This blog has been around since 2003, way before voyeurism became a norm and narcissism has sky rocketed in society. 14 years ago, I was a teenager with raging hormones, emotional and dependent on my modem's transition from landline to slow prepaid internet. I wrote about almost everything - rants about parents, the latest gadgets, trip with friends and how I wanted to grow up badly and become free of my parents' shackles. Now I'm 29, a citizen of a country I used to be foreign to, employed and living independently and co-dependently with a person dear to me. I have grown up and have become wiser with my choices (at least I would like to believe so). I'm not a spoiled daddy's girl anymore and I can confidently say my choices in life have definitely made me a stronger person. I've created quite a strong barrier between my thoughts and the words I speak. Same as the things people see of my life and what actually happens in those moments. Privacy is now a precious commodity and being in the public eye diminishes the value of life experiences. There will always be content more interesting than yours or more talked about than yours but that doesn't mean it is of any less worth. It may earn you more money though if you're into that sort of thing. Yes, in 2016 blogging or vlogging can now be considered a profession and a good source of income.
So here I am, 5 Years after my last annual update. (last one I did was in 2011). A lot might have changed since I first moved to London and experienced the painstaking life of an overseas worker. I get less excited about new experiences but nonetheless fascinated by what they bring. So here's a little catch up for us, just in case I forget to update this again in the next 5 years. Happy Reading!
What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
move out of my (then) comfort zone, move in with a boy (!), live and work in the big smoke, do locum jobs in different places with different specialities, change jobs twice in a year, do long drives in England, change citizenship. Yes, a lot has happened this year!
Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
don't think I made one? I just wanted 2015 to end. lol
Did anyone close to you give birth?
- not in 2016?
Did anyone close to you die?
- thankfully, none.
What countries did you visit?
- Italy just before the year ended. Just that I think. 2016 was more of a transition period for me.
What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
-definitely more income. lol! moving into town is expensive. a mortgage as well if at all possible. (adulting!)
What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
to be honest, most of 2016 was a blur. so many things happened and there isn't really one date that stands out.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
moved in with Jay and got settled in our own little nook - manage bills, pay for my car, have a proper experience of how it is to be an adult.
What was your biggest failure?
- burning bridges
Did you suffer illness or injury?
- 2 accidents while riding a bicycle to and from work! slamming into a bush of stinging nettles and suffering it's effects for a week. other than that, none.
What was the best thing you bought?
- a bike! best mode of transport to and from work - stress relieves and fitness enhancer! actually, it's just an excuse for me to eat more as I exercise everyday lol.
Where did most of your money go?
- BILLS OMG WHY ARE THEY SO EXPENSIVE.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
moving into our new house and building it into our home =)
What song(s) will always remind you of 2016?
I had to check my spotify playlist for this. okay:
Adele - All I Ask
One Dance - Drake
Stitches - Shawn Mendez - Jay and I belt out to this song with the oddest set of words. lol
basically everything on the UK top 50 for 2016. easy.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. happier or sadder? -- slightly happiers =)
b. thinner or fatter? -- fatter. fattest i've been since.
c. richer or poorer? -- it's a downward slope from here lovey. lol. paying off bills is a bummer.
What do you wish you'd done more?
read books. I used to be an avid fan of the bookshops but i've stopped going since I've moved to London. I've got books I've bought in 2010 that I haven't read. shame on me really.
exercise properly and eat more vegetables.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
stress about things I can't do anything about. Inevitable things such as Insurance payments or Electric savings and the inflating housing market. I mean, really what can I do about it?
What was your favorite TV program?
The Walking Dead, hands down.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
What was the best book you read?
Like I said, I should've read more books. the last one I read was my Atlas of Peri Op Practice to refresh myself with Cardiac surgery as I've recently started doing this.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
nothing extra special this year? I've quit my spotify account and have cared less about what the independent music scene has got to offer.
What did you want and get?
- a senior post in Great Ormond Street. really is the pinnacle of my career so far.
What was your favorite film of this year?
Dirty Grandpa. lol
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
29. I don't remember but I was off from work. Jay and I did a joint celebration and drove up to York/Sheffield and the Peak District.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
better deals for my monthly bills!
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
functional. If it's dry from my laundry load, I will wear it.
What kept you sane?
KFC Krushems and Bubble Tea.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
don't think I've fancied anyone in showbiz apart from my old flame Justin Timberlake.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:
it's difficult to walk back on burnt bridges.
life will unfold as it should. stressing never does you any good.
What was the nicest thing someone told you about yourself
He loves me. iiii.