20 Questions for Me

Hi, all!

I was tagged by the beautiful and amazing Marija to do this “20 Questions of your past year” tag (which can be found here). I love doing these kind of things, so here’s mine to you! Have a great day! 🙂

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year? 
I have a few, but one that really stands out for me was studying abroad in Paris during the summer. I love French culture and finally being able to go and experience the real thing overseas was absolutely wonderful. I got to immerse in the wonders of the city, exploring the streets and eating (a lot!) of mouth-gasmic food. The experience has since inspired me to return one day, perhaps really really soon…

2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened? 
2014 has been, for the most part, relatively smooth-sailing for me. I guess one challenging thing that I did (but am not proud of) was drink one whole bottle of wine in one sitting…and waking up super hungover the following morning. And for a lightweight like I am, it is pretty impressive (although again, nothing to brag about).

3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
Getting a tattoo. Well, it wasn’t unexpected to me (I’d been planning to get one since the previous August), but it definitely was to my friends and family. But I love my tattoo, and I have no regrets about getting in. 🙂

4. What was an unexpected obstacle? 
The bottle of wine in #2. I wasn’t intending to finish it all that night, but…it happened. XP

5. Pick three words to describe 2014.
Travel, poetry, girls.

6. Pick three words your partner/best friend/parent would use to describe your 2014(don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your partner/best friend/parent sees you)
Paris (or France, in general), food-porn, busy.

7. Pick three words your partner/best friend would use to describe their 2014 (again without asking)
Family (but with personal…things that I should not discuss here, to protect their privacy), Snapchat, busy (hey, we’re all in school!)

8. What were the best books you read this year? 
As an English major, I read way too much (because I have to!). But on my own, I’ve actually re-read a good number of novels. One of them was Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan; it’s such a cute, sweet book about first love, and touches on the LGBTQA subject with tact and humor. Many respects for Levithan.

9. With whom were your most valuable relationships? 
My best friend, who I’ve known since kindergarten. We go to different schools and although we don’t get to see each other/talk as much as before, when we do, we tell all. She poured her troubles out to me, as well as myself. After this many years, we’re inseparable.

Another one would have to be with my other friend, who I’ve known since preschool. We’ve always had a pretty shaky relationship, because we’re both hot-headed and like to debate and all. But we’d fallen out a bit over the years due to college and our lives; it wasn’t until this year that we reconnected, and now we communicate over Tumblr. She’s a keeper. 🙂

10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?
Drinking alcohol. Before I became legal to drink, I very very very rarely drank at all. It wasn’t until this year that my consumption of alcoholic beverages shot way up (for examples, refer to #2 and #4). I’m far from being an alcoholic, folks, so don’t worry. But I have a much better appreciation for wine right now. It’s all good.

11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally? 
I’ve always been a rather pensive person, but I guess that I grew even more pensive and brooding this year, especially in the second half. Thought a lot more, redrew from the public eye, and evaluated/re-evaluated things going on in my life. Not sure if this answers the question.

12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually? 
I’ve never subscribed to any religion (if this is what you meant). But if you mean it in a secular sense, not really. Just a lot of introspection as explained in #12.

13. In what way(s) did you grow physically? 
I’ve gotten to that point in my life when I’ve stopped growing and my metabolism is slowing. But I’m still exercising, *trying to* eat right, and stuff like that. But in 2014, I don’t think I’ve grown much.

14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationship with others?

Became more cautious not only in them, but also in how I interacted with them. There are a few people (who I won’t name names) that I’ve been friends for for a while now, but their words and actions have made me question our relationship. As a result, I became more careful in opening myself too much to them, choosing to retract myself slightly from them. 

15. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year? 

Black Friday shopping with my friend. Didn’t even buy anything, and it ended strangely.

16. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
I pride myself in having pretty good time management skills, so I guess my sleeping/school schedule was pretty clean-cut, with exact times to do certain activities. So I would say I’ve used my time with school in the best way.

17. What was the biggest thing you learned this past year? 
Dream. Get out there and discover.

18. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2014 for you.

I’m hesitant to create a phrase/statement without being cliché, but anyway, here goes:

“The skin is a coast that anchors new discoveries to the past. It is also home.”

Well, I lied. This post ended up being eighteen questions, instead of twenty. In any case, that’s all for me. I tag anyone who wants to do this. Go forth!

– The Finicky Cynic

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