MY 2014

Good New Years Evening. As you are reading this, you are living your final hours of 2014. This has been the most significant year of my life in more ways than one, and can only be described as an absolute roller-coaster. I've found that my year has been split into 3 distinct parts: January to June: A Levels and Depression, July to September: Operations, Celebrations and Relaxations, September to December: University and Change. Wow even that is quite hard-hitting! Anyway, I think it's a good thing to do some reflecting at the end of an annual year, so that's what I'm going to do in this final blog of 2014 by writing 14 lists. I'll try to focus on positives - what's the point in dwelling on regrets huh?! Here's a final look back before looking forward to 2015.

1. ACHIEVEMENTS

• Turning 18 (is that an achievement?)
• A*,B,B in my A-levels
• Passed Grade 8 Piano & Saxophone
• Recovered from Depression
• Accepted to my first choice University
• Getting a 1st in my first university essay

2. HIGHLIGHTS

• Dinner with all my best friends for my 18th Birthday
• Golden Gregsons
• Year 13 Leavers Ball
• Leaving school
• Operation
• Having braces off
• Shannon's visits to Guernsey
• Starting university
• Exeter weekend with Laurel
• Flat 20 Christmas Dinner
• Christmas Lights Tour
• 4 parents together on Boxing Day
• Starting my blog
• Started up a YouTube channel with Shannon
• A Level Awards Evening
• Kylie watching mine and Shannon's London vlog
• Recreating childhood photos with my sister

3. BOOKS I'VE ENJOYED

• When You Walked Back into My Life
• The Promise of Happiness
• In the name of Love
• Golden Boy
• Beautiful
• Things Get Better
• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

4. FILMS I'VE WATCHED FOR THE FIRST TIME

•The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 
• Love Actually
• The Other Woman
• The Lego Movie
• Saving Mr. Banks
• The Inbetweeners 2
• The Delinquents 

5. WHAT I'VE BEEN GRATEFUL FOR

• Having the chance to say goodbye to Poppy before uni and before he passed away
• My parents and teachers for supporting me through my A Levels
• Having a holiday with Sara
• People reading my blog
• Having a fantastic surgeon and orthodontist who made me feel more confident about my smile
• My friends for sticking by me, my family for always being there
• My parents being able to forgive each other
• Seeing Shannon more times this year than ever before
• The Sea for helping me find peace at desperate times!!

6. FAVOURITE PHOTOS




7. THINGS I'VE LEARNED

• How to cook
• Harvard Referencing
• How to work a washing machine (don't judge)
• How you deal with things defines a situation
• Communication is key
• Mental illness is not shameful
• Life is beautiful
• Time heals
• Pain is not comparable
• Family, friends and health are more important than anything

8. FIRSTS

• Started Yoga
• First time at the West Show
• Drinking alcohol (not keen though)
• Living in the UK
• Gig - Bombay Bicycle Club
• Pizza Express and Papa Johns Pizzas
• University essay
• Scriptwriting
• Facial (it was divine)
• Watching Made in Chelsea (now hooked)

9. FAVOURITE QUOTES
"Prove yourself to yourself, not others"
"Once in a while, blow your own damn mind"
"Don't let anyone's ignorance, hate, drama or negativity stop you from being the best person you can be"
"One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were going to happen in life. And with that, she realised that the only control she had was how she chose to handle them. So she made the decision to survive using courage, humour and grace. She was the Queen of her own life and the choice was hers."
"A tiger doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep"
"Don't let anyone rent a space in your head unless they are a good tenant"
"The best way out is always through"
"No one has the right to make you feel worthless. Not even you"
"Don't be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try"
"You can't correct what you aren't willing to confront"
"Always strive to improve yourself"
"The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you ARE the fire"

10. TRIPS I'VE BEEN ON

• Tenerife (February)
• Shannon's (April, September, November)
• Southampton shopping (August, September)
• Southampton for operation (July)
• London (October, December)
• Exeter for Elly's 18th
• Various trips to my Morgan family

11. FAVOURITE SONGS

• Up - Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato 
• Taking in Water - Jessie Ware
• Let it Go - Idina Menzel
• Waiting for Lightning - Cheryl
• Maestro - The Holiday (Soundtrack)
• Ghost - Ella Henderson
• Tenerife Sea - Ed Sheeran

12. CHALLENGES

• Dealing with my Poppy passing away 
• Living by myself
• Having depression
• Maintaining relationships and friendships from distance

13. IMPORTANT PEOPLE I'VE MET

• My flatmates
• My seminar group
• Andrew License
• Abby Booth
• Richard Trayling (future cousin-in-law)

14. NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

• Be kinder to myself
• Make the most of every moment
• Complain less
• Don't let anything hold me back
• Start and keep a journal
• Go to yoga classes in Bournemouth
• Eat better
• Seize more opportunities
• Know my worth
• Spend less time on social media and my phone in general
• Read at least 15 books in 2015
• Be more adventurous
• Buy less

So there we go. That was my year summarised into a blog post. In addition to all of that, in 2014 I've been on 21 flights, tweeted 643 tweets, written 28 blog posts and taken 13 exams. It's been full of ups and downs but that's okay. The lows have made me appreciate the highs more.
I look forward to this next year and I hope I can better myself. I wish you all health and happiness for the year ahead - make it your best yet.

Happy New Year x

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