2012 was quite a year. And the world didn’t end! Fancy that.
High highs and low lows
2012 was quite a difficult year for many of the people in my life. I had it relatively easy, but in hindsight I think it’s just because 2011 was such an absolute stinker of a year for me personally. But 2012 was tough for my bestie (who conversely is already having the best year of her life in 2013, and we’re only 3 weeks in!) and my family. So sayonara 2012, you were a wicked b*tch to the best of them!
Since going freelance I’ve had a variety of interesting experiences. I’ve learned a mother load of stuff about myself. Nothing like working by yourself in your tiny apartment by day! I’ve come to appreciate aspects of both freelance and office work. I’m still working on my branding, and there will be some changes to the blog and my portfolio coming up. Exciting stuff!
I’ve done quite a bit of good work on our apartment, but by far my best, most exciting purchase has been our new couch! I bought it as a birthday present to myself. Coricraft was having a R500 off sale, so how could I possibly say no?
My main theme in the apartment this past year was to keep it black and white. I’m trying to pare down our furniture and accessories. Not an easy task for an tchotchke hoarder like myself. Overall I’m feeling a move towards simpler and better things in my life, and I’d like our apartment to reflect some of that.
Hobbies, or the death thereof
In between the bits of working and life organizing I’ve been doing, I managed to develop some new skills. And then promptly lost them due to inactivity. In 2013, I’m going to get back to baking and taking French lessons. Two things that make my heart very happy.
Music to my ears
I saw Eagles of Death Metal, Bloc Party and Lady Gaga! And in that order it was fun, wonderful, and face-melting levels of awesome-sauce. I also saw Little Dragon, but it was a resounding meh for me.
I’m kind of a die-hard fan of EoDM so seeing them live was pure wish fulfilment. The sound at GrandWest was terrible as usual but they seemed so stoked to be playing regardless.
Bloc Party was even better than expected, and performed so many of the songs off their new album, which I love to bits. I also have new-found soft-hearted feelings towards This Modern Love after seeing it performed live.
I’ve been a Gaga fan since well, fairly early days and it was beyond amazing seeing her live. Its the best show I’ve ever seen. I was well broken and bruised afterwards, craning my neck to the breaking point, standing on ballerina tippy toes, screaming till my lungs hurt *sigh* Memories!
This one goes out to the one I love
I got to spend another year with this guy. A year in which he proved himself to be, yet again, my favourite favourite. Here’s to another year, my lovely!
That’s my rather brief 2012 round-up. What can I say, I’m just ready and willing to move on in to 2013. It’s gonna be a good one!
Just wanted to share this light, pretty bit of folksy goodness to kick off your Monday. Most South Africans seem to be on holiday today, so this is the perfect song for a relaxing day. Take it away Lumineers…
(Via sho & tell)