Sunday, 2 January 2011

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

1) Was 2010 a good year for you?
It was wonderful, in virtually every way. I'm sure it had its low points but, looking back, all I see is happiness and good, positive changes. My Dad's cancer is under control and he's getting back to the man he was before the illness. I own my own house and, although there's a long way to go, it's starting to take shape. I'm no longer unhappy with the way I look and I can now wear leather shorts without fear of being harpooned.

2) What were your favourite moments of the year?
Having dinner at Butter in NYC and three women sending over champagne to our table. My Dad being able to help me decorate my house. The whole holiday to Barcelona. And, although it was right at the end, New Year's Eve!

3) What was your least favourite moment of the year?
Being let down by someone I considered a close friend. However, onwards and upwards!

4) Where were you when 2010 began?
In the gay village. Obviously.

5) Who were you with?
Friends and an assortment of decadent gays.

6) Where will you be when 2010 ends?
I was in a little cafe bar. We won the Quiz of the Year and our prize was 6 litres of scrumpy. Oh yeah. One of the best New Year's Eves ever.

7) Who will you be with when 2010 ends?
I was with some of my favourite people in the world.

8) Did you keep your new years resolution of 2010?
They were "Just to continue on my road of self discovery (I'm aware that makes me sound like a tosser) and lose weight. Slimming World here I come." Both achieved. A+, good work. Ooh, also my 'plans for 2010' were "To travel a bit, work a bit, live a bit, love a bit, laugh a bit and buy my own house." DONE AND DONE.

9) Do you have a new years resolution for 2011?
I want to hit my target at Slimming World (which is slightly further away post Christmas), get fitter (I'm running the Great Manchester Run in May), blog more and be better with money.

10) Did you fall in love in 2010?
I fell in love with my life.

11) If yes, with who?
See above. There may not be a special someone in my life right now but I'm happier than I've ever been.

12) If yes, do they know?

13) Are you still in love with them?
Currently I am more in love with my life than ever. I'm sitting in my own house, drinking espresso, eating satsumas and catching up on Christmas television. Love.

14) You regret it?
I never regret love, even when it gets me in trouble.

15) Did you breakup with anyone in 2010?
Nope. I had a few dates here and there, but they didn't really go anywhere. I just wasn't interested.

16) Did you make any new friends in 2010?
Yes! I met a lot of incredible people that I know through this blog or Twitter and had some wonderful times with them. Plus new people at work and a few others that appeared along the way.

17) Who are your favourite new friends?
Ah, I don't pick favourites. My London lovelies and my Scottish sweethearts know who they are.

18) What was your favourite month of 2010?
June I think. Glastonbury, hot hot sun and lots of fun times. December was also pretty special though as that's when I moved into the palace.

19) Did you travel outside of your country of residence in 2010?
New York! Barcelona! Paris (on the way to New York!) and Edinburgh!

20) How many different states/provinces did you travel to in 2010?
Again, I'm not an American. I went to one state and three different countries. I want to travel more next year but, the way my bank balance is looking, I'm not sure I can justify it.

21) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2010?

22) Did you miss anybody in the past year?
Of course. My Nottingham crew and various friends scattered around the country.

23) What was your favourite movie that you saw in 2010?
Toy Story 3 and Precious (although, was that last year?). I didn't see that many films this year, not that I can remember anyway.

24) What was your favourite song from 2010?
Tenderoni - Kele, Regenerate - Booka Shade, Turn My Swag On - Soulja Boy, I'm In Love - Alex Gaudino and Wonderful Life - Hurts. They all remind me of very happy times.

25) What was your favourite record from 2010?
'The Boxer' by Kele Okereke. and 'Progress' by Take That. Both make me immeasurably happy.

26) How many concerts did you see in 2010?
Hardly any! Marina and the Diamonds, Kele Okereke (twice), MIA, Kelis, Glastonbury Festival.

27) Did you have a favourite concert in 2010?
Kele Okereke at Leeds Cockpit. Incredible. Oh, and seeing the Pet Shop Boys at Glastonbury. Blew. My. Mind.

28) Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2010?
Nowhere near as much as last year. My new found slimming regime didn't really allow for it and I often went three weeks without a drink.

29) Did you do a lot of drugs in 2010?
I drank a lot of lemsip. 2010 was the year of the cold.

30) How many people did you sleep with in 2010?
A lady doesn't kiss and tell.

31) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
For the first time ever, I don't think so! Bar the usual drunken escapades, I was fairly well behaved this year.

32) Where did most of your money go?
Tax, national insurance and pension. Ugh. Also, my house and the holiday to New York. Oh, and clothes. Losing five stone in weight necessitates a new wardrobe though, right?

33) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2010?
I'm not aware of any lies. So either everyone I know is a very good liar, or they're all saints.

34) Did you treat somebody badly in 2010?
No, I don't think so.

35) Did somebody treat you badly in 2010?
Yes. I'm still not really sure what I did to deserve it either. C'est la vie!

36) How much money did you spend in 2010?
A lot. Hence why one of my resolutions for 2011 is to be better with money.

37) What was your proudest moment of 2010?
Probably winning Woman of the Year at my Slimming World group. Or getting promoted in March. Or losing over five stone. Or finally getting the keys to my very own house. 2010 was incredible.

38) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2010?
Falling flat on my face in Butter, New York. In front of a full dining room. And then being helped up by the waiter. Mortifying. I wasn't even drunk, just clumsy.

39) If you could go back in time to any moment of 2010 and change something, what would it be?
I honestly wouldn't change a thing.

40) What are your plans for 2011?
Embrace new opportunities, live life to the full, run a 10k race and not die, throw lavish dinner parties, eat well and take care of myself, laugh A LOT, kiss inappropriate boys and dance like noone's watching. Hurrah. I'd also like to develop Clear Your Heart more and see where it can take me.

See last year's list here, and 2008's list here.


Rapunzel said...

Awww! The most positive post I've read this year!

Here's to you running, dancing, eating, laughing and kissing your way through 2011!

Rapunzel x

LilyLipstick said...

What a positive post - really enjoyed reading it. Good luck with all your goals and plans for 2011! x

Ayden said...

This was a pretty epic post to read :) sounds like 2010 was full of highs and lows for you, but in all... you must be so proud! cant wait to see what 2011 brings you :) xx

Sarah said...

Happy New Year!! I agree with everyone, what a positive post, it's so nice to read. I'm so glad you had a good year, you deserve it for sure. Good luck with 2011 and the Palace!

Jen said...

Such a fabulously uplifting look back at 2010. Hopw 2011 is just as good! x

Sally said...

you saw marina and the diamonds?!
not. fair.
Happy New Year :)

Helen said...

Rapunzel - Aww thankyou! I am feeling incredibly positive at the moment! Hope 2011 is amazing for you too x

Lily - Thankyou! I really enjoyed writing it. x

Ayden - It was an incredible year. Truly. Hope you have a wonderful 2011 too x

Sarah - Ah thanks dollface! Your 2010 review was lovely to read too. Yay for positivity x

Jen - Thanks love! Hope 2011 is amazing for you too x

Sally - I did! They were incredible. Happy New Year! x

Helen said...

Hurrah here's to 2011! How's the training for the 10k going? Hahax

Christina said...

Hello fellow Mancunian blogger! I'm doing the great Manchester run in May too...hope I survive!

Blackberry Sherbet

Amy said...

Happy posts like this really, really make me smile.

Good on you, Helen. I hope you have an even better 2011.

Alyse said...

Just found your blog. Loves it! I'm following =]

elle said...

just wanted to say hello - i'm your newest follower! saw you on morven's blog and thought that was an incredibly sweet thing to do for someone. i absolutely love your writing style too - you actually make me laugh out loud for real when i was back reading some of your posts. lots of love, elle x

p.s. a belated happy new year to you too, may 2011 rock your world as much as 2010 did!

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

So lovely. Happy new years! x hivennn.

somethingpurty said...

London lovelies! Am I one?

Anonymous said...

Hello! Congrats on the wonderful year and hopefully 2011 will be even better!
Your weightloss is FANTASTIC! I have previously done slimming world myself and lost a few stone, however, laziness and decadence has made me put much of it back on so if you have any fab recipe ideas to share on your blog or even tips, that would be superb!

Helen said...

Helen - Erm, it's not! Yet, anyway. I was supposed to start yesterday but then I didn't. Am planning to start this weekend! How's yours? x

Christina - Hello indeed! And hurrah for another 10k runner! GO TEAM BLOG x

Amy - Aww thanks Amy! I am an extremely happy girl at the moment x

Alyse - Thankyou! x

Elle - Aww, you little sweetheart! Thankyou so much x

Jazzy E - And to you! x

SP - As if you need to ask! You're the ringleader of the lovelies x

Anon - Thankyou! I do write another blog where I post more about my weight loss. There's a link to it on my 'about me' page.

HailesHeartsFashion said...

Such a good post :)
and such a good idea for a post!
Made me laugh :L

Happy New Year <3

Sarah said...

LOVE the big bling ring in the picture!

lovely blog xx

Sides said...

Happy New Year!!! Great post :)

walkthesand said...

LOVED reading this. Excellent!
Happy 2011!

PS// Topshop Nail Polish Giveaway over at mine :)