It’s the end of 2013, whoop! This year has been so up and down for so many people I know – we bought a house but lost a friend to cancer, my parents got a divorce but then #ChongCat entered our lives… a real swings and roundabouts year for us. I for one am not sorry to see the back of 2013 to be honest. I think I’m taking more positives from it than negatives (phew) and with that in mind, here’s a quick list of some of my favourite moments from this year :)
Favourite moments of 2013
- Turning 30 (and the amazing day that Q planned for me)
- Writing so many more letters
- Breakfast at Wally’s Coffee Haus
- Seeing a new European country when we went to Greece (and going on my first holiday with friends!)
- Hanging out with Sami K not once but twice!
- Celebrating our anniversary in Paris
- Hanging out with #TeamHubbard & #TeamGodfrey again
- Lots of walks around the lake
- Trips to London to see Mark, Dani, Anna, Tess, Leo, Aaron, Owen, Jess & Amy in one weekend. Phew!
- Publishing two beautiful issues of Télégramme
- Trying pole dancing & not sucking that badly ;)
- Spending time with my BFF for the first time in forever
- Teaching Amy to play the ukulele and then helping her to complete her 30 songs challenge
- Getting my first ever freelance clients
- Sitting with our feet in the paddling pool, reading a book in the sunshine
- Having so much fun working my way through my 30 for 30 list :)
- Learning to swim underwater
- An impromptu trip to Bristol to eat PORKS with Hayley
- Bringing #ChongCat home
- Getting given 30 or so avocados for my birthday, ha
- Playing Cards Against Humanity with my mum and dying with laughter
- Ice-skating for Q’s birthday
See. So many good things! Putting this post together has made me remember so many fun things and spurred me on to make 2014 even better. Fun! In true Sarah spirit I also made some resolutions at the end of last year, and here’s how I got on with them.
Face my fears
I totally did this! I faced my fear of heights by taking a trapeze class. I faced my fear of looking like an idiot (and thus never doing things in case I look like an idiot) by uploading a solo ukulele cover, and by taking a pole dancing class (which was awesome). I faced my fear of flying by getting on another 4 flights (even tho I did freak out a bit when they put us near the emergency exit. Oops).
I did try to push myself to try new things this year, and to push through when I felt like I wanted to turn around and hide under the duvet. I think it’ll always be a work in progress but I’m definitely better :)
No alcohol for a year
I did this too! Every person I told, without exception, made a skeptical face like giving up alcohol was completely unthinkable, but I personally didn’t find it hard at all. I don’t drink a lot anyway so that’s probably part of it (and I don’t enjoy beer or wine), but this was probably the easiest goal of the four to complete.
That being said – I am looking forward to cracking this bad boy open in 2014.
I definitely did this. I’m much more in tune with the things I know will make me happy now (lists, yellow things, avocados, reading) and also happier to tell people if I don’t like doing something. You like bowling? Great! I’m genuinely glad for you but I’m not going to come with you because I really, really hate it.
I tried hard not to put myself in situations where I knew going in that I probably wouldn’t like it, even when there was social pressure to attend. I’m hoping that I managed to pull this off without offending any of my friends but they’d be more qualified to confirm that statement than I am, heh.
Plus, look at that giant list up there! FULL. OF. JOY.
I failed at this. Boo. I did okay for a little while but mostly I was a gossipy gossipy gossip. Oops! Why is this so hard? I feel like gossip is used as social currency almost and that’s definitely something I want to work towards removing from my life. Oh well, you can but try, right?
So. 2013 was (mostly) full of win in my opinion. So what about 2014? Well…
Year of code
I have a subscription to Treehouse but I haven’t used it for a while. Oops. I’d love to be more confident with coding in a couple of different languages by the end of the year – I might as well get on it since I have the subscription, right? :)
I last completed a 365 in 2008/2009 (although I attempted one in 2006/2007 and 2007/2008, too…). I barely pick up my digital camera any more, so I’ve decided to do a 365 in 2014, with a broader subject matter than the last one, which was a self-portrait 365. Brutal. This time around I’m going to pick a different colour every month and every photo must feature that colour. I think it’ll look awesome at the end of the year! :)
Wheat free – all year
I need to make a change with my diet. I’m forever eating things even tho I know they’re bad for me and then regretting it afterwards, so in 2014 I’m cutting out all wheat related items. Bye bye, pizza! I’ll miss you!
Paleo in January
Since I’m already going to be wheat free I figure it’s not going to be too much more of a step to go Paleo for a while. I’d love to do Paleo for the whole year but I know it’s going to be difficult so I’m going to take it month by month and see how I get on!
Less phone more face
I spend way more time than I’d like glued to my phone, so in 2014 I’d like to spend more time interacting with people face to face. Putting my phone away during dinner, trying to quit Facebook, no browsing the internet in bed.
PHEW. Who’s excited for 2014? Because I totally, totally am! :D Yay!