2017 was a weird year. I heard a couple of people call it a “filler year”, and that may be the best way to describe my feelings towards the last 365 days. Nothing of life-changing importance happened – no huge life milestone, no catastrophic incident, no world-altering epiphany. But as I look back on my year, as I’m doing here with this collection of lists, it was still a year of growth, of change, and, most of all, of importance. Because we’re here, we lived it, and that’s good enough for me.
So welcome to my 2017 year in review.
- Every minute spent with my furbaby, Millicent.
- Getting a new job at my favourite local bookshop, where I get to work with amazing, wonderful people (including my mum!), be around books every day, challenge myself in more ways than I could’ve imagined, and make people happy!
- Being bought a holiday to Fiji for Christmas! Mum, Dad and Louis all chipped in to send Chris and I off to the Fijian Islands – the holiday we’ve been dreaming about for what feels like forever. We are honestly beside ourselves.
- Seeing Sigur Ros in concert in Melbourne with Dad. Everything about the show was mind-blowing, mesmerising and utterly incredible. They were everything I could’ve hoped for, and more.
- Creating our own garden (there’s nothing quite like seeing everything you planted over autumn and winter suddenly flourish at the first sign of spring).
- Spending a chilly weekend in Hobart with Chris and my best friend Hannah for the Huon Valley Midwinter Festival, where we sang traditional pagan songs and drank a lot of cider.
- Our country finally stepping up and legalising same-sex marriage. Marriage equality is an issue very close to my heart and while it took far too long to happen, it makes me so very happy to see it finally come to fruition.
- Becoming One of Those Plant-Loving Millennials, and slowly but surely running out of room to put houseplants.
- Leaving my job at the coffee shop – while I love my new job, it was still sad to leave all of my gorgeous customers whom I had come to see on a near-daily basis.
- Stopping blogging – I’m realising I need a creative outlet, and Ramblings of a Fake Redhead is it. I really missed writing this funny little blog, you guys. I’m going to try again.
- Realising that when it comes to owning a house, when it rains, it pours: everything breaking and/or needing replacing, and people we hire simply not showing up – we began to think we’re cursed.
- Being so far away from Hannah for another year. I miss her.
- Millie getting attacked – twice – by a nasty neighbourhood cat, resulting in two anxious trips to the vet. I love animals, but I wouldn’t mind kicking that one.
- Donald Trump.
Things I’m Grateful For
- Fresh cut flowers
- Nighttime thunderstorms
- Unexpected opportunities
- Afternoon adventures
Books I Loved
- First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
- Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh
- The Stand by Stephen King
- Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
- Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
- 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver
Songs I Couldn’t Stop Listening To
- Feel it Still by Portugal. The Man
- Runnin’ Outta Luck by Alex Cameron
- HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar
- Havana by Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug
- Bon Appétit by Katy Perry
- New Rules by Dua Lipa
- Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
- Young Dumb & Broke by Khalid
TV Shows I Binged
- Black Mirror Season 4
- The L Word
- Big Mouth
- Search Party
My New Years Resolution
To live my best life, regardless of self-doubt and what-ifs. To be happy and healthy, and to Just Say No to the on-sale chocolate at the supermarket. To be organised and productive, especially with this blog, goddamn!
Here’s to a new year. May your dreams come true and your eyeliner wing perfectly every damn time.
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