Thursday, 1 January 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very happy new year. Despite some people expressing feelings that New Years is over rating and resolutions are often broke within a week or so, I cannot help but love the feeling the start of a new year gives me. Although life hasn't changed much since yesterday I feel more hopeful, and excited for the future.

2015 will be my first full year as a graduate, I am finally beginning to feel like an adult, and I am looking forward to beginning my life as an adult. I am sure it will be a year of a lot of new beginnings, which I feel is much needed in my life at the moment, and I feel my life is finally at a stage where I can feel as though, this is my year. I have finally finished education, and now it's down to me what I do with my life. I am excited for this year. For once in my life I feel like I can fully understand the saying, the world is my oyster... I would also like to apologise for the cheesey clichéness of this blogpost, it is what New Years does to me.

Reminiscing over 2014

I'm not going to lie, I did not really realise what a good year I had last year (.. it still feel strange referring to 2014 as last year) until I searched my facebook and instragram for some pictures of the past year to include on this blog post. When looking for through pictures I realised I am a pretty lucky girl, and I had a pretty good year. Of course there were some not so good times, such as losing my beautiful cat, going through a break up, a bit too much crying over boys and feeling homesick but I started this blog, made my graduate final collection (I studied Fashion), graduated, moved back home, had some pretty great times with friends and family and learnt a lot. Overall pretty good, but something is telling me next year is going to be even better. I feel a lot more aware of who I am and who I want to be than I was a year ago.

Aims for 2015

I don't like to set myself strict resolutions for the New Year as they usually end up being quite unrealistic and never really happen, however I do like to have some aims for the up and coming year.  I am not going to lie, I have got quite a few - but to improve myself and my life I need something to aim for, right? So I've got a lot to aim for in 2015.

Of course some of my aims relate to this little blog of mine. I started this little blog March 2013 after having guest lecturer did a talk at my uni, when he mentioned blogging, shortly after my friend Jess then encouraged me to start a blog, because it seemed like something I'd really enjoy - having started different blogs before I wasn't completed expecting to keep it up, however I have, and I have began to enjoyed the blogging world more and more. 

I began not blogging all that often, taking not so thought out pictures on my iphone, to where I am now - blogging weekly or more (besides the odd exception) learning about writing and photography, taking photos using my SLR, editing my photos, and planning my content. My blog has came a long way and I have learnt a lot. Not so long ago I reached my first 100 - which may not seem a lot to most people, but to me in does, however I would love my blog to keep growing - If I were able to reach another huge milestone of 1000 by the end of the year that would be amazing, I may be aiming slightly high but 'reach for the moon, land on the stars' and all that jazz. 

I will also be trying to have a bit more of schedule to my blogging - I want to publish at least two posts each week, if not more. As today is Thursday, I am going to promise a blog post every Thursday, one every Monday (maybe excluding while I am in India), and hopefully more than that. I also want to aim to improve my photography and content, maybe trying out a few different style blog posts.

Last year (seems strange saying that...) I started a little tiny Youtube channel (which you can find here), and when I say tiny, I mean tiny. I am yet to even reach double digits in my number of subscribers. Before this I had never done any filming or video editing, so I have learnt quite a bit but still have a lot to learn. As with my blogging didn't have much of a schedule to this, I upload what I fancied whenever, and then toward the end of the year just stopped. However this year this is something I would like to concentrate on as I have really enjoyed learning about video editing and talking to a camera. Therefore during 2015 I intend to upload a video once a week. I want this to be every Sunday - however I do have extremely slow internet in my house, so it sometimes takes day to upload a video - so if it's occasionally day or two late I'm sorry, it will be there each week though. I also want to film some slightly different style videos this year, I am looking forward to trying my hands at some fashion lookbooks. As for subscribers, it would be amazing to feel as though people watch my videos, so once again I am aiming high in relation to my currently number of subscribers, and would love to get to 100 subscribers in a years time.

By the end of the 2015 I would also like to feel like a fitter and healthier person (like everyone else, I'm sure). Anyway I am going to have a hand from Timmo who is going to help my come up with eating, exercise and fitness plans which are suited to me. (you can find Timmo's website here and his facebook page here). As the year progresses on I am sure you'll be hearing much more about how that journey is coming along for me, as this is something I intend to document on my blog.

You may know I currently working in a shoe shop, which I do enjoy, but it is not a career, by the end of 2015 I'd like to be working hard at job which I can call a career.

I have rambled far too much this post already, so I am going to cut the rest of my goal into short bullet points otherwise this blogpost may go on forever.  So other things I would like to do this year are:

  • start drawing/painting again - used to spend a lot of time creating are, and for some reason I stopped, I want to start again, I love drawing and it's something I'd love to improve my skills at, and maybe something I can even share on blog one day.
  • start scrapbooking - after watching a youtube where Lily Pebbles spoke about her scrapbook I felt inspired, but still wasn't really considering scrapbooking as I thought i was something I wouldn't keep up, however the next day I was sorting my room, and I kept finding bits and bobs (such as tickets, menus and photos) that I'd kept for memories sake but they didn't have a home, when I realised scrapbooking would be the perfect way to tie up these loose ends that I'd like to keep.
  • Keep a diary - when I realised I couldn't remember what had happened at the start of 2014, I decided I want to remember the next year, so I may write an entry each day but I am going to keep a diary throughout the year.
  • Be nicer to people - I don't think I'm necessarily horrible to people now, but there's always room to be nice, right? I want to be kinder to strangers, make more effort with friends and cut out the nasty bitching.
  • Read more - because reading is amazing.
  • Improve my photography - because it's a talent I'd love to have.
  • Don't get upset over silly things, like boys. I spent far too much time feeling down about things and people which were worth those emotions last year. Never again. 
  • Be more organised - because how else am I going to keep on top of all of these aims?!
Sorry this post has dragged on a little - I have spent a lot of time considering what I would like the new year to bring, and wanted to express my little goal, I feel having them in writing on little blog might encourage me to keep them up.

I would love to hear some of your goals for 2015, please comment any you have below!

I hope you all enjoyed celebrating the start of the year last night and early hours of this morning - I had a lovely time (despite a painful wisdom tooth), I went for dinner with a close friend and had drinks with family, and I hope the first day of 2015 has been a good start to the year.

With lots of love

Chloe xx


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