Due to feeling rather tender on New Years Day, I’m somewhat late posting this abridged tale of what was a rather tumultuous, complex and simultaneously heartbreaking and awesome year.
I commenced 2012 feeling similarly tender, as is the custom of my people. The beginning of the year was convoluted and difficult – my five-year-long relationship came to an end which left me feeling both miserable, lost and ridiculously guilty. Not only was I missing the person I’d shared my life with for so long, I also had to leave my home and enter into a period of tumult and confusion. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a plan, but for this time I was utterly planless, aimless and a complete mess.
I have my friend H to thank for scraping me up off the ground, renting me her downstairs flat and generally nudging me back into some semblance of normalcy. In fact, a lot of my friends really came through and helped me out at this time – for that I am eternally grateful.
This year I really focused on my motivation and devoted myself to pursuing goals – anything to keep my mind busy and my emotions under control. I threw myself into Muay Thai and became incredibly fit (though, due to injury (also, laziness and ice-cream) I have lost a large portion of that hard-earned fitness and I’m really keen to get it back!) I saved furiously and began the backpiece tattoo I had been thinking about getting for years (thanks to my amazing tattoo artist, Brendan O’Connor at Seventh Circle Tattoo in Brisbane.) Yes, this is only the outline, and yes, that is my bum. No bum shame, after all – there is part of a dragon tattooed there.
I moved three times, finally settling in my little yellow house near the beach. I traveled (only to Brisbane, but I had never been there before), catching my first flight alone! I met the young gentleman, and we’ve spent our time together doing things, exploring, laughing and sailing the ocean blue.
I also started writing again, starting with this very blog. I have grown to love blogging, as well as thinking out my little short stories. I’m so glad I’ve fallen back into the writing void – I’m quite fond of floating about in here…
So, 2013? I can’t wait to see what is in store. I have a few goals – more writing (maybe I could publish something?), more fitness and general ass-kicking (both Muay Thai and Taekwondo – and also fewer injuries…) I want to travel more (and finally go overseas – I’ve never left the country!) and to finish my tattoo. Mostly I want to continue being happy, exploring, laughing and expressing myself. I’ve had an amazing year and I plan on having another one!
What are your goals for this year? What did you learn from last year? Let me know below!