Bye Bye 2014!

9 years

A new year is almost here and that brings 2014 to a close. This year was a strange one. I lost two animals (Tigger & Flapper), started free hosting again, created two new blogs (Cute Magic & Why Blue) and tried not to push myself mentally.

In 2015 I would like to:

  • Make a plan for the future
  • Seek support for mental health
  • Finish children’s book
  • Relearn website design
  • Make a theme for my blog
  • Exercise & eat better
  • Stop drinking as much soda/pop
  • Stop smoking as much

Dad and I will be playing our annual game of cricket in the afternoon (when it cools down). We have been playing this for so long (16+ years I think). Today I was thinking it will be really sad when one day he is not here to play it with me. I am lucky that he is, especially after he had cancer twice.

I hope 2015 will be a great year for everyone. 🙂

Entertainment Recap
Reading: In 2014 I read 23 books. Wonder by R.J. Palacio was my favourite.
Movies: In 2014 I watched 222 movies. Guardians of the Galaxy was my favourite.
Music: In 2014 I listened to 76 songs. I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas was the most played.

1. What was the best thing to happen in 2014 for you?
2. What are your plans for 2015?

63 Responses

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  2. merry new year kya!
    wishing 2015 would be a great year (:

    I wish I spent more time watching movies, reading books and listening to music. perhaps I should start that once again in this new year. hoping to read more posts from you and finding out more about one of my oldest online friends ^_^

  3. Enjoy your traditional game of cricket! That sounds like a great tradition, very unique and fun! I haven’t picked up a bat in years, maybe I should…
    Good luck with all your goals. Writing a children’s book would be lovely! Every year I say I’ll eat better but I never do! Maybe this year will be the time I finally do. Have a lovely New Year, and hope 2015 brings you all the best!

  4. I love that you always play cricket with your dad! That is such a fun tradition! 🙂 It looks like 2014 was really busy for you! Not sure how you manage all of those things!

    The best thing that happened to me in 2014 was definitely my engagement. I’m super excited to get married next year (and also to be done with wedding planning – ha!).

  5. I think 2015 is going to be a great year for you, Kya, I feel it in my bones. 2014 hasn’t been the best year by half, but you sound like you’re in a good place to make awesome changes.

    I worry about my Dad too, but you don’t need to, he is sounds like an amazingly strong man. I guess one day our Dads won’t be there to guide us, but I hope by then we’ll have people we get to guide and have traditions with.

    My plans for 2015 are to make big changes. The best things in 2014 happened before June, book festivals galore.

    1. Thank you very much! 🙂 I hope that we can both have a good year and appreciate the people around us (like our dear old dads! xD)

  6. Guardians of the Galaxy was also my favourite film in 2014. I hope you manage to achieve all of your 2015 goals. I also want to brush up on my coding skills. I feel like it’s been so long since I learnt something new.

    The best thing that happened to me in 2014 was getting the chance to visit Venice. It was a dream come true. 🙂

    In 2015 I’m hoping to graduate, get a full-time job and start learning to drive again.

    Have a great new year!

  7. Happy new year darling! I look forward to reading the cricket game every year, ah so the Dad won. *hugs* I wish you a greater 2015 and can’t wait to share more memories together. 🙂

  8. happy new year, kya! 🙂

    i wish i have the courage to actually put “seek support for mental health” as a 2015 goal. my mental health has been…stuck in the same spot and probably getting worse but i’ve never really trust anyone in here, y’know? crazy enough, even the people who consider themselves the “experts” (i’m referring to those shrinks) don’t exactly understand the differences between depression and anxiety and what cause them. i’m seriously wondering where did they received their certificate from, geez.

    i honestly think you’re good when it comes to webdesign. but yes, the thing just keeps on developing itself so we have to follow it then, i suppose 🙂

    i’ve been telling myself to eat less but sometimes i kind of break my own rule and that made my insecurity worse and sometimes it leads to me being so anxious about it to the point where my mood swing is just really, really bad. i always feel so…large, i guess haha everyone’s saying i’m fine this way but i don’t know, man, never comfortable in my own skin. i hope i can advance this year but who knows..let’s see about that.

    yes yes, you should stop drinking so much of soda…..says i who can’t stop taking caffeine in my bloodstream to the point where i’m sorta dehydrated OTL it’s hard when you’re addicted to something, yeah. i don’t think i’m capable of staying caffeine free for …even a month.

    i sometimes have this fear for my dad too since he’s a heavy smoker. but like i said, when you’re addicted to something, you cling onto it and it’s almost impossible for him to stop smoking, i guess. i can only say so much but he just wouldn’t listen to… *shrug*

    the best thing that happened in 2014, huh… man, i can’t quite recall it. this is the problem with me; i treat every year the same, like a repetitive cycle so i don’t really bother to actually summarize the good things at the end of the year, if that even makes sense. my plan for 2015 is probably to stay alive for another phase. if i ever made a resolution for every year, it’s probably gonna be the same: survive.

    1. I hope that you will be able to get some help and find that you are not alone. I understand what you mean about some of the so called professionals. Honestly, sometimes it is a joke. 🙁

      *hugs a million billion* If you want to talk to me, please know you can!

  9. Sounds like you have some good goals. Good luck on everything, especially getting support. Mental health has been a long struggle for me, mostly because of stigma. I have never gone to therapy and I get medication from my primary care. I find more comfort in my family support. Everyone is different, I’m sure you’ll find what works for you.

    I literally only smoke once or twice a year (on my birthday and on vacation). So, my goal isn’t really to quit, but to not beat myself up over it. 😛 My health is really bad though, so I wouldn’t exactly suggest that to others. xD; I just don’t want to die wishing I’d done more of what I enjoy. I’m not a fan of depriving myself of things.

    The best thing that happened to me, was getting in touch with my family again. I was in foster care, so that’s a pretty big deal for me. In 2015 I plan to do more living. I want to see things, and go places. I want to spend as much time with my husband and son as possible! 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂

      That is really great that you were able to connect with family again. I hope you are able to do all the things you want to in 2015!

  10. Happy New Year, Kya!

    I’m sorry to hear Tigger and Flapper passed away but I’m happy with the accomplishments you have made :). You always make the cutest sites and designs ever!!!

    Good luck with your new set of goals this year! I know that children’s book will be awesome and they will appreciate the cuteness you put into it. More luck to you with exercising, cutting back on soda, and cutting back on smoking. It might be a challenge at first, but I know you’ll be able to overcome it :). It’s for the best!! Have fun with playing Cricket with your dad~

    The best thing that happened in 2014 was overcoming the obstacles that held me back years before :).. Which is a set of things XD. And for 2015, gotta keep up the hard work!

    Wish 2015 will be a blessing year for you!

  11. Happy new year, Kya! i hope you have a great 2015!

    I think your free hosting is great. You’re doing really well with it! If you ever need help with theming, I’m your gal. XD

  12. Happy New Year Kya, and I hope you have an even better 2015!

    I absolutely adored Guardians of the Galaxy. The soundtrack was so much fun, and it was a serious movie that was so borderline goofy. I loved that Marvel took a chance on it and it did so well. It makes me so excited for what’s to come from them in 2015. c:

    The best thing to happen in 2014 for me was the personal growth and self-discovery. I think it really helped me figure out what I want for my future and myself. Makes me less terrified about not having a plan. My plans for 2015 more or less include finishing high school, starting university, and somehow saving up enough money to get myself to London for at least a week. Also: concerts, road trips, and other exciting things that I hope I’ll be able to share come the end of 2015. 🙂

    I hope 2015 is a wonderful year for you! <3

  13. The best thing that happened to me in 2014 was that I passed my board examinations! That was really tough and a vry gratifying feeling. Plans for 2015? Travel more. Happy New Year Kya! :>

  14. Guardians of the Galaxy was my favourite movie in 2014!

    I have many plans, some of which can be seen in my blog post.

    Happy New Year Kya!

  15. I think it’s a sweet and cute tradition you and your dad have! I don’t know a lot of people that have end of the year traditions. Keep it going and enjoy the good times while they’re around, don’t think about when they’re gone!

    I think the best thing to happen to me was visiting my family. I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I was actually there with them.

    2015 is the year of getting healthier mentally and physically!

    Happy New Year, Kya. 😀

  16. I’m so impressed with the amount of movies you watched! I’d be so curious if I managed to keep track of how many I did.

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and all the best achieving those goals! I personally have quite a few goals for 2015, but I’m keeping them specific, rather than making sweeping sentiments. I’m not sure if I’m ready to reveal them all just yet though! haha

    1. I hope you have a great year and can do all of the things you want to. That is actually the best way to get things done, if you have specifics set!

      I actually watched 100 movies less than last year. :O

  17. Happy New Year! Enjoy the time with your dad, mine is not doing too well and I can’t see him. The best thing that happened to me in 2014 was becoming closer with my friend. I don’t really have plans for the new year, but I really need to quit smoking.

  18. I hope that you’re having an amazing 2015 so far, Kya! <3 I think that the best thing that happened for me in 2014 was finding both a host that I adore and finding/creating a blog name that inspires me. Of course, both of these happened near the end of the year – so you never know when something good will come along. As for 2015, I'm not quite ready to make plans for it yet – I just know that I want to become a better version of the person that I'm supposed to be.

  19. Happy new year! Let’s make 2015 a better year for us and learn all the mistakes we did from the past years.

    wow~ i thought cricket is only for guys. but then, have fun and enjoy playing with your dad!

    1. In the competitive sporting world it is only played by males. (Which I think is a bit sexist for today’s world.) For me and dad it’s just about fun and following a tradition that we have carried on for a long time. 😀

      1. Ah. I should clarify, that there are female teams for cricket as well. They are just not as high profile and popular as the ones played by the men.

  20. Have a happy new year, Kya! I hope 2015 is much much better for you than 2014. And I am happy to see that your father is a survivor! I can’t imagine how painful it is to see someone you love have cancer, let alone have it twice!

    1. Thank you so much. I hope that you have a great year in 2015.

      It was a very hard thing to deal with. It was also even harder that the second time his operation was the day before my grandmother passed away. So after trying to deal with all of that, we had to care for my dad in his recovery too. I look back now and can hardly remember anything.

  21. I just stumbled on your site and boy am I glad I did. I just clicked on the giraffe host and I think what you’re doing is absolutely fantastic!!!

    As for the best thing that happened to me… well, I joined other in-house designers from my company (from different departments) to work on something called the Wayward Arts Project. Basically, this print shop gives the task of designing a magazine to an agency which they will distribute to other designers in the industry.

    For 2015, I hope to … make some changes and read more.

    Wishing you all the best.

  22. You have very nice goals for the future. I hope you can succeed in them.. I think your goals will help you in many ways.. Hopefully you can find great support to help you achieve them.

    Questions.. How long has your longest Cricket game lasted? Who has won the most Cricket games? What is your most memorable Cricket game?

    I always like hearing about these games because I think it is such a special time that you share with your dad. It’s crazy to think you have been playing that long.. And also crazy to think I have been reading/hearing about the games for about that long as well!! I hope you cherish the times you have with him and others.. It is sometimes hard to do that, so it’s good that you think about it so that hopefully you can make the most out of the times you have.

    1. Thanks mate! 🙂

      I think the longest game went for about six hours. We got a new bat, so we were scoring a lot more runs than normal haha. Dad has the most wins. The most memorable game would not be an exact game, but a collection of them over time. When some of my pets that passed away were alive, they used to all come over and play as well and hang around. It’s sad that they are not there now, but I am glad I have those memories (as well as playing the game with dad).


  23. Aww, sorry that you lost two pets in 2014 🙁 Playing cricket with your dad is a great tradition though. Sounds fun!

    Wow, you watched so many movies last year. I wish I had seen that many! I also really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, though I think Gone Girl or Birdman were my favorites. I also wish I set aside more time to read books.

    The best thing that happened to me in 2014 was going to Japan! I don’t have many plans for 2015 so far though, haha. Good luck with your goals, and I hope you have a great 2015!

    1. That would be so awesome to see Japan. I would love to do that one day. I recently watched Birdman. I am not really sure how I feel about it yet. xD

  24. So sorry to hear about your animals. I know that’s always hard but I was really excited to see you launch a few new projects this last year! Also, I’m looking forward to your children’s book! I know it’s going to be awesome!

  25. I am still unsure about what cricket actually is. You Aussies sure are strange :3

    (Like when my Australian cousins call cookies “biscuits” and we’re like, “NO COOKIES.”)

    That’s a lot of movies to watch in one year! 222?! How does one even find the time for that?! XD

    I think the best thing to happen to me in 2014 was visiting Haerbin, Xi’an, and Suzhou while my boyfriend and I were still living and working in China. Beautiful cities and Xi’an had such delicious food. Luckily a restaurant opened up in my town while I was away that serves Xi’an food, so that was great to come back to 😀

    For 2015… well, to teach and teach well. Survive this semester and any later semesters. Also celebrate my si year anniversary with my boyfriend :3

    1. Haha. We are kind of using the term cookies more and more now. I think the word sounds really cute. 😀

      I hope you have a good year! 😀

  26. It sounds like you have a good plan for 2015. I haven’t really made any goals for myself this year. I can’t really say anything spectacular happened in 2014 either. I guess the biggest thing was moving into a town house with my boyfriend, having my parents visit and meet my boyfriend, and going to my boyfriend’s home town and meeting his family.

  27. I find that when minimizing soft drink consumption, it typically works best if you eliminate it entirely. It’s so bad for you, there is no point in consuming empty calories.

  28. happy new year, kya 🙂 sorry my comment is a little late; i haven’t had a lot of time to go round blogs and all. i really do hope you have a wondeful year ahead!

    the best thing in 2014 for me was getting out of my previous job, and joining my current company 🙂 it’s been an adventure and i’m so thankful for it.

    i’m looking forward to 2015 because of travel plans, and i’m so super excited! hehehe.

  29. I am sorry to hear about your animals, loosing a pet is always so hard. I am glad to hear thought that you created your two new blogs and are trying not to push yourself mentally. I read your “about” at, I did not realize for some reason that you suffered from schizoaffective disorder. Any sort of mental health issue is difficult to deal with and live with. I have battled with depression, anxiety and panic disorder for 14 years if not more. It’s great though that you have a plan for the year and that seeking support is on your list. Support is so important and often overlooked. Medications are pushed on people and everything else is forgotten. Without support and therapy the medications typically can not work to their full potential. I am really happy to see you are seeking support and dealing with it 🙂

    1. Thank you so much. Sometimes it can be a big struggle. Trying to find what works for you and how to deal with many things as they happen. You have to try several things, because medication alone does not fix everything.

  30. I didn’t know you played cricket, Kya!
    That was one of my favourite sports at school although, not popular with the girls at all. I could have been the only girl who was in cricket class. :B

    Have a greater new year Kya!

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