At this time of year I always see people across my various social feeds complain about how crappy the year was and can’t wait for next year. How is that always the case? What about looking at the good?
Anyway, 2014 has been an incredible year for me and am very grateful for the opportunities that came my way. It can be challenging when you are a freelance professional.
If you’ve been reading my blog for years (thanks for the support!), you are familiar with this post.
1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (the biggest annual event in the mobile industry); went for Umrah with my parents and younger sister; travelled to new countries; went camping; visited the world’s first underwater store + scuba dived; appeared in a magazine as the subject about ‘unconventional’ (online) friendships with Martha; went for a tap dancing class.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t do New Years resolutions.
3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
I will be in transit at Abu Dhabi airport. Not that I’m bothered, I don’t attend parties or countdown to the new year.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
A young girl in my extended group of friends; she was such a lovely, intelligent girl. RIP.
5. What countries did you visit?
Spain; United Arab Emirates; Saudi Arabia; England; France; Namibia and Italy.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Just to stop being a hoarder. We’ve been fixing stuff around the house and after doing a major spring clean, I realise I accumulate way too much junk. None of that next year.
7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
4 December – the day visited the world’s first underwater store in Dubai with Sony + I had to scuba dive to get there; still don’t know how I did it despite not knowing how to swim.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Going camping and managing just fine. I know how to pitch a tent, take it down and most of the other bits that go with it. I’M ALL READY TO SURVIVE IN THE BUNDUS WITH NO 3G!
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t know about this one.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Umrah trip.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Smartphones and travel.
13. What song will always remind you of 2014?
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Charity – as in give up my time; gone to gym.
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spent as much time on my laptop. There’s been several incidents this year which made me realise that I can get by the day without being dependent on my laptop – definitely a good thing.
16. What was your favourite TV program?
I abandoned a lot of shows this year, so I’m going to go with Luther, which I’m catching on Netflix.
17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
18. What was the best book you read?
I started Broken Monsters but for the life of me couldn’t get through it. There was just something about the way it was written – all over the place; detached. It didn’t ‘flow’. So I abandoned it. Oops, this doesn’t actually answer the question.
19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Wilkison (thanks to a friend who introduced me to them).
20. What was your favourite film of this year?
I enjoyed Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and didn’t get around to watching a couple of others that no doubt would have been here rather).
21. What did you do on your birthday?
I had the most amazing birthday weekend this year. So fortunate for the people I have in my life who are close to me <3. Early birthday lunch at Craft (with the chef surprising me with a personalised salted caramel cheesecake -BEST); annual birthday meal with my husband; bubble tea with good friends; and both Faranaaz and Sameer baked for me (separately) at boardgames evening. I was super spoilt this year. 31 wasn’t so bad.
22. What kept you sane?
A reality check.
23. Who did you miss?
My grandmother, always. Miss all the stories she used to share.
24. Who was the best new person you met?
I can’t pick a favourite, that wouldn’t be fair; I met a whole lot of new people this year, mostly from the online world (where else) 😉 I also rekindled a friendship with an old friend.
25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
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