1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
I gave birth to twins (and you will see me talk about them a lot in this recap).
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for 2015?
I don’t do resolutions and never have. I did have a one word resolution for 2012 and 2013, which worked very well for me, but never really figured out one for 2014. In retrospect, I think that word would be Survive, and I think I did.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my dear friend Kimberly! She had her fifth boy in August.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
France, where I met Jennie. Singapore.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Peace and quiet? <insert smiley face and sarcasm font>
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 13 when the pregnancy test was positive; March 6 when we found out we were having twins, and September 14 when they were (dramatically) born.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving a twin pregnancy, and getting published in an anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving & Losing Friends.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I know it’s not really a failure, but I feel guilty and think about this all the time – not being able to carry the twins to term.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had all kinds of weird pains and aches with the twin pregnancy, that I’d never had before.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Really boring things like a twin breastfeeding pillow, an electric double breast pump and a twin stroller.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Most of OUR money went to our trip to France, and NICU expenses.
13. What did you get really excited about?
First, it was going to France. Then it was expecting twins. Then it was finding out that my essay had been accepted to an anthology, and of course, being published.
14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Happy by Pharrell. I know that’s a cliche, but I don’t actually listen to much contemporary music. I know, so lame.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? I had twins 3 1/2 months ago, so . . .
– richer or poorer? Richer in ways that matter.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise and yoga. But the pregnancy wiped me out physically.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
18. How did you spend Christmas?
19. What was your favorite TV program?
I loved many shows! But to name just one – Downton Abbey.
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
The Book Thief, and all my friends’ books: Rare Bird, A Lady In France, Expecting: A Year of Fixing Up and Breaking Down and My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving & Losing Friends.
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Same answer as song of the year.
22. What was your favorite film of the year?
Sadly, the only films I watched this year were children’s films. So, er, Frozen?
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was visiting my parents for the weekend (my birthday was on a Sunday), and I turned 38.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I’ve had an amazing year, so, nothing.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
It started off fairly well, then morphed into maternity.
26. What kept you sane?
My husband, and a very wonderful group of bloggy friends. They know who they are.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
When the twins were in NICU, and I was getting discharged from hospital, I felt lost. Part of me wanted desperately to say in hospital so I could be with my babies. Part of me wanted to be home with my boys. I decided to go home, and head to NICU every morning. A wise friend, Tove, told me, “Be where you are.” That was the best piece of advice I’d ever received, and it saved my life. It also allowed me to release the guilt I was carrying, and just enjoy the moments with all my children.
How was your 2014?