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2016: A Year in Review

2016: A Year in Review

Well, here we are.  Contrary to popular belief for a while there, we made it to 2017!  From a personal level, I probably had the best year of my life, I know politics kind of put a damper on things, but I had a bloody good year.  From leaving a job that wasn't right for me, to doing lots of travel, to prioritising my health and wellbeing, it hasn't been too shabby.  I thought I'd put together my top highlights from 2016 - one for each day.  365 in total.  Just kidding, I'll pick the top 300.

Travelling around Victoria in Australia this time last year was a winner in my books, it was a really fun roadie, and we got to see some beautiful scenery as well as having lunch with 2000 other people on the F1 track. That was fun, even though it was about 40 degrees and I was sweating so much that my hair kept sticking to my back.

That was the lunch behind us.  Pretty amazing!

That was the lunch behind us.  Pretty amazing!

Tried to make it look like I was holding one of the 12 Apostles in my fingers.  I think I nailed it.

Tried to make it look like I was holding one of the 12 Apostles in my fingers.  I think I nailed it.

Ooh, I also walked a catwalk TWICE like a real life module!  The first time was with Art at Dunedin Fashion Week, and it seemed to never end.  I remember the first thing someone said to me as we came off, was "Oh God Matilda, you poor thing you looked so uncomfortable!".  They weren't wrong.  I tried to do a relaxed sort of stroll but it came out very robotic and weird.  The second one was of course for Jockey in NZ Fashion Week.  You would think that one would have been far scarier, but in actual fact it wasn't.  I'll never forget that feeling of having a whole room of people rooting for you!  I felt a lot of love and it was a very liberating feeling.

We did a fair bit of charity stuff in 2016 which I'm pretty proud of.  The Oxfam 50km trail walk (OMG SO HARD), Race to Survive for Cure Kids, Half Marathon for Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Skytower Stair Challenge for Leukaemia and Blood Foundation, plus ongoing work with Good Trust.  Seeing that written down is a bit surprising, it's amazing what you can fit in to a year!  I really want to build on that this year, and now that I'm a lady of leisure (until my business picks up), I hope to donate a bit more of my time to causes like these.  Speaking of being a lady of leisure, how good is it?!  I'm hoping to have my business up and running by February, but could totally get used to doing nothing to be honest.  Is there a career that involves full time pay but ultimately not much effort?  Message me if so, I'd like to get on board with that.  It's 5pm on a Friday, and I'm sitting in my lounge in a dressing gown.  That would be frowned upon in an office, but I'm embracing it.

This is possibly the worst picture of me, but I think it really highlights the struggle.  This was probably 40km in to the 50km walk in pouring rain.

This is possibly the worst picture of me, but I think it really highlights the struggle.  This was probably 40km in to the 50km walk in pouring rain.

My team after running up 52 flights of stairs!  Running is probably a stretch.

My team after running up 52 flights of stairs!  Running is probably a stretch.

New York and Hawaii were a bit of alright too.  We had 4 days in Hawaii, and 9 in New York so couldn't fit everything we wanted to do in to our itinerary, but it gave us an excuse to go back at some stage.  I want to do a big road trip across the States this year, if my bank balance allows it.  Any recommendations on must dos??  Apart from stay in dingy motels, and go to diners and eat pancakes obviously.

Those Hawaiian sunsets though...

Those Hawaiian sunsets though...

Let's go Yankees, let's go!

Let's go Yankees, let's go!

I saw some beautiful places in our very own New Zealand, and FINALLY got down to Queenstown for the first time... I know I know, who hasn't been to Queenstown...  and I'm already excited about exploring more of our beautiful country this year.  It's pretty bloody impressive isn't it?  I live by the water, and every time I go for a stroll (sounds like I do it all the time, but it's like bi-annual) I think how lucky we are to have that as our backyard.

Rotoiti Forest...  INSANE!  There's a beautiful spring you can swim in too.  Definitely recommend heading there!

Rotoiti Forest...  INSANE!  There's a beautiful spring you can swim in too.  Definitely recommend heading there!

So there you go.  Those are all the highlights that come to mind from scrolling through the pictures on my iPhone.  Are new year resolutions still a thing?  I feel like they kind of flew under the radar this year.  I know they kind of just set you up for failure, but they are a bit fun, so I threw some together:

1) Learn guitar.  Just need an actual guitar.

2) Voice compliments to people rather than keep them in my head.  You know sometimes you think to yourself "Wow that girl has nice hair", or "That is a very impressive moustache", I want to tell people those things more.  Because nothing feels better than a compliment from someone right?!

3) Expand my cheese horizons.  I'm more of a mild cheese girl; I like your Tasty's, your brie's etc, but this year I'm determined to introduce blue cheese in to my life.  I feel like blue cheese is quite a sophisticated food.  Studies show that people who put blue cheese with quince on a cracker are more likely to be intelligent.  I made that up, but I reckon it's spot on.

I hope everyone has had a cracker start to the New Year!  Fresh year, fresh goals and all that.  Just remember to say 'this' year instead of 'next' year.  I can't seem to get my head around that one.

 

x

Recipe: Chocolatey Dream Smoothie

Recipe: Chocolatey Dream Smoothie

Best. Week. Ever.

Best. Week. Ever.