Japan chose the word ‘disaster’ to describe 2018. And I’d have to agree it hasn’t been the best of years but I really wouldn’t go that far. It was a stubborn year. It was a relatively stagnant and frustrating year. But it wasn’t a disaster.
While the whole Brexit fiasco plods arduously on and I continue to try and build a life and career in one of the most politically divided countries in the world; and while Donald Trump continues to wreak havoc on the other side of the Atlantic, I did do one or two things myself…
Here are 5 achievements I’m either proud of or grateful for (or both) during 2018:
It seems like a while ago, but this year was the year that Real Magic finally got released on Amazon Prime! Like any show of it’s type, there were some good bits and some less good bits (in my opinion), but the Internet didn’t seem to like it that much. And I don’t really know why, because…
My first ever Edinburgh Fringe run was a runaway success. I did eleven consecutive shows at the world’s biggest arts festival. Five out of eleven nights sold out and I returned home with critical-acclaim, some great memories and an invitation to take a meeting with ITV.
As well as the meeting after Edinburgh, another opportunity came up to appear on ITV this year but sadly due to scheduling problems, both of them fell through or got postponed. So… “proper telly” – as people seem to call it – eludes me still. Maybe 2019 will be the year?
Yes. After wearing a Spanx while filming Real Magic so as not to look chubby on the telly, I knew something had to change. So I began a regime of diet and exercise which has resulted in 15kg of weight loss and my trouser size reducing from 36 to 32! Which is awesome. I leave 2018 with a mildly defined six pack and in the best physical shape of my life!
I’ve kept this fairly quiet until now. It wasn’t something I had planned on doing and in hind sight I wasn’t in a particularly comfortable position to do so. However, while we didn’t vote for it, Brexit has drastically damaged the London property market, making higher end areas affordable to me, when they otherwise wouldn’t have been. So while I’ll fight to the death to try to stay in the EU, this did appear to be a potential upside to a bad situation and Maaya and I decided it was an opportunity worth capitalising on.
And I do like living here. It’s just that I did overstretch myself financially and did have to cut my living costs almost completely in order to afford it. And that has made it quite a stressful year.
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