A look back at 2014

I probably say this every year, but this year *really* felt like it went by in a flash.
This is the year that I turned 30, obtained permanent residency in the UK (no more visa applications, yay!), and kicked off plans for two weddings.

Work has been very busy this year (in a good way) which probably also contributed to the year flying by so quickly. But I did also manage to visit some alpacas and seals, see Scotland and England play some cricket, attend a friend’s wedding in Belfast, have a lovely summer holiday in Jersey, have a short but very useful wedding-planning-holiday in Kuala Lumpur, complete 100 days of happy photos, and attend a 1930s murder mystery party (and figure out who did it!).

At home we got another fishtank (240 litres – imagine all the yarn I could fit into that space!),
2015-02-01 240L tank

and spent the first three months of the year turning our hallway from this
2012-03-16 Kitchen door before

2012-03-16 Stairs before

into this.
2015-01-02 Kitchen door after

2015-01-02 Stairs after

2015-01-02 Hallway after

The garden was lovely in bloom again this year, particularly the lupinarium, and we did well with some other flowers like sweet pea and cornflower too.
2014-08-02 Sweetpea and cornflower

In the news it has felt like 2014 was full of tragedy: floods everywhere, more and more terrorism and killing, Ferguson, Crimea, Ebola, three heartbreaking air disasters which particularly affected my homeland. But the achievements of 2014 stand out for me as well: a spacecraft landed on a comet for the first time ever, the Scottish independence referendum happened (regardless of which side you were on, it was amazing to participate with so many others in such a significant act of democracy), Scotland also hosted a brilliant Commonwealth Games, and I think 2014 was a very good year for feminism. It has gained more ground than ever, people talk about it more, more celebrities declared themselves feminists, and I felt it was all nicely rounded off with the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, campaigners for children’s rights and education for all – surely the starting point of awareness, humanity, and equality.

As for the people in my life, my eldest brother will be getting married in early 2015 and my other brother got engaged as well (so two sisters-in-law to look forward to!), we’ve had to say goodbye to some old friends who left Aberdeen, but new ones will also be arriving, as three of my friends are expecting little ones next year!

So a Happy New Year to you all, and here’s to a whole new year of adventures!

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4 thoughts on “A look back at 2014

  1. What a great post – I like how you were so aware not only of events in your own circle, but so many world events. They do affect us so much. As an antidote to horrible things that happened in 2014, you might like this: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/top-10-good-news-stories-2014/

    Your hallway is beautiful. In our last flat, which was big and with each room needing redecorating, we didn’t get to the hallway for about 10 years. And when we did re-do it, my husband said, “I just love coming home to this hallway at the end of the day!” I hadn’t realised how important it is.

    I also like that you have new friends coming along in the form of babies! A great way of looking at it.

    Wishing you and yours a very blessed 2015.

    • Thank you! The good news roundup was a nice read. And your husband’s right, I hadn’t thought about it that way but opening the door and seeing this hallway now adds to the nice feeling of coming home 🙂

  2. Wow Sakthi. Your hallway and flowers look great. Turning 30 was major turning point. I tried ignoring mine.Now I wish I had celebrated it. Congrats on your permenant residency. Lets see what 2015 has in store for us.

    • Thanks Lav, hope all is going well for you too! Btw a friend of mine had an “annual” 21st birthday party for a good five or six years; no reason why you can’t celebrate your 30th again this year 🙂

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