New Year’s Eve, 2023, 10:46pm and I am at home watching When Harry Met Sally for the first time (which is supposedly a very good movie to watch on New Year’s Eve ). I’m also watching a BBQ meatlovers pizza in the oven hoping that I don’t overcook the crust.
To me, New Year’s Eve is a day of reflection and celebration. I am excited for new beginnings and a better year. I have always been a sentimental person but recently more so. I rediscovered my love for journaling when I was recovering from jaw surgery in late November – early December. I wanted to document my jaw surgery process and spent two weeks off work watching movies and colouring with watercolours.
2023 has been a relatively good year for me. I started the year in Honolulu, Hawaii ringing in the new year by the beach with my friends. The year started off with strong optimism and determination. Of course, that enthusiasm lulled within a week of returning to Sydney. Despite that, I have many highlights of the past 12 months.
I started a new job mid-year leaving the world of professional accounting and auditing behind.
I finished a 14km run. I have never even run a 7km before. Whilst my time was not ideal (just under 2:20 hr) it was not a bad result at all and I am so proud that I even attempted and finished it as a non-runner.
I travelled internationally to Manila, Phillipines and Hong Kong and met some amazing people and visited amazing places.
I went to the F1 Australian Grand Prix and had my McLaren hat signed by both McLaren drivers, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri. This was a serious ‘pinch me’ moment that left me ecstatic and lost for words.
I underwent corrective jaw surgery to correct my bite and jaw alignment. This was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do all year given that the surgery was so mentally and physically tough on me. However, it showcased my strength and resilience to pull through those initial first weeks. I feel rejuvenated. My face and side profile has improved immensely, I can breathe through my nose and I’m not constantly tired.
I feel like I ended this year strongly. I’m ending the year and starting the new year with more rest and energy. I’m at the stage of my life where I find new year resolutions are overrated and corny but I still believe in new beginnings so cheers to 2024!