1) What did you do in 2021 that you’ve never done before? Ran my fastest half marathon, completed a 365 workout streak, started Power Zone Training, went to the ER (could have done without that).
3) Did anyone close to you die? Luckily, no. Although I did hear that someone I was friend’s with as a teenager, passed shortly before Christmas. She was much too young to die.
4) What places did you visit? Ha. That sounds like a trick question – however, I know that I’ve probably stayed closer to home in 2021 than most people. I went down to SoCal (to the beach!) for 2 nights at the end of December (to see my in-laws and a friend), but that was it for 2021. Sad.
6) What dates from 2021 will be etched in your memory forever? Probably January 6, as we watched in horror the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. April 7 and 28, when I got vaccinated. August 17, when my Peloton was delivered. September 9, my 20th California-versary.
7) What was your biggest achievement this year? A 365 workout streak and a new PR in the half marathon.
8) What was your biggest failure? I am not a fan of the word failure, but if there is one thing I wish I could have done better in 2021, it’s to be more assertive sometimes. I’ve gotten so much better, but still have moments where I want to actually feel more confident than I do.
9) Did you suffer from illness or injury? Luckily no, unless you count the on and off issues I’ve been having with chest pressure and (atypical) heartburn.
10) What was the best thing you bought? My Peloton. Hands down.
12) What did you get really, really excited about? Getting vaccinated. It seemed like the only sure way out of this pandemic. Alas, it hasn’t been that straightforward.
13) What authors did you discover in 2021? Isabel Wilkerson (Caste), Lisa Wingate (Before we were yours), Matt Haig (The Midnight Library).
14) What do you wish you had done more of? Reading, crafting.
15) What do you wish you had done less of? Worrying, feeling FOMO, doom-scrolling.
16) How did your spend Christmas? We spend a quiet Christmas at home again, just me and Jon.
17) What was your favorite TV program? Schitt’s Creek. It’s the only show we watched in 2021.
19) What did you want and not get? I wanted to see my family in person really bad (thankfully, we had plenty of video face time). I had hoped that they could come visit or that I could fly home. I probably could have. I know many people who did make the overseas trip, but I didn’t feel ready to get on a plane.
20) What was your favorite film of 2021? Uff. Did I even watch any full-length movies last year? I think the only movie I watched was “A Boy called Christmas” over the holidays, which I enjoyed very much.
21) What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 45 last year (WHAT?), and I had a very low-key birthday. The biggest birthday surprise was short visit from my friend Tanja the following day.
22) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If people (and governments) hadn’t been so damn selfish and we would have had some consistent, sensible Covid-rules and regulations (across the globe, really) to get this goddamn pandemic under control.
23) Who kept you sane? Jon. He’s the only person I’ve really been around in 2021 (not counting virtual encounters) and I am once more thankful how we’ve weathered the pandemic together.
24) Who did you miss? Everyone else, is a pretty good description.
25) Who was the best new person you met? I did not meet anyone new in person, but I connected with a few new blogger friends (Hi Elisabeth! Hi Nicole! Hi Anne! Hi Dominique! Hi Jenny! Hi Suzanne!) that I’ve come to appreciate so much. It’s been so great to realize that there are still people with personal blogs out there who just write without an agenda, but for the sheer fun of it and to connect with others!
26) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2021. Perspective changes everything. I had my fair share of frustrating and energy-zapping days in 2021. I am sure I have been crabby for a good amount of time (but Jon was the only one to see it and kindly ignore it), but I also know that I didn’t really have it that bad (all things considered) and I have tried to constantly put myself in other people’s shoes to redirect and change my perspective. Works 99% of the time.
27) Show us one of your favorite photos from the year.
I don’t know why, but this picture immediately popped into my head when I read the survey question. I remember this morning in September vividly, as it was the first day after a few “very smoky days” (from the wildfires) here in California, where I was able to get out early for a run and the sun was shining and I could see blue skies and breathe fresh air again. This view made me particularly happy, and it made me pause and reminded me that after a few dark days, the sun and blue skies always reappear (and look at me pulling off a nice metaphor to end this survey on a high note!).
What was your biggest achievement in 2021? What was one thing you had never done before? What valuable life lesson did you learn?