Every year I do a list over my year, and it is the same list every year with slight variation in the answers. Ready for next one? Yuuup!
1. Did you do something this year that you haven't done before?
Yeah, as per usual new things happen all the time! I went on a roadtrip to Norway on my own, sans parents that is, I drank alcohol legally in The States... Okay, I cannot think of anything else? Apparently this year was pretty much similar to every other year lately. But it is the middle year, with that I mean the middle of my studies and such so it is kinda meh.
2. Did anybody you know have a baby?
Yes!! My sister had her second baby in September, a little baby girl and just two days before that one of my oldest and closest friends had a little baby girl too!
3. Did somebody close to you die?
Unfortunately yes, someone close to me and especially close to one of my friends. It was a rough start to the summer, a rough time for all involved.
4. Which countries did you visit this year?
Finland - As much as possible and as often as possible
Sweden - As a part of my roadtrip
Norway - As a part of my roadtrip
Ireland - More than I would hope but yes
USA - I finally went back home to Poultney after three years! It was glorious.
UK - To see the sister and her mister
The Netherlands - A fun filled Halloween with France, Switzerland and Finland represented in Amsterdam
5. Is there something you've been missing in 2016 that you want to have in 2017?
Hmm, a hard question. This year has been under a lot of turmoil at some points and then at some points at a complete stand still. I wish for a more balanced 2017, a less of an emotional rollercoaster.
6. What day/date will you always remember?
Ah a hard one again, Padvastock this year was amazing and made a very good comeback but I think that just like last year New Years Eve this year takes the price! We had a Gala with 60 of our closest friends, a sit town three course dinner, dancing, fireworks, champagne showers and many rounds of laughter. It was a long night, a fun night and the perfect start to 2017.
7. What's the best thing that has happened to you during this year?
Hmm, a lot of things related to my exchange year happened this year. My host parents made their first (ever!!) trip to Europe and it was amazing to finally be able to show them a little bit of Finland and have them as my guests for once. On top of that both of my host sisters from America came to Finland for a whopping 17 days and it had been 2 long years since the last time I saw them, even though seeing them felt like nothing had changed! Lastly, I went back to America last spring after 3 years and it was amazing. All I did was hang out with people, eat good food, hung out in Walmart and TJ-Maxx and enjoyed every second of being in the country I love so much. So I would say the best things last year were those connected to America somehow.
8. Biggest mistake?
Hmm... Spending too much money as always? I really am the worst. No but I think one of the problems last year was that Finland and my summer here was just absolutely top notch and my return to Ireland was very uncertain as I had no place to live and had to live in a hostel the first week back so it laid the grounds for my fairly negative feelings towards Ireland this past fall which carried on throughout the semester... I still feel the same but could try and make a better effort to actually make something out of my remaining year and a half there.
9. Best thing you bought?
Hmm... A roundtrip to New York for 330€ ?? (SO CHEAP YA'LL, OH AND IT'S STRAIGHT FLIGHTS NO LAYOVERS) ... I also had a good shopping year like clothes wise, I bought a pair of shoes, albeit a bit expensive but the first shoes ever that I haven't gotten blisters from so...
10. What did you spend the most money on?
School. Rent. Food. The usual and the worst things to spend money on. I mean especially school and rent, food is okay to spend money on hehe.
11. What made you really happy?
The 3 F's. Friends, Family and Finland.
Friends: I know I have said this before but I will continue saying it: MY friends really are the best of the best, all of them from around everywhere. I mean my host sisters that I see every now and then but feel equally close too every time we fight over who gets shotgun. My Finland friends that just know me from the inside out and that really know how to make a party better than best + all the new friends that I have made and that have come to mean a great deal to me.
Family: We don't see each other all under the same roof that often but when we do it's fun and especially now that we have two mini-versions of my oldest sister that makes every minute exciting.
Finland: Where I find the other two F's, where I can drive (<33333), where I feel adult, where I get to work, where I know everything inside and out and where I can spend my summers in paradise.
12. Have you been sick or gotten injured?
Not really no, I had something in my foot in the beginning of the summer and I actually had to go to the hospital (first time ever in Finland) but that passed in like a couple of days and that was it.
13. What songs or artist will make you think of 2016?
Beyonce - Lemonade without doubt, I blasted it all spring and all summer. Bohemian Rhapsody will make me think of Padvastock 2016. All Zara Larsson songs and a strange amount of Foo Fighters.
14. Is there something you wish you would have spent more time on?
Umm, spending less money? Going to more lectures? But then again actually what is the point of me going there when the lecturers have been bad and the subject boring and bullshittable ? I really had the most boring modules this past semester. What else, more time on working out as always?
15. How was your Christmas Eve?
Quieter than normal, less people that is, but followed the same patterns as always which is EXACTLY how it is supposed to be and the way I love it. The food was amazing and the presents were amazing and it was christmasy even though the weather was absolute shite.
16. Did you fall in love?
17. What was the best TV-show?
Ahh easy! SKAM!!!!!!!!! This Norwegian show about teenage kids, like literally they are born in -99 or -97 or smth, and it is like Skins it follows one person each season and it is just so damn relatable. Way more relatable because it is set in a Nordic setting where you are used to all the things they do and they way things are set up and it is just made so effing good. Did I mention that literally everyone in Finland has seen it and bonds over it at the club? So funny!
18. Best book you read this year?
This year I finally (yes finally) started reading the Lord of The Rings... I know I know... But I tried before and it was just too hard in English, the language was just too hard to understand so it never amounted to anything but now I am on it and even though I am not in a reading period right now I am getting through them slowly and they are obviously amazingly good. Other than that I really haven't read any books this past year.
19. Biggest musical discovery?
Hmm this is tricky. Gotta go check Spotify real quick. Hmm hard to tell actually. Calum Scott and his rendition of When We Were Young and Dancing On My Own have been played to death this year so I'd say maybe him? Otherwise there's been pretty much the same as before, no new discovery per say.
20. Did you wish for something you didn't get?
Nah not really, I got more than I wished for this year and I am very grateful.
21. The best movie of the year?
The Revenant was amazing. The Big Short was also really really good and something I found super interesting. The Jungle Book reboot was super duper good! However no movie has really blown me away however this year I am hoping for The Beauty and The Beast to be good and especially Dunkirk, can't wait for another Christopher Nolan miracle!
22. What did you do on your birthday?
The weather was pretty bad so all we did was eat good food with the family and go for drinks to Ekenäs in the night with my friends and my host sisters that were visiting at the time. A bit sad because usually my birthday has excellent weather and that means boating but not this year... Oh well, can't always win aye?
23. Best people you met?
Even though I live in Ireland I actually have made new friends in Finland which has been fun, unexpected and exciting!
24. How would you describe your style?
Classy some days. Skatery most days. Oh and a washed out Ralph Lauren t-shirt and shorts when I hang out at home, actually what I am wearing right now... hehe.
25. What made you feel good?
Friends. Family. My Car. America. Finland. Finnish food. Music. Padva. Oh and this past fall I have been more happy about myself than I have before, I've felt more strong and sure of what I wanted than before which is good. Yay!
26. Which celebrity did you want the most?
Umm William from Skam (jag vet lammkött men ändå), Tom Hardy, Leonardo Dicaprio, you know the usual.
27. Who did you miss?
When not in Finland I missed Finland, friends, family and my car A LOT and all the time. When not in America, as always, I missed Poultney my friends there and all the dogs.
28. Anything you could've done better?
School? Essays? Exams? Work outs? Positivity when away from Finland?
29. How's next year going to differ from this year?
Hmm... No idea actually, as of right now it looks pretty much the same as before, it is still the middle year (middle of school) so it just kinda doesn't imply anything new in the near future. However, there are things that may or may not happen that could make this year a very good year.
Work out more, as usual. Save more, as usual. Eat less bad things, as usual.