Looking Back at 2014...and Forwards To 2015!

I think when I look back in a few years time, 2014 will stand out as a pretty significant in of my life!

I wrote a 12,000-word dissertation and got a First in it

Writing a dissertation feels a little bit like being given a rope, a warm jacket and some boots then being told it's time to climb Everest...It's crazy to think I wrote 12,000 words with virtually no guidance on Paradise Lost and Theology (which isn't in Modern English and I'd never read before!), much less that I got a First for it. It's something I'm really proud of.

I started my blog

It all started with this one blush palette; a beauty obsession was born. I definitely had a habit of pretty much always wearing the same couple of pieces of makeup, but when I bought this palette something clicked and I developed a real passion! If you saw my makeup storage drawer you can see I've moved on from the days of owning about 10 products...

I got an Internship

I'd pretty much given up all hope of landing a graduate job and was in a pretty miserable place. I applied to one internship on the off-chance I'd get it and somehow I did! I was interning in business change and project management with one of the biggest financial services providers in the country! It was seriously hard work but I thrived on it. 

I turned 21

It's a big one. When people ask my age I always start to say 19, before I realise I'm just not any more...I had a great birthday introducing my friends to Manchester!

I went on a girly holiday to Croatia

Myself and my girl friends hit Split after we got our results. We had so much fun: there was food poisoning, lost tickets, ships in storms,  beef with a local and a bit too much wine...
Lots of photos and all about my trip here

I did a festival (ok, it was a day festival...)

My first ever festival (can you believe it?) was Wireless. The tickets were a birthday present from my boyfriend and I realised that I'm far too high-maintenance to ever do a camping festival! Wireless was a lot of fun; I got to see some of my favourite artists up close like Kanye West, Outkast and Rudimental.

I went with my boyfriend to Budapest

Budapest is an absolutely incredible city! I definitely want to go back to experience the parts of it we didn't see. The weather wasn't great but it honestly didn't even matter when we had all that amazing-ness!
Lots of photos and all about my trip here

I graduated

We made it! I graduated with a good 2.1 from the University of Birmingham over the summer after 3 years studying Philosophy and Theology.

I got my first 'real' job

I got a job with the company I interned with over summer; it feels strange to have my own job and my own money. This is my life now! I'm a grown-up!

I definitely had some personal struggles in 2014 but you know, looking back it was far more good than bad despite all the stress. As for what I want to achieve in 2015...

Take my blog to the next level

I don't even know what this means, but looking back at my early posts was an eye-opener of how far I've come in terms of improving my blog's quality as well as letting people know about it. In 2015 I want to keep blogging and get even better!

Learn to drive

I started learning last year and I don't want my progress to go to waste. I'm a late bloomer, following in the family tradition: my grandma learned in her 40s, mum in her 30s and her younger sister is learning now!

Get cooking

I cooked fresh all the time at uni but since starting work it's just not been happening. I want to get back into cooking even if it is quick and easy meals. I think my January bank balance will motivate me to stop exclusively eating Philpotts for lunch (semi-healthy, I guess) and pre-prepared M&S meals for dinner (not even pseudo-healthy!)

Get reading

I'm sad I haven't done as much reading this year as I have done every other year in my life. I want this to change in 2015.

Finish a first draft of my book

This is a big one for me as I really lack confidence to carry my writing through. I really want to get a first draft; once I actually follow through and finish something I think my self-belief will increase and I'll have something to work on instead of criticising something that's hypothetical at the moment.

Progress in my career

I really want to drive my career forwards. I'm trying to learn as quickly as possible so I have the opportunity to advance by the end of 2015.

Move out

I guess this goes hand-in-hand with the above; I want to move to a flat in Manchester City Centre as it will be so much more convenient for me.


I want to travel to somewhere outside of Europe this year. I'm a pretty nervous flier but my desire to see and experience the wider world is stronger! If I have to I'll take a sleeping pill and snooze my way through a long-haul flight...

I'm feeling positive about the future, you know. I don't make resolutions as such but I like to know where I want to be by the end of 2015.

Do you have any goals or aims for this year?


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  1. Congratulations on your dissertation, graduating and your new job! 2014 has been quite an eventful year for you :) x

    Velvet Blush

    1. Thank you so much! And taking a step back and looking at my year - it really has been a big one xx

  2. Such a great post and hope that you reach all of your goals for 2015.

    Pams Stuff and Things

  3. Congrats on all of your achievements, it sounds like you had an amazing year. I wish you the very best for the year ahead and hope you achieve everything you wish for x


    1. Thank you so much - best of luck for you too this year :) xx

  4. What a lovely post! You have done so much in just one year! Its so lovely to see that after all of that hard work at university you ended up with a well earned job! I can relate to all of your 2015 aims! Especially learning to drive and cook!

    Best wishes for the new year!

    Laura x


    1. Thank you, lovely! It really was a big year :) best of luck for 2015! xx

  5. Sounds like you've had a great year! The best of luck for 2015!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

  6. Awwww I love reading these kind of posts and you should be so proud of all your achievements!! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your life...xx

    1. Thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed it :) xx

  7. Girrrrrl, 2014 sounded like YOUR YEAR. Reading posts like this does bring me joy, you graduated, got an internship, got your first proper job, you did a bit of travelling, you went to a FESTIVAL (I AM CRAVING TO GO TO A FESTIVAL RIGHT ABOUT NOW! Hurry up, Summer!)

    You are an inspiration!



    1. Aww thank you lovely - you're too sweet! Hope you achieve your goals for 2015 :) xx

  8. Such a great post! Looks like you had a really great year with lots of growth and new things! I actually only realised when I did my review of 2014 how many great things happened!

    Drea xo
    Drea's Junkyard

    1. Thank you - yeah it's great to take a step back and appreciate all you've achieved and experienced! xx

  9. Wow, you have achieved so much lovely, what an amazing year for you! Cooking more and starting a book is on my 2015 to do list too. I'm sure you'll do all of those things and more :)


    1. Aww thank you! I hope you manage it too :) xx

  10. Congratulations on everything you've acheived, you've had quite a year! I've just started my first year of uni, but I find it really inspiring to see you managed to get a first and find an internship, as that's what I would love to do too. Well done for everything you've accomplished and good luck with all your goals for this year xx


    1. Aww thank you - you will have an amazing 3 years :) best of luck to you too xx

  11. Its always awesome to look back and see so much growth. Hope the upcoming year is also one amazing one for you.

    Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog

    1. Thank you dear - best of luck to you too! :) xx


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