I’m aware that this is a bit of a visual overload but this is my year according to (probably my favourite app ever) Instagram. I would have liked to incorporate some photos taken with my camera too but this took me a lot longer than I anticipated and I have quite a bit of preparation to do for tonight …
Like all years, 2014 had many highs and lows. My most significant ‘low’ was probably my parents’ separation at the start of the year. It wasn’t entirely unexpected but that didn’t make it any easier. Everyone knows (or at least expects) it to be a difficult time but what people don’t tell you is that the pain and collateral damage it causes lasts a very long time. But I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason and I know it was the right decision for both of my parents.
My most significant ‘high’ has to be attending London Fashion Week as a new fashion/lifestyle blogger (and not just as a member of the general public!). I had a manic 72 hours of events, shows and shoots and those days are probably my most memorable of the year. It was a real milestone for me; helping me to realise 2 things: how far I’ve come and how far I have left to go. I’m constantly striving to achieve my goals and although it made me proud of myself for what I’ve achieved with my blog in the space of year, it also made me realise how much I desperately wanted to grow and develop even further. I’d talk about fashion all day if I could; I want to watch it, live it, breathe it, be it. I hope that this time next year, I’ll have had even more incredible experiences and met even more amazing people through my blog.
Additionally, it’s been a year of lovely holidays – both with friends and family. I’ve been lucky enough to fly to some beautiful cities and resorts and long may that continue! It’s been a year of academic success, achieving three As at A Level. I’ve started university, met some incredible people and settled into a new, independent life a good 5-6 hour drive from home (in the chilly North!). The ‘highs’ of my year most definitely outweigh the ‘lows’.
On reflection and with regards to New Year’s Resolutions (aside from stopping my midnight feasting, exercising a little more and being able to fit into my favourite pair of skinny jeans again), I just want to better myself. I want to grow and develop, be successful in my chosen field (developing my blog and obtaining good grades on my degree course) and make the most of life. How cliché right? But seriously, I’ve come to realise over the last 12 months just how important it is to be positive about yourself, the people around you and day-to-day activities. We all have a moan and a grumble sometimes but life is so much more enjoyable when we focus on the good stuff!
Okay, I’ve rambled long enough. Thank you for reading/being so patient but even more importantly, thank you to each and every one of you for your support. Thank you for your ‘likes’, comments, ‘saves’ and kind words. None of it goes unnoticed and it’s appreciated more than you can imagine. Without you, I wouldn’t have had such incredible opportunities and experiences.
I hope you all enjoy yourselves tonight and I wish you a very, very Happy New Year.
Love, Beth xo.