So a very Merry Christmas to you all!
Hope you are all having a lovely day so far and looking forward to your Christmas dinner as much as I am…
Today’s post is a bit of a round up of my year in pictures, I was hoping it would be an easy post to write and read but I seem to have been up to a lot in the last year!
One of my favourite pictures from the year of myself (in a non up myself kind of way – good way to start a post!) is the one below, I finally fitted into a dress that I’ve had for a while without looking like a right pig. I really liked this dress from M&S Limited Collection when I bought it but although the zip did up it never looked right and I certainly didn’t feel comfortable in it.
My actual weight hasn’t changed much but my composition of muscle and fat has changed and hopefully will continue to.
Going to the gym initially was something to stop me gaining weight and to get me active again whilst at uni doing my masters. Now it has become habit I enjoy going a few times a week and it feels weird if i don’t go; hopefully throughout the next year I will see further improvements as I plan to work harder and push myself even more.
Next up was my first ever festival, Glastonbury.
I’d also never stayed in a tent before so it was a lot of firsts all rolled into one and I loved it!
I saw so many bands and ate so many different meals it was GREAT. I’d love to go back again but I’ve no idea what the future holds and the tickets completely passed me by this year, maybe I will have to try another festival.
Not long after I went to Edinburgh on a hen weekend and it was AMAZING. We went to the dungeons and wandered around Edinburgh shops for a bit and also went to the zoo, as well as karaoke and a night out – so much fun and I can’t wait to go back to Edinburgh again as it was so beautiful.
I can see exactly why JK Rowling managed to write Harry Potter in a place like this.
A few weeks after this I spent a long time making a decision to leave a job that I thought would be a career that lasted years, if not the rest of my life. It was a massive and scary move to leave a job that I knew I would never be able to get again as they are like gold dust. I also didn’t have another job to go to, and leaving a job (albeit one that made me feel like shit) was a pretty risky and some might say stupid move. Thankfully it has all worked out for the best and I have a new job now that I love and feel so much more comfortable and happy in and am really looking forward to the future there.
Around the same time there was a lot of other things going on in my life; my mum was also ill and had to go into hospital to have a tumour removed so it was stressful and definitely taking a big leap into the unknown. Thankfully everything is ok, her recovery has been pretty good and fingers crossed it’s all over now and she can enjoy her early retirement (and make me extremely jealous with all of her holidays!).
I’m so unbelievably proud of myself and M for completing a Tough Mudder challenge in August; it was one of the hardest things I have ever done before both mentally and physically and the relief of getting to the finish line was overwhelming. But we both managed to do it and get there to claim our tshirt and most importantly, the headband and the pint.
We’ve just signed up for another for next year to get the green headband so I feel like comparing it to childbirth (not that I know what that feels like) but in the way that the pain doesn’t seem to last as long as the feeling of triumph! Training begins after the Christmas food is out the way.
In fact leaving my job, my mum being in hospital and Tough Mudder all happened within 4 days so it was a pretty stressful, crazy and emotional few days and I’ll be grateful for that to never happen again.
I’ve also been on a lot of walks around Wales that I am really looking forward to doing more of in 2015. My dog loves joining me and with views like this who can blame him?! It has certainly been an active year.
Beauty wise a few things have changed too. I had highlights and ombre in my hair so many times my hair was unrecognisable from its natural state. After a summer in Glasto and multiple hen weekends it certainly took a bashing so I’ve decided to go back dark again to my natural colour. You can see the massive difference in the photos above! I’ll be staying dark for a long time now.
I kept telling myself I’d be restrained in 2014 and not buy so much….I did a lot better than previous years but seemed to have 2 rather large splurges at the end of the year. Oops!
I managed to use a lot of points, vouchers etc to get these and even cashed in a few Back to Macs this year so I definitely can’t complain. The Pulp Fiction collection has been a firm favourite of mine and Nars is my latest favourite brand as I’ve been so impressed with everything I’ve tried from them.
2014 has been a massive whirlwind and for the first time since I started working at 16 I actually have time off over Christmas; and I’m not just talking the UK holidays, I have a whole 10 days off!
This year I’m really looking forward to spending the day with my family, eating a lot of good food and of course our annual Boxing Day walk on the beach (yep, you read that right!)
Having such a busy year has been both good and bad but I’m keeping everything crossed that next year will be happier and more successful than ever.
What are your plans for 2015? Do you have any hopes and dreams or resolutions to complete?
I’m having a little think about mine before publishing them next month!