Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013 Quiz!

2012's end of year quiz can be found here!

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
I went to blog events alone for the first time and even stayed over night for Plus North without my hairy husband! I also modelled for the first time and I travelled abroad without my mum or husband. 

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I resolved to make more of an effort to look after my skin which I did. I still occasionally go to bed without cleansing but I'm generally making more of an effort. I'm sure I made others but I can't remember them! I have lots of things I want to do this year rather than resolutions but I might save them for a separate post. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not anyone super close but a few lovely bloggy ladies did! 

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness.

5. What countries did you visit?
Only one, Belgium! 

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
More energy, some savings and a tidier house.  

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
6-8th September for Plus North where I spent time with some of the most wonderful women and friends I've ever met. I also modelled two dresses on the catwalk for Simply Be and Scarlett & Jo which is something I never imagined I would do! 

15-17th November when my two bestest friends took me to Brussels to see The National and drink all the wines. It was magical and I want to relive it forever. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I have a few! Finishing college was a big one for me, despite my mental health being really bad this year and getting zero support from the college I qualified with merits and distinctions. Going to Plus North for the weekend on my own was also a massive achievement for me as was modelling but that weekend proved to me that pushing myself to do something I really want to do can be incredible. Hiring my own space in a salon to do beauty has been brilliant. I'm only a month in so I can't say it's absolutely going to be brilliant forever but the fact that I put myself out there and I've done it is something I'm really proud of. And finally, being comfortable in my own skin and learning to love myself for who I am right now. 

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't want to say it's a failure but rather a lesson learned. I allowed myself to be used a lot in certain friendships and taking a step back this year has proved to me that the people who are true friends want what is best for you and will encourage to do what makes you happy, not what is best for them to the detriment of your happiness and health. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My mental health continued to be dire this year but I survived. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Plus North ticket. And my lovely little camera. 

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My two best friends, Sinead and Victoria have kept me going when I was ready to give up and I honestly do not know how I would have gotten through the really difficult parts of this year without them. They make me choke laughing when I feel like I will never smile again and there isn't anything I can't share with them. Also, Danie. She has become a massive part of my life and even though we've only met a handful of times, I feel closer to her than I do to people I see every week. She is the Wu to my Tang. 

13. Where did most of your money go?
All the shitty building work on our house that still isn't over yet!

14. What songs will always remind you of 2013?
Icona Pop - I Don't Care  

The National - Mr November
Beyoncé - ***Flawless

15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Saving money!

16. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying and letting my anxiety brain run away with me. 

17. How did you spend Christmas?
I hosted Christmas at our house for my mum and stepdad and my brother and sister-in-law. It was busy and tiring but I loved every minute of it. We spent Boxing Day at my in-laws which was equally as lovely and I feel very lucky to have such wonderful family. 

18. Did you fall in love in 2013?
I was already in love with my silly, hairy husband. 

19. What was your favourite TV program?


20. What was the best book you read?
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Just bloody wonderful. 

21. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The National. I can't believe I ignored them for so long!

22. What did you want and get?
The ability to do more on my own and let the desire for wanting to do things override the fear of the unknown. 

23. What did you want and not get?
A finished house without leaky ceilings and messed up fire places. 

24. What was your favourite film of this year?
I have a few, Despicable Me 2, The Great Gatsby, This Is The End and Prisoners.

25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had dinner with my family at a Marco Pierre White restaurant in Lavenham in Suffolk. And this year was the year I stop telling people how old I am haha!

26. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Better mental health.

27. What kept you sane?
My family, friends, kitties and knitting.

28. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Probably Jack Whitehall. That facial hair is really growing on me. Also, Tom Hardy Tom Hardy Tom Hardy Tom Hardy.

29. Who did you miss?
My Amsterdam dwelling Victoria, always. 

30. What does 2014 hold for you?

The opportunity to continue building a life for myself that I am in control of that makes me happy. And hopefully many, many wonderful experiences with the people I love. 


  1. Ooh I like reading things like this. You've achieved a lot this year lady : )

  2. Congrats on pushing your boundaries. I know how hard that is with MH. P.S. I'm totally with you with the Tom Hardy thing. x x


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