I can’t believe it’s time to be writing a post looking back on 2015. It feels like this year has passed by in the blink of an eye, but pulling together a collage of photos for the post has really made grateful for such an epic year. I truly have had the most amazing year yet. I’ve been on two brilliant holidays and visited and explored lots of new places, I’ve achieved things I never thought were possible and, as cliché as this sounds, I feel as though I’ve finally found who I am and what I want to do. So for today’s post I thought I would reminisce before looking ahead to 2016!
Turning 21 and being happy
This year I turned the big 21 and that brought with it lots of celebrating with my closest friends, boyfriend and family. It may sound completely ridiculous but I feel like I really have grown this year and have become a lot more confident in myself. I’ve made huge lifestyle changes and have felt my fitness and health improve (even managing to complete Cardiff’s Survival of the Fittest) and finally feel a lot more body confident. I’ve cut out negative energies from my life and have said “no” more. I used to get serious FOMO (fear of missing out) and would do anything and everything as I didn’t want to let people down. This resulted in my feeling run down and becoming ill, so I’ve made sure to make plenty of time for myself this year, even if this means binge-watching PLL on Netflix instead of getting glammed up for a night out. I feel as though I’ve finally started to appreciate the little things in life that I love and have started to look at things in a more positive light.
Graduating with First Class Honours in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Possibly the most amazing and memorable day of the year, my graduation really was spectacular. After really struggling in university at first and finding it difficult to be away from my small hometown in West Wales and my small, tight-knit family and boyfriend, it was the most amazing feeling to pop on my hat and gown and to graduate with a First-Class Honours degree in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. When I say that I worked my ass off to get a first-class, I’m not lying. For most of April and May this year I was holed up in my kitchen drafting and re-drafting (and re-drafting once more) my dissertation, but all the hard work paid off and I ended up getting a first in every module I completed this year. I don’t think I’ve ever felt prouder and it just made me realise that I definitely made the right choice in my career path and that I’m truly going to enjoy being a journalist when the day finally comes!
Starting a masters course
Last April, amidst studying like crazy for my final assignments, I had an interview for a Masters in Journalism course at Cardiff University. I had wanted to study this course for about two years so to even get an interview meant so much; getting a place whilst being interviewed was even better! I started in September after graduating and am really loving it thus far. It’s probably the most challenging thing I will have ever done on completion. We literally work for about 12 hours a day doing interviews, writing features, studying law, making magazines, learning Photoshop and InDesign, and we also have assignments to complete and lectures to attend on top of that but I’m learning so much and really enjoying the process. I’ve also met an amazing bunch of people on my course and am looking forward to the next nine months with them.
Travelling and exploring
Even though the majority of my year has been spent in university I still managed to squeeze in lots of travelling and exploring this year including two amazing holidays to Cyprus and Santorini. Dan and I stayed in the Tasia Maris in Ayia Napa for a week in June and had such an awesome week. We went exploring up and down the island, hiking in Cape Greco, speeding down the streets on segways and even visited the “ghost town” of Famagusta. The hotel we stayed in was gorgeous and I really fell in love with Cyprus and its people.
I headed to Santorini for a week in August with my mum and I have never been to a more beautiful destination in my life. My mum and I spent lots of time relaxing by the pool but also explored the beautiful cliff-top town of Santorini and went out on an evening boat trip around the island. When I think about Santorini I instantly get holiday blues and we have already planned to go there next summer. If anyone gets the chance then I urge you to go!
I also went for a weekend away in London with Dan, where we spent most of our time laughing and aimlessly wandering the streets and embracing what the city had to offer, and a few weeks ago I visited Bath for the first time and fell completely in love. In between these little get aways Dan and I have been all around Wales on our travels. Can you tell from the pictures we love a beach walk with a cracking Welsh sunset? They almost beat those in Santorini!
Blogging and writing
I have really loved blogging this year and finally hit my 1000 follower count on Bloglovin’ back in June. It was such a fabulous feeling and to know that people are enjoying reading my blog enough to want to follow makes me so happy. I feel like blogging has really helped me further my journalism career and I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside some fabulous brands too! I never thought this little space on the internet would mean so much to me and afford me with such awesome opportunities. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to blog as much as I’d like in the last few weeks, so I’m hoping to change that in 2016!
All in all, it’s been a fabulous year and I’m hoping that 2016 will live up to it. I’m so grateful for every little opportunity, for all I’ve achieved and for those who have helped me throughout the year. Admittedly I did get a little crazy and fall off the face of the year for the months where I was working on my dissertation and during my masters, but I’ve had the most amazing time and I am so so happy and content.
I really hope everyone reading this has had a wonderful 2015 and that your 2016 is even better!
Thank you for all your support, as always.
Lots of love,