The start of a new year always puts me in a reflective mood. When I think of all the wonderful people I’ve met, the adventures I’ve had and the incredible places I’ve been, I feel exhilarated. I had tough times as well, but 2014 was a very good year. I hope 2015 will be too.
1. It is possible to jump from a plane at 15,000ft and not only survive, but want to do it again.
2. A Fergburger makes an excellent subsitute for a birthday cake.
3. Fulfilling a whole bunch of dreams in a short space of time makes you realise that all those other more serious, long-term dreams are achievable too, and motivates you to make them a reality.
4. Queenstown (New Zealand) lodges itself in your heart, beats through your bloodstream and when you leave, you wake up every morning aching for snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and crisp alpine air.
5. I am officially too old to mix my drinks and get away with it. Hangovers are a thing now.
6. Someone you knew for just a week can become one of the most valuable friends of a lifetime, even when you are at opposite ends of the globe. Jess, I’m so happy I met you and thrilled we are still in touch ♡
7. Never play Monopoly with Hazel Turner. She may have the face of a cherub, but do not be fooled – a ruthless tycoon lurks beneath her angelic exterior, waiting to bleed you dry…
8. Letting someone take care of you can feel wonderful. Instead of the weakness you anticipated, it can give you strength.
9. Sydney Opera House looks like it is made of Lego. And if I ruled the world, it would be.
10. Expect the unexpected. You never know what the random shuffle of life will throw at you next.
11. The weather in Australia is in no way, shape or form anything like it looks on telly. Home & Away lied.
12. Cutting loose and rocking up in New Zealand and then Australia a year later with absolutely no idea what the hell I was doing are the two greatest moments of my adult life.
13. You can go seven years without seeing someone and the moment you’re reunited, it’s as though mere seconds have passed. Even though life has thrown all kinds of crap at both of us in the meantime, you will always be one of my best friends and one of my very favourite people, Karen James. I hope you will always be in my life.
14. My family are and always will be the most important people in my life. I miss hugs with my Mum, watching University Challenge with my Dad, laughing like a loon with my sister and tickling the dog’s belly. Without them, I am nothing.