So, 2014 has been a year of the highest highs and the lowest lows and i’m relieved to be ending the year feeling happy, hopeful and more content than this time last year. I had big expectations for 2014 and whilst it delivered a lot of good things that were above and beyond my hopes, it surprised me with a lot of bad too.
I love this time of year, because it gives you space to reflect and look to the future, to refresh yourself and to give you renewed hope and motivation for the next 52 weeks of life. I like to look back month by month, as like last year, i’m sure it will remind me just how far I’ve come and of how lucky I am, and to serve as a reminder of how much can change in a short space of time and to cherish everyday because you never know what’s around the corner.
Here’s to 2014:
January was mainly a month for celebrating turning 24 – I went for a lovely family meal and then was whisked away by Steve for a surprise birthday in Disneyland Paris! The celebrations continued in Southampton for good eats and UNIT funtimes with friends. I also tried snowboarding on dryslopes for the first time – I wasn’t very good…
In February I saw my beautiful friend Rae for the first time in years when I travelled to Leicester for her Hen-Do, went for some wintery dog walks, ate an amazing meal with my valentine and geeked out by the sea.
In March I watched with teary eyes as Rae married Dave, then travelled to Norway after years of longing to go and see the northern lights. Whilst we didn’t get much of a light show, we ate a lot of amazing food, saw some beautiful sights and met some lovely people – I can’t wait to go back. I also travelled to Brighton for a birthday, bought some bargain bootfair buys and surprised my mum with a baby meerkat for Mother’s Day.
April was a month of highs and lows. Mum was diagnosed with blood cancer within a week of being told she had breast cancer and everything felt like it had come crashing down, just as everything was starting to feel good again. It felt wrong to be looking at potential first homes, having fun seeing bands you loved when you were 13 and going to drive in movies, but I was glad of the happy distractions.
In May the weather was warm and I spent as much time as possible laying the sun, having bbq’s and picnics in the park. It was also the month that mum had her mastectomy and the hospital became a far too familiar sight.
In June I saw my first ever ballet, became a brunette, picked litter for world oceans day, ate lots of BBQ food, had some lovely dinner dates with friends and made a fleeting visit to Southampton for a cream tea with alice and tom.
July was a terrifying month from the beginning. My mum had a heart attack and I watched as doctors and nurses rushed in to keep her heart beating when it was trying to stop. I’ll never forget how it felt to be standing there in that moment, knowing that the string keeping her alive and with us, was just a tiny thread threatening to break.
July was also the month Steve and I got the keys to our very own home. After visiting my mum in hospital, we went to unlock the door for the first time and spend some time inside, dreaming about what it would look like when we moved in.
In August, a month after collecting the keys, we finally moved in. We spent a lot time cleaning, painting and making it home. I enjoyed exploring the new neighbourhood with Magnus and finding good places to walk and made the most of our new kitchen by baking a lot of pies!
The baking continued into September and I practised macarons and Mexican food. I saw some family I haven’t seen in a long time and thought a lot about family I can no longer see. Me and Steve also took a trip a lovely trip to London during some time off work.
October was an exciting but exhausting month of lovely walks, best burgers and an impromptu trip to Italy for work. I climbed my first mountain, saw some beautiful views and met some amazing Swedish beauties who I hope to see again. I also dressed as a skeleton again for halloween and celebrated all hallows eve with some of my favourite people.
November was a month for rainy dog walks, carrot cakes and seeing The Gaslight Anthem at ally pally. We had a lovely time celebrating my mums birthday and I cooked a birthday roast for her and my brothers. November was also the month Lulu lost her seats ready to be sent to car hospital.
December was the month I left my job for somewhere new and had a lovely leaving-do with people that’ll miss working with. I enjoyed the first couple of weeks at my new place, especially when we had our christmassy day bowling. Steve and I bought and decorated our first Christmas tree and cooked a festive dinner for friends. I also found a Norwegian jumper in a retro store which made me very excited. I’ve enjoyed a lovely couple of weeks off, with the most perfect Christmas and a little trip to the new forest for winter walks.
Things i’m excited for in 2015 include celebrating my birthday, see more friends get married, going to Nice in the summer with Steve’s family, my mum finishing her chemotherapy and being able to take her somewhere nice and ticking things off my 2015 wishlist.
What are you looking forward to in 2015?