The lovely Claire posted about her top 11 purchases of 2011 and of course I had to jump on the bandwagon. 2011′s been a pretty life-changing year for me. I quit my full time job in order to go back to college and do my Masters degree… in another country, which means I spent the first half of the year saving my money and the latter half trying to find ways to make it last. All my purchases have had to be well thought out and mindful. No more silly eBay buys for this girl. That said, I have been able to live off my savings and still purchase things I truly WANT, such as these things:
Studying for a Masters degree in Digital Media is not free! There are tuition fees, accommodation fees, books to buy… But you can’t really put a price on education and knowledge and that is why the most important transaction I made in 2011 was the one that got me enrolled in my course.
Ah, wanderlust. Being the daughter of travel-loving parents means travel is my drug. More than three months without travelling and I start to get itchy. Apart from moving to Dublin, this year I have been to Paris and London. In Paris, my best friend and I rocked Disneyland, then ended up singing at a piano bar in the Latin Quarters, and throwing flowers over Jim Morrison’s grave at Pere Lachaise cemetery. In London, my friend Vee and I connected with our teenage selves at a Glee concert, had wine next to Lea Michele and Darren Criss at the Savoy, then enjoyed live music by Arcade Fire, Beirut and Mumford and Sons at Hyde Park.
I bought this tablet from Amazon on sale at a really great price and it’s been really great. I use it for my Visual Communication assignments, design websites and logos with it, and doodle in bed during nights of insomnia.
Of course. I’ve had to cut down on the number of books I buy and start digging into those shelved book I never really got round to reading. Then I started frequenting the book market on Temple Bar and Oxfam Books and now I’m a second hand junkie. Also, I intend to catch up on my classics via iBooks.
I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and it has quite literally changed my life. I write more, take more photos and developed an interest in digital media which is what got me out of Malta and into Dublin in the first place.
And you? Any favourite purchases from 2011?