The annual roundup: the 2019 summary

December 24, 2019

Dear Max and Rebecca

Ooooh, it’s time to follow Nafisa’s lead again and do her “The year that was roundup”. I’ve done them for the last few years: here, here, herehere, and here.

Each year I answer questions pertaining to the last 12 months, usually skipping the ones about my favourite movie, song and book because I cannot remember. I *know* I’ve seen a handful of movies, and read lots of books, and listened to songs, but for the life of me I cannot isolate favourites.

PS: If you do a similar blog post, please go ahead and credit Nafisa 🙂

What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before?

  • Went to Israel with family
  • Did a French DELF exam
  • Stopped eating fish

 

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn’t really set new year’s resolutions, but I remember wanting to be more present this year, and try to do one thing at a time, and not be so consumed by work. I failed on each of those. I’d like to set something similar again for next year, though.

 

How will you spend New Year’s Eve?

Somewhere in Amsterdam…

Did anyone close to you die?

No

 

What countries did you visit?

Israel (and France and Netherlands at the end of December/beginning January).

 

What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019?

Safety and security. And a Comrades medal.

 

What were your biggest achievements of the year?

Having a really good work year, having kind and lovely kids (is that an achievement?), and establishing a strong and incredible running group. Also finishing Two Oceans Marathon happy and strong, unlike last year.

 

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Fortunately not

 

What were the best things you bought?

Kirsten Goss earrings, a Ghd straightener brush, new Kindle (after losing mine in Israel), coffee machine (to replace the one that broke), Garmin running watch.

 

Where did most of your money go?

Um, Kirsten Goss earrings? Aside from the usual bills and expense, it would probably be French courses and travel.

 

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Spend more time reading, and less time scrolling through social media (same ‘ol story). Also, I wish I had had more confidence to speak French during my classes. Also, online courses.

 

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Overthinking.

 

16. What were your favourite TV programmes?

Fauda, Atypical, New Amsterdam, This is Us

 

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No

 

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Hits from Peppa Pig. Seriously though, nothing I can think of.

 

What did you do on your birthday?

I had my nails done at my favourite nail salon, then went to Lexi’s, my favourite vegetarian restaurant, to eat brunch and do some work. I went to a cricket match that never happened owing to “lightning”, which never happened. I went for dinner at La Cucina di Ciro in the evening.

 

What kept you sane?

Running

 

Who did you miss?

My mom, as always. I constantly miss who she was.

 

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019:

It’s okay’ish to say no and draw boundaries when it comes to your time. It doesn’t mean you’re weak or incompetent.

On a less serious note, after lots of hair highlights and bleaching, hair generally turns to shit.

 

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2 Comments

  • Bronwynne

    Great, positive recap which appears it was actually a good year. And yes, the final comment about hair. I learnt that big time this year!

    December 24, 2019 at 10:22 am Reply
  • Lauren

    Onwards and upwards. Sorry about mom. With mine alive in body but not mind I feel like I have lost her anyway. Have a great time in Netherlands.

    December 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm Reply
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