2012 in review

So, 2012.

Some bad things happened this year. I won’t dwell on them here.

Some good things happened, too. I’d like to remember those.

2012 was the year of travel, for what that’s worth. When I took my current job in 2011 I knew there was no travel publication inhouse, and accordingly scrapped my goal of scoring a travel assignment/junket. But I eventually wound up having opportunities to travel through work nonetheless – and that’s the main thing, isn’t it? And because I can’t help but write, I blogged about my trips.

This year we spent NYE in the Coromandel. The Microsoft Imagine Cup world finals took me to Sydney on my birthday. August saw me in Queenstown. September was our long-awaited campervan journey around the South Island, including T’s birthday.

This year I did things I’ve never done before. I got to take a sweet yacht ride one Friday. I jumped out of a plane, on another Friday. I got seasick for the first time – yep, Friday again, but a different one.

What else?

I set myself a goal of writing one big print feature, and a quiet, sneaky, private goal of writing a cover feature. I ended up hitting both with my first major print story. I also wrote another two (one on NZ’s first startup accelerator, launching next year as part of the Techstars-founded Global Accelerator Network) and one more that’s out this week about Wellington production company Gibson Group. I’m working on another, which involves bee venom in the context of the beauty industry.

I interviewed Alec Ross from the US State Department and Tim Brown from IDEO. I attended awesome creative conferences: Better by Design, Semi-Permanent, TEDx. And more randomly, Coldplay’s recent concert. Even though I ignore/turn down 99% of event invites, I still went to more than I can remember (friends whom I invite along always ask why I get asked in the first place. Dudes, it’s simple. People need to fill seats [or floors, in the case of stand-ups] and working in media is basically an auto-qualifier).

I started planning a wedding. I also got even worse at keeping up with high school friends, though slightly better at keeping in touch with newer ones.

I started taking facial sunscreen seriously (now that I’m not a constant oil pit and am more sensitive to sun) and started using eye cream religiously, because my eye area freaks out when I don’t. Also, I can see all sorts of fine, crepey lines threatening to emerge. IS THIS WHAT GETTING OLD MEANS?

And I’m excited for 2013. How about you?

10 thoughts on “2012 in review

  • Reply Kelly December 11, 2012 at 08:40

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one freaking out about the eye wrinkles. I always figured that stuff would hold off at least until the thirties. Love the new look by the way!

  • Reply Budget & the Beach December 11, 2012 at 12:48

    Sounds like a pretty good year. I like the seat filler idea. I know that happens with shows here too. Living in LA has its perks sometimes. I hope you have a great 2013. I for one am excited!

  • Reply My Money Design December 11, 2012 at 15:31

    Your trips in 2012 make me jealous! They sound fun. I’m looking forward to getting more in shape in 2013. It would also be nice to push my blog readership up!

  • Reply Savvy Scot December 11, 2012 at 23:26

    Very busy indeed! Was it a skydive or a parachute jump?

  • Reply Catherine December 12, 2012 at 03:57

    Busy girl! I’m neurotic about sunscreen-I use a moisturizer w/ spf in it everyday and I don’t live in the beautiful weather that you do!

  • Reply Sense December 12, 2012 at 19:02

    Hey, I keep getting notifications of new posts, but when I click on the link, an error saying that the post is gone comes up. It’s happened for about a week or so now? For example, it says a new post entitled, ‘On age and how others perceive you’ was posted about 2 hours ago, but it doesn’t exist when I click on the link to read it. Just thought I’d let you know something was funky!

    • Reply eemusings December 12, 2012 at 19:44

      Argh, I’m pretty sure WP is being annoying and buggy (I’ve been moving around the dates of prescheduled posts for various reasons – that one is going live tomorrow – looks like it is trying to publish them on the original dates in some places). Super sorry – that might happen once or twice more this month, but that’s it!

  • Reply Veronica @ Pelican on Money December 12, 2012 at 19:50

    Sounds like a fantastic year to me. 2 print features? Amazing! You attended TEDx?! I’m so envious! How do you manage to keep so busy and blog on top of all that? Insanity. I hope 2013 is an awesome year for you!

  • Reply oilandgarlic December 13, 2012 at 08:07

    What really signifies age is the use of hand creams! I’m 40ish (yikes..) and now have to use hand creams all the time now..something that I’ve noticed my 60-something MIL always has to do.

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