What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
I hiked the Salkantay Trail.
Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Never made them for 2012. For 2013 - I want to live more purposefully. And use my Rosetta Stone at least twice a week.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
No babies yet.
Did anyone close to you die?
No, and I'm grateful.
What countries did you visit?
What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Jared and I graduating. Getting my first big girl job. Traveling to Peru. My twin sister getting engaged.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finishing graduate school.
What was your biggest failure?
My lack of discipline.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
What was the best thing you bought?
Our cast iron skillet.
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My brother, he is making that important transition into a fully autonomous adulthood.
Whose behaviour made you appalled?
Ariel's when she broke up with all the Turkey's.
Where did most of your money go?
Outside of rent, utilities and things of that nature...grocery shopping probably. I didn't make any big purchases.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Gabriella getting engaged. Finding out months before and then finally watching it all unfold was really special.
What song will always remind you of 2012?
Anything with Levon Helm
Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
About the same on the first two, monetarily poorer on the third.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Read more, studied Spanish more, worked out more.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
How did you spend Christmas?
It was my first Christmas eve not spent with my family & my first with Jared. It was also me and my families first Christmas in Richmond.
Did you fall in love in 2012?
Yes, again with Jared.
What was your favourite TV program?
Downton Abby and Game of Thrones.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
What was the best book you read?
The Game of Thrones series.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Of Monsters and Men
What did you want and get?
A new bike.
What did you want and not get?
The salary I wanted.
What was your favourite film of this year?
What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Jared and I fully moving in together.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Cozy and Quirky?
What kept you sane?
Norma & Chloe
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
What political issue stirred you the most?
More than an issue, it was our current polarity within our political system. I really realized how contrived the whole system is, and made the choice to no longer cast votes for the better of two evils.
Who did you miss?
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Disagreements don't need to be symptomatic of larger problems. They are not necessarily characteristic of something larger.
List a quote for 2012.
Let go or be dragged.
opcion, via handcraftedinvirginia)
I go through phases. Somedays I feel like the person I’m supposed to be, and then somedays, I turn into no one at all. There is both me and my silhouette. I hope that on the days you find me and all I am are darkened lines, you still are willing to be near me.
outcamethesun, via handcraftedinvirginia)
I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.
sasset, via thatkindofwoman)
Teddy Roosevelt’s diary entry from the day his wife died. He never spoke of her death again.
threeoverten, via handcraftedinvirginia)
— Pablo Neruda
The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.
larmoyante, via lissyelle)
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Going back to a simpler life based on living by sufficiency rather than excess is not a step backward. Rather, returning to a simpler way allows us to regain our dignity, puts us in touch with the land, and makes us value human contact again.
Yvon Chouinard (via soul-surfer)
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Pablo Neruda, “Rain (Rapa Nui)”
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