This year has been filled with the lowest of lows, and highest of highs; a mixed bag if you will. It was a horrible year for blogging, and I am hoping I can be more consistent in 2016.
January started off horrible. I was ill, I had no money, I felt hopeless. Nothing was going right and my future here was in jeopardy. I was injured and I couldn’t run to alleviate the stress. Finally, everything got resolved (at least financially) and that made a huge difference.
In February I did my first Whole 30. That is pretty much all I can say about February.
This picture pretty much sums up the first 2 months of 2015.
March can be summed up by this picture.
I saw Ian Hallard in Lovesong of the Electric Bear (twice!). This play literally saved my life in so many ways.
Despite the brief reprieve of March, I struggled through the rest of the spring. I struggled academically and emotionally. I cried a lot. I ran a lot too, but finally, I was very, very lucky and once again I managed to survive.
In May I was lucky enough to have got into the ballot to see the Vote! Which meant this happened!
In June, we celebrated a year of having Bailey!
In July, Steph and I went to London. We visited the Doctor Who store, I saw Robert Sean Leonard in To Kill a Mockingbird, and I took a walk past the Diogenes.
The beginning of August was pretty awesome; guess where I was?
The rest of the month was spent working on three chapters that needed to be completed by September.
In September I got the all clear to continue on working on my thesis. It was such a relief to not have to worry about my status here anymore.
I also went to see the premiere of Doctor Who Season 9!
October was a huge month. Not only did I run a half-marathon, but I went to London (again!) and had Mark Gatiss wish me a happy 40th birthday. Pretty much perfection right there. Definitely the moment of the year!
Me and Steph moments after the birthday wishes!
Hamlet wasn’t half bad either!
The majority of November was spent working on my thesis and struggling mentally. I took an overnight trip to see Lovesong of the Electric Bear in its West End debut, but the remainder of the month was spent close to home.
I’ve really struggled this month both mentally and pain wise with NDPH. It’s been really, really hard. Steph and I went to London; it was for her birthday as she wanted to do the Harry Potter studio tour all done up for Christmas. It was gorgeous!
Overall, it was a pretty good year (at times). I didn’t really get into a lot of the things that went on this year, and this isn’t the place for it. Perhaps, soon, I will discuss it publicly. A lot of it was mental for me. Some of it was physical. I lost some friends and made some new. Things weren’t easy with academics and I have a lot of work to do over the next few months. Hopefully I will come out of this with my PhD! 🙂
So many things are ahead in 2016. Finishing up this thesis, finding a job, and figuring out the rest of my life. Pretty scary stuff! Hopefully, I’m ready for it.