2016 Reflections: My #2016topnine on Instagram

It’s coming up to one of my favourite times of year. No, not Christmas; new year. The time to reflect, to look back over the past twelve months, work out what went well and what could have gone differently, and think about whether I’ve attained the goals I set out at the beginning of the year, and what my goals for next year might be.

I thought I’d start this year’s reflective posts with my #2016topnine on Instagram; a sort of round-up of the highlights of this year, as chosen by other people.


Those were my top nine by Instagram likes.

So, what did people like the most about my year?

Avocado Toast


This year my kitchen was finally finished, and now that it’s all shiny and new, I’m quite enjoying cooking in it again. This was a concoction I made involving homemade vegan cheesy herbed bread, with hummus, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and avocados.

Yes, I did have to eat it with a fork. Instagram-worthy food is not easy food to eat.

Everything going to shit


An interview by Sarah of Yes & Yes, who interviewed me about the year I quit my well-paid job and lost everything: flat, money, pet snakes, pianos, the will to live…

There are a couple of ways to interpret this post’s popularity: either people love engaging in Schadenfreude, or it’s nice to know we’re not alone, and that bad things happen even to people who seem (currently) successful when you look at their social media profiles.


Reflections on (not) travelling, and finally finding home


At the beginning of 2016, I had a lot of travel plans. For various reasons, they then went on to change.

One of those reasons was that I decided to just sit in my house for a while. I’d been renovating and having a flat-related nightmare for the past eighteen months, and I wanted to sort of bed down and make it feel like home.

Which I did, and it does, and it’s not a feeling I’ve been used to in my life, but it’s freaking awesome.


I did, however, do some travelling. One of the trips was to see Caitlin in Barcelona, and she took me for a walk around the city, culminating in a visit to this beautiful square, where the buildings were old and the trees were purple.




I am such a sucker for skies. And Brussels does atmospherically broody skies over beautiful architecture really well, which are two of my favourite things, which is probably why it’s one of my favourite cities.

I’ve been there twice this year: once to work with the European Commission on the ePrivacy Directive, and once for a law technology conference. This was one of the city’s beautiful buildings.



“I’ve hardly done any travelling this year,” she says, proceeding to write about all the countries she’s been in.

But by my standards, it’s true. Last year I think I saw my own flat for a total of about two months. This year I’ve mainly been home rather than away, but I’ve still done a bit of jetting around.

Most recently, I went to Scotland to see my grandparents. I did a sort of Virtual Tour of Scar’s Childhood for my friends, who found it hilarious (I basically grew up on the set of a horror movie), and I walked across a bridge over the Clyde and took a picture of another bridge.


Everything going to shit (again)

I had a conversation with a friend about how life is just a game of Shit Jenga, and apparently quite a lot of people found it relatable.



Yeah, OK, fine, I’ve travelled a lot this year.

I went to Dublin in the summer, where I spent some time catching up with the good people of UCD and spent a day pretending to be a judge for the Law students. My life is never boring.

I stayed in one of my favourite hotels – Roxford Lodge in Ballsbridge, which I cannot recommend highly enough. They have huge comfy beds, well-presented working spaces, jacuzzi bathtubs, and Barry’s Tea in the rooms.


So, apparently people like it when I travel, and when things go horribly wrong. 😉

What were your top nine Instagram posts this year?


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