I was delayed in posting this as I needed time between my hectic work schedule and the little sleep that I actually manage to achieve to reflect back on 2014.

It definitely wasn’t my favourite year, in fact it wasn’t even in my top 5. 2012 still holds the top spot! But I should still acknowledge the things I learnt from 2014 nonetheless.

I graduated in the summer and am now fully experiencing graduate life and on the hunt for a proper job. I also carried out a dream internship with my local newspaper, despite being dreadfully ill and was given the excellent opportunity to dance in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Not only that, my dad had a mild heart attack in August, which I think has taught me the biggest lesson of the year – that time is precious and that family is the most important thing.

I’m hoping that 2015 is much easier, healthier and more successful. I’ve always liked the number 5 better than 4 so I do have high expectations. Anyway, here is a list of some of things I want to achieve in this new year:

1. Read more books – Now that I have graduated I feel less guilty about reading for pleasure. I’ve accumulated hundreds of books over the past couple of years and so it is about time I start reading them. Thus, I intend to start and finish a same book within two weeks. Unless the book is absolutely awful then I won’t finish it. Life is too short for reading bad books.

2. Worry Less – Worrying about things that won’t happen is one of my biggest issues and had a huge impact on me in 2014. I suffer from mild anxiety and I am constantly worrying about things that won’t happen. I am determined to make 2015 a lot less stressful and worry-free and to not get so caught up in things that other people say.

3. Socialize more – I am one of those people that prefer to have a night in with a good book or TV than a night out with good friends. Mainly because a night out always results in me spending more on a taxi home than on anything else and I’m not a huge fan of alcohol either. But I’ve found that my lack of socialization has affected some of my friendships and so I will make a much more conscious effort to make more time for my friends and say ‘no’ less often when it comes to socialising.

4. Travel – Apart from visiting my boyfriend down in the South of England and a long weekend trip to Copenhagen with a good friend in the summer, I barely travelled during 2014. I have always wanted to go interrailing. So, 2015 will be the year I visit at least two more places I haven’t been and plan my interrailing journey, even if it’s not possible for me to go on it this year.

5. Move out – Having spent the past four years living away at University I have recently moved back home. Although I love being with my parents and it’s nice to have some home comforts, I still miss the independence and having my own space. Due to some money I have inherited I should be able to afford my own place by the summer, something which I am very much looking forward to.

6. Pass my driving test – I’ve been learning to drive for over 4 years now and it’s just getting ridiculous. The first time I sat my test I probably shouldn’t have as i definitely wasn’t ready. Then the most recent time I sat it, the instructor said I was an excellent driver but failed me on not checking my ‘blind spot’ once. I have only driven a car once since then but now I just really want to pass my test for good!!


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