Thursday, 7 January 2016

Top 10 Moments of 2015

Top 10 Moments of 2015

Happy New Year! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I published a blog post. Towards the end of 2015 I was really struggling with keeping up with my blog and although I didn’t plan on having a break from blogging it just kind of happened. I’m glad it did though, I managed not to feel too guilty about my lack of blogging and now I am feeling more motivated than ever to continue blogging as it is something I am passionate about and really enjoy. If you ever feel guilty about not blogging as much as you like I have written a post with some tips to get rid of bloggers guilt.  

I have really been enjoying reading everyone’s 2015 reflection posts over the last couple of weeks so I thought I would kick off 2016 with my own overview of the year. I almost didn’t want to write this post as 2015 has been a bit of an up and down year for me.

A few years ago I had surgery to correct scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and had metal rods and screws placed either side of my spine to straighten it. Until recently, I had relatively no back pain, but mid 2015 I injured my lower back and have been suffering the rest of the year with pain. As a result of this I have spent a lot of time feeling down and frustrated. I don’t want to go into it too much at the moment, but I hope in the future to write a full post and share my experience with scoliosis, as I know reading other people’s stories has definitely helped me. If this is something you would like to read please do let me know.

My back is gradually improving and now I am feeling more positive than ever. The last few months have made me stronger than ever and introduced me to the world of yoga, which is absolutely amazing! Something I also want to write about on my blog at some point this year.

Despite the challenges 2015 has been a great year for me and writing this post has made me realize that even more! I have picked out my top 10 moments to share with you all.

1. Moving to London – In January I made the move to London and started a new job, this was the best decision I have ever made. I love London life, I love my job, I am living closer to my boyfriend and have family and friends nearby.

2. Going to my first blogger event – Also in January I went to my first ever blogger event the #nyLDNmeet hosted by Lauren from Blonde Vision who is now one of my best friends! It was so lovely to meet other bloggers and was exactly what I needed after moving to a new city.

3. One of my best friends moving to London – In May one of my childhood best friends moved to London and now we live together. We went to school and university together and it is so amazing having her with me in London.

4. Holiday to Croatia – In June I went to Hideout festival in Croatia with my boyfriend, this was such an amazing holiday – read my Hideout Festival post for more about that.

5. Celebrating three years with my boyfriend – In July my boyfriend and I celebrated three years together, he surprised me by booking a meal in a gorgeous fish restaurant in London and we had such a great evening.

6. The Big Blogger Conference – In August Lauren organised her biggest blogger event so far, the Big Blogger Conference. I helped her out on the day with Abi from All Things That Glitter and it was so much fun and such a success!

7. Celebrating my Dad’s 60th birthday – In September I went back home for a long weekend with my family to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday. We went for a lovely meal in our favourite restaurant and had a lovely long dog walk on the beach. This was such a great weekend, since moving away from home it has made me value family time so much.

8. Halloween – In October I did a Halloween pub Crawl in Shoreditch with my boyfriend and best friend, this was so much fun – I love Halloween so much and dressing up!

9. Christmas in Swansea – I was lucky enough this year to get two full weeks off work for Christmas, so I spent this time at home in Swansea. It was so lovely to have some much needed family time and home comforts.

10. New Year’s Eve in Swansea – Although I did want to spend NYE in London as I live there now and have heard great things about it, I decided to stay in Swansea and make the most of being at home for as long as I could. My boyfriend and I went to a gorgeous restaurant at the top of the tallest building in Wales, ate amazing food and watched lots of fireworks.

So that's my roundup of 2015! I'm am looking forward to what 2016 brings.

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