2017. A YEAR IN LISTS:
And yes. There are 101 things on the list. But the numbering went haywire in the blog editor. And while I could sort it out, life’s too short. If you were paying me to do yours, I would (of course).
Twelve Things I Learned
- How to make filter coffee
- To embrace my curls. Yes, the curls that first made their appearance aged 13. It’s only taken 23 years.
- How to dance Jack’s Maggot. It’s an old English dance. We didn’t do it as well as these people and I was in trainers and giggling a lot.
- That it’s OK that I don’t want to earn millions and be a high flyer.
- That working for myself does really suit me. I like the challenge and the variety.
- That my friends value my ‘brutal honesty’ (discovered this through feedback I requested for career coaching earlier in the year)
- How to needle felt.
- That it’s OK to get counselling when something bad has happened
- That Copenhagen airport mixes arriving and departing passengers in the same airport lounges so you shouldn’t just get in any queue you spot when you get off the plane.
- That Instagram isn’t as much of a mystery to me as I thought
- How to programme the heating properly (needed the equivalent of a degree).
Three Things I Could Have Done Without
- Health problems
- Car breaking down
- Water through the roof
Four Good Things That Happened
- Three new babies to three excellent friends. Hello there (in order of appearance) Lily, Arthur and Anushka.
- My lovely cousin got married.
- Royal engagement (I like happy news. They’re happy. And it reminds me of watching Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson when I was a little girl and wishing I could be a bridesmaid in peach too).
Eight Things I Was Given That Made Me Happy
(I’m allowed to be material sometimes)
- My necklace from Concretely
- My new bobble hat
- My Lego advent calendar
- This mug
- Flowers when I was in hospital
- A box of Jaffa Cakes when I was in hospital. From a friend who is a doctor. Best medicine, right there.
- Book vouchers. A luxury.
Four Things That Stole Too Much Time
- Phone games (Forge of Empires anyone?)
- Ill health
- That jigsaw I started over a year ago.
And Four Things I Wish I’d Spent That Time On
- Catching up with friends
- Finishing that jigsaw I started over a year ago.
Seven Happy Moments
- Seeing in New Year 2017 with old friends I’d not seen in toooooo too long
- Seeing out 2017 watching Harry Potter with my niece and nephew (and winning an argument about the time turner in The Prisoner of Azkhaban)
- Walking on the beach in Devon
- Sitting at an outdoor cafe in a square in Copenhagen, listening to a jazz trio
- Cooked breakfast with oodles of family before a long walk on Skye.
- Seeing my uncle for the first time in five years. Too long.
- Sitting in the park, in the sun, with my book.
Nine TV Highlights
- Home & Away (you don’t have to say it, I know)
- Hunted Celebrity Special (it was for charity!)
- Doctor Who
- Our Girl
- The Sweet Makers
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- Humans (I know it was on TV in 2016 but I didn’t see it til 2017)
- The Miniaturist
- Game of Thrones (binge-watched, having finally finished the books that have been published so far)
Ten Books I Enjoyed
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologises by Fredrik Backman
- The Lewis Man by Peter May
- Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- Conclave by Robert Harris
- Spectacles by Sue Perkins
- The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
- Christmas at The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Ten Good Things That Happened With The Business
- Significantly grew my online followers organically, using content and engagement. Loved every minute and I learn so much from them.
- Won a copywriter challenge in a copywriter’s Facebook group, just at the moment when I needed a boost
- Similarly, named top tweeter in a Twitter hour chat on a day I was struggling with flu and needed that pat on the back. These things somehow happen on the right days.
- Was approached about a really exciting project – fingers, toes and all else crossed it comes off!
- Worked for some really genuinely lovely clients
- Including a couple of excellent local causes who I was hugely proud to help
- Designed and got my hands on my new business cards and I love them
- Got new storage so I’m more organised. Honest.
- Got new planners to help me focus for the year ahead.
- Made some great new online business-people-friends on social media.
Speaking of Which, Eight Great New Online Business-People-Friends on Social Media
(I’d love to include you all, but there’s a limit to how many I can include in 101 Things).
Two Things Coming Soon To The Business
This is where the numbering starts to go off on its own little rollercoaster ride. Enjoy.
- LinkedIn. Must get better at LinkedIn.
- Specific support for startups.
Seven Awesome Experiences
- Gloria at Hampstead Theatre. Absolutely amazing. Powerful stuff.
- Seeing Swan Lake
- Mamma Mia open-air cinema with friends
- A trip to Loch Coruisk with Misty Isle Boat Tours
- Making the most of the outdoor pool down the road through the summer
- The RSC Tempest – amazing technology in action
- Eating cinnamon buns in Denmark.
- Putting up the Christmas tree. Nothing makes me feel more grown-up than rediscovering my decorations each year – the ones that I’ve amassed through my adult life. Weird that something so childish makes me feel grown-up but there you go.
- Highland games in Portree (first highland games since I was a child – brought back memories!)
Six Favourite Places Where I Spent Time
- Loch Coruisk on Skye
- Hound Tor in Devon
- Copenhagen seafront. Beautifully grey.
- Edinburgh Salisbury Crags at sunset
- Harts Books in Saffron Walden
- (and Hill Street Chocolatier in Saffron Walden too, now I think of it)
- Loch Lomond
- Largs seafront (spotting a Scottish theme yet?)
- My bed (there’s nowhere quite like your own bed).
And Last But Not Least, One Particularly Unexpected Moment
- One throwaway retweet getting a ‘slightly unexpected’ number of likes.