For the final blog post of 2017, it’s only fitting that I write a tacky “year in review” post. And what a year it has been!
On New Years Eve 2016, I was out celebrating the night with my boyfriend & his friend. During the evening, my BF brought up a tradition I’d not heard of before. He picks a word each year that’s his word for the year ahead. That word defines your goals, direction, whatever it is that you want to achieve in that new year. So, I chose the word, “complete”.
Why complete? Because I had a tendency not to see things through and I was determined to change that. 2017 was going to be the year I got things done. It sure was! In 2017, I travelled, I tried new things and went well out of my comfort zone, I had big achievements in NZ wresting, made some career moves and even entered a boxing ring! I’ve written a brief recap below of my top moments from the year for your enjoyment. I’ll write more on some of these in separate posts. Enjoy!
I try to go some place new every year. This year I went to Samoa & Hawaii.
In January, I met my friend in Samoa. While there, I ventured to local hangouts including a night club and drank towers of Vailima. Safe to say the next day I was a little less bubbly. Being that I’m not much of a seafood eater, I became a bit daring and tried some raw fish (Oka). I travelled on a local bus and danced in the Fia Fia night at our accommodation. It was such an amazing time. I enjoyed the food, the company and the beaches. I’ll definitely write a separate post about my trip to Samoa as there was so much that we saw and did in just one week. It was a great girls trip away.
More recently, in November, I took off to Hawaii with the boyfriend. I’ve written a post about our time there which you can read more on here. I would definitely love to go back and see more of Hawaii. Perhaps the other islands next time.
Although the New Zealand wrestling scene is quite small compared to the rest of the world, I had one achievement this year that I am most proud of. I was the main event in February against Carmen Rose in a Last Woman Standing match at St Valentines Day Massacre. The first of its kind in New Zealand. Being able to keep the crowd on their toes for 20 minutes and fighting throughout the venue, showing that us women are more than capable of holding the main event spot on a card was such a proud moment. Carmen Rose was a fun opponent and I look forward to her return in ring some day for a rematch.
For the past few years, I had been looking into my next career moves. I’m one of those people that’s always on the lookout for what’s next. In need of a new challenge, I had been networking throughout the business and researching in my spare time the things that interested me. Then, in August this year, I was given the opportunity to jump into a secondment for my current role. It’s a job I’ve been after for some time. And after finding my feet in the role, I can confidently and proudly say that I’m headed in the right direction for my future.
Another big step and proud achievement along the same lines… I started this blog. I’d been talking of starting a blog or doing some writing for a long time but never saw it through. Many people had their advice and opinions and sometimes the idea seemed too daunting and overwhelming. I wasn’t sure what I’d write or if people would read it. Then, one day I decided I was going to ‘complete’ this life goal and finally start a blog and see where it goes. Surprisingly, each week, the topics flow naturally out of my mind and on to the screen. And here you are, reading it. I’m looking forward to writing many more and seeing how far I can take this. Particularly, looking forward to completing my next goal of writing a book.
It was definitely an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. After saying yes to doing the fight, the training and preparation, both physically & mentally, that went into getting ready for fight night was something completely new and out side my comfort zone. I found the boxing world to be incredibly welcoming and friendly but the training tough and rightfully so. There’s only one way to prepare for being punched in the face, that’s to be punched in the face. Although, I’d been hit in wrestling many times, yet this was a whole other level. A constant stream of punches coming at you. I’ve written about the night on a blog post here. Through the fight itself, when I felt like giving up, I kept reminding myself to “complete” the fight. Get to the end. I’m proud of myself for completing and making it to the end of the three rounds.
What a year it has been! I want to thank you all for reading my blog to date. I’ve enjoyed writing each and every post and look forward to writing many more. Next year, I’ll be looking to include some additional contributors to the site to add some additional content and fresh perspectives.
So… what will be my word for the new year? Not sure yet, I’m open to suggestions… let me know in the comments below or hit me up on social media. Have a fantastic New Years everyone! See you in 2018!