2015, like most years, has had it's ups and downs. As there are only a few hours left of 2015, I thought that I would do a bit of a year in review post, featuring some of the highs and lows of the year that was and here they are. Since I'm someone who would prefer to hear the bad before the good I'll start with the one negative that blighted 2015 for me.
This is something that I do mention in passing, more so on social media than I do on here but 2015 was another year of health woes for me. From a few scares thanks to ovarian cysts that popped up out of nowhere, to to dealing with my ongoing IBS/stomach issues, there hasn't been a week this year where I've felt 100%. More than anything it's been frustrating and I've spent most of the year waiting and waiting some more on appointments, tests and results all for no real progress to be made. It also meant that I missed out on some days and nights that I had really been looking forward to as a result. However, 2016 is already looking more optimistic as after months of being on the waiting list I'm finally having some big MRI scans done, exactly a week today to be precise. Whilst for some starting the year by spending hours in the hospital, being poked and prodded and downing litres of Klean Prep might not be ideal, I'm actually so happy that things are starting movie forward. I've actually been thinking about doing a full blog post on my health if that's something that anyone would like to read. Let me know if it is.
Now onto better things;
Blog Events And Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone
Prior to this year I hadn't attended a single blog event. I've always been shy and worked myself up about meeting new people and going to new places but this year I pushed myself to really step outside my comfort zone and I am so glad that I did. Not only did I have nothing to worry about but I got to meet so many lovely people this year and get properly involved in the blogging community IRL. Some of my favourite blog events of 2015 have to be the Benefit Roller Lash Launch (my first ever blog event), the Arran Aromatics Blogger Breakfast, my evening at Chisholm Hunter, the John Lewis Christmas shop event and the two fantastic events held at Lush Braehead; the Beauty School Bloggers Party and the Winter Is Coming night. And I can't forget Scot Blog Meet, which was one of the best days of the year. One of my goals for 2016 is definitely to help organise something similar in the New Year.
As soon as I started blogging at the end of 2013, a passion, one that I had been lacking, was immediately ignited for all things blog related. This year I explored how my blog and my passion for it could translate into work and possibly a career. I spent the first couple of months of 2015 interning at Becky White PR and it was such a fantastic experience. I got to see the ins and outs of a PR firm and how the engagement with bloggers is made from their side. I also have Caron to blame for getting me more than a little addicted to Pinterest, an obsession that continues to this day. I'm definitely more of a creative and the one thing that I enjoy the most is writing. This year I had my writing published on Scotcampus, featured in Pure Beauty magazine, was Cocoa Brown's Blogger Of The Week and wrote two feature articles for Blogosphere Magazine. Pursuing freelance work and getting more experience of writing for publications other than this little corner of the net is high on my list of priorities for the impending New Year. I'll actually get to work on writing a list of blog related goals in the next week or so so I can go into a bit more detail.
In 2015 I discovered...
... some pretty incredible TV shows. Luther, Scream Queens, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Better Call Saul, The Affair and CSI: Cyber all deserve a mention. I can't wait to see what I discover in 2016 and I already have my eye on a few shows.
... Justin Bieber isn't all that bad. Okay so if you give any of his earlier tracks or albums a listen they're still almost all incredibly cringe-worthy but Sorry has been stuck in my head for what feels like all of 2015 and I'm not ashamed to say that any more. All of his songs recently have been so damn catchy!
... that the Post Office is basically hell on earth! If they're not losing your parcels or waiting in a queue with 50 people in front of you (no exaggeration, it even said that on the ticket), they seem to only employ weirdly passive aggressive or downright moany individuals. You'd think they'd actually want to keep people posting via them! I could honestly rant about Post Office problems forever! Hehe.
...that I can go a whole year without eating McDonald's! This is something I'm quite proud of considering the fact that I used to frequent fast food joints pretty regularly. It's also been about six months since I last had a Burger King, KFC or chippy!
... if I push myself I really can do anything I put my mind to. This is something to definitely bear in mind for 2016. The fact that I not only did but was so happy with every single Blogmas post I put up this month (all 24 of them), just proved that I could do something I was more than a little apprehensive of.
Thank you to everyone who's continued to support me and Ellis Tuesday during 2015. I honestly can't thank everyone enough for following and interacting with me this year. It's meant the world to me, especially on those days when I'm feeling horrible or unwell. Reading a comment, tweet or message from one of you just makes my day and it's something that I seriously appreciate. So all that leaves me to say is; HAPPY NEW YEAR! All the very best for 2016 and here's to another great year on here in the New Year!
How was your 2015? What were your highlights? And how are you spending New Year's Eve?