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Year-In-Review Meme

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✹ What made you feel the most alive this year?
Pinto Weekend Getaway, which I don't think I ever actually posted about, whoops. I flew to California in August and spent a weekend at a beach house with some other Pinto fans and oh man, that was just the best experience <3

✹ How did you surprise yourself in 2016?
I surprised myself by being much more resilient than I thought I could be.

✹ What did you do this year that you regret?
I regret not talking to my sibling more when I had the chance, and not paying as much attention as I should have. There are a lot of things I wish I remembered about him and our conversations.

✹ What made you cry the hardest this year?
My sibling passing. Kind of nothing that can top that lol

✹ Which friends have been there for you the most in 2016?
I think probably my friend Nora. She was good friends with my sibling too, so she's really been someone outside of my family I can talk to, and she's been so understanding and accomodating about my financial problems and stuff. I've known her for about 12 years now, but I think the past year or two is really when we've become closest and it's been nice :)

✹ What are you most grateful for as this year draws to a close?
All of my wonderful friends, those irl and online, those I've known for years or just met. I love you all <3

✹ Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Sadder, definitely, though I think I'm finally starting to get happier the past week or two. Things have changed a lot.

✹ What did you do to take care of yourself this year?
I've tried to take more personal alone time whenever I can. Mostly it's been laying in bed with my favorite candle burning or meditating, which I'm not very good at yet but I think is really helping me.

✹ Where was the best place you traveled to this year?
California! Even aside from it being an awesome weekend, it was really beautiful there. I'm still determined to move to NYC at some point, but I really wouldn't mind living in northern Cali either.

✹ What did you do for the first time in 2016?
Went to California lol

✹ What did you do for the last time in 2016?
Hmm idk. Hopefully felt sorry for myself for life not being the way I was wanting or hoping. I feel like I've spent too much time dwelling on that, and I don't want to do that anymore.

✹ Which days from 2016 will you never forget?
The really bad ones, like the day my sibling died and the day my dog died, but the really good ones too, like Pinto Weekend Getaway and Nora's wedding.

✹ What did you accomplish this year that you’re proud of?
I travelled by myself, I started a new fic exchange, and I got a new job. I also did quite a bit of writing that I'm proud of, even if I didn't meet any of my writing goals for the year.

✹ Who did you need to forgive this year?
I think I'm holding more grudges this year than forgiving, honestly. I guess I needed to forgive myself for not feeling like I did my job as a big sister, for feeling like I'd failed somehow.

✹ What were you most afraid of this year?
The ones I loved dying, which kind of... kept happening :/

✹ How did life surprise you this year?
See above.

✹ How was this year better than 2015?
I got to travel a lot. I really love travelling and I really really love flying, so being able to do that so much was really great.

✹ How was this year worse than 2015?
Basically in literally every other way.

✹ Who did you miss the most over the past year?
My sibling. I didn't realize how much I relied on him until he wasn't there all the time.

✹ What was the most valuable thing you spent money on this year?
Plane tickets I guess? I think I spent a lot more on experiences than material things this year. I can't really think of anything really valuable that I spent money on.

✹ What did you waste too much money on this year?
Splurging on myself. I may have followed the treat yo self mentality a bit too much at times lol

✹ How did you spend your birthday this year?
Had dinner with friends the week before, which was nice. Day of I watched a lot of tv I guess, and then had dinner with my parents. It was kind of meh, all in all, but I've never really had a great birthday.

✹ What was the best book you read in 2016?
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore! I absolutely loved it! It wasn't exactly what I was expecting from the title, but man, it was so good. I've been looking forward to having time to read the sequel and I just hope it's as good.

✹ What do you wish you’d spent more time doing this year?
Crafting, I guess. There were a lot of things I wanted to make and had planned on making, but somehow I could never quite get up the motivation to go work on stuff like I should have. And exercising, I'm a littl afraid to see how much weight I've gained this year...

✹ What do you wish you’d spent less time doing?
Stressing out.

✹ What made you the angriest in 2016?
The election and just everything related to it.

✹ When did you feel the most at peace this year?
Just chilling at Pinto Weekend Getaway. It was so nice to just sit in the living room with everyone else, browsing tumblr or reading fic, with the ocean just out the window.

✹ What is the biggest risk you took in 2016?
Well, flying out to California to meet up with ppl I'd never met before was probably pretty risky lol

✹ What made you laugh the hardest this year?
My friends. Game nights are always good for a laugh.

✹ What ended for you in 2016?
Trying to make myself fit into the ideal of who anyone else thinks I should be. It's honestly been a big stressor on me for a long time and I am determined to become more independent, to figure out what I want, and to do and be without worrying about everyone else.

✹ What began for you in 2016?
Several new friendships, mostly from Pinto Weekend Getaway. Those ladies were so great, and I really hope I can continue those friendships.

✹ What song will always remind you of this year?
Overall, It's the End of the World by R.E.M. More personally, It's Quiet Uptown from Hamilton.

✹ How did this year differ from the way you thought it would go?
Well, quite a few things tbh. But the election, definitely.

✹ How would you describe your personal style over the past year?
Leggings, v necks, and racerback tanks. I don't know how it happened, but that's honestly what I wear almost every day lol

✹ Who in your life did you look up to the most this year?
My friend Nora. She's got a stable job, got a promotion, started grad school, and got married. She really seems to know what she wants and how she wants her life to go. I wish I had half that much vision for my life right now.

✹ Which quote best sums up the past year for you?
"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." - Fred Rogers

✹ Did you fall in love this year?
I kind of rekindled my love for Chris Pine, but I think that's it lol

✹ Did your heart break this year?
Oh, definitely. There was just too much bad and too much death this year.

✹ What was your favorite TV show in 2016?
I watched a lot of tv this year, so it's hard to narrow it down. New shows, I really enjoyed Stranger Things, Lethal Weapon, and Pitch. Returning shows, I really enjoyed Code Black, NCIS: Los Angeles, and The Flash.

✹ Which (if any) new years resolutions did you keep this year?
I started meditating, read more than 25 books, and sort of kept up a meal plan.

✹ Which (if any) new years resolutions will you be making for next year?
Still working on my list, but I know it will include finishing things and meeting deadlines.

✹ What disappointed you the most in 2016?
Life in general was a disappointment this year tbh. It just... was not what I was hoping for, especially for my mid-twenties.

✹ Whom did you rely on the most in 2016?
All of my friends. I needed a lot of support this year, emotionally and financially, and I know I can always rely on them when I need to.

✹ Who might you owe an apology to at the end of this year?
The ppl who requested holiday cards with fics. I promise they are coming! They will just be very late... I'm sorry.

✹ How did you grow as a person over the past year?
I've been trying to be more aware of my own thoughts and wants. Generally I just kind of go with the flow and making decisions is really difficult for me, so I'm attempting to get more in touch with what I'm doing and why and what I want to be doing and why.

✹ What made you feel the most stuck this year?
Not feeling like I'm in control of my own life, especially with having financial problems. Not being able to afford to move out of my parents' house, and feeling like I need to to stay, has been really hard bc I never meant to stay so long after moving back in.

✹ What made you feel the most inspired this year?
Hearing everyone's personal stories about Carrie Fisher the past few days has been really inspiring. She was such a light for so many ppl and lived her life the way she wanted to without caring how ppl (esp the media) saw her, and I really want to do the same.

✹ If you could go back and give yourself a single piece of advice on the first day of 2016, what would it be?
You don't have to try so hard to be strong for other ppl. You don't need to be the pilar of support when you're the one who needs support. You are allowed to express your feelings.

✹ What’s the most important thing you learned this year?
Take advantage of the good things in your life while you can. Don't wait for the "right" moment, don't take things or ppl for granted, don't let life pass you by.

✹ What do you hope will be different for you by this time next year?
I hope to know what I want to be doing with my life and to be happy with where I am on that path. I hope to be financially stable and independent.
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Wow... that Pinto Wekend getaway sounds like so much fun :) Glad you enjoyed it =D

✹ What made you the angriest in 2016?
The election and just everything related to it.


Yes, I can totally relate to that. Not that the elections in Austria were much better or had a better outcome either but I think with Trump being the president this world is screwed...

That was an interesting meme :)
It really, really was! I'm excited to be going again this year :)

Trump being president is going to be so bad for everyone... I'm ashamed of my country for it tbh lol
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