There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t stop to appreciate how lucky I am, I have an amazing support network in my family, friends and Rob. This blog has opened so many doors for me that I never would have thought possible when I first started blogging. I love my job although I’m hoping to expand into my freelance work this year, and above everything me and my loved ones are healthy. Health is the best wish you could ever ask for and everyday I think myself lucky, when times are hard stop to look around and realise that there are many, many people worse off than you and it’s not through choice.
This year one of my main aims is to do some voluntary work, I haven’t decided what exactly yet as I need to look into it and work out where I can volunteer and how much time I can offer. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everyday life as everything is so fast paced these days but it’s about time that I stopped worrying so much about my life and give something back to others.
In 2014 I was lucky enough to spend a wonderful 17 days in Thailand with Rob, a solo trip to Pairs and a city break to Amsterdam with a close friend. Travel is a big part of my life and while I never had the chance to do the whole gap year thing, wanderlust is something that’s very real for me. I’m always dreaming of where I want to visit next, I love experiencing different cultures and it’s such a beautiful feeling when people let you share how they live with you.
I wrote a post on where I hope to visit in 2015 (here), I don’t have unrealistic expectations and know that I won’t always be able to travel everywhere I’d like to but while I’m still able to there are so many places that I’d love to tick off my travel bucket list.
3.) Enjoy the little things:
Last year was pretty intense as everything was so fast paced, from blogging, to working, to commuting and staying on top of everything. Sometimes it’s easy to get swept away with life and forget to stop and appreciate the little things, even if it’s taking an evening off to spend time with friends and family, or making a phone call to my nan. It’s important to remember that nothing is permanent in life so enjoy what you have while you have it!
“Enjoy the little things in life, for someday you will realize they were the big things”
4.) Blog goals:
I have been so, so fortunate to work with some incredible brands, meet some beautiful people who I am know lucky enough to call friends and pursue a hobby that I love. I am so grateful to the opportunities that blogging has presented to me and I hope that 2015 holds many more collaborations, new projects and making new friends.
Remember, if that blog post doesn’t get published, you don’t reply to that email or schedule that tweet – the world isn’t going to stop. I need to learn to stop putting so much pressure on myself, I found that I fell out of love with for a long time as I would say yes to everything but found it all came a bit much, when you are blogging because you have to not because you want to it starts to feel a lot like work and I became detached from my blog for a long time.
Over the Christmas holidays I’ve taken some time to sit down and work out what I really want from blogging and what direction I’d like to take in the new year. I’ve always thought that I never really found my ‘niche’ in blogging and didn’t really know where my blog sat on the market. This year I’m going to give blogging my all and hope to turn it into something really special!
5.) Say ‘yes’ more:
2014 saw my first solo trip to Paris which I loved, when I told my family and friends that I was travelling alone everyone thought I was having a quarter life crisis and almost felt sorry for me, the truth is I wanted to – I wanted to explore somewhere new on my own. I think it’s so important to be happy in your own company and this trip really proved that I could do it alone, we all can.
This year I hope to say yes to spontaneous trips, exciting projects and things outside of my comfort zone. I truly believe that we grow by putting ourselves in situations where we don’t feel ‘comfortable’ as we learn to adapt to the situation and then we’re ready for the next challenge. Being spontaneous is such a wonderful feeling as it’s so exciting to push yourself and do something you wouldn’t normally do, my aim for this year is to say yes to as many things as I can!
I want to say a huge, huge thank you to everyone who has supported me as a person, followed my blog or worked with me this year. 2014 was a great year for me but 2015 I’m aiming for big things and I hope you will join me on the adventure! I hope this year is everything you want it to be, remember that you are in charge of the change, so be the change – but more than anything I hope that you have a happy, healthy year as when it comes down to it that’s what really matters!