Borrowed this from the lovely Leah... it is great to do just for some personal reflection!
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Start planning a wedding, create a joint account with someone, Christmas shopping for the in-laws as well as my own family, go to the trots (and see a friend's dad take out the evening!), celebrate Christmas with my french "sister" C, understood rugby, modelled in a photo shoot... I'm sure there's plenty more but that's what comes to mind!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did well with most of my goals -
I lost weight - not as much as I had wanted (about 12 kg this year)
I was more active
I am a far more organised, decluttered person
I moisturised more (I'm definitely a lot more vain than I used to be)
I read (to date) almost 90 books - won't make 100, but better than the 50 I thought was possible.
I got out of debt
I did NOT keep clothing purchases under $60, despite my best efforts!
I did make more and we have had many more home cooked meals this year than in previous years.
For next year I plan on making intentions rather than goals - the things I am aiming for are not necessarily as measurable as those I aimed for this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my bestie! Little J is just the cutest little guy and when I cuddle him it makes my ovaries explode - clucky much?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, a friend from high school died very unexpectedly on his flight back to NZ. It shook many of us who knew him to the core and made us all appreciate that we don't know how long we have on this earth.
5. What countries did you visit?
None, this year was a year of saving for us! We did manage to get in a couple of domestic holidays this year in Northland and in Tauranga as well as a long weekend in Wellington. We will be spending NYE in the Coromandel (1 night in Tairua and 1 night in Whitianga) and we are hoping to get up and visit SB's aunt in Kerikeri some time before the wedding. Then it will be save save save again before the honeymoon!
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Balance... 2011 had some epic highs and epic lows. There were times when I felt that I had very little to do and times when I was working 13-15 hour days. It may be foolish to think that this is possible in a year where we are getting married, but I hope that this year is more balanced than the last.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
22nd of February - SB's birthday and the Christchurch earthquake. I remember sitting at his parents' house, terrified that I had not heard back from some of our friends and thinking the worst. Luckily, everyone was okay!
14th of May - the day we got engaged!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting out of debt (aside from my bulky student loan) - it is a huge burden off my shoulders and makes me feel so much more positive about merging our finances.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not losing more weight - I always knew that PCOS would make the weight loss difficult at some point, and have stagnated around the same weight for three months. I'm now on medication to combat the insulin resistance so I'm hoping to see some positive changes in the new year. I have between 8-18 kgs to go (doctor designated healthy weight range) so would at least like to hit the 8 kg mark before the wedding!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not substantially - I did however do some physio to strengthen what has been a problem knee joint for me ever since I had an accident at 19. I learnt some very interesting things about my body and muscular structure so I think that this was a good thing!
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I really didn't buy a lot this year... hrmmm. I got a fabulous dress at Pagani that looks vastly more expensive than it was and has already had three outings in the three weeks I have had it!
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My students who attended night classes to improve their exam results, SB who did not complain when he barely saw me for weeks on end, my cousin who was called back into ICU (previously worked there but is a public health nurse now) on the night of the Christchurch earthquake and dealt with an unimaginable amount of horror and strain.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
All the dirty politicking around the election - it seemed like no party was immune and that just made me sad.
14. Where did most of your money go? Debt repayment - le sigh. But now I am out of overdraft and CC debt and plan to never go back there!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2011? Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
Happier, for the most part
b) Thinner or fatter?
Thinner, although nowhere near thin.
c) Richer or poorer?
Richer, both in knowledge/experience AND financially
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise! That's one of the reasons my bubble butt hasn't disappeared.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worry about things that I cannot control
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
It was pretty hectic - bacon sandwiches for breakfast and present opening at our house, Christmas lunch at Mama & Papa Scribs and then Christmas dinner at SB's parents... it's funny to see the cycle move round. Instead of our parents racing everywhere to please everyone, it's us!
21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
Fell deeper in love, as I hope to be doing each year for the rest of my life.
22. What was your favourite TV programme?
Home and Away - sad, I know! We also started watching Parks & Recreation which I really enjoy!
23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year? No, not really… although I'm finding I have vastly less time for people with negative attitudes and those who expect me to do all the work in the friendship.
24. What was the best book you read?
Women, Food & God by Geneen Roth - a really interesting look at the psychology behind emotional eating. Not as spiritual as the title sounds
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I'm not sure this counts but I was blown away by Nicole Scherzinger singing Christine's role in Phantom of the Opera on the Royal Variety Show... who knew she could actually sing?!
26. What did you want and get?
Engaged to my darling SB - cannot wait to be his wife!
27. What did you want and not get?
An extended contract at the school I was teaching at this year - loved the staff and loved the students. Still, I am grateful that I have been given a permanent position at a new school and will be able to make my home there!
28. What was your favourite film of this year?
X-men First Class - loved seeing how it all began. I also was really intrigued by the movie Moon (released in 2009) and will be using it as my film study with one of my classes next year.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Worked, and I turned 26. When you are a teacher, you don't get your birthday off work. SB's birthday is a week before mine so in the weekend between we had Thai with a group of dear friends.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Reaching my weight loss goal (are you sensing a pattern here?)
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
My French sister told me that I was elegant and I think that sums up what I have been aiming for this year. Modest, understated elegance.
32. What kept you sane?
SB, my blogger friends (including some particular ladies, you know who you are).
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't do wild celebrity crushes but I'll post the attraction that makes SB laugh the most - Patrick Stewart. I could listen to that man talk for hours!
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Nothing really - what irritated me most was when people tried to make things into political issues that weren't.
35. Who did you miss?
I think the people I miss the most are still there, I just miss the closeness that we used to have. It's part of life though, friendships rise and fall and not every single one is forever.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
My Welly girls - it was great finally meeting them face to face, including Leah who I managed to catch before she flew off to her new adventure!
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
That my personal values include honesty and integrity and that even when it seems counter-intuitive, those values still work for me.