of hearing me talk about him. The time I spent with my mum has changed a lot over the past few years, and I think we’re entering that golden age of 30+ where you really seem to connect with your mum again. Finally, I’ve come to appreciate the time that I spend with my grandmother. She is quite ill, and I’m really trying to make the most of the time we do get to spend together.

15. What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise? Realising that I can ask for career development opportunities and push for various development options (courses, etc). I’ve always been too afraid to ask, and only made the most of opportunities when they were placed in my lap.

16. How did your relationship to your family evolve? I think it continued to grow and evolve, as it naturally does from year to year. I went away mid-year with some of my family, and that was a really fun experience.

17. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way? I don’t think anything in particular really had a profound effect on me, although after reading Intensity by Dean Koontz I became a lot more open minded about reading crime/thriller novels.

18. What was your favourite compliment that you received this year? It’s funny how little I listen to my compliments compared to any insults or disparagement I might receive. The only compliment I can think of off the top of my head is my friend telling me I have no undertones in my skin, I’m just plain WHITE. lol. Is that even a compliment? No.

19. What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life? One of my favourite things to do is dinner and a movie date night with my partner. Honestly, I get so much joy out of this one little thing it’s crazy. But we have our favourite cinema, our favourite restaurant at the cinema (we both order the same thing every time), and we have the same taste in movies so picking what we’re going to watch is always a breeze.

20. What cool things did you create this year? The only two personal creative outlets I really have are this blog (which I am extremely proud of), and my day planner. I didn’t create the planner, but I do I love playing around with and decorating it with stickers and other juvenile things. It’s quite relaxing really. I think both things are pretty cool.

21. What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)? Introspective.

22. Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year? I turned 30, and I became OK with turning 30.

23. What was your favourite moment spent with your friends? There was a point at the end of my close friend’s baby shower where my group of friends were sitting around and chatting, and it was such a throwback to ‘the good old days’. We all took a photo together with our hands on my friend’s bump, and it’s a memory I will definitely treasure.

24. What major goal did you lay the foundations for? A trip to the USA at the end of this year.

25. Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary? All of them.

26. What experience would you love to do all over again? I would love to go on a long road trip again. There is something about the open road that I just love. The feeling of having a big expansive trip in front of you is quite thrilling.

27. What was the best gift you received? This is a tricky one! I honestly can’t think of something, so I’m going to pass on this question. How pathetic!

28. How did your overall outlook on life evolve? I think I’m coming around to the understanding that I’m at the stage of life where everything has just naturally changed when it comes to my interaction with friends. We definitely don’t see each other as much as we used to, and that’s how life will be from now on. Thankfully we do still make the effort to see each other whenever we can, which is really nice.

29. What was the biggest problem you solved? One of the ways I approach life is to take care of things before they become a problem, so this is a difficult question for me. I was lucky enough that life didn’t throw me any major curveballs to solve (at least ones that were in my control). So I have nothin’ for this!

30. What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it? We’ve created a ‘voice’ for Pepsi that we use around the house, and it makes me laugh every time. We’ve given her the sassiest little personality with a straight up bogan accent.

31. What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever? A pair of Kmart wedges that I have worn to DEATH. They were incredibly cheap ($25 from memory?), and are probably the most comfortable wedge I’ve ever worn.

32. What one thing would you do differently and why? I would not question things so much, because 9 times out of 10, the “issue” is simply in my head and is a waste of my time.

33. What do you deserve a pat on the back for? Getting up every day and getting things done.

34. What activities made you lose track of time? Watching American housewife vlogs on YouTube.

35. What did you think about more than anything else? The future.

36. What topics did you most enjoy learning about? Blogging. I feel like anytime I’m lacking in inspiration when it comes to my own blog, reading about how others stay motivated with theirs is really inspiring for me.

37. What new habits did you cultivate? I developed an obsessive addiction for the Kim Kardashian game, does that count?

38. What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could? Don’t rush. Enjoy the journey.

39. Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year? Yes.

40. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year? Having my partner move across the country to live with me.

YOUR 2015

41. What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be? Growth and flexibility.

42. What do you want to see, discover, explore? I’d like to spend more time exploring my home town, in particular some of the amazing bars and restaurants we have popping up all over the place. I’m also excited to explore a bit more of the US later on in the year.

43. Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015? I want to keep the bond with my best girlfriends strong this year.

44. What skills do you want to learn, improve or master? I’d LOVE to get back into running, and be back at the skill level I was at three years ago.

45. Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen? Flexibility.

46. What do you want your everyday life to be like? Peaceful.

47. Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of? I’d like to be less lazy.

48. What do you want to achieve career-wise? I’d like to develop myself a bit more professionally, work on my existing skill sets and get some official recognition for the things I am good at.

49. How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now? A year of developing relationships, and setting foundations for the future.

50. What is your number one goal for 2015? To live a little more, and worry a whole lot less.

8 Thoughts on “2014/2015

  1. I think “Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary? All of them.” sums up things perfectly for many of us, including myself! I’m also a chronic overthinker and worrier and this year I hope to push past that and not give so much power to my silly fears.

    I’m also glad to hear I’m not the only one intrigued and addicted to American housewife vlogs. I find them rather reassuring and inspiring, even though their lifestyles are very much different to mine.

    I really enjoyed reading this, Jessica – very honest and interesting 🙂

    • Jessica on February 28, 2015 at 9:53 am said:

      Thanks Tess, it was really interesting for me to write. Trying to think about a specific worry was quite funny, because anything that went wrong was absolutely out of my control and even worrying about it couldn’t have changed the outcome. Hopefully we both learn to overcome our overthinking and worrying this year! 🙂

  2. very interesting post dear! Kisses :-*

  3. Good job. I found this really good to do, for myself, not just my blog. I remembered a lot of the good things and reminded myself of what I needed to be wary of.

    • Jessica on February 28, 2015 at 9:42 am said:

      Thanks Nat. It was really fun to write, it made me think a lot about what I want to try and do differently this year. Very interesting.

  4. I really enjoyed this post. It was personal, relatable, and some of your traits/takeaways (e.g. worrying less, thinking about the future) are things I totally agree with. You seem to be in a good place in your life and I’m happy for you. Hope 2015 will be awesome.

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