2016, a disgustingly good year (bar all the shit)
|Left: your gal Libby. In the blue: Jezza C.|
I'm starting writing this post in the afternoon but there's a lot of food in the house at the moment and I'm prone to distraction so it'll take me a while to finish this.
I've not blogged since I got a job. That's because at the end of the work day I'm so sick of staring at my laptop screen that I can't bring myself to blog. But I'm not back at work til Jan 3rd so here we are.
Yeah, so, 2016 was a bit out there wasn't it? On my to-do list for 2016 I included "do something that 2015 Libby wouldn't have done". I did way too many of those things, which is great, because it proves I've grown as a person, but is also terrible, because here are some of those things I've done:
- Tried coffee.Ended up crying on North Bridge in Edinburgh at 3.30am. Between the hours of 5 and 6am I went for a walk somewhere. I only know this thanks to FitBit.
- Spoke to a guru for advice, and trusted said advice.
I like to be in control of all aspects of my life, uncontrollable ones included, so this was an odd thing for me. Ended up taking a year out from uni by following said advice. No idea what I would do in the year. Less than a week later, a job appeared. I don't entirely credit coincidence.
- Went on a camping road trip.
I learnt a lot doing this, mostly that I can't reverse to save my life and that you need to take the handbrake off to make a car move without weird alarms going off.
- Answered the phone to a journalist whilst hungover.
Worst mistake of the year. If you Google "Libby Mayfield BBC" you find the article. I went out with my mates that night, and was reading the comments at pre-drinks. I had a drink for every mean comment: a) I broke my mate's pull up bar and b) threw up by my car at 3am.
- Went on tour.
Tour is 90% insults and 10% music from the two days I experienced.
But among all my bad choices there were the greatest moments I've had in my life. There's no doubt in my mind when I say that this year was the best year of my life. Allow me to brag my way through the highlights.
- Interviewed John McDonnell.
- Worked at Fringe and in doing so worked behind a bar for the first time in my life.
- Started writing for the lovely Cultured Vultures.
- Started writing for the lovely EvolvePolitics.
- Got a car (thanks Grandad).
- Learnt to drive car after forgetting how to.
- Played more than one gig.
- Saw a lot of dogs.
- Started selling paintings.
- Spoke alongside Jeremy Corbyn at his rally in Derby.
- Gave a lot of money to charity.
- Began to get my anaemia under control.
- Because of the above, got a lot better at running, and can now run 7.5 miles.
- Went on national prime time TV, local radio, international radio, Canadian radio, financial radio.
- Photobombed a lot of club photos.
- Learnt a lot about what it takes to be a good person.
- Memorised 'If' by Rudyard Kipling.
- Passed my 100wpm shorthand exam.
- Got poetry and short stories published online.
- Got a short story published in print in America.
- Watched all of How I Met Your Mother in a month.
- Traveled to new places and places I already love on my own and with friends: exploration.
- Drank Prosecco off the floor.
- Got a job as a Wordsmith and Tweet Queen.
- Have never filled my car up with the wrong fuel.
Not bad not bad not bad.