Happy New Year everyone!!! I just want to start off by saying I hope everyone had a lovely evening celebrating bringing in the New Year (a few sore heads today I expect?!) and I want to say a huge thank you to all of my past, current, and present readers of my blog. My blog has improved so much over the last year with the chance to take lots of amazing opportunities and I wouldn’t have had the chance without you lovely lot, so thank you to each and every one of you! I did a very similar post to this last year which you can read here if you want to see what my goals were for 2014!
I think it’s nice to just round up whats happened in this year and to be grateful for the good and bad, and to go into a brand New Year with some new aspirations. 2014 has been a brilliant year for me. I graduated from university with a first which I’m still pretty shocked about, I moved back home, went on some lovely holidays and I am now working full time – maybe something I don’t want to do for the rest of my life but I’m lucky to have found something, there are far and few decent jobs in Plymouth for a graduate! On the blog front it’s really been a fantastic year, my page views have considerably increased over the past few months, as has my readership, my highlights had to be attending both LFW’s in February and September which I will be eternally grateful for, I maybe didn’t attend the biggest shows but it’s something that I will always remember. I also got to attend a few local blogger meets where I have got to meet the loveliest bloggers, some which I speak to daily, the blogging community does the world of good to me and it’s so nice knowing that someone is only ever a tweet away! The people really do make blogging the most enjoyable and nicest hobby out there.
I have had a great year and I’m a very positive person in general but as some of you might be aware I’ve had a really bad year for my health unfortunately. January started off badly with me ending up in hospital with my never ending stomach problems, in March I established it was just IBS which I posted about here. Since then I’ve not spoken about how I’ve been at all but the last few months I’ve unfortunately been really unwell, it’s been so hard to keep going whilst juggling a full time job and a blog, I honestly don’t know how I have. We are almost at a final diagnosis now of a stomach condition called gastroparesis, I don’t feel like talking about it openly on my blog now but I’m just hoping for a much better, healthier year and to find some way to cope with this chronic illness and to get back my life which has very much been put on hold for the past year. But enough with the negativity huh?! However, I did want to keep you all in the loop with things but now we can move on to my main resolutions!
Some people think it’s a rubbish idea and that every year it’s the same ‘new year, new me’ but I personally think goals/aspirations and having something to work towards is the best way to stay positive and focused and to see how far you’ve come throughout the year! Here are a few of my resolutions which I have split into two main categories:
1. Continue to post regularly 3-4 times a week
2. For my blog to continue to grow
3. To try and attend at least one blog chat a week
4.To read and comment on more blogs
5. To attend another blogger event
6. Get press accredited for LFW in February
1. To land myself a graduate job
2. Travel more
3. To get better and get my life back!
4. To say YES more!
5. To join a gym when I’m better
6. To move away from Plymouth
Last year I vowed to keep a jar of all my happy memories of 2014 and it really was one of the best decisions and it was the easiest and quickest thing to do! I got myself a jar and did it up nicely and every time something good happened I wrote it on a piece of paper and put it into my jar. It really helped to keep me going through all my bad days and to know that even though you might have a bad day, there is something good in every day, however small. The jar is full to the brim now and it was SO nice to look back over all the good things in my year, I would definitely recommend anyone to do this for 2015!
Thank you for reading, and again I want to wish all my readers, friends and family the happiest and healthiest year yet, I cant wait to see what this year has in store!
What are your New Years Resolutions? What was your highlight of 2014? Will you keep a happy memories jar for 2015?