underneath it all.

2012.

  • 1: What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
  • I hiked the Salkantay Trail.
  • 2: 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.
  • 3: Did anyone close to you give birth?
  • No babies yet.
  • 4: Did anyone close to you die?
  • No, and I'm grateful.
  • 5: What countries did you visit?
  • Peru
  • 6: What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
  • A raise.
  • 7: 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.
  • 8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?
  • Finishing graduate school.
  • 9: What was your biggest failure?
  • My lack of discipline.
  • 10: Did you suffer illness or injury?
  • No, thankfully.
  • 11: What was the best thing you bought?
  • Our cast iron skillet.
  • 12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?
  • My brother, he is making that important transition into a fully autonomous adulthood.
  • 13: Whose behaviour made you appalled?
  • Ariel's when she broke up with all the Turkey's.
  • 14: 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.
  • 15: 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.
  • 16: What song will always remind you of 2012?
  • Anything with Levon Helm
  • 17: 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.
  • 18: What do you wish you’d done more of?
  • Read more, studied Spanish more, worked out more.
  • 19: What do you wish you’d done less of?
  • Overanalyzing.
  • 20: 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.
  • 21: Did you fall in love in 2012?
  • Yes, again with Jared.
  • 22: What was your favourite TV program?
  • Downton Abby and Game of Thrones.
  • 23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
  • No.
  • 24: What was the best book you read?
  • The Game of Thrones series.
  • 25: What was your greatest musical discovery?
  • Of Monsters and Men
  • 26: What did you want and get?
  • A new bike.
  • 27: What did you want and not get?
  • The salary I wanted.
  • 28: What was your favourite film of this year?
  • Moonrise Kingdom.
  • 29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
  • Jared and I fully moving in together.
  • 30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
  • Cozy and Quirky?
  • 31: What kept you sane?
  • Norma & Chloe
  • 32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
  • -
  • 33: 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.
  • 34: Who did you miss?
  • My brother.
  • 35: 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.
  • 36: List a quote for 2012.
  • Let go or be dragged.

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.

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I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.
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Virgina Woolf
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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.
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Ernest Hemingway 

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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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