My Year in Review

Watching the sunrise on the Taj Mahal exactly one year ago I could never have guessed what 2013 would hold. I spent my New Year’s Eve 2012/2013 sleeping off an exotic Indian flu (in bed by 9pm) and didn’t manage to get around to writing the obligatory New Year’s resolutions but in a way I feel that left me open to all the awesomeness the year had to throw at me.

According to Facebook my 20 biggest moments in 2013 were (in chronological order):

  1. Being a bridesmaid at a beautiful friend’s wedding. And not getting fall-on-the-dj-booth drunk.

    Bridesmaid at Kate’s wedding

  2. Leaving a job. Only once this year.
  3. Starting a new job.
  4. This status update: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
  5. Running 17km run once around Signal Hill and Lions Head on a misty Saturday in Cape Town in preparation for the Two Oceans Half Marathon. And spending way too much time battling with Google Maps to draw out this route.

    17km route

  6. Actually running the Two Oceans Half Marathon for the first time since 2009. In my slowest time yet. After a rather nasty portable toilet experience at the start.

    Looking way too fresh near the finish.

  7. Going to this pre-pre-farewell dinner. Pity about the wine bottle in the foreground – no doubt GAP would be interested in this group of “fun-loving, good-looking friends having a great time”.

    Besties!!!

  8. Scouting this would-be model amongst my friends.

    Kirsty collage.

  9. And this status? Not sure why??? “Advice that should be given to modern people considering marriage: “Before you marry, consider this, ‘Is this the person I’d like to watch stare at their phone for the rest of my and their life?’
  10. Spending my 28th birthday here.

    Castle Lite in Riversdale.

    With this guy.

    My true love <3

    Making this video. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f0znmKS5jY&w=420&h=315]

  11. Going to this engagement celebration.

    Rulisha’s engagement shindig.

  12. Chatting to Google. Dublin. And then receiving a ridiculous quote for Google Paid Search.
  13. Appearing on SABC 3’s Expresso Morning Show. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU0dLJiepJk&w=420&h=315]
  14. Having this headshot taken. In our lounge. By my boyfriend.

    Courtesy of Adam Rabinowitz

  15. Heading to London/ Dublin for work.
  16. Staying in this amazing Battersea apartment whilst in London. And discovering the new pano feature on my iPhone camera.

    Airbnb for the win!

  17. Seeing Elon Musk at the Dublin Web Summit. Inspiration.

    Elon Musk is the real life Iron Man.

  18. Falling in love with Cape Town all over again. And mastering the  10 second timer on my Canon 60D.

    #22 on my Cape Town Bucketlist: Cape Point

  19. Celebrating the imminent arrival of a precious little boy. Who will inevitably heart boobies.

    I am sure he will 🙂

  20. Indulging in some sarcasm re Jacob Zuma’s font size at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. Concealing the real profound sorrow I felt which took me by surprise.

    RIP Tata

Things 2013 has taught me:

  • President Jacob Zuma needs an iPad.
  • Mosaic-ing is more time-consuming than you would think.
  • Pinning DIY projects is easier than actually doing them.
  • Weddings are terribly stressful and expensive events.
  • The wi-fi will never work when it has to.
  • Sales: Problem, solution, benefits/ features, concerns, CTA.
  • South Africans seeks out other South Africans wherever they are.
  • I am no longer a peer to high school students (rather a ma’am).
  • People love winners.
  • Britney Spears will always make a comeback. #workb**ch
  • Being Paleo means eating like a caveman if cavemen ate loads of biscuits made with coconut milk/ flour/ oil.
  • Facebook has ruined the appeal of high school reunions.
  • Cat videos trump all content online.
  • Miley Cyrus has a very long tongue.
  • I am no good at sandboarding.
  • Nothing beats a warm loaf of “plaasbrood” (farm bread).
  • Winning a blogging (or any) competition starts with entering.
  • Even Charlotte got over Gary. #GeordieShore
  • GraphSearch was massively overrated.
  • Ryan Gosling just gets better and better with age.
  • Cake never tastes as good as you imagine.
  • There is a difference between Holland and the Netherlands.

But seriously, 2013 has reaffirmed by beliefs that:

  • I love Cape Town and South Africa more than I ever imagined.
  • Great marketing has the power to move people.
  • Friends might move to other cities but friendships live in your heart forever and ever and ever. And Skype.
  • The most inspirational people are not trying to be.
  • Some things won’t go according to plan. And that’s okay.