This is something I do every year, and always answer the same questions. I might come up with different ones for next year. My year in review…
What, for you, was the high point of 2017? Were there any other highlights?
I think without a doubt a day in May when I got offered two jobs in the space of 30 minutes. I was so incredibly depressed and miserable and I can’t believe how different my life is as a result. To be part of a church again, to be able to drive my own car, to be able to afford clothes and shoes when mine have disintegrated…it’s just such a privilege I hope I never take for granted. Not only that but I work with the most amazing people and they have been so incredibly encouraging, kind and supportive. I also had a lovely chilled out birthday – my friend’s daughter baked me a cake the night before and on the day my Mum and my friend Vicky and her two kids all drove to Alnwick to spend the day at Alnwick Castle and a stop in Barter Books, something I’d wanted to do for such a long time.
What, for you, was the low point of 2017?
There have been a few. The first five months of the year were tough going and I was growing increasingly miserable. My Dad being diagnosed with skin cancer. A week in December where friends lost kids in their family quite suddenly and unexpectedly. Having a breakdown in October. Having to make the decision to shut down the Ranger Guide unit.
Tell me some things you learned this year.
To find joy in the small things.
Who would be your “person of 2017″? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.
I’ve been inspired by so many women this year, from women finding courage to speak out about sexual assault they experienced that I don’t know personally, to women marching in response to the rise of racism, sexism and fascism, to the grace and strength of many of my female friends.
What was the best film you saw this year?
How the ding dong heck did none of us know these incredible women’s stories?! (I mean I know why…but grrr it makes me angry).
And what was the worst?
I so rarely go to the cinema, that it’s rare that I go to see a film that turns out to be crap. This year I saw Hidden Figures, La La Land, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars and The Greatest Showman and I loved them all!
What was the best book you read?
There have been many, but my favourite was probably Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham.
What was the best thing you saw on TV?
This year I discovered two great shows on Netflix. Jane The Virgin and One Day At A Time. I genuinely can’t pick between them. But I think Gloria Kellett Calderon knows how much I love them.
What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2017?
This year has been so hectic I’ve barely had time to even follow gymnastics. But seeing some great floor routines from the UCLA Bruins, and the GB team doing a great job at Worlds.
What was the best album or song you heard in 2016? What song did you play most?
This year it’s all been about the musical. So Hamilton is still played often, along with In The Heights and I just downloaded The Greatest Showman soundtrack and I’ve been playing it all day!
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
Going to see Hamilton in London with the lovely Ruth. Cheering on some charity runners doing the Edinburgh Marathon (and maybe the London Marathon too). There are going to be tough times ahead, but I think there’s going to be lots of things to find joy in too.