Wednesday 31 December 2014

Best Bits of 2014

Happy New Year everyone :-)  I hope you all had a really lovely Christmas and if you don't celebrate Christmas, then I hope you've had a really great holiday week.

 Just a little heads up, I will be doing a 'what I got for Christmas' type post but as I have a couple of other little gifts on their way to me in the post from one of my friends, I wanted to wait for that to arrived before I did the post.

Ok on to today's post, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect over the past year and the good things that have happened in my life during 2014.

 Link Park Concert:
Of course the main highlight for me this year, was going to see my favourite band in concert in November, it really was a truly amazing experience.  I've seen them twice before but not for years and since I've been a fan of theirs for over 13 years, it meant a lot to me to be able to go and see them perform.  I just can't wait for their next concert :-)  You can read all about my brilliant night out and my true love of music in my post When Words Fail Music Speaks.

Finding New Friends:
One of the nicest things for me this year, was finding a great new friend.  Because of my general health issues, I don't get out much and so meeting new people is near impossible half the time.  I only have a handful a people in my life that I can really call friends and some of them live a really long way from me, so I never get to see them and sometimes I just really miss meeting up and going shopping with friends.  So about 18 months ago I signed up to a website called Girlfriend Social, it's a site for girls who want to make new friends simple as that, it's free too (always a bonus)!  I never really interacted with anyone for a long time, then about half way through September I got a message from a girl called Helen (Helz for short) and basically we totally hit it off.  Luckily we don't live too far from each other and so we met up quite soon after that and we've been great friends ever since, we meet up most weekends and chat most days.  It still amazes me how much we have in common (she's even a Linkin Park fan) and she honestly is the nicest, sweetest person you could wish to meet, I'm just very grateful to have found her :-)

If you've been a reader of my blog for a good while, you'll remember my Break Ups post back in August, I had been dating a guy for over 4 months but it sadly came to an end.  However I'm still glad we dated and I'm grateful and appreciative of the things we did, the places we went to and for generally having an enjoyable 4 months.  At the time I was really happy and it was so nice.  I also found that the more activities we did, the better my health seemed to be and it gave me a new sense of hope on that front too.

Party Invites:
As you may already realise, I'm a huge fan of Halloween, it's my favourite time of the year and I just love everything about it.  Back in my college days, I used to go out dressed up every year but since then, I just haven't had the opportunity to do that hardly at all, so I was really excited to get invited to a proper fancy dress party and once again come up with a very cool costume.  I went with two of my best friends (including my new bff mentioned above) and it was great fun!  Oh and you can check out my post all about it, my costume and Halloween makeup
here :-)

Blogging Hard:
Another great achievement for me this year has been keeping up with my blog posts, I'm quite proud of myself that I pretty much always get my posts up in time and I'm really happy with each finished post because I always work really hard on them.  I spend quite a bit of time perfecting everything from the photos, to re-reading and re-reading the text to make sure I've got it sounding just how I want it and I don't click publish until I'm satisfied my posts are as good as they can be.  I am always SO grateful when you guys leave me comments/tweets too, letting me know if you've enjoyed certain posts because of course I want you to really enjoy them as much as I love writing them and it makes me really happy when I see that you have.

My First Blog Birthday:

I also had my very first blog birthday this year in November, it was quite exciting to reach a milestone like that, even my first one and I'm really looking forward to the next.  I also launched my very first giveaway to celebrate my blog's first birthday and it turned out to be a great success.  I sent off a little parcel of some of my favourite makeup items to the winner Mary Chaz and she seemed to be very happy with it :-)  I'm really looking forward to doing another giveaway soon too.

Blog Awards:
I've also been nominated for two blogger awards within the past couple of months, the Liebster Award and just last week, the Versatile Blogger Award (post coming soon), which I'm very happy and excited about!  I love doing these kinds of posts and I'm so grateful to the two lovely bloggers that nominated me to do them Jasmine from Color U Bold and Rebekah from The Rebekah Koontz Site!

New Followers:
I never really thought my blog would be that successful, not in the beginning but over this past year and especially this past 6 months, my blog has gone from strength to strength and that's all down to you, my readers.  It has made me SO happy every time I've had an email from Bloglovin or Twitter or Google+ telling me I have more new followers.  It was only back in June or July that I had just 14 followers on Twitter, I now have 68!  And on Bloglovin my blog now has 148 followers :-)  Ok so it may not be in the hundreds or thousands but that doesn't matter to me, I'm so grateful to have each and every single one of you and this time last year, most of you didn't even know my little blog existed! Just knowing that there are people out there who enjoy reading all the things I witter on about, feels SO amazing!!!  :-D  So a very HUGE thank you to all of you!

So what are you most grateful for this past year and what are your new years resolutions?  Let me know in the comments.  I wish all of you a VERY happy New Year and lots of happiness for 2015.  Until Next Year Stay Happy

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  1. Fion Paris Jackson7 January 2015 at 05:27

    for the past year, i was really, still am though grateful that all the ups and downs, laughter and tears have actually made me grow a lot and become much more mature in the way i look at things.

    this year, the most important resolution is definitely to graduate from my university! which means no failing in any subjects hahah it's gonna be a stressful year ahead for me when school starts :3

    hope you have a wonderful 2015 ahead as well ^^

    peace and love,

  2. Hi Fion, thank you so much for leaving your comments. I wish you all the luck for uni and I hope you have wonderful year :-)


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