I really enjoy this way of wrapping up my year. Past years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Completed a marathon! It’s a total novel, but click that link if you want to read all about my experience and also see some pictures.
Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year?
I’m not much of a resolution maker, no matter the time of year.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin had her first baby (a boy!) on Christmas Eve! We met him 3 days later and he is tiny and perfect.
Did anyone close to you die?
We hadn’t been close in a long time, but my grandpa died shortly before Christmas. He was 92. There are a whole lot of issues we’re dealing with as a family around this, so in a sense it’s been good timing for this to happen so that we can talk things out while mostly everyone’s around for the holidays.
What countries did you visit?
Just the USA. I went to Washington a few times and also Hawaii, but that’s about it. Next year will FINALLY include some international travel, which I am SUPER excited about!
What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
I honestly can’t think of anything. I have a house to live in, a steady job and a reliable vehicle. I couldn’t ask for more!
What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 26th – Ran my first half marathon!
December 14th – Ran my first FULL marathon!
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing the marathon. Probably one of the proudest moments of my life so far!
What was your biggest failure?
Nothing of note.
Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Nothing too major, thankfully! I had a running injury in the latter half of the year which prevented me from actually running the whole time during the marathon, but that turned out to be not a bad thing at all. As far as illness goes, I’m very healthy, so I think the last time I was sick was a year ago over NYE. Woohoo!
What was the best thing you bought?
A deposit on my dream trip to Italy. I’ve been wanting to go there for SO many years, and in 2015 it will finally be happening! I’m going on a Rick Steves tour for 9 days, and will also have a few days both before and after the trip to explore on my own. In total I’ll be there for 2 weeks. It’s going to be amazing!!
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Jian Ghomeshi. If you live in Canada, you’ll know who that is. If the news didn’t make it to your country, he’s a Canadian celebrity. He had a fairly well-known band (in Canada) in the 90s and until a few months ago he had a very popular radio show on the CBC. Throughout a series of events it became public knowledge that he was a sexual predator. The whole thing was very appalling and shocking.
Where did most of your money go?
I got myself a substantial loan in November so that I could buy a new(er) car. Also, saving up for my Italy trip. And of course the usual bills and other life expenses.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Crossing the finish line of the marathon and making my dream trip to Italy a reality.
What song will always remind you of 2014?
Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” It is SO damn catchy!! I don’t like country music, but I absolutely love her new album, and this song is the best. I put it on my running playlist for the last few months of the year, and every time I’d hear it I’d giggle and dance around. It’s so fun.
Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder (b) thinner or fatter (c) richer or poorer?
(b) I’m not thinner and I’m not fatter – I’m just more muscular. I have to say my legs have seen the greatest improvement this past year. Running several times a week does wonders for those!
(c) I guess a tiny bit richer. I passed probation at work in the spring and got a nice raise at that time, and then on my one year anniversary I got another small raise. Since I work for a non-profit, my salary isn’t what it would be if I was working for a for-profit company, but I’m not in this job for the money. Most people who work at non-profits aren’t. ;)
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spend time with friends, but it was a little difficult due to my running training. My dad and I joked that training was a part-time job, on top of our already full-time jobs. Friends had to take a back seat for the last 6 months, unfortunately. But now that my time won’t be so consumed with working out for hours and hours every day, this will change.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Nothing comes to mind.
How did you spend Christmas?
At my parents’ house. It was very low-key and relaxing. I slept in, we had coffee and then made our way downstairs to living room where the tree is and where my dad had set a fire earlier, so it was nice and cozy. We had small stockings, so we opened those few things and just relaxed. We had a lot of delicious food and alcohol throughout the day. The highlight was pulling 3 fresh crabs out of the crab trap that was in the ocean just in front of my parents’ house. It was so fabulous having that for our Christmas dinner feast!
Did you fall in love in 2014?
No, and no plans or desire to do that any time soon.
What was your favourite TV program?
The Good Wife (the last 2 seasons have been phenomenal!!), Outlander, Suits, Call the Midwife (not sure when a new series of this starts, but I binge-watched everything I could find) and Parenthood (only 4 more episodes before it’s done forever, and I’m so heartbroken). I watch a lot more shows than that, but these have been the best this season so far.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t waste energy on hatred. It’s poisonous.
What was the best book you read?
The Outlander series. I had been hearing so much about them because of the TV show, so I bought the first 2 books on sale and thought I’d give them a try before watching the show (hey kids – ALWAYS read the books first!). I was hooked! I started on book 4 when I came up to my parents’ place for Christmas and have book 5 with me if I manage to have the time to finish number 4. There’s a lot of sex in the books which was interesting for the first two, but now I’m over it and kinda roll my eyes whenever the main characters get it on, which is fairly often. I’m mostly interested in the historical aspects of it anyway.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
That Taylor Swift actually is awesome?! LOL. I’m very anti-country, but her new album is totally 80s pop, which I am in love with.
What did you want and get?
A new car! Finally!! I’ve been wanting one for years, and finally it was forced upon me just over a month ago. But I’m oh so glad it was!
What did you want and not get?
Nothing. I’m very content!
What was your favourite film of this year?
Veronica Mars. I really want to see Unbroken sometime soon, though. I read the book a few years ago and thought it was amazing, so I’m looking forward to the movie adaptation.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 34. It was on a Thursday, so obviously I had to go to work. Nobody at my office knew because I’m not much of a birthday person, so I don’t talk about it at all. I’m not sure how I managed to fly under the radar, as everyone’s on a birthday list and is usually celebrated at the office, but somehow I did it! I doubt I’ll be able to hide next year, but we’ll see if I can swing it. Anyway, I obviously didn’t do anything too spectacular or memorable because I can’t remember a thing beyond being at work. I’m sure I treated myself to a tasty dinner and some good wine or vodka, and probably watched hockey or one of my favourite TV shows (all the good shows seem to air on Thursdays).
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Nothing! 2014 was a great year, even though it seemed to fly by in a flash.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Simple, simple, simple. Low maintenance and effort.
What kept you sane?
The lovely people in my life. The fact that my dad and I were training for the marathon together, even though we live in different cities. It felt like all we talked about in the last 6 months was running and our training and what we’d learned, etc., so it was nice to have someone who knew exactly what I was going through and could relate to all the struggles that training for a marathon brings.
What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Probably Matthew Goode (he plays Finn Polmar on The Good Wife). As much as I was heartbroken about Will dying on the show at the end of the previous season, Finn is a hottie and I like the chemistry between him and Alicia. By the time the show took a break for the holidays a few weeks ago, I was yelling at the TV for them to just make out already every time they were on screen together. LOL.
What political issue stirred you the most?
I can’t think of anything. I mostly stay away from politics.
Who did you miss?
Friends whom I’ve lost touch with.
Who was the best new person you met?
My cousin’s new son, even though I didn’t even hold him during our first visit. He’s very tiny and cute, and a new baby in the family is always a wonderful thing. It’s interesting – just as my grandpa was dying, the new little one was making his entrance into the world. Life often happens that way – someone comes into the world as someone is leaving. Truly the circle of life.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
That anything is possible if you’re willing to work hard. There were times throughout the year that I seriously doubted my ability to complete a marathon, but I did it! My perseverance and dedication paid off immensely. Aside from the blisters (which were pretty unavoidable, given the weather), I felt so fantastic the next day, and had so much energy that I felt like I could have run a 10k. I attribute that to the good training I’d done for all those months. Without that discipline and hard work, I doubt I would have been feeling so good the next day.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Nothing’s coming to mind.
Happy New Year!