30/12/2015

Happy New Year! A look back at 2015

It’s both easy and hard to believe that 2015 is coming to an end. Looking back to January, a lot has changed in those last twelve months, and yet, it almost feels like it was only yesterday. So, as its nearly New Years Eve, here’s a list of what 2015 has bought with it for me, and what I hope to achieve next year.

I think, both personally and academically, 2015 has been one to be proud of. Of course there have been set backs, both minor and major, but overcoming these has only bought with it the realisation that I’m made of more stronger stuff than I thought.

University

This year I graduated from Bournemouth University after three years with a 2:1 in English, as well as achieving a high first of 80% in my dissertation that was both the most fun and challenging piece of writing I’ve completed yet. It’s not every day I get an excuse to write about John Hughes’ movies and call it work!






Work

Saying goodbye to uni was both sad and exciting, as I started my first full time job as a Marketing and Communications Intern in August. I’ve only been there for four months, but I’ve found my feet and have met some of the loveliest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’m looking forward to spending most of 2016 learning more and seeing where this experience takes me next.

Personal

This year, I travelled by plane for the first time in June when Kieran and I took our first holiday as just the both of us to Malta. We were also lucky to spend the week in Stockholm in October - which was one to cross off my bucket list as a destination I had wanted to see for a long time (you can read my travel diary so far here and here).




Gamla Stan, Stockholm

I also had my first piece of paid work as a freelance writer published in Biometric Technology Today. To me, there was nothing better than researching, writing and completing a piece that is now available to view to subscribers and students online. It seems strange that only earlier this year I would be that kind of student searching for an article for an assignment.

Kieran and I will be moving into our first flat after we found one in late December, which we get to call home in January next year. Even though we spend most of our time together at his house anyway, I’m looking forward to decorating it and making it our own with him. And yes, I’m even excited about buying cleaning products… I’m sure that will soon change!

Blogging

This year, I started to take my blog a little more seriously than I did the year before. I bought a new Nikon D3200, just so I could take better quality photos for it, and had the look and layout of my blog altered to reflect what I hope was more fitting for me and my content. I also attended my first bloggers meet up event at The Vintage Emporium in Bournemouth, where I met some lovely fellow bloggers from the area!



With Bournemouth Bloggers at The Vintage Emporium

What I hoping for in 2016.


Well, I think first and foremost I’d want to continue with good health for myself and those around me. But, going with the above, here’s a few things I’m hoping come my way over the next twelve months.

As my internship finishes in August, I want to progress into a career that allows me to take everything I’ve learnt with me. This is something I’ll focus on nearer the time but, as I know too well, time goes quicker than you think! So, I’ll be keeping an eye out and giving my next steps proper thought. Which is both exciting and daunting at the same time.

I know a lot of bloggers will say this, but I want to blog more. And keep it consistent. I’m the first to admit that I’m not that great at keeping to a blogging schedule, especially if it’s been a busy day and all I want to do is crash out and do nothing. I know this gets it nowhere! So, I’ll be buying myself a new planner (who needs an excuse, right?) and planning content in advance to make sure there are no date gaps. I also want to meet more likeminded bloggers and be more active in the community, as I really enjoyed the events I attended this year.

Again, another new year cliche, but I want to improve my health and fitness in 2016. This means more gym visits and classes, but I’ve already signed up for adult ballet classes and bought my shoes, so there’s no turning back now! This isn't just solely for physical reasons, but more for my fitness levels, as becoming less active in a desk based job has taken its toll slightly. I miss mid afternoon runs and long boarding along the beach early in the morning!

I also want to start being more creative. One of the perks of once working at Hobbycraft meant that my craft box was never empty. And, unfortunately, it remains full of things that have been left waiting for me to make a start on. Lack of time has meant I’ve not even opened a sewing machine that I bought this time last year, or an easel. This is despite knowing that I find drawing and painting therapeutic, or that making anything to give to someone makes me happier than stressing out about buying something less sentimental. I'd also love to be able to fill our flat with new creations and things we've made along the way!




My box for the Oh Comely Perfect Strangers project



The wreath I created at a workshop with The Wild Fox


As for the rest, well, I'll take it as it goes. Whilst a fair few of my achievements have been the result of hard work and perseverance, 2015 has also been about enjoying the unexpected and spending time with those I care about. Here's hoping 2016 brings me much of the same.

Wishing you all a happy new year and an amazing 2016.

Love,

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