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That was the year that was 2018

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What did you do in 2018 that you've never done before?
 Knitted!

Did you keep your New Years Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I mostly kept my resolutions - click here for the summary!

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, Tamsin had Aren on Nov 28th!

Did anyone close to you die?
No, but one of my team members lost her brother in December

What countries did you visit?
UK, Poland, Portugal, Italy

What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
a new ipad?

What dates in 2018 will remain etched on your memory and why?
Jan 5th - when I got the news of the re-org
August 1st - the day my new team in Poland started

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Giving up alcohol, dealing with my stress, getting help, not having a burn-out

What was your biggest failure?
Not asking for help earlier

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Lots of stress, backache

What was the best thing you bought?
Subscription to calm, subscription to Spotify

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
AS in Poland - who kept the whole show on the road during the summer

Where did most of your money go?
Childcare and travel

What did you get really really excited about?


What song will always remind you of 2018?
Get It - Spiderhound
and any of his songs on the Dopamine EP

Compared to this time last year are you:
a) happier or sadder - much happier
b) thinner or fatter - same, but maybe a bit healthier
c) richer or poorer - richer

What do you wish you'd done more of?
read books, run, played with kids

What do you wish you'd done less of?
worried, faffed around online

How will you be spending Christmas?
we were here in Zurich, then in the UK from Dec 27th - 3rd Jan

What was your favourite month of 2018?
October - great family holiday in Portugal - and the first time I really relaxed all year!

What was your favourite TV programme?
Blacklist (again), You, The Good Place

What was the best book you read?
really hard to say, this one helped me finally stop drinking: Clare Pooley: The Sober Diaries &
this one helped me to sleep better: Why we Sleep: Matthew Walker
Review of books read in 2018

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Stll enjoying Spotify, other than that, my friend Spiderhound!

What did you want and get?
new garmin watch!

What did you want and not get?
new rucksack for work  (but arguably I have too many bags anyway...)

What was your favourite film of this year?
Bohemian Rhapsody - absolutely bloody loved it!

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I was 45 and I don't think we celebrated very much :-)
I did go to berlin sooon after for a long weekend with the Witches - which was AWESOME!

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not losing my team....

What kept you sane?
Alan, many good books, getting more sleep, many many nice cups of tea

Who did you miss?
My Mum

Who was the best new person you met?
Sara and Ania

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018
"Es wird nie so heiss gegessen, wie gekocht"
It's never eaten as hot as it's cooked - ie things are usually as bad as we imagined... aka, we can survive all manners of nonsense...

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