Hello! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas with your family and friends. You've probably noticed that I've gone a little quiet. Well I decided to take the Christmas period off from blogging as I wanted to spend time with my loved ones, as after all thats what Christmas is all about. But as new year is approaching I am back onto my blogging game, stronger than ever (hopefully) and 2015 shall be my year!
Now its the time of year where everybody reflects on the past 12 months and here comes all all the 'new year new me' posts all over the internet which everybody cringes over. Now I don't believe in the ability to make a new version of yourself overnight but it is something you can strive to do over a period of time. But this time of year for me I usually spend reflecting over the year and what I want to try and achieve in the next 12 months.
If i'm honest 2014 has been a roller coaster of a year, and one of the hardest i've had to go through for a long time. The year started with me loosing one of the most important people in my life, and since then my entire year has had this gaping hole where she is missing. I struggled at the end of my degree and graduated (much to my surprise) with second class honours and no idea what to do next. Nearly 6 months later I am still no further forward, and looking to start 2015 with Job seekers to help me survive. Making it feel like 3 years of hard work and thousands of pounds of debt was a huge waste of time.
Yes I did have some pretty shitty times through 2014. But I also had some pretty incredible ones. Ive been lucky enough to be surrounded by the best family and friends I could ask for to get me through and I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with the most caring guy I have ever met. I’ve had my writing published (and yes I wrote it all myself) and had my photography work exhibited in London of all places. Ive relived my youth through seeing some of my favourite childhood bands like Fall Out Boy and William Control (formerly from Aiden) live in concert.
I've always liked to write myself a few resolutions to aim for in the new year, many of which have previously been unachivable and often quite over the top if im honest. But this year i've decided to write myself some goals I'd like to achieve and a few mini resolutions of things to remember.
I’ve got to accept the fact I’m not going to know what I want to do overnight, just as long as i’m earning some money thats all I need right now. I have my whole life ahead of me to worry about a ‘proper’ career.
Move in with Lee:
This one is pretty self explanatory, but its my biggest motivation for saving up some money so I can move out again and set up my own little home.
Learn to Drive:
Yep, I can’t drive! Its never been something I was really fussed over learning when I was younger. I had no need for a car. But having experienced living a 30 minute walk from Newcastle Centre to moving somewhere that is a 45 minute trip on a bus I think being able to drive would help me keep my sanity.
Get back into shape:
This I wrote about a few weeks ago here, and has taken a backseat slightly with Christmas indulgence but I’m back to normal again as of tomorrow.
Reach 500 Followers: At the end of this year I decided to re-launch my blog and I want to push it forward as much as I can in the next year. 500 followers may not seem a lot to some, but for me it would be a particularly special moment.
Fall back in love with photography:
My degree ruined my love for photography and this upsets me a ridiculous amount. I miss the days I would constantly be thinking up new ideas. Having received a new camera off Lee for Christmas it has motivated me to start taking photos for fun again. I just want to return to that place where photography was my biggest passion.
Learn a new craft:
This is a fairly new addition as another way to increase my creativity. I’m tempted by learning skills like calligraphy or refreshing myself on printmaking or even learning an instrument. I just want to spend less of my time sat in front of the TV endlessly scrolling through Instagram and do something productive with my time.
- Spend less time on my phone - put it down at 10pm and read a book once in a while.
- Make more of an effort to go exploring - spend less time sitting around doing nothing
- Stop being so hard on myself - give less of a shit about what others think
- Push my blog as far as I can and put my all into it
- Carry my camera with me more often - capture life on a proper camera and print the photos instead of living through instragram.
What are your aims for the next 12 months? Share below!