It’s been a hell of a year.

In February, I wrote about how shocked I was at the progress I had made in my life since my (quite traumatic) breakup about a year ago. If only I could go back in time and tell myself that the rest of the year would be even more surreal than I could have ever imagined. I’d probably also tell myself to stop trying to do five hundred different things at the same time, even though that wouldn’t have made too much of a difference. But now, as we dangle at the precipice of an almost unbelievable 2016, I have to look back and take stock of everything I have done this year, including finishing a thesis while working full time, (somehow) getting pieces published, having other people actually read, enjoy, and even sometimes learn something from such pieces, and kickstarting Pencilled In, a project I’ve had in mind for a couple of years now.

Thanks especially to the following people:

  • Alex, Sean, and Lyn for keeping me company along the crazy journey that was Honours,
  • Kaitlyn, Anna, Jessica, Bec, Omar, and the rest of my amazing Twitter family for laughs, encouragement, and general mucking around,
  • Julie, Shu-Ling, and Wendy for being so goddamn supportive of Pencilled In and everything associated with it,
  • Lara, Yassmin, Suki, Meg, Damon, Katie, Angela, and Stacey for enduring the goddamn Shriver incident with me and making BWF in general so much fun,
  • Bri, Emma, Anna, and Grace, my Hot Chicks with Big Brains family, for being so fucking inspirational and supportive. I feel like we’ve been friends for ages, even though I’ve only really known you all for the past couple of months,
  • Verity, my “big sister”, for believing in me and my writing with more heart and enthusiasm than I probably deserve. I can’t wait for you to come back to sunny Brisbane so we can gorge ourselves on mangoes and avocados and all the stone fruit we can find.

This year has taught me that I can truly do anything if I put my mind to it. I don’t really have a plan for the next couple of years, and for those of you who know me best, you will know that is probably the scariest thing I can do to myself. But I’m sticking to my guns, and I’m going to use these years to write, to connect with other people, and to see the world. I hope you’ll all stick around for the ride!

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