Tuesday, 30 December 2014

14 Reasons I've Loved 2014.

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I wanted to end this year on a high, so I've looked back over the past 12 months and realised it's been a bloody good year, aside from a few hiccups. So here's to twenty-fourteen and fourteen of my best moments.

1. Taking a trip to Cyprus, without knowing anyone - earlier this year I was chosen to embark on a 5 day trip to Cyprus with uni. On the run up to the trip, I realised I knew nobody going, not only do I get incredibly home sick, my anxiety levels were at an all time high, this trip was going to make or break me. However, somehow through all the worry, I had an absolute ball and made some incredible friends. Cyprus made me see that even the scariest of things, can end up being the best.

2. Buying our first home - They say buying a house is up there with the most stressful things you will ever do. I have to say, I don't disagree. Buying our first home was incredibly stressful and filled with worry about whether our offer would be accepted or if the mortgage would go through. But all the stress was completely worth the feeling of having your own place. This is our little corner of the world, that is totally ours and I can't wait to keep creating new memories in it.

3. Speaking out about my mental health - You'll know if you've been reading my blog for some time, I have struggled with anxiety and depression. I won't dwell on the subject as I want this to be a positive post, but speaking out about my feelings, was one of the best things I have ever done. It may feel scary but once you let go of that fear, you can finally, truly be yourself.

4. Getting Luna - Luna (my rabbit) couldn't have come into my life at a better time. I was in desperate need of a little companion and she fills that hole perfectly. I may sound like a crazy animal lady, but I feel like she makes my life just that little bit easier - you'll understand if you talk to your pets too...

5. I was offered my first Staff Nurse job - I'm not sure I've mentioned this on here, but I was offered a job in November ready for when I qualify in August. It's the perfect job for me in the hospital I wanted to work in, so I couldn't be more excited to start.

6. I said YES - I've tried saying yes more and more this year and I have to say it's been great. I've said yes to blogging events or social events that I wouldn't normally say yes to, but I've met some amazing people and done some amazing things because of it. 

7. Stopped worrying so much - Something this year clicked in me. I think it was a mixture of speaking out about MH and talking to others around me. It's taken almost 23.5 years but I've finally stopped worrying so much. If that lady in the supermarket was rude to me, who cares? It's not my fault she's in a bad mood...move on..

8. I met Charlotte Tilbury - You all know about this moment in the recent weeks, that I met the one and only Queen of make up. I was completely star struck and only managed to mumble a few words to her. I couldn't recommend her make up range more and the lady herself is wonderful.

9. I saw a counsellor and had CBT -  It's surprising how much you are willing to share with a complete stranger, but seeing a counsellor is one of the best things I have ever done. CBT has helped me so much and I've finally started to learn how to turn those negative thoughts to positive ones.

10. My first ever duvet day - Yep, 2014 saw my first ever duvet day. And it was amazing.

11. Ed's Peanut Butter Milkshake - Anyone that knows me well, will know I HATE milk. So I completely surprised myself when I went for a milkshake at Ed's Diner. And it was pretty delicious.

12. Eye shadow obsession - 2014 was a year of firsts for me. First duvet day, first milkshake (since I was about 6) and buying my first ever 'proper' eye shadow palette. I've never really been into eye make up until this year and now I'm pretty obsessed. I kinda feel naked without a brush of eye shadow. I've yet to master eye liner though, I think that's a challenge for 2015.

13. I burned expensive candles - This year was the year of the candle. I adore candles and I thought it was time I branched out and tried a few more brands. I've burnt a few Diptyque candles this year, but my absolute favourite was one from Jo Malone. I'm a complete convert to the pricier candle,

14. Christmas night in my own home - This is probably one of the best things to happen this year. For the past few years, me and the hubby have driven around seeing family and not spent much quality time together at Christmas. But this year we planned to spend Christmas evening in our own home, just us. And it was perfect.

Katie xx


4 comments:

  1. Such a lovely positive post! We also bought our first home this year, to be honest that is one of they few positives this year. I'm determined 2015 is going to be a better year for me, even though the negatives were out of my control - family ill health and my dog passed away :(. Onwards and upwards as they say!!

    Lx

    bylaurenjane

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  2. Lovely lovely post :) like you, I tend to not post about anxiety or depression on my blog, I just mention it cos it's not something I hide either, but it's nice to have an area that's totally positive. Wish I had a little bunny! xo
    amber love

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  3. Sounds like a lovely year of changes, some I can most definitely relate too! Here's to 2015! :)
    Ashleigh
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  4. Great post! It sounds like you had a lovely year and achieved a lot. I bet having Christmas in your own home was a wonderful feeling, and I can imagine how scary it would have been to go to Cyprus on your own, but sounds like it was all worth it in the end! I hope you have a great 2015!
    Sam xx
    knockoutcouture.blogspot.co.uk

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