1: What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
- graduated from college
- rented an apartment with Dennis
- worked full time* (at one job, not between two part time jobs)
2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
- I wanted to take photography up as a hobby in 2014, but ended up too busy with work to ever get it to take off
- My general goal for 2015 is to continue doing what I've been doing - to advance my career and to continue being happy, with particular goals targeted toward the overarching ones
3: Did anyone close to you give birth?
- My good friend Naomi gave birth to her first daughter, Sarah, in October
4: Did anyone close to you die?
5: What countries did you visit?
- I didn't even leave California in 2014
6: What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
- A sense of direction professionally, and I am well on my way since I am starting school again
- more patience with the schedules that keep Dennis and I apart
7: What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
- August 19 - my first day at my job in higher education
8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?
- achieving complete financial independence
- moving out of my in-law's in law unit and into our own apartment
- helping and supporting Dennis in returning to university
9: What was your biggest failure?
- I feel like I was very successful in both my professional and personal life this year, although I do think I need to work on letting go of people who clearly do not belong in my life anymore
10: Did you suffer illness or injury?
11: What was the best thing you bought?
- Does my 'new' (since May) apartment count? I don't own it...otherwise, the jeans I bought on my 25th birthday
12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?
- All of my co-workers - I just love them
- Dennis - although I get very frustrated with not seeing him, I am so proud of how dedicated he is to his studies
13: Whose behaviour made you appalled?
- I let go of those people and they let go of me - I am not wasting time, energy, or my thoughts on them anymore - and I am much happier for it
14: Where did most of your money go?
- eating out
- vacations to Disneyland
15: What did you get really, really, really excited about?
- moving into our new apartment
- getting a new job
- getting my degree in the mail in March
16: What song will always remind you of 2014?
- "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" by The Talking Heads
17: Compared to this time last year, are you:
- (a) happier or sadder? happier
- (b) thinner or fatter? about the same
- (c) richer or poorer? a little richer
18: What do you wish you’d done more of?
- I wish I had spent more time reading for pleasure
19: What do you wish you’d done less of?
- bingeing episodes on Netflix and Hulu
20: How did you spend Christmas?
- with my family, in-laws, and extended family, as usual
21: Did you fall in love in 2014?
22: What was your favourite TV program?
- Jane the Virgin
- Once Upon a Time
23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
- "Always love; hate will get you everytime"
24: What was the best book you read?
- I re-read most of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton this year and immensely enjoyed revisiting some of the earlier books
- The Taken by Vicki Petersson
25: What was your greatest musical discovery?
- I haven't listened to a lot of new music, but I started singing some new songs at karaoke this year that have become favorites, in which case:
- "If It Hadn't Been for Love" by Adele
- "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins
- "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse (not a new one for me, but I have gotten so good at it!)
26: What did you want and get?
- a new job that had greatly reduced my stress
- an apartment that is close to both my parents and in laws, with parking
- annual passes to Disneyland
- a tablet (a gift from my mom!) for my upcoming schooling since my laptop is dying (I have no idea how to use it yet)
27: What did you want and not get?
- I worked for what I wanted and was lucky enough to find the right opportunities; I consider everything else 'in progress'
28: What was your favourite film of this year?
29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
- our new apartment
- Dennis getting back into school
- my job in higher ed
30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
- business casual (sweaters, black pants or leggings, long boots, cardigans)
31: What kept you sane?
- my job
- reading for pleasure during my morning commute
32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
- I didn't pay attention to anyone this year
33: What political issue stirred you the most?
- Women's reproductive rights, as usual
34: Who did you miss?
- No one right now; I am flush with friends and family at the moment
35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
- "Silence is an answer too."
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I got plenty of time
You got light in your eyes
And you're standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money, always for love
Cover up and say goodnight, say goodnight
Home, is where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home, she lifted up her wings
I guess that this must be the place
I can't tell one from the other
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I'll be, where I'll be