#Making2014Awesome

So I started this year with a plan.  I was going to make 2014 awesome!  As we are nearing the end of the year and I reflect on the past 12 months, I think I have done a pretty good job of it too.

Wanting to make 2014 awesome mostly came from the fact that I was actually meant to be moving back to New Zealand in November of this year and I wanted to do as much as I could before I did.  This has now changed and I will be in Australia for the foreseeable future, but I didn’t know that at the time.  So here I was, on the cusp of changing my life and just wanting to do anything and everything I could to ensure I had an awesome year.

So here’s what I got up to this year:

January – Went on a road trip to the Sunshine Coast with some biker chicks.

February – Discovered the BBC show Sherlock – believe me this is important!! Started planning my Epic 2017 travel.  Went on a tour of Boggo Road Gaol.  Booked a trip to London for May.

Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane

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March – Went to the St Paddy’s Day Parade (first time ever!)

St Patrick’s Day Parade, Brisbane

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April – Flew to Sydney with a friend and met Benedict Cumberbatch (told you Sherlock was important!!), also met some crazy girls who have become a big part of my life this year #DUCB.  Started my FB page Seznz – A Kiwi on the Loose. Went back to London and for the first time had a massive delay at an airport and had to be put up at the Holiday Inn, Abu Dhabi (I can look back on it now and see it was pretty cool… at the time it was another story of course!!). Visited Canterbury, Dover & Leeds Castle, ticking them off my bucket list.

Meeting Benedict Cumberbatch, Sydney

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En-route to London, Abu Dhabi

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Visiting Canterbury, Dover and Leeds Castle, UK

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May – LONDON BABY!!!!!  Saw a Shakespeare play at Shakespeare’s Globe (Much Ado About Nothing). Met Andrew Scott (another Sherlock fella). Went to Speedy’s Café (Sherlock changed my life… hmmm that’s kind of sad!). Finally got to go to Brighton.

Shakespeare’s Globe & Meeting Andrew Scott, London

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Brighton, UK

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London, UK

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June – Went to support a friend at Miss Pin Up Australia Queensland finals in Tweed Heads (which is ironically in New South Wales).  Started this thing called #100HappyDays designed to make us think about what makes us happy on a daily basis.

Some of my #100HappyDays

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July – Did something that I have wanted to do for ages but I always forget about it until the last minute… my niece and I went to the Abbey Medieval Festival and saw jousting -amongst other things.  Another favourite thing of mine to do in July is go to the Australian Scottish Community’s Tartan Day, I mean who doesn’t like a good bagpipe?!

Abbey Medieval Festival, Brisbane

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Tartan Day, Brisbane

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August – Got tickets for 2015 in London to a little sold out play called Hamlet starring a dude called Benedict Cumberbatch.

September – Went to Brisbane’s first Comic Con and met Nicholas Brendon and Emma Caulfield from Buffy, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III and Michael Muhney from Veronica Mars, Dean O’Gorman and Orlando freaking Bloom from The Hobbit. Oh and William Shatner touched me!  Also met Danger Mouse – I know, I know the excitement of it all!  Went to an American Authors gig, they are one of my favourite bands and my niece and I were lucky enough to meet them before the gig (I’m not going to mention the part about falling flat on my face in front of them!). Also they are bloody nice guys!  One of their support acts was a guy called Andy Grammer, wish I had known about him before, but I bloody well know about him now!   I also saw my favourite performer in concert, the one & only Mr Robbie Williams!!  Had a pretty amazing view for Brisbane’s RiverFire fireworks event. Plus I finally decided on some direction in my life and joined up to do a Travel Writing course with Matador U.

Comic-Con, Brisbane

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American Authors, Brisbane

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Robbie Williams, Brisbane

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Riverfire, Brisbane

Riverfire

October – Went to Brisbane Open House again, which was awesome… again!  Went to Bill Bailey – honestly I haven’t laughed like that in ages!  Had like 3 articles published on the Matador Network site (got paid for them so technically I’m a paid writer!).  Started this awesome blog 🙂

Brisbane Open House, Brisbane

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November – Downer was that this was a) when I was meant to be moving home and b) my birthday month, and the first time in like 6 years that I actually worked on my birthday, however my friend making me a freaking awesome Cookie Monster cake kind of made up for it… kind of!  Brisbane was hosting the G20 and because of it did this initiative called Colour Me Brisbane, where they lit up all these buildings at night. So I went along one night to see it.  Flew home to Chch for 2 weeks, finally got to do the TranzAlpine again after about 20 years (well in a fashion). Got to catch up with all my family members in Christchurch – believe me, being the youngest of 8 kids, this is actually quite a feat!  Graham Norton favourited my tweet about him.

Cookie Monster Birthday Cake

Cookie Monster Cake

Colour Me Brisbane, Brisbane

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TranzAlpine, NZ

TranzAlpine

Christchurch, NZ

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December – To top off an awesome year, I am heading to Melbourne for Christmas – which is one of my favourite cities.

Photo from when I was in Melbourne in 2009

Melbourne

So there you have it.  Some of the above was planned, I had already decided to go to London because I won an award at work in 2013.  Also a lot of the Brisbane stuff was because I thought this was going to be my last year here and I wanted to do as much as I could to finish off my tenure in Brisbane.  But there was a hell of a lot of spontaneous stuff in there.  I mean I honestly did not think that one TV show could change the course of my life so much, but that’s what Sherlock did.  If I hadn’t seen that show and fall in love with it completely, I never would have flown to Sydney to meet its star, nor would I have gone to see a random play in London starring Andrew Scott.

I believe that everything happens for a reason and that there is method behind everything has happened this year.  I don’t know why a lot of stuff happens but I do know this, I set out to have a bloody amazing year for 2014 and I am pretty darn sure that when I get to 31st December 2014 I will be able to look back on the previous 12 months and say I Lived.


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