2015: the year in review

2015 in review

A post came up in my Facebook memories from a couple of years ago, so I thought I’d give y’all a bit of an update on how 2015 has treated me. If you’d like to play along, feel free to leave your answers in the comments!

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I made some really adult decisions to better my life and decided to put myself first. That meant no longer spending time with people who didn’t value me or my time, and I’m so glad I made that decision. Also, I made a yoga video, did a live TV cross and did a radio interview.

2015 in review: Meagan Kerr wearing SuperfitCurve for Farmers

Posing in the forest in my activewear

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Mine were “eating better, exercising more, rehabilitating old injuries and doing things that make me feel good”. I saw a nutritionist, was doing great with the exercise until I fell quite ill, and did a lot of things that made me feel great! The injury rehab didn’t go so well – I dislocated my knee and am now awaiting surgery. I have set some goals for 2016 as well, keep an eye out for those on January 1st.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Two very dear friends of mine had a baby this year and I cried buckets. She’s adorable and I’m so pleased she’s with us. Joan, you were 100% worth the wait.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I didn’t talk about this on my blog at all, because it’s really personal and not something I wanted to share at the time, but in September a friend I’ve known since I was 17 died. We used to spend a lot of time together but over the years we drifted apart a bit as our lives took us in different directions. I’m still really gutted he’s gone – I think about him every day and my heart still can’t understand that someone I’ve known for 14 years just isn’t there anymore. I’ve got so many amazing memories of the adventures we shared together, and I’ll always treasure those.

2015 in review: looking out over the lake in Rotorua

Looking out over the lake in Rotorua

5. What countries did you visit?
I stayed in NZ, and dreamed of far away adventures. I did a bit of travel around NZ though – I went to Gisborne, Whangarei, Taupo, Hamilton, Karikari Peninsula and Rotorua.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Travel. There was not nearly enough travelling done in 2015 and I thoroughly intend to make up for that in 2016.

7. What date(s) from 2015 will remain etched your memory, and why?
Nothing was significant enough to etch a date in my memory. Honestly, I can barely remember my anniversary, don’t make me remember other dates as well!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I made it through my first year of self employment and am still going strong!

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t think I had any failures, but I did have a few learning curves. I could have spent some of my time and money more wisely. Oh and I did have an epic fail where I tripped over the pavement and faceplanted onto the concrete. Ouch.

2015 in review: wearing a very chic hospital gown while waiting for an MRI

Wearing a very chic hospital gown while waiting for an MRI

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I have been living with a mystery illness since June (despite countless visits to the doc and a barrage of medical tests, they’re still guessing) and dislocated my knee in October. Plus that whole tripping over the pavement incident.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A swim bra bikini! It fits like a dream, I feel confident (and supported) and it’s lovely to swim in!

2015 in review: Meagan Kerr and Doug Peters

Doug and I in Rotorua

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Doug’s – for putting up with me when I was stressed and grumpy and took it out on him, and for making me go to sleep instead of letting me work for 29 hours straight.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
I witnessed so many people treat others badly. Just stop that. I’m so tired of people treating each other like crap, can’t y’all just be decent bloody humans for goodness sake?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, bills, clothes, food … pretty standard really. Oh, and I bought an iPhone 6S Plus. So worth it!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Blogging. Fat babes loving fashion. Empowering people to love themselves.

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2015?
Alive by Sia
Hello by Adele
Freaks by Savage and Timmy Trumpet
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Not that it matters, but thinner.
iii. richer or poorer? Financially poorer but my heart is richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spending time with my friends and family.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Work. I’m determined to nail that work/life balance!

20. How will you be spending/did you spend Christmas?
I had a quiet Christmas with my family, watching movies and playing boardgames.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
At one point it seemed like the answer was going to be the IRD, but it turned out to be my parents, who live in Australia.

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?
Nope.

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favourite TV program?
I watched Lightbox obsessively and can’t pick just one favourite. Maybe Outlander. Or Dance Moms.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t have time for hatred, it’s way too energy consuming.

26. What was the best book you read?
“Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls : A Handbook for Unapologetic Living” by Jes Baker. I’m going to post a review of it next week, because I think it’s something everyone should know about.

27. What was/were your greatest musical discoveries?
Sia and Adele.

28. What did you want and get?
An Apple Watch, an iPhone 6S Plus, a Kikki K planner and many many doggy cuddles.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I feel like I have to say Star Wars: The Force Awakens for pure fangirlness. I also really enjoyed Tomorrowland, Home and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

2015 in review: hiking through native bush at Morere Hot Springs

Hiking through native bush at Morere Hot Springs

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31 and I was in Gisborne with my family for my birthday. I went for brunch with my mama and then had dinner with the rest of the whanau in the evening. I’m sure I did other stuff in between but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. Spending time with some of my faves is always a winner though.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More money for less work/stress.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Fearless, back to basics.

2015 in review: Cassie Ace and Meagan Kerr

Cassie and I

34. What kept you sane?
The support of my friends – especially Cassie and Glam.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
My friend Natalie (aka Nataliemeansnice) is a bit of a babe. I’m going with her. Also crushing on Margot Meanie and Katana Fatale.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I honestly don’t know where to begin. Body politics in general, the unnecessary expenditure on the flag referendum, and rape culture. I think I’ve gotten more political as I’ve gotten older because I have realised that it’s not okay to keep quiet about injustices. In order to get positive change happening, we need people who are willing to put their voices out there.

37. Who did you miss?
My whanau, so far away but always in my heart.

2015 in review: Miss Glamour LaRue and Meagan Kerr

Miss Glamour LaRue and I

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I’m pretty sure I met her this year but it feels like we’ve been friends forever so I’m actually not sure when we first met. I’m talking about my girl Hannah aka Miss Glamour LaRue. She’s a badass body positive babe who enriches my life so much.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:
Be careful where you place your trust and invest your time wisely.

Like how a single word can make a heart open, I might inly have one match but I can make an explosion

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion

How was your year?
Pick five questions and share your answers in the comments!

xo Meagan

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  1. Beth
    December 30, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015

    To not panic. Panicking makes everything worse. If you start to panic think through the situation in a succinct and practical manner. Breathe and calm down. Panic adds fire to an already stressed situation.

    31. What did you do for your birthday and how old were you?

    I turned 50 in January 2015. As it was a age i didn’t think I would see I decided to celebrate it with family and friends at Black Salt having a glamour themed party. It’s hard to think that is almost a year ago.

    20. How did you spend Christmas?

    As we (as a family) have had a massive series of family tragedies in the last couple of years we decided to have a full Xmas day at home – eating, drinking and generally enjoying each other’s company. It’s something we have never done as a family – spent the whole day at home. It was beautiful and sweet.

    11. What was the best thing you brought.

    My dressmakers model, I am rediscovering my ability to see and make clothes that fit me!! I have named her Taylor and she is my best friend in my creativity.

    2. Did you keep your New Years resolution’s and will you make more for next year.

    My 2015 resolution was to work towards my dream of believing and feeling like I am as beautiful as everyone else, and that I am deserving of having a good life. It is a big dream to me and meant I had to overcome (and still do) millions of mind hurdles.

    This year I took many risks that included performing more burlesque (which I started in 2014) and participating in New Zealand’s first ever plus sized fashion event – Lovely Larger Ladies.

    These two (particularly the former) promoted judgements from some others; and be it good or bad I grew and started to actually like me for me.

    I am slowly learning that feeling beautiful is so many things. Confidence, feeling healthy and being healthy and being happy with my overall self is what I will be striving to do in2016.

  2. December 30, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    I simply adore you, Meagan!

    cheers to an even brighter year to come! Let’s own 2016!! <3

  3. Monique Wallath
    December 29, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s almost a new year! I loved reading your reflections babe 😚 Thank you for all of your wonderful positivity!

    My five:

    1. What do you wish you’d done more of? Switched off. Cuddled my daughters. Eaten more chocolate.

    2. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015? A friend. I don’t really have any friends in real life, and although I’m essentially an introvert, it does get bloody lonely at times.

    3. Did anyone close to you die? My beautiful cat, Ally. She was given to me on my 21st birthday, and comforted me through many painful times. She was just the sweetest and most gentle little tabby. Tiny in size, but with the hugest heart.

    4. What kept you sane? Sane? What is this “sane” you speak of?😅

    5. A valuble life lesson you learnt in 2015? LIVE. Take one step at a time, one breath at a time, and just fucking LIVE.

    Here’s to a fab 2016 x

    • December 31, 2015 / 11:10 am

      *hugs* Love you Mon! Hope I can make it down your way soon. Making friends as an adult is bloody hard, especially when you move to a new city. My best advice would be to find people who enjoy similar things and meet that way e.g. parents at your kids school/daycare, a local knitting circle, book club, art group… cooking class? Hope you find a wonderful friend this year xo

  4. December 29, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    My main resolution was to say yes to trying new things and opportunities that came my way, and I have been doing it. I’ve gone to random events, been a background extra for a webseries, all sorts of things! I also wanted to pay off debt and I’ve made awesome progress on that!

    • December 31, 2015 / 11:06 am

      That’s such a cool resolution, such a good way to open yourself up to new opportunities!

  5. December 29, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    Oh wow you have had a mixed year! I hope a surgery date comes up for you soon, and just having spent several hours gathering and entering information into one of the IRD tools I do not envy self-employed people! All the best for 2016 x

    • December 31, 2015 / 11:05 am

      It’s definitely been a mixed bag! I’m kind of hoping surgery will be in winter when my Mama is in NZ so I can have her looking after me (and so I don’t miss out on beach time!). I don’t usually find IRD too painful, I spent a lot of time on the phone with them this year but only because they were so good at taking me step by step through all the things I need to do (and telling me how I can claim expenses etc) – very handy!!! Hope you have a good one too lovely xo

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