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2014: a pretty freakin’ great year

LOADS of awesome stuff happened this year. I turned 30. Woohoo! I ate mopani worms and saw rhinos in Africa. I tried Finnish whisky and ate MANY types of fishes. I went to my first music festival. I learned to swing dance. I started this blog!

I met so many lovely people and got to hang out with lots of the fantastic ones I already know. I went to London, Fife, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Dundee, Manchester, Selkirk, Helsinki, New York, Philly and Delaware. I ate a lot of ridiculously good food. I made a lot of cake. I planned a lot of plans. I paid off my credit card. I walked a lot. I even started to actually enjoy my job, which is largely a testament to the rockin’ people I work with.

Overall, what I’m saying is: I’m pretty lucky. I can’t complain.

I can only hope 2015 will be at least as amazing, if not more so.

So without further ado, here are some highlights in pictures. See you next year!

2014 playlist

If you're wondering how on earth 'Gloria' ended up on this list, this is the night we all became properly obsessed with Laura Branigan. I make no apologies.

If you’re wondering how on earth ‘Gloria’ ended up on this list, this is the night we all became properly obsessed with Laura Branigan. I make no apologies. GOOD TIMES.

Continuing on the musical theme, I’ve put together my definitive 2014 playlist.

I will always be the kind of girl who makes mix tapes. Over the years they’ve morphed into burned CDs and now playlists, but I always have a few on the go. I still make them for people and situations and parties and myself and everything. It’s a proper art form and it needs to NEVER DIE.

This one is heavily influenced by all the traveling I did this year. But also, as ever, by people and big moments and, perhaps disproportionately, the jukebox at Starbar in Edinburgh. It’s roughly in chronological order in terms of how things cropped up over the year (so basically don’t listen on shuffle because then you’re ruining the curation of the thing). I hope you love it all as much as I do.

Merry Christmas, readers! Have some awesome music!