I’m feeling singularly uninspired, but would kind of like to recap 2013 – so I have jumped on the meme train.
Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’ve never really been a New Years’ resolutions kind of person. But I was trying to lose weight, and I kept that up.
What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I cut out drinking soda. With the exception of a few dance weekends and similar, I’ve stuck to it. My consumption used to be up to 1.5l a DAY and now I may occasionally drink 355ml on a weekend, once. I’m quite proud of that.
It’s a chequered achievement, but with my dance partner, created a choreography completely alone and took it to Nationals. I started teaching zouk properly – the free nights at the bar and as a sort of assistant for S&T. Taught the flashmob choreography.
What was your biggest failure?
I lost track of the home/dance/work balance. It swung too far dancewards, and this year I need to get it back into some sort of equilibrium so everyone’s happy.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, mostly dance related. Feet injuries, shoulder/back/neck strain, more feet issues. Entirely self-inflicted and on the whole I don’t mind. I don’t remember the last time my feet weren’t damaged in some way. My big toenails are a complete mess (thanks, Brisbane), I have blisters, a heel crack, bone bruising. The price I pay for being a dancer.
I got a pretty major lung infection just before Congress, and spent the whole event hopped up on medication. I managed to love it anyway.
I’m also back on dried frog pills. I’m not particularly happy about it, but I’m not too stubborn to admit that antidepressants have helped me before, they’ll help me this time, and if I need the help it’s stupid to refuse it.
What was the best thing you bought?
Probably dance shoes. Or some of the new clothes I now fit.
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My husband. For all that we’ve had ups and downs this year, he’s worked SO DAMN HARD on the various health issues he’s had/having and he’s made so much progress. There are no words for how proud I am of him.
Where did most of your money go?
My spending money mostly went on dance stuff. Shoes, classes, trips. Household money went on household expenses and trying to shift debt.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The trip to Wellington for Congress. The trip to Brisbane for Brazil Central. The trip to Wellington for work, the technical/root cause analysis workshops.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? About the same.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner, to the tune of 22kg down.
iii. richer or poorer? About the same.
How did you spend Christmas?
At home with a collection of waifs and strays. I cooked FAR too much food, it was amazing. Excellent company, exactly how I wanted to spend Christmas.
How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
At a friend’s home, with champagne, watching fireworks.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 30 this year. I had a “anyone, show up” party at home, which I think was the first time I really tried to combine my dance & non-dance friends, it worked really well and I had an excellent night. It was casual but cheerful and fun.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Practical and probably unfashionable. I live in leggings far too often, never at work but definitely at home / the studio.
What kept you sane?
Dancing. No question. It’s my therapy and, yes, probably my obsession too, but it keeps me sane and happy and healthy.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
It’s not a new lesson, but one I always need to remind myself. It’s in our wedding vows, in fact – “I will remember that love means saying ‘I feel differently’ instead of ‘you’re wrong’.” It’s really, really hard for a stubborn person like me to shut up and listen, but it’s important to do. Not just in context of our marriage, but at work, with friends… anywhere that differences arise.