The one thing no-one could accuse 2016 of is being boring. There were global political rumbles, actual seismic rumbles and a Grim Reaper busier than Trump's propaganda team.
On a personal level, it was a real snakes and ladders year - one step forward, one slide back. Thankfully nothing too major, just a bunch of annoyances strung together like baubles on a necklace that made me roll my eyes more than I probably ever have.
BUT, everything comes to an end and, thank Christ, 2016 is almost done. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
Here's my once-over-lightly post-mortem of 2016:
Things I loved:
- Media trips to Italy, Vietnam, Canada, the US, Australia and Dubai
- A new rental property
- A milestone birthday (and the freedom it gave me to decide the life I want and go about creating it, as well as not giving any f*cks anymore about what anyone thinks. Getting older is way cooler than it's given credit for).
- Finally chucking in govt contracting (it only took 10 years!!)
- A fabulous part-time PR/copywriting gig (NOT govt!)
- Lots of interesting commissions to write the shizzle out of
- A couple of new magazines to write for
- Monday night SPCA puppy waking volunteering - the highlight of my week
- The Welly Childfree Chicks group - so nice to have like-minded women to talk to. I only wish I had made it to more events but I will definitely be a starter in 2017.
- Red wine
- Running; it may be a bit optimistic to put this in the 'love' category but it keeps me sane and helps with the lard-arse management
- New friends, old friends and my two favourite boys.
Things I didn't love so much:
- The world's shocking slide into the toilet (Brexit and Trump, I'm looking at you)
- Earthquakes - enough already
- A contract that made me want to chop my head off
- Work that didn't make my soul sing
- Bitchy, arsey editors who treat freelancers like something stuck to the bottom of their shoe (I'm convinced there is a special place in hell for these women)
- The dickhead bogan who moved a house onto the section next to us at the beach, prompting us to sell our beach-house (actually, it worked out okay in the end because we made some dosh and it's actually quite a relief to have one less house to worry about, so maybe this should be in the above category).
Movies I laughed and cried at:
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople
- Nocturnal Animals
- The Light Between Oceans
- Captain Fantastic
- The Girl on the Train
- Sing Street
- The BFG
- A Bigger Splash
Books I adored (of the 25 review books I read this year):
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
- The Ballroom by Anna Hope
- The Long Room by Francesca Kay
- Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
- The Mother by Yvette Edwards
- Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard
- The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
- Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg.
Unmissable tee-vee (to be fair, the list of films above is so light because telly really is the new cinema, in our house, anyway):
- The Affair
- Stranger Things
- American Crime
- The Crown
- America Divided
- Orange is the New Black
- United Shades of America.
The soundtrack to my year:
- Prince/Bowie/Cohen and now George Michael - all gone too soon
- The jazz and classical music stations on Pandora, the only music I can work to.
Happy New Year, y'all. Hope 2017 is everything you want it to be.
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