I found this list of Year in review questions on a new blog which I'm loving called Into-mind. The blogger, Anushka, lives in Berlin and offers practical advice on fashion and minimalism. I've been poring over her archives but her latest post is a prompt to reflect on the year 2014, which is rapidly coming to close.
Its a 50 questions long so I'm breaking it into two parts so you don't choke too hard on my navel-gazing.
1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about? Moving to Denver
2. If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be? Cleveland to Colorado.
3.What new things did you discover about yourself? I have more confidence in myself than ever before.
4.What single achievement are you most proud of? Receiving multiple job offers after ages of applying and hearing nothing.
5.What was the best news you received? You're Hired.
6.What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014? Austin.
7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year? My ability to just accept that stress happens. Bad things happen, and there's no sense in getting worked up over it.
8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on? Dara at Work, Raisa in Personal life.
9.Which new skills did you learn? Hmm, I am really having to think hard about this one. I think I went mountain biking for the first time, so I learned how to do that. Definitely not done learning, but I learned a few tricks.
10.What, or who, are you most thankful for? My amazing friends and family. They are the most supportive group of people. I owe all of my success in life to them.
11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else? Probably a slapstick comedy. I am forever falling down, bumping into things and otherwise injuring myself.
12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014? Don’t give mental space to ideas/people/problems that do not serve you.
13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome? Hmmm. Really don't know about this one. I feel like I'm still fighting with a lot of the same old problems. Although, last night I went to a Capoeira class, only the third one I've ever gone to. I still feel super self-conscious at these classes because I'm really uncoordinated and there's a lot of footwork to memorize, so I have not overcome that. But at the end of each class there's a Roda where you "play" your classmates and show what you know. At the last two classes I always just watched because I was too embarrassed to participate, last night I actually did it. Well I was basically pushed in (gently and politely) by the instructor but I still did it. And I think it means for next time I will be ok to participate without the push.
14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with? My work crew in Cleveland (Dara, Harvey, Roman) and outside of work Chris and Raisa.
15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise? Have I mentioned I got a new job?
16.How did your relationship to your family evolve? I'd say we grew closer. I was able to spend a good chunk of time with them the week leading up to my sisters wedding; its been so interesting to get to know my siblings as adults.
17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way? I did not read as much as I would have liked to this year. But I am Malala was thought provoking. I read the Goldfinch and HATED it. Hate can be profound, right?
18.What was your favourite compliment that you received this year? Twice this year I was mistaken for a lawyer. I take it as a compliment because I think in order to be a lawyer you have to be a pretty sharp tack. Or maybe I come across as an uppity bitch. Who knows.
19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life? Blogging, decorating my home
20.What cool things did you create this year? a blog…its cool, right?
21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)? I had a lot of fun this year, but I also had a lot of stress. So I’m gonna go with stressed.
22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year? Gave a speech at a wedding (gritted teeth emoji)
23.What was your favourite moment spent with your friends? So many options: my trip to Austin, my How I Met Your Mother Finale Party, Brittany’s wedding, My going Away party…I honestly can’t pick.
24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for? I applied for jobs like a mad man, which laid the foundation for where I am now in my career.
25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary? In total contradiction to #7: was really freaking out before the packers came to box all of my stuff. I thought everything had to be just so or they wouldn't pack it so I spent days organizing. Turned out it didn't matter, they would have packed it no matter what.