1:What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
I took my productivity seriously – I treated my schoolwork like a job so that I’d spend less time procrastinating and could spend more time doing what I wanted.
2:Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Kept a few of them, but dropped the ball on others. Mainly, I wish I spend less time watching TV shows and more time on my writing (for this blog or for my novel). I will make more realistic resolutions for 2015, but more on that in another post.
3:Did anyone close to you give birth?
4:Did anyone close to you die?
5:What countries did you visit?
Only the US, which isn’t special because I go several times a year. Summers are when I usually travel. This summer, I worked at a summer camp and my relatives from HK came over.
6:What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
More self-confidence, better body image, positivity in general, a stronger work ethic, and higher grades.
7:What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The LIGHTS concert I attended with my good friend Teresa, on October 2nd, 2014. It was the second concert I ever attended, it was in my university town as opposed to Toronto, the first time I saw her live, LIGHTS looked me in the eye at one point (I swear!!) and the atmosphere with all the flashing lights and screaming fans was amazing.
8:What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I suppose it would be getting into university and doing well in my first semester. School has always been the thing I am pretty good at, and even though I struggled a lot with calculus in high school, I did pretty well in university. I did my happy dance when I finally saw my final grade in calculus two weeks ago.
9:What was your biggest failure?
Oh…this question hurts. Not getting into my number one program for university. Looking back though, I still believe I could have done well in that program but I am, admittedly, thriving and learning so much in the program I am in. Ultimately though, I know that it doesn’t matter as much as I thought it did back in May. In the past four months, I have networked with huge companies, made lots of new friends, joined interesting clubs/organizations and learned a lot in the classroom. I don’t regret going to my university.
10:Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing more than the regular. I did hate the persistent cough that spread around campus in September though. That was quite painful.
11:What was the best thing you bought?
Nothing really comes to mind. I am upgrading my computer in a few days, from a Macbook Pro to a PC and I’m pretty excited about that.
12:Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Not quite sure what this question means, but I really loved Taylor Swift more than usual this year. Her album 1989 was awesome. Her attitude towards sexism in the music industry (shutting it down when asked ridiculous interview questions) and her many declarations about feminism made me really proud to be a fan.
13:Whose behaviour made you appalled?
I continue to be appalled by a certain male Canadian singer.
14:Where did most of your money go?
University tuition, room and board, food, etc.
15:What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Owl City’s Ultraviolet EP. Listen to it. Get excited about the new album coming out in 2015.
16:What song will always remind you of 2014?
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift. I started to adopt this attitude this year. It’s making me a happier person.
17:Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
a) happier. I like the direction my life went this year. b) either the same or fatter. Dining hall, y’know? c) poorer. University isn’t cheap.
18:What do you wish you’d done more of?
Artsy stuff in general. I miss being creative in terms of photography, writing, drawing, etc. This year, I focused a lot on career development type things and school work, and there wasn’t a good balance.
19:What do you wish you’d done less of?
Watch TV shows when I should be doing school work. It’s one of my new year resolutions to fix this though, and I’m sure I can turn myself around.
20:How did you spend Christmas?
Nothing special happened.
21:Did you fall in love in 2014?
22:What was your favourite TV program?
ORPHAN BLACK. Watch it. Trust me.
23:Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate’s a strong word. I don’t think I really hate anyone.
24:What was the best book you read?
This is such a difficult question! I have to divide this into two categories. Best fiction book I read was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Best non-fiction book I read was The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Both are highly recommended.
25:What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hozier, in my opinion, is a musical genius. I put his debut album on repeat on Spotify a few weeks ago.
26:What did you want and get?
My parents have been very generous with allowing me to make financial decisions. I’m getting a new computer in a few days. I’m very grateful to them.
27:What did you want and not get?
My first choice university program.
28:What was your favourite film of this year?
Gone Girl blew my mind. I read the book last year, so some parts were hazy in my mind. I loved the changes from book to film. That scene (and you know which one if you’ve seen it) is still crystal clear in my mind…
29:What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
My friendships with my three best friends strengthened this year. Their support means so much to me.
30:How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
I stopped being that person who pretended not to care about fashion trends. I enjoyed wearing blocks of colour, sweatshirts, and blue. I want to keep the sweatshirts and blocks of colour but I want to move to a more classy wardrobe in 2015. No more sweatpants in class unless I purposely planned it. I want to wear more collared shirts under sweaters and fashion of that sort. Also, grays, blacks and metallics.
31:What kept you sane?
My family’s support, Skyping with them and my friends, and music.
32:Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I think this has been the same since grade 6 or 7…but it continues to be Adam Young (Owl City).
33:What political issue stirred you the most?
Racism and police brutality in the US. Michael Brown and Eric Gardner’s cases, just to name a few. There continue to be so many cases and I get really upset by it. I’m trying to do what I can, which is mainly staying informed and informing my friends and family who don’t know about this.
34:Who did you miss?
I miss my high school friends. I realize it took four years to build those friendships up to where they are, so my university friendships aren’t as comfortable yet.
35:Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS. YOUR JOURNEY IS DIFFERENT.
36:Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
From This Isn’t The End – Owl City:
“How close is the ending, well, nobody knows / The future’s a mystery and anything goes / Love is confusing and life is hard / You fight to survive ’cause you made it this far”
Wow that was a long post! Thanks for reading. If you managed to read everything, you’re a trooper. I hope you had a good 2014 and I’ll see you here on this blog in 2015. Please leave a comment if you want me to elaborate on anything, or for whatever reason!