2010: A Retrospective

2010 has been a massive year for me. There have been some dizzying highs and a few crashing lows, but overall, I feel that this may have been my best year yet. I have achieved an awful lot in just 12 months, and it’s a little bit overwhelming to look back at everything that has happened since this time last year. As 2010 draws to a close, it felt important to put these things down on paper, just to highlight how far I’ve come this year.

Phillip, one of the kittens I cared for in March.

Things I did in 2010:

Wrote over 400 posts on my blog, went on a magical mystery tour with Ross for my birthday, took care of 6 stray kittens, completed my law degree and my psychology degree, saw CATS with my parents at the Regent Theatre, made loads of new friends, including Violet LeBeaux, Jimmy America and Kathryn of Project Me, attended a vintage fashion workshop run by Candace Deville, said a final farewell to my grandfather Bill by giving the eulogy at his funeral, helped my baby brother move to Melbourne, adopted Jellylorum the wonder-cat, worked as a volunteer receptionist at a community legal centre, went to the Tim Burton exhibit with the lovely Sam, gained two new second cousins: William and Jolene, did a 12 week clinical training program at a community legal centre, met Amazing Raymond to talk tattoos, wrote the script for a Murder at the Circus mystery party, wore many costumes including Tank Girl, Elle Driver, Columbia and Lydia the Tattooed Lady, attended the Smashbox cosmetics launch, went through a couple of housemates, attended the Supanova convention, celebrated by 6 year anniversary with Ross and so much more.

Me and Ross at Supanova

Things I listened to in 2010

Kill Bill 1 and 2 soundtracks, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Peggy Lee’s Greatest Hits, The Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium, Cabaret Soundtrack, The Beatles entire back catalogue, The Grates Gravity Won’t Get You High, Sweeny Todd soundtrack, Triple J’s Hottest 100 of all Time, Nirvana’s Incesticide, Almost Alice.

My beloved grandfather, Bill.

Things I watched and loved in 2010

Alice in Wonderland, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Meet Me In St Louis, Roman Holiday, Dr Who, Ally McBeal, The Tudors, The Big Bang Theory, Toy Story 3, The Wiz, South Park, Whip It, Mars Attacks, Kill Bill, Iris, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mermaids, Footloose, Spaced, Paris When it Sizzles, Funny Face, Up.

Sam and I in front of the Batmobile at the Tim Burton Exhibition.

Best purchases of 2010

My hot pink Tank Girl hat, red sequined fascinator, teapot ring, T2 Crème Brulee tea, Comic book platform heels from Betts, You Rebel tinted moisturizer from Benefit, A massive book called The Tudor Chronicles, my ruby slippers.

Jellylorum Attack!

Things I read in 2010

Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett, The World According to Garp by John Irving, Breakfast at Tiffanies by Truman Capote, The Beach by Alex Garland, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

Easter with my Mum’s dog, Brodie.

Style obsessions

Fascinators, polka-dot nail polish, burlesque-style eye makeup, temporary tattoos, big hair, silver rings, my daschund bag, platform wedges, red shoes, plastic jewellery, stripes, arm-warmers, vintage hairstyles, red lipstick, wigs, beauty spots.

Ross and I on Rocky Horror night.

Style Icons

Audrey Hepburn, Morticia Addams, Marilyn Monroe, Edie Sedgewick, Janis Joplin, The cast of Grease, Alice in Wonderland, Gwen Stefani, Vince Noir, Brigitte Bardot, Frida Kahlo.

Jelly, eyeing off my Kit bag.

Best meals of 2010

My Japanese birthday dinner at Izakaya Hachibeh in Melbourne, Ross’s birthday dinner of beer and gourmet pizza, Christmas lunch, banana splits for lunch with Sam, veggie samosas from the Indian restaurant at uni, ratatouille, Mi Goreng noodles.

Why yes, I am licking this Edward Cullen dummy.  What of it?

Favorite Quotes:

“Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle”- Unknown.

“The best thing to hold onto in life is eachother”- Audrey Hepburn.

My loungeroom at Halloween.

So, there you have it, a run-down of the past year of my life. It’s hard to believe that so much has happened in the last 12 months, and I honestly feel as though no time has passed at all since last summer. When I look back at all that I have achieved this year, it’s a bit easier to move forward into 2011, and set a few goals for the year ahead. Looking back like this has also highlighted for me that I am actually a lot closer to where I want to be in my life than I originally thought, which is rather comforting.

I hope that you all have a brilliant new year, and that 2011 brings you loads of joy and opportunities. Also, if any of my readers have done a year in review post, I would love to read them, so send me a link!

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