I find it so hard to believe that another year is ending; as I've gotten older time just seems to be going by even faster but somehow 2015 as gone by in the blink of an eye. It's pretty safe to say that 2015 has not been my favourite year, in fact it's been pretty shitty. So many things have happened and changed and it's been a bit of a struggle.
I really enjoyed writing down my reflective post last year, i find it so rewarding and really theraputic so it's something i definitely want to continue with at the end of each year. I'm not quite sure where to begin this time round.
Let's start with blogging; this year has definitely been very hit and miss for my blog. Overall i feel like it's definitely not been my year, my follower count has been very up and down (mostly down), my schedule has not been consistent at all, in fact it's been all over the place with frequent breaks in between - it's quite disheartening to feel like it's not really grown this past year especially because i always works so hard with it but at the same time, there is definitely many things that have improved. PRs have definitely taken more notice of my blog and i've had some really amazing opportunities and received some really amazing things and i know that my photos have really improved. There is definitely still room for improvement but they're so much better than they used to be so it's definitely a step in the right direction. I'm hoping to create a schedule that works for me.
The worst thing about this year was saying goodbye to my Grandad, or my Father as i called him. Watching his health decline so badly was one of the hardest things i've ever gone through and losing him is still something i struggle with. It's been over 7 months now and i'm still not okay, i still expect him to walk through the door complaining about something or someone or watching his Sky News with the volume so loud the entire street could probably hear it too. He was such a huge part of my life, he was the only father figure i've ever had and now he's gone and i don't know how to be okay with that.
If you read last year's reflection (here) you'll know that i wrote about all the amazing friends i made last year, and the events of this year have just verified - i would not have gotten through losing my Father without them - the small things like all the texts, the hugs, the kind words or even things like telling me that it's okay to cry if i need to. They were all there for me in ways that no-one ever has before and it's true what they say, you really do realise who your true friends are in situations like that.
Since losing my Father; we have gained some new family members - a long story short; his first son has now come back into our lives after being out of touch for about 8 years so i have another Uncle who is now settled with his partner and has the most beautiful baby boy and another on the way. They do live quite a way away from us, but they've visited a few times and were going to visit them in the Summer so i love that we're now in touch properly again.
My Nan also got a new companion by the name of Niko - a 2 year old Japanese Chin. He is just gorgeous, there's no way that i could leave him out of this post. He's been in our lives just over 6 months and he's got us all wrapped around his paws. He's just the cutest, most cheekiest, most laziest, most spoiltest little pooch ever and i wouldn't have him any other way.
This year i have also: reach 900 followers on my blog, went to the theatre A LOT, discovered a love of Burritos, joined the gym (LOL), discovered who Big A was in PLL, Got three new tattoos, developed a love for Car Boot Sales, got my lovely camera, went to Benidorm, Cut my hair short, started to learn how to sew, got my first set of hair extensions, went to Tenerife, saw Orcas in person, bought my first Chanel Lipstick, started scrap booking, rewatched all of Friends, dressed up as a vampire for Halloween and went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
New Year's Eve 2014 | Lake District with the Girls | Me & Hanz | Winter Selfie | Estelle's Flowers | Smear for Smear | New Stationary | Polka Dot Shirt | Mamma Mia | Quiz Night | Thrifty Hauls | New Camera | Blog Business Cards | Birthday Make Up | Dirty Dancing | Caramel Macciato's | Rewatched Grey's Anatomy | New Tattoos | Calamity Jane | The Most Beautiful Notebook | RIP Father | New Photo Background for Blog | Meet Niko | Westfield Street Festival | Niko | Reaching 900 Followers | Jersey Boys | New Books | Acrylic Nails | Benidorm | Magic Mike XXL | The Best Book I've Ever Read (one of) | One Line a Day | Red Lip & Lashes | Sewing Supplies | Hair Extensions | Car Mill Dam | Sleepy Niko | Selfie | Washi Tape | The Sound of Music | Rewatching Friends | Tenerife | Penguin Planet | Hairspray | Re-reading Harry Potter | Autumn | Halloween Selfie | Halloween with the Bestie | Pretty Notebooks | Ebay Goodies | Starbucks | Harry Potter Studio Tour | Hogwarts | Me & the Bestie | Christmas Selfie | Merry Christmas | Miss You Father | Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette | Getting Organised in 2016
Hope you all have a lovely time bringing in the New Year & Stay Safe.