2014 has been an amazing year. I had planned to make it a pretty good year but it ended up surpassing all expectations. There were quite a few life changes, but I genuinely feel that the majority of them were positive – even if they originally didn’t start out like that.
At the beginning of the year, I started a 2014 jar where I would write down all the good things that happened over the course of the year. As you can see from the picture below, I didn’t do too badly. So here’s my 2014 review and why 2015 is going to be even better!
In March 2014, I took the first step into self-publishing via Amazon after getting a little bored with going the conventional route. I was really pleased with For Better or Worse and I just wanted to get it out there. So I started selling it as an eBook and two months later, I put the finishing touches to the sequel (Viva Las Vegas) and uploaded that too. Fast forward to December and I had a total of four books on my Kindle Bookshelf (they weren’t all written in 2014 though – I’m not that quick!).
The responses I’ve had back have been great and I’m really glad I took the step to self-publish. If anyone reading this now has purchased any of my books, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for making me feel so amazing!
The plan for 2015 is to bring out some new material and continue to plug the existing material I have. There’s something truly wondering about being able to do what you love.
This has been a great year for travel. I managed to get in two countries I’d never been to before, along with one I had. I also took my first solo trip abroad.
When you say you’re going on holiday by yourself, you get a mixed reaction. People will either say how great it is and how much you’ll love it (most likely, these are the people that had done it themselves) or people just ask why. It was something I had always wanted to try and I was so glad I did it. I think it helped that I chose a fairly laid-back option (I went to Iceland) to ease me into my first solo trip. The best thing about going solo is that you can do everything at your own pace. You don’t have to worry about making the other people in your party happy – you can eat where you want, go where you want and do what you want. It’s something I would suggest everyone tries, at least once.
Travel in 2015 is already set to be even better, with at least three new places I can add to my list! Barbados is first, then there’s two I can’t mention just yet as they’re both surprise trips and the people involved might come across this page (don’t want them to know where they’re going just yet!). Plus there’s the possibility of some super-exciting travel plans in the second half of the year, so stay tuned!
When you hit your twenties, a weird thing starts happening – every year you seem to lose friends. Whether this is a case of people’s lives taking different paths or just growing into different people, you start to drift apart and lose contact. Over the past few years, I’ve lost touch with people I thought I’d be friends with forever. This year, I ended up drifting apart from someone I considered one of my closest friends. Gradually, life got in the way and we found less and less time to catch up. So 2015 is to become the year I actively try not to lose touch with any friends.
Thankfully, when you start doing other things in your life, you end up meeting new people and making new friends. As well as having some amazing old friends in my life, I’ve been lucky enough to for some strong bonds with people I’ve gotten to know better this year.
The root of all evil but something we’d all like more of. And with a penchant for travelling and designer shoes, something I’m not very good with. One of the big decisions I made this year was to move back in with my parents. After renting for eighteen months, I decided it was time to be a bit more sensible. Part of my decision was based on not getting on with one housemate. I’d made the rash decision just to move out because at 23, I didn’t think I should be living with my parents anymore, and found a place with people who were willing to move too, without thinking about it too much. One was a good friend, so that was fine, but the other was someone I realised I didn’t really know, despite what I originally thought. We were polar opposites and it didn’t take long for there to be tension – things were not great (probably as much my fault as anyone else’s).
The other half of my decision was the money factor. After working out what I’d spent on rent over 18 months, without having anything to show for it, I felt really bad. It is dead money. I’m glad I’ve gotten the experience out the way but I wouldn’t do it again. Moving back home has been nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be and it’s a chance to have a bit more surplus cash to play about with.
With the big plans I’ve got for 2015, going to be able to splash the cash! But the best thing about it is, I should hopefully still be able to bump my savings up.
One of the things I said at Christmas last year was, by the following year, I would be signing my Christmas cards with two names. Turns out, I was way off the mark there. But guess what – it doesn’t matter. 2014 was a year of some bad mistakes, some good mistakes and plenty of dates. One of the main things I picked up from this was that you can’t control things and you can’t have a type. All the men that sounded ideal on paper, weren’t for me. The guys who weren’t what I considered “my type” and were pretty different from me, were the ones I clicked with the most.
I’m a hopeless romantic. I believe in that big, fantastic, wild love. But the thing is, you can’t make that happen – you have to let it find you. I’ve read, and planned out, enough romance novels to know that when it happens, it happens. I wasn’t going to let myself jump into something with a guy who seemed ok after a couple of dates, when I was still waiting for the fireworks to kick in, just to be able to put two names on a card. Don’t settle. Just let things work themselves out and stop trying so hard to look for what needs to find you. You’ll get your fireworks…but that doesn’t mean you can’t play about with the sparklers while you’re waiting ;-).
So 2014 was good, but 2015 is going to be even better! There’s still a lot of stuff left for me to and there’s still a lot of goals to achieve.
To everyone reading this, have a Happy New Year and I wish you all the best for 2015 – make it your own!