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Anoel ([personal profile] anoel) wrote2016-12-31 10:01 pm

End of the Year Meme 2016

This was a tough year for me personally as well as for the world but I come out of it even more grateful for all my friends and for fandom so thank you to everyone who was there for me in any small way and I wish everyone a happy new year and the best possible 2017!

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?

Vote for a woman president! Saw the American Ninja Warrior finals live and met Jessie Graff. Other things I can't remember right now.

2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

No and yes. I would like to focus on making daily small steps with my goals which I've already been doing with the Habitica app which works well for me. So I would like to daily practice video editing, read classics, clip/vid, meditate and exercise.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Milly did and brought him to VVC :)

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My cat, Lana died the day after my birthday which was really tough for me. I really miss her :(

5. What countries did you visit?

None this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

A lack of loneliness would be the biggest but I have high hopes that things will get better next year.

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

November 8th (and the day after) for obvious apocalypse related reasons.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

More of a personal transformation in terms of more self-acceptance and letting go of regrets and fears about turning 30. Still working on that but I feel much better about it than I did earlier in the year. Also making all my vids.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not making enough career progress as I was distracted by other life stuff.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I think I had food poisoning once which was terrible but nothing beyond the usual coughs and colds.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

VVC, TGIF/F and Escapade costs as all those cons made me happy in their own special ways. Taking trips to visit friends as well.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

All my friends who were there for me this year. It was a tough year and it truly helped keep me alive and fulfilled.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

America (or almost half the people who voted and the ones who didn't vote) disgusted me with allowing Trump to be elected and the people who support or normalize him depress me.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent, food, vacations, cons and fixing tech.

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

TGIF/F, VVC and seeing friends. Also Root/Shaw scenes when the show actually let them be together.

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

This feels like cheating but GDFR (Goin' Down For Real). Also Break the Night With Color by Richard Ashcroft and Can't Stop The Feeling.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder? I want to say happier overall actually although sadder in some ways.
ii. Thinner or fatter? About the same.
iii. Richer or poorer? About the same.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Learning, vidding, working out, hanging out with friends, dating.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Being lonely, feeling sad about the past, missing people and eating crappy food.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

I watched Citizen Knope (my fave Parks ep w/xmas theme), exchanged presents, read Yuletide fic, had dinner with family and family friends and watched Love Actually (annual movie which I have sooo many issues with but damnit love is my religion and the end gives me alll the feels with that airport scene).

21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?

Going to a NYE pyjama party with karaoke and dancing with my best friend.

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?

Yep. Don't do it kids haha *sigh*

23. How many one-night stands?


24. What was your favorite TV program?

Sadly I don't have much of a favorite but I suppose the most enjoyable show of the last year was Gilmore Girls and Brooklyn 99.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Half of America haha. Or at least the alt-right ie neo nazis.

26. What was the best book you read?

That would be Uprooted which I know I should have read last year but I was glad to read it this year as it was really helpful to me at the particular time that I read it. It reminded me of the beauty of magic in all its forms and inspired me to get back in touch with my fantasy, magic roots. I also enjoyed The Raven Cycle books.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

This is hard because of vidding secrets but The Mowgli's are perfect happy music and I rediscovered Panic At the Disco which I saw an awesome concert of.

28. What did you want and get?

Spending time with other things that aren't coming to mind.

29. What did you want and not get?

Hilary becoming president, a job I enjoy and a romantic relationship.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Ghostbusters! HOLTZMANN!!!!!!!!! <3

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 29 (and freaked out a lot about being so close to 30) and I went to the beach with a friend and had a great day hanging out with her.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Being successful career wise.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

Comfy pants and t-shirt.

34. What kept you sane?

Friends, vidding and reading.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Kate Mckinnon is loooove <3

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The election, stopping fascism, protecting everyone Trump is trying to destroy.

37. Who did you miss?

My friends and my mom.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I'm blanking right now but I will think on this.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.

The world is not a fair place and things don't go as planned but I have to be grateful for what I have and accept who I am so I can let go of regrets and comparisons to others and make the best of what I do have. By working on becoming the best version of myself, I can make a real difference in the world instead of getting lost in disappointment and what ifs.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Every year, I think of examples for this and then I come up blank or I have to redact lyrics for various reasons. This feels especially the case this year. This one feels on the sadder side but it's true for various things in my life this year:

And I know that if we are
Shut out of paradise
For all that was, it was never for you and I
Heaven is here in the wreckage
All that is broken but all that is true

I will add another one though that spoke to how I ended the year:

The corridors of discontent, that I've been travelling
on the lonely search for truth, the world's so frightening
Nothing's going right today, cos nothing ever does


Let's break the night with colour
Time for me to move ahead

I'm not going to do the End of the Year Fandom meme right now as I'm out of time and it's kind of complicated at the moment. I miss having a fandom OTP right now and am hoping I will find something in 2017.

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