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101 things about 2017


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

  1. How to make filter coffee
  2. To embrace my curls. Yes, the curls that first made their appearance aged 13. It’s only taken 23 years.
  3. 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.
  4. That it’s OK that I don’t want to earn millions and be a high flyer.
  5. That working for myself does really suit me. I like the challenge and the variety.
  6. That my friends value my ‘brutal honesty’ (discovered this through feedback I requested for career coaching earlier in the year)
  7. How to needle felt.
  8. That it’s OK to get counselling when something bad has happened
  9. 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.
  10. Canva!
  11. That Instagram isn’t as much of a mystery to me as I thought
  12. How to programme the heating properly (needed the equivalent of a degree).

Three Things I Could Have Done Without

  1. Health problems
  2. Car breaking down
  3. Water through the roof

Four Good Things That Happened

  1. Three new babies to three excellent friends. Hello there (in order of appearance) Lily, Arthur and Anushka.
  2. #metoo
  3. My lovely cousin got married.
  4. 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)

  1. My necklace from Concretely
  2. My new bobble hat
  3. My Lego advent calendar
  4. This mug picture of mug
  5. Flowers when I was in hospital
  6. A box of Jaffa Cakes when I was in hospital. From a friend who is a doctor. Best medicine, right there.
  7. Book vouchers. A luxury.
  8. Hugs

Four Things That Stole Too Much Time

  1. Phone games (Forge of Empires anyone?)
  2. Worrying
  3. Ill health
  4. That jigsaw I started over a year ago.

And Four Things I Wish I’d Spent That Time On

  1. Catching up with friends
  2. Writing
  3. Mindfulness
  4. Finishing that jigsaw I started over a year ago.

Seven Happy Moments

  1. Seeing in New Year 2017 with old friends I’d not seen in toooooo too long
  2. Seeing out 2017 watching Harry Potter with my niece and nephew (and winning an argument about the time turner in The Prisoner of Azkhaban)
  3. Walking on the beach in Devon
  4. Sitting at an outdoor cafe in a square in Copenhagen, listening to a jazz trio
  5. Cooked breakfast with oodles of family before a long walk on Skye.
  6. Seeing my uncle for the first time in five years. Too long.
  7. Sitting in the park, in the sun, with my book.

Nine TV Highlights

  1. Home & Away (you don’t have to say it, I know)
  2. Hunted Celebrity Special (it was for charity!)
  3. Doctor Who
  4. Our Girl
  5. The Sweet Makers
  6. Strike
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale
  8. Humans (I know it was on TV in 2016 but I didn’t see it til 2017)
  9. The Miniaturist
  10. Game of Thrones (binge-watched, having finally finished the books that have been published so far)

Ten Books I Enjoyed

  1. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  2. My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologises by Fredrik Backman
  3. The Lewis Man by Peter May
  4. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  5. Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson
  6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  7. Conclave by Robert Harris
  8. Spectacles by Sue Perkins
  9. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  10. Christmas at The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Ten Good Things That Happened With The Business

  1. Significantly grew my online followers organically, using content and engagement. Loved every minute and I learn so much from them.
  2. Won a copywriter challenge in a copywriter’s Facebook group, just at the moment when I needed a boost
  3. 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.
  4. Was approached about a really exciting project – fingers, toes and all else crossed it comes off!
  5. Worked for some really genuinely lovely clients
  6. Including a couple of excellent local causes who I was hugely proud to help
  7. Designed and got my hands on my new business cards and I love them
  8. Got new storage so I’m more organised. Honest.
  9. Got new planners to help me focus for the year ahead.
  10. 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).

  1. Eleanor
  2. DBM Motion Graphics
  3. That. Content. Shed.
  4. Rachel
  5. Cooking & Carafes
  6. Jemima
  7. Sian
  8. Kate

Two Things Coming Soon To The Business

This is where the numbering starts to go off on its own little rollercoaster ride. Enjoy.

  1. LinkedIn. Must get better at LinkedIn.
  2. Specific support for startups.

Seven Awesome Experiences

  1. Gloria at Hampstead Theatre. Absolutely amazing. Powerful stuff.
  2. Seeing Swan Lake
  3. Mamma Mia open-air cinema with friends
  4. A trip to Loch Coruisk with Misty Isle Boat Tours
  5. Making the most of the outdoor pool down the road through the summer
  6. The RSC Tempest – amazing technology in action
  7. Eating cinnamon buns in Denmark.
  8. 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.
  9. Highland games in Portree (first highland games since I was a child – brought back memories!)

Six Favourite Places Where I Spent Time

  1. Loch Coruisk on Skye
  2. Hound Tor in Devon
  3. Copenhagen seafront. Beautifully grey.
  4. Edinburgh Salisbury Crags at sunset
  5. Harts Books in Saffron Walden
  6. (and Hill Street Chocolatier in Saffron Walden too, now I think of it)
  7. Loch Lomond
  8. Largs seafront (spotting a Scottish theme yet?)
  9. My bed (there’s nowhere quite like your own bed).

And Last But Not Least, One Particularly Unexpected Moment

  1. One throwaway retweet getting a ‘slightly unexpected’ number of likes.

So that’s mine for 2017. How about yours?

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