Happy (almost) New Year! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have spent the last week with the people you love, eating your body weight in chocolate and cheese. I've been trying to put my holiday time to good use by planning blog posts and youtube videos, as I really want to try be more organised in 2015. Yep, I do indeed say that every year.
As an end of year blog post idea I thought I'd follow up on last years' resolutions, but it turns out I didn't actually make any so instead I looked back at the ones from the end of 2012. Depressingly, 2 years later and I haven't even achieved half of them, which I think just goes to show that resolutions are a bloody waste of time. I feel like I've done a lot of things to be proud of in the last year but if you judge me based on my resolution keeping abilities I'm a huge failure.
I could go through the list of 13 resolutions and explain how badly I've done but that doesn't seem like a particularly positive post to end the year on so instead I'm saying F the resolutions, let's focus on the great things that happened in 2014!
I got engaged! If I'm honest, this has been a secret resolution of mine for the last few years - haha! Words cannot express how excited I am for our wedding next year. It is going to be AMAZING.
Talking of milestones, as well as our engagement, I also went to 2 great weddings, and celebrated big family birthdays with my cousins 40th and my grandpa's 90th in the same month.
I got a promotion at work, took on more responsibilities, gained a lot more confidence in my abilities, and did a fair bit of solo travelling (which is something that would have terrified me a few years ago).
As well as travelling to Paris, Rome & London with work, I also went on two holidays with B to Bruges and Copenhagen (where we got engaged).
One of my resolutions in 2013 was to "reach my goal weight" which would mean losing about 4 stone. I haven't quite got that far, but I did join Slimming World in May this year and I've stuck at the classes and managed to lose 1.5 stone so far. I've had a pretty off-plan Christmas but I'm feeling really motivated to get back into it once I'm back at work next week, so am optimistic I'll get to my target before the end of 2015.
Another thing I've stuck at is my blog which is coming up for its 3 year anniversary in Feb. Also, one of the 2013 resolutions that I actually can tick off is "set up a Youtube channel", as I've been uploading videos now for about 18 months and am pretty pleased at how that's going. I really like the whole filming and editing process and definitely don't plan on giving it up any time soon. If you've been toying with the idea of setting up your own channel I encourage you to go for it!
Also on the blog front I had the opportunity to go to some great events this year, including a bake-off, cocktail making, numerous restaurant and bar launches, pop up shops, the science festival, and the ballet.
On a personal level, I feel like 2014 has been the year where I've become a lot more sure of myself, as cheesy as that sounds. I think it comes with getting older, but I feel like I've developed more of a backbone and I care a lot less about what people think of me (I still do care, just not as much!). I feel much more confident saying no to things and don't feel as much of a need to please people - so if I don't feel like going to a party, or I want to drink soft drinks all night, or I've had enough and want to go home, then I just do it and don't care that people might think I'm "boring". If you ever feel like you're agreeing to things just to keep your friends or partner happy then I encourage you to also adopt this new attitude, believe me you'll feel much happier.
Another area of my life that I feel has strengthened in 2014 is my friendships. In 2013 I met a lot of new friends through blogging, and towards the end of the year we got a lot closer, but 2014 was the year I really cemented those friendships. In particular, Kirsty became a really true friend and I now can't imagine not having her in my life. You know it's proper friendship when you send each other photos of you trying on bras, wearing scary sheet face masks, or pointing out newly discovered grey hairs. Other girls that I became a lot closer to include Lianne (a fellow bride to be), Jade, and Lynsey, and I'm looking forward to getting to know them even more in 2015.
So screw the resolutions, 2014 was a pretty damn good year for me and I've got a hell of a lot to look forward to in 2015 too including turning 30 and getting married (eek!). It's going to be a biggie!
How about you, let me know what you're looking forward to this year, and what you're most proud of from 2014.