Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in review

 2012 will go down in history as a year in which I took on a bit too much. When I look back at the past year, even the past six months, I just go, "How did this all happen?"

I travelled a lot, mostly for work, which gave me the opportunity to visit friends and family in other parts of the country, which I am very thankful for. We also took some fun trips, Jarrad and I, and headed to Vietnam last month, which was a fantastic way to end the year together.

I was blessed with wonderful friendships and a lot of my friends were very blessed this year in getting engaged (we're talking 5 couples here). They also experienced difficult times or took on new challenges, which was some hard to watch, but I am proud of them for their tenacity. We also lost our friend, Paulie, which really began 2012 as a year of change through fire. We struggled but we made it. We miss you, Paulie.

At work, I faced a lot of professional/personal challenges and stuggled to develop my serious career self authentically. The stresses of an unpredictable (and, at times, downright unpleasant) work environment were taxing, but I am proud of myself for how I grew through it. The changes I see when I look back are noticable, so well done, self.

A huge project for last year was developing Mickey Lamar's Video Stars, an interactive musical comedy show which Laura, Josh and I co-produced, wrote and choreographed for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. That was not as easy a task as it sounded but, although it was difficult, it also had it's extremely fun moments and allowed us to spend a week in Melbourne (doing late night karaoke and locking out our jaws from singing too hard... huh? only I did that? oh well.) We are bringing it back for Perth's Fringeworld Festival. I am really proud of us that we achieved our goal.

While I worked and travelled and rehearsed, I finished the last half of my Graduate Diploma of Communications (part-time). This certainly contributed to some late nights and tears but in the end, I just wanted it done and over with. It is now complete and I passed! This was a good lesson in finishing what you started ;)

Towards the end of the year, with other projects wrapping up, I was able to take on some new fun things and start dancing semi-regularly to some local bands. This involves sequins, shakin' it, and spending time with friends, old and new.

In 2012, I made some resolutions and was pleased to see that I achieved several! Here's the wrap up:
1. learn to fishtail braid
2. practice yoga or pilates
3. learn to tap dance
4. make a multilayer cake with that pretty swirly icing
5. cycle
6. listen to my heart (for happiness) - who knows!
7. travel (make plans to live elsewhere)
8. put away my 2/3 house deposit
9. go camping
10. take a trip with friends (or family, that would do fine!)
11. be braver
12. cultivate a conscious wardrobe
13. grow a herb garden - we talked about this but our home is too shaded/windy
14. give regularly and intentionally
15. exercise regularly for mind and body (at least 4 times a week) (sometimes...)
16. host six dinner parties
17. spend more time outside (away from screens)
18. produce some creative work (write, draw, paint, sing, dance)

In 2013, I would be happy to keep going as I have. Here's some resolutions:
1. blog
2. get better at photo shop
3. learn or develop a new/old skill (French, singing, etc)
4. run a 5k
5. don't over commit too much
6. get out and try new things for fun

Keeping things simple, yes?
I am really blessed in this life to have a lot of great opportunities, a supportive and fun partner, a family that I am a real part of, and friends that are just straight up awesome people. I know 2013 will be challenging but I learned in 2012 that I can handle it, hopefully with a bit of grace.

I hope you all had a happy and safe New Years Eve, I spent the hot hot night dancing in the city centre in some glitter and sequins, so it doesn't get much better for me. Here's to 2013.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012, instagram review (part II)

The second half of 2012 was even more intense than the first half (which shouldn't have surprised me, but it did). More photos!

I took a 10 day work trip to Melbourne and Sydney,
got really sick and sweated out my fever in a hotel room (unpleasant), took advantage of my sister's free tickets to see a Bob Dylan Tribute show at The Palais,
saw doctors on the road, and caught up with my beloved Sydney crew.

When I got home, we kept up rehearsals for our Fringe show, Mum and I went to the Good Food & Wine Show,
Six Appeal took a little trip on the train up north to perform in sequins,
Ben imported a new girlfriend from Ireland (yay for Anita!) and Robbie ate all the things.

We played with puppies and visited new bars in our neighbourhood,
discovered Superstar Waffles and Tutti Frutti (the whole30 was well and truly over by this point, I guess),
we had breakfast with friends and Megan turned into a chocolate vampire.

We celebrated Fathers' Day at the Fish Pub!, yesssss,
I took another work trip with Michelle and Emily to Sydney for Lush Christmas Training!
Then I ate a tiny icecream toadstool...

Brad, Anna and I had a gelato party,
I went back to Canberra for another work conference, saw Hanson in concert and fell in love again,
Katelyn hosted a pizza party before she jet setted off overseas, and Cheryl turned 40 with a bang (i.e. a rock'n'roll party).

We took a little overnight trip down south with some friends, came home and started packing for Melbourne,
where we performed, drank vodka, hung out with friends, and discovered Phat Brats,
we celebrated Dia de los Muertos in style, and ate a lot of pumpkin choc chip cookies.

We also enjoyed time spent with Elly and our friends from Sydney, celebrated Kathryn's 23rd birthday, I danced in sequins with some friends, and then I ate all the Vege Chips (in. the. world.)

One night, I went from zombie to gogo glitterati in less than 45 minutes (n.b. fake skin is hard to get off in a rush),
we started preparing for our trip overseas, hens day celebrations we had for Annaliese,
I got really close to running my 5k goal, and we ended the month in Melbourne (again).

In November, I also finished all my assignments and exams for my Grad Dip. #winning

On the 1st of December, some of our bestest friends Trevor and Annaliese got married.
And everything was wonderful and nothing hurt. (And Elly caught the bouquet.)

We spent a week in Vietnam,
Jarrad was sad to go home but then it was Christmas,
and the annual Christmas Cook-off defeated us all.

2012, instagram review (part I)

Goodbye to 2012! Thankfully we have Instagram to help us reflect, so let's go!

We rang in the new year dressed as zombies and zombie killers (although I spent most of the night sitting drunk under a tree),
we picnicked on New Year's Day to farewell Brad & Tahlia as they moved to Sydney,
I donned full makeup in 40 degree weather to help out a friend, and the green team rocked the Summer Swing Smackdown.

In January, we also said a very sad farewell to our dear friend, Paulie, who passed away unexpectedly later in the month. We still miss him terribly and this was a difficult time for our community, of which he was a much loved and appreciated part.

We celebrated Laura's (not 21st) birthday, started hitting the local farmers' market,
I turned 25 (and got new glasses and leopard print shoes),
we performed & hung out at Perth's Fringe World festival, and I saw Death Cab for Cutie at the Perth Festival.
(We also celebrated Valentine's Day, missed our friends who had moved east, and I performed as a Ninja in my friend's burlesque show.)

I hit the books back at uni, we tried cheeseburger sushi for the first time,
we enjoyed pizza & pint at the Scotto, saw Bon Iver in the hills,
had a bit of a wild party, and farewelled Anna, who moved to Sydney.
(I also saw Ryan Adams at the Perth Concert Hall... ooh, I love him.)

We had a quiet Easter with our families, hit up the Angove Street Festival (we got rained out),
Kathryn and Clint moved to Melbourne (boohoo), I went to Canberra for the first time on a work trip,
then I caught up with my sister in her new home city.

In May, there were hotdogs, we moustached up for our friends' Mexican fiesta,
Josh, Laura and I had a little photoshoot for our upcoming Fringe show,
Jarrad and I enjoyed the Perth Hills Rose Festival, and Trevor, Ben and a random guy shared fashion tips.

Jarrad and I took a relaxing trip to Broome where I read the whole Hunger Games Trilogy,
we started rehearsing our Fringe show,
Kathryn came for a visit, and my parents got a new puppy, Wolfie!