Last day of 2014, and a time for reflection. This year has been a corker: I got my law degree from USyd, moved to Oxford, and have spent the last 3 months throwing myself into BCL and college life. I’ve tried rowing and survived regattas, adjusted to a pretty competitive environment, done some amazing travelling, and still have all my natural teeth (no fillings here!)
I’m so glad to have started this blog, and at the risk of sounding like Miss Teen USA (like, such as), I want to thank you so much for reading! Just a few months in, it’s so gratifying to have over 5500 views from 47 countries.
I’ve loved receiving your emails and comments – seeing that little orange WordPress flag or having something in my inbox makes me feel as giddy as ShopGirl getting an amusing message from NY152 (side note: Ah to have been Catfished by Tom Hanks!)
Blogging has also been a fun way to develop my writing voice. Just the other day, I got the most glowing endorsement. According to my Mum, I write just like her favourite gardening columnist. So if all else fails, I feel pretty safe in the knowledge that I can have a backup career writing about aphids and how to grow beetroot (in drained soil with well-rotted garden compost raked through, sown in mid-spring).
Nora Ephron once said in an interview that one way that she keeps her brain churning out fresh material is by writing: “That’s one of the reasons I became interested in blogging—it was a new muscle to flex.” This blog has kept me musing and writing (and encouraged me to get a piece published on ManRepeller). So I look forward to recording more of my tenuously-linked-to-Oxford thoughts in 2015!
ps. You have no idea how difficult it was for me to find that Nora quote. I honestly had to trawl through a bunch of other ‘muscle quotes’ like this gem from Arnold Schwarzenegger: “I just use my muscles as a conversation piece, like someone walking a cheetah down 42nd Street.”
On that inspirational note, I’ll leave you, and 2014!