1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Did a 10km walk on Motutapu
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I probably made some….
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
One friend had a gorgeous little girl
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes; an old work colleague that I respected and admired.
5. What countries did you visit?
The Cook Islands and Australia
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Patience and tolerance
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
14th July – the day we arrived in Rarotonga for our honeymoon
1st August – the day my life changed forever
12th December – the day I banked the overpayment of my student loan and my debt was paid
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing 9 walking events
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not going to the gym regularly
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Gifts for other people
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Wish for a Smile Charity, Garden to Table, KidsCan and Claire & Jon Huxley
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
People in NZ killing their kids and babies or letting them go without food
14. Where did most of your money go?
Little and Friday on coffee and treats
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The fairy lights on our house for Christmas
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Price Tag / Don’t you, Forget About Me (Pitch Perfect)
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
b) Thinner or fatter?
c) Richer or poorer?
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercised at the gym and walking
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating and procrastinating
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Mark and I will be spending Christmas with my parents at their house in Titirangi and my close friend Raewyn will probably be there as well
21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
22. What was your favourite TV programme?
Switched at Birth – it is really just like real life for me
23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
24. What was the best book you read?
Lots of great paranormal-romance books
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
26. What did you want and get?
A holiday overseas
27. What did you want and not get?
The perfect bra
28. What was your favourite film of this year?
Pitch Perfect and Rock of Ages (I watched both twice in under a week)
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 37 and went to the hospital after work
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
32. What kept you sane?
Mark, family, friends, our cats and chocolate!
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Animal cruelty…not sure if it is political but it is one thing that truly gives me the shits!
35. Who did you miss?
Friends that I have not been able to catch up with as much as I would like
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I met Penny who is a truly inspiring, lovely amazing person with a heart of gold.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012
From Natalie Murphy
“It sounds cliche, but don’t take your life for granted. Days shouldn’t be lost or thrown away thinking we have endless buckets of them. I’m not being morbid, we just don’t know what’s around the corner. We always think ‘the really bad things’ happen to everyone else, not to us. But we are ‘everyone else’. We all have to appreciate our life. It’s a blessing. If there is something you have always wanted to do, go and do it! Make it happen. Make the most of everyday. Stop making excuses. Stop and smell the roses. Watch the sunset. Watch the sunrise. As I said earlier, Yesterdays history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift…that’s why it’s called the ‘present’.
One of my favourite sayings is now my life’s motto…
Life is not about the number of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.
You’ve been told, with love.”
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
“Hit me with your best shot”
Thank you to Tara for the inspiration for this post.