This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series:
Perks of Being a Tyneesha
Hello hello hello! Welcome to you & welcome 2022!
I hope everyone had a great few weeks with their loved ones or unluckily tucked away fighting covid. As I mentioned way back in 2021 – I decided to take a little break from posting over the Christmas & New Year holiday seasons. Hence, this is my first post back! I’m feeling refreshed and excited to get back into the ever-spinning hamster wheel of online content.
So – what’s what? Well, I’m glad you asked!
This post is going to be just a quick little catch-up – inspired by and dedicated to those weird little “recounts” that our primary school teachers insisted we write in our first week back. Except I won’t hate writing it as much. That said, I’m very ready to leave 2021 in the past – so I’m going to focus on my hopes for the new year.
Setting ~the vibe~
As I mentioned in the last blog post, I make a playlist and a Pinterest board at the beginning of the year, determining the vibes. Below, you’ll find my Pinterest board and Spotify playlist. Enjoy!
Going home for Christmas
Okay, now to quickly catch you up! I headed back home to Dubbo a few days before Christmas. I am proud to announce that I drove the 6-ish hours all by myself! I’ve never done that before! The last time I tried, I got hit by a truck!
Honestly, it was a good drive. My driving anxiety was at an all-time minimum. I stopped a handful of times, either in the name of chicken McNuggets or to take in the scenery. I stopped at the Hydro Majestic – if you’re unfamiliar, the hydro is this massive, old, beautiful hotel in the blue mountains. It has an incredible view – more so at sundown but still great midday.
Funny thing – before I left my car to go sit around and take photos – I put my open, half drank can of coke on top of my car roof. When I came back, someone had stolen it. I’m not offended… that’s just super weird. Also, my windows were wound down a tad to keep my car cool – why did you steal this half-empty can of coke and not my car? Thieves explain.
It was so lovely to go home and spend time with loved ones and not have to use Waze to go anywhere. I ate a lot of Christmas ham, which of course is the best part and most important part of any Christmas. I also did some little photography jobs, ruined my skin by eating chocolate for breakfast and played a lot of candy crush. Good times.
I got a film camera for Christmas, a beautiful Pentax 1000, and took a roll of photos while I was home. I wish I could insert those photos and encapsulate the ‘being home’ vibes, but I haven’t had those developed yet. So you’ll have to wait. In the meantime, here’s a reel I made of videos from Dubbo.
Some hometown thoughts…
There’s such a specific feeling to being home for Christmas. It’s bizarre to step back into a space that made you who you are and observe all the ways that it has changed and stayed the same. It sounds obvious, but you really don’t realize that the world keeps moving in your absence. There’s so much comfort in knowing things. Knowing where every store is, knowing the way there and home, knowing your friends and family. There’s also this stark discomfort with any of that changing. It’s like you got to the end of the book, and then someone re-wrote the first chapter.
I believe that most people would really benefit from leaving their hometown for a solid amount of time. It honestly makes you appreciate your upbringing and your hometown more. It was really interesting to observe and compare things. I wrote a little bit about those observations, and you can read that piece below.
On to 2022…
This year will undoubtedly come with its own set of challenges, but I have a good feeling about it. I think it’s going to be a big year for me in terms of finally seeing the fruit of my labour. In my third year of university, I’ll be turning 21 in May. Hopefully, Covid doesn’t stop me from doing my journalism internship. At the moment, Covid is running rancid through the country. Still, I’m hopeful that life will become much more livable, and I won’t have to continue putting everything on pause.
I have a few little events that I’m looking forward to – some concerts and birthdays and projects and such… Here’s to hoping 2022 is the year I get back to regular live music and the year that I make enough money to sustain that hobby.
I don’t like the term “resolutions”, but below you’ll find some new-year goals of mine. I also decided to write up some 2022 predictions – that is, stuff I think might happen this year. At the end of the year, I can look back and laugh or bask in the glory of being right. Just a bit of fun.
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