Another year has flown by, and what a year it has been! I hope your year has been as sweet as mine has, for 2015 has probably been one of the most pleasant years i've had in the past five years of so. It's been fairly smooth sailing for me, from new jobs, to new degrees, nothing has been too unpleasant and it's wonderful to look back on what has been a very productive year. I've been doing these end of year posts since 2012 (i began blogging back in 2010/11 i believe) so i've been at this for a fair while, and although my following isn't huge and i don't do as many exciting things as other bloggers do, i'm fairly fond of my little space on the internet and of the people who are always commenting, encouraging and generally being lovely, so here's a big e-hug and a thank you for all the love this year, i hope you know it never goes unnoticed. I hope you enjoy the round up below and i look forward to seeing what the blog holds in the new year! (P.S Read 2014's round up here, 2013's here, and 2012's here. ♡)
JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH
The first quarter of the year was absolutely amazing, I landed a new job working in Canary Wharf designing spaces from a very pleasant office. I loved my job so much and things started to feel like they were really coming together. I felt like an actual adult, fairly in control of my life. Blogwise, I struggled a bit to find time to do very much due to work responsibilities and wanting to just sleep my weekends away, i now have a newfound respect for bloggers who work other jobs as well as running their blogs. It's not an easy task i'll tell you that!
APRIL | MAY | JUNE
I got a new camera in January, but only really began to use it properly in Spring, i remember taking a brief blog break for about a month or so because i struggled to get to grips with how fast blogging was changing and how much everything was being monetized, i remember being super wary of being sucked into the whole detox tea and teeth whitening thing and becoming someone i'm not just to go with the crowd, and i think one of the most important things i learnt over this period of time was to just do you, and be wary that not everything that glitters is gold.
JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBERI really got back into the swing of blogging around this time, and i used the opportunity to shed light on a few issues that were bugging me such as colourism and standards of beauty, i'm glad i did as they have been my most popular posts this year and i'm so glad we can have this discussion. I realised that i loved writing as much as i did taking photos of things so i made an effort to get a little more wordy with my posts. This was a golden period for me. Everything was just working out for the good, I applied to do my Masters in Architecture and by some miracle i got into every single University i applied for with unconditional offers, in September I packed my bags and headed to Liverpool.
OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER
What a whirlwind of a few months it has been. I've been balancing an increased load of university work with quite a few blog collaborations, my favourite brand having been Oasis for being such a pleasure to work with and always being so lovely and kind. Another thing i learned this year were that i really had to be stricter with the content i was putting out and to try to make sure everything is of a certain quality. I'm not quite there 100% yet, but i'm working hard to make sure i'm not lazy with my posts and that aesthetically and visually engaging as well as (fairly) well written.
So, what else did i learn this year? I realised that new beginnings are often scary and lonely, but they generally work out for the best, i realised that i am definitely not going to find the love of my life via Tinder, i learned that blogging friends are simply the best and the connection to so many people worldwide is amazing, i learned that Sherida and I have impeccable taste in men (visually at least aha!), i learned that saying "I love you" to my loved ones doesn't make me weak, I learned that life is great and you just have to take things easy sometimes, and i learned that a problem shared is a problem halved and it's good to write about personal things sometimes.
I hope you've all had a joyous and very enjoyable 2015, here's to a new year year filled with love, light and enjoying the very best that life has to offer. I'm so excited for a fresh start and i hope you are too!
♡ Happy New Year in advance, lot's of love! ♡