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Bell’s 2013 Wrap -Up

Bell’s 2013 Wrap -Up
Bell
  • On January 5, 2014

 

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? 

I flew by myself. I know, I know- I’m 35 years old, it’s just pathetic, but it was a big deal to me.

I also started a partnership with someone. I’ve never worked with anyone the way I am with Amelia and it’s been a big, and very valuable adjustment.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t do resolutions. 🙂 They only lead to regret. I guess that means that technically I kept 100% of the resolutions I made, because math.

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

I spent New Years Eve in my living room with plates full of fruit, crackers, cheeses, and different cakes and cookies, and watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Robin Hood: Men in Tights with my family.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not this year, thank god.

5. What countries did you visit?

Canada! It was phenomenal. One of the better decisions I’ve made.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

I honestly don’t know. More accomplishment, I think; meeting more of the goals I set for myself. That’s not really something I get to just “have”, though. It’s going to have to be something I earn.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Heh. This meme SERIOUSLY overestimates my memory. This was a year full of amazing experiences and wonderful new friendships, so I remember a lot of days and a lot of people. I think the day that I will probably remember the most clearly for a long time, however, is October 21. That was the day Amelia and I flew home from Geek Girl Con and the day we decided to turn Can’t Talk into more than just a podcast.

I’ve never seen Amelia as animated or as inspired as she was that day, and that’s what made it memorable. It wasn’t because we decided to start the website or anything else, just Amelia’s enthusiasm and creative excitement. It was awesome.

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?

Overcoming my travel phobia over and over again to do what made me happy instead of staying home and feeling safe. It was really hard and extremely uncomfortable, and I’m very proud of it.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I still haven’t written a book.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Well, I have asthma now, so that’s exciting.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Plane tickets.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Plane tickets.

13. What song will always remind you of 2013?

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Writing.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Making excuses.

16. What was your favorite TV program?

Sleepy Hollow was probably the best new show I saw this year.

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Nope. Still just Fred Phelps.

18. What was the best book you read?

Definitely Redshirts by John Scalzi.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Pink had a great new album this year, as did One Republic. I listened to more Amanda Palmer.

20. What was your favorite film of this year?

Pacific Rim, because duh. Giant monsters fighting giant robots? OF COURSE.

This Is The End was really funny as well, although I found the rape joke problematic. (THIS. THIS IS WHAT FEMINISM DOES.)

21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 35 this year, and my two best friends came over. We ate cookie cake (it was kind of gross) and played Cards Against Humanity.

22. What kept you sane?

Medication. (Also, having a supportive husband, a best friend that somehow always knows when to pat me on the shoulder and when to kick me in the ass, and an outstanding therapist probably helped a little.)

23. Who did you miss?

My grandparents. Always.

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24. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned.

Honestly? I learned that sometimes managing depression really is as simple as adjusting your medication. Not every depressive swing is a personal challenge that I must overcome through Toughness because I’m Tough.

25. What does 2014 hold for me?

Hopefully, more writing, more reading, more gaming, more adventure, more time with the incredible friends I’ve made. I’m looking forward to it.

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