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Jar to Remember

For as long as I can remember, I have made the new years’ resolution to stop biting my nails.

At 24 years old, I still chew on them when I’m nervous.

For the most part, new years resolutions are simply a vow made to improve in some area of my life that I have no real motivation for and I usually forget about it by February anyway.

I found this on Buzzfeed and thought it was a great idea, though; a rememberlutions jar.

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The idea is that you decorate the jar and then when you do something memorable that year, write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then, at the end of the year take them all out and remember and celebrate your achievements for the year!

I think it’s a great idea to keep your confidence throughout the year (if you’re having a bad day, just read some of the cool stuff you’ve done already) and it’s really inspiring way to ring in the new year.

So, do you make new years resolutions? How many have you kept?

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Year in Review and Days Off

I’ve not done a year in review before, so I’m going by a few templates of other bloggers!

Life in General

2014 was a huge year for me. The biggest thing being that I finished my Disney International Program and returned home to New Zealand, starting a new job. There were ups and downs, with the ups being Disney and the downs being leaving Disney. But that’s not to say there’s not the good things about being back home.

 

Travel

Obviously, travel was a huge part of 2014 for me, because most of it was spent overseas. Once I finished in Orlando I went to visit my brother in Guelph, Ontario, just outside of Toronto.

 

I also went to New York City with my friend Courtney and managed to see pretty much everything I wanted to in the course of a few days, crossing off a lot from my bucket list, including seeing Wicked on Broadway!

I also went to Los Angeles again and had a fantastic time catching up with another friend before heading home.

Finally, back in New Zealand, I went to Hobbiton with Courtney and Chelsea; something I’d been wanting to do ever since I saw the first Lord of the Rings film!

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Exploring hobbiton! #hobbiton #newzealand

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Hobbies

2014 wasn’t such a huge year for my usual hobbies of cosplay, gaming and reading. Mainly because I tried to make the most of my remaining time in Orlando by doing all the things, instead of playing games and cosplaying characters that would be there later. I aim to change this in 2015, with costumes and reading being high on my priorities. More about the reading part in another blog post shortly…

Gaming

Like I said above, there wasn’t too many games I played in 2014, but I did manage to finish the WindWaker HD and Mario Kart 8 when I was visiting my brother and I started Twilight Princess for the first time. Having a WiiU when I got back helped kickstart my gaming bug again. Once I got back, I also got back into Star Trek Online and now I have a Federation and Romulan character.

I really want to start a gaming blog, but I have way too much on my online to-do list, so we’ll see…

Days Off

I managed to meet up today with a good friend of mine who will be returning to Japan soon. We went to high school and university together, but we haven’t seen each other in about three years. A bunch of high school and uni friends met up over the holidays and it was so nice to see everyone again after so long.

I’ve been going out with my parents a bit into Frankton for coffee. Queenstown has really expanded in the time I’ve been away, but it’s nice to see our favourite coffee shop/restaurant still here after a while. It’s a Thai restaurant open for lunch and dinner. They do the most divine BBQ pork buns and doughnuts!

I went to see the final Hobbit film again today (and now have bookmarked all the fix-it fic for reading tonight!) and went for a walk after we got home to try out some settings on my new camera.

The golden hour doesn’t really hit until about 9.30pm for us at the moment due to our location on earth and daylight savings time. So while I really want to get out there during that time, it’s not really feasible when most of my family have work early the next day.

The dog followed me most of the way home! Such a cutie.

I took my Thorin figurine out for an adventure. My mum got him for me when the first Hobbit film came out to match the Lord of the Rings figurines I had from when I was younger and the original films came out. I tried taking my Legolas one out with him, but the wind was too strong and he kept falling over. Damn elvish waifishness.

Now that the crazy busy time at work seems to be coming to an end, I hope to be posting a little bit more. See ya soon!

Daily Life

I hate computers

I didn’t have the energy to post something in the last week.

I just started a new job as a guest services agent (GSA) at a nearby hotel. The atmosphere is great, the leadership team seem like good people (one I actually worked with at the previous hotel I worked at) and the opportunities for inter-company transfers and promotion seem wonderful. So I’m excited to get started.

However, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, I hate this period of work.

I hate hate hate going to a new job in the first few weeks because I usually have no freaking idea what I’m doing. At all.

It’s frustrating to know that you will eventually learn your way around the building, and everyone’s names, and the computer system. But for those two or three weeks, I’m stuck looking stupid in front of guests as I’m not entirely sure where their room is.

Nevertheless, I’m really looking forward to working with this company and perhaps even carving out a future with it, provided I can move overseas first!

So here’s to new careers!