Man, where did the last year go? It was a complete and total whirlwind of adventures, laughs, big decisions and darn good times. I know I’m a little late to doing a recap post, but for the last week of 2015 and the first of 2016, I was abroad in dear old Bali (posts on that to come very soon!) so I guess you could say I was a littttllleeee preoccupied (i.e. too busy reading or nursing my sore feet).
I know a lot of people have said it, but 2015 really was my year. I changed and grew so much and did a ridiculous amount of things in a short span of 12 months. Obviously this means I’m only more excited for 2016, because I’ve declared it ‘the year I get my shit together and work out what I really truly want to do, and then work towards getting there’. Sounds like a lot of thinking and hard work, right? Well I’m sure it will be, and for once I’m ready to hunker down and put making a career first (at least until the Splendour line up comes out).
So in honour of the Magical Year That Was, I’ve decided to become one of those wankers that brags about how fab their year was and how darn grateful I am that I had the opportunities and funds to be able to do such kick ass stuff. On the 6th of January, whilst driving from Ubud to Kuta, I decided to jot down my 2015 highlights and realised that there were a LOT. So, to make this post a little easier on the eyes, I’ve decided to break down into sections (because by now you know how much I love my bloody lists and such) to cover all of the main stuff, but I’m sure after posting this I’ll have remembered even more rad things that made 2015 well, rad.
Holy shit, if my 2015 could be summed up into 3 words, it would probably be gigs, gigs and more gigs because that’s literally what I had my calendar planned around. I’m even going to go ahead and say that I possibly saw more bands/went to more gigs in 2015 (I keep going to say “this year” but alas, I cannot) than I did every other year combined. Music is my biggest passion, despite being a mediocre singer at best and absolutely rubbish at any instruments, and seeing it live is easily my favourite thing to do. In the entire world.
2015 was a glorious year for live music, and thanks to my interesting prioritising (who needs a savings account when you can have life experiences, right?) I managed to get to nearly all of the gigs I planned to go to. I don’t know if I had a favourite act/band, but seeing The Amity Affliction and A Day To Remember last month in Brisbane was a pretty unforgettable experience. Two of my favourite bands, touring together, putting on an absolutely amazing show with set lists that could kill. Man, I was a happy gal that night, despite running off 1 hour’s sleep and nearly getting into a fight with a significantly larger male standing in front of me. But that’s all part of the fun, right?
Musically, my year went a little like this:
- John Butler Trio @ Kuranda, March
- Groovin the Moo @ Townsville, May
- Splendour in the Grass @ Byron Bay, July
- In Hearts Wake @ Cairns, September
- The Rubens @ Cairns, October
- Fleetwood Mac @ Brisbane, November
- The Amity Affliction & A Day To Remember @ Brisbane, December
Looking at in in order like that is pretty amazing, because that means that for 7 of the 12 months of the year I was somewhere in Australia, immersed in a crowd seeing acts that I love. Shit, how am I supposed to top that now?!
I kicked off the year by moving to Cairns, which turned out to be the perfect location to set up a home base for all of my spontaneous travelling needs. Despite making a nice little home for ourselves here, I felt like I spent soooooo much time away from it and out doing shit, which is perfect because that’s exactly what I like to do. I made a promise to myself that when I had the opportunity to travel and do things that make me happy, I would jump straight in, no questions asked.
Sure, that meant a lot of money spent of flights and a lot of time worrying about how much spending money I would have for each different adventure, but I managed to get through it pretty comfortably with minor damages (RIP Kmart suitcase).
Aside from my countless trips to my parents (1 hr 20 minutes away) and the Tablelands (1 hr away) and Palm Cove (20 minutes in good traffic, which doesn’t really count as ‘away’ but feels like a totally different world down there, so it’s making the list!), I had clocked quite a few hours in the sky, and on buses, and trains, but mostly in the car.
I drove 3 different ranges, all for the first time in 2015, and man that alone was an accomplishment. Going from someone who liked to avoid windy uphill roads at all costs to a girl who could conquer any of the 3 with minor road rage was a pretty big jump, and one that I’m glad I finally made. I also did my first solo road trip to Townsville and back (4 hours each way) back in April and booked my first holiday out of state without my parents.
Not only was I lucky enough to be able to tick Byron off the list, but I was also given flights to Bali as killer 21st present, so I finished my year on a rooftop bar, dancing under the stars and endless rounds of fireworks. Anyone who knows me knows that Byron and Bali were ALL I could talk about travelling to, so I am pretty darn chuffed that I got to experience both of their beauties in one year.
I also made 2 cheeky trips to Brisbane, and went back to the one place I thought I’d never return to for one of my best friend’s 21sts. In total, I had 9 flights (man, it felt like a whole lot more!), endless hours clocked on the road and a helluva lotta memories that I can look back on and smile.
Other badass shit
As I mentioned earlier (way earlier now – man I write too much), 2015 was a big year for me. I had a lot of learning and growing to do as a person, and turning 20 really helped me grow into my skin and become a lot more confident with the person that I am.
I made a lot of cool new friends, and reunited with a lot of old ones, which was pretty darn special because now I have my second family back and our bond is stronger than ever. Having great friends also meant a lot of hectic nights out, and a LOT of money spent on alcohol (but let’s not waste time mourning over that one) and plenty of hilarious snap chat stories to wake up to.
We also found out that my parents are having a (surprise) baby, which has definitely turned our worlds upside down, but in the best possible way imaginable. Come June I will be the eldest of 8 kids (not all to the same rents, thank goodness. Having us all under one roof would be absolutely mental) which means that I have another human who I get to teach about the importance of Star Wars and overalls and Harry Potter and all of the other groovy things in the world.
Other honourable mentions go to:
- Visiting the family beach house/reef far more often than I ever used to
- Swimming in the ocean whenever I wanted to
- Finally being able to hang up all of those art prints I’ve been collecting over the years
- Tapping back into my creative side, through typography, writing and a new found love of watercolours
- Decorating my own unit (yes I share with my brother. But I have a lot more decorative things than he does, haha)
- Having the freedom to just get in the car and DRIVE
- Being single with significantly less boy drama than previous years (hallelujah! Let’s hope for even less this year)
- Being in the best mindset I’ve been in, possibly ever
I probably could keep raving on. Since I’m yet to go back to work and still in holiday mode, I’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic and reflective this past week. I really am so darn grateful about all of the things I got to do and experience in a short 12 months, so I can’t wait to see what 2016 has to offer.
2016 is also going to be the year that I get this blog into action. I’ve got a tonne of ideas lined up, and I’m hoping to turn them into the sick content that you all love and deserve.
Sending good vibes for the year to come,