My 40th year: a time capsule of reflections

Where are you now?

Currently at work in my lucrative but dull-as-dishwater contracting job. Workload has slumped to a minimum, hence why I’m writing this. I have a beautiful view of the lower end of Melbourne CBD (Docklands end) from the 23rd floor.

What is the date? What is the weather like?

It’s 29 November 2017, my weather app tells me it’s 35.1* (feels like 34.8*) outside. Blue skies and minimal cloud cover. We’ve had a heat wave with temperatures in the 30s for the last fortnight.

What movies did you see this year that you loved?

Haven’t been to the cinema as much this year (probably due to Netflix-effect) but movies that spring to mind are Lion, A United Kingdom, Hidden Figures, Kingsman 2, A Trip to Spain,  Dunkirk, Beauty and the Beast. A United Kingdom would be the one I loved most.

What are you listening to?

Nothing right now. KIIS FM in the car, although even that is becoming unbearable now. Aussie radio continues to be terrible. Lots of 90s playlists on Apple Music. The last song I played on my phone was Superstylin’ by Groove Armada.

Favourite podcasts include Chat10Looks3, The West Wing Weekly (although I’m way behind now!), Radio4 Friday Night Comedy and the odd Graham Norton podcast.

Who are you in love with?

No-one.

Who is your best friend?

GS and I’m going to miss her terribly when I move back to London.

What do you wish you could own right now?

I wish I owned a lovely little bayside property here in Melbourne which would keep one foot in Aus. I fear by the time I come back I’ll be well and truly priced out of the market.

What cities/countries did you visit this year? Where is your next holiday?

Broadbeach on the GC with Mum, London for Mum’s 70th and Brisbane for work. It’s been a pretty boring year travel wise!

Now I’ve realized, I’m definitely visiting Tassie before I go and plotting a little tour of Spain by train next year in March/April.

What are you most worried about?

Never finding love again and not having enough money are the two things that keep me up at night.

What is one amazing thing you expect to do in the coming year?

Re-connect with my family by spending some quality time with Mum, Sis and the kids.

What are your favourite memories of this year?

Dancing to Bjorn Again with Mum at Melbourne Zoo was pretty special.

Surprising her in London for her 70th was also lovely.

The amazing feedback I received from the board and exec on my strategy, hitting budget and overseeing some amazing events whilst being 2 team members down.

What were the top 3 accomplishments from the last year?

  1. Definitely the work and recognition I got from my charity gig – even if it did almost kill me.
  2. Gaining a 2:1 in my Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
  3. Taking control of my finances.

What made you laugh the hardest this year?

Is it bad that can’t think of anything? I don’t seem to have done much laughing this year.

What do you think are your greatest assets and skills?

I’m smart, creative and analytical and good at the big picture stuff. At the same time, I don’t mind getting my hands dirty and understanding why and how things work. I’m calm under pressure and solutions-focused. I also have a strong social conscience.

What are your life goals at the moment?   How have you progressed them this year?

  1. Change careers from marketing to psychology.
  2. Create balance in my life.
  3. Make a difference.

I’ve made progress on all 3 fronts this year. Graduating and the move back home may actually help progress #1. I’m enjoying a part-time lifestyle which has created headspace for the first time in years and even with the extra time, I’m naturally gravitating towards volunteering in community projects.

What was the best thing you bought?

A toss-up between my Koala mattress, my Matt Blatt glass table and my Pilates membership.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Take That coming to Melbourne.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder?

Happier, I feel like I’m making progress and there’s a plan of sorts in place. Even though I’m leaving a home I truly love.

ii. Thinner or fatter?

Possibly slightly thinner although there’s still considerable improvement to be made in this area.

iii. Richer or poorer?

Definitely richer. I have significantly less debt and actually have a savings account with money in it! Thanks, Barefoot Investor.

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Now I wish I’d laughed more and had more fun. Worried less about what people think of me and had more confidence in my abilities.

How will you be spending your birthday and Christmas?

Birthday will be with GS and KF at Taste of Melbourne possibly underwater as it’s due to rain up to 50mm on Saturday. The on my actual birthday I’ll be at Pilates and then volunteer at Love Your Sister.

Christmas plan will be crashing GS and MF in a cottage in Olinda in the beautiful Dandenongs. Lunch tbc.

Who was the best new person you met?

Samuel Johnson.

What valuable life lesson did you learn this year?

To have confidence in my abilities. Don’t default to thinking it’s your fault.

What do you think you will be doing this time next year?  

I will be living in Streatham in London. It won’t be 35* and I hope I’ll be still doing Pilates and will be connecting with old friends and families as well as making new friends and continuing to contribute to the local community. Possibly working in a psych job…hopefully. Possibly booking a ticket to escape the cold for the Aussie Open.

 

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