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Goodbye 2013…hello 2014!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.

This year has had its ups and downs but it’s ended very well and I have high hopes for the new year. Here are my favourite moments of 2013.

1. Australia

This year was the year I got live out a lifetime dream and go to Australia for 10 days. It was a long trip and I went alone to meet up with my boyfriend Tom who was already working out there at the time. Read about my trip and see photos.

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2. New job

It was sad to leave Buzz after two years. It was my first job from university and I had a great time working on the magazine and website. I’m on to new challenges now working as a website and social media assistant and I’m looking forward to the new year.

3. Home sweet home

At the end of 2012 Tom and I decided to move in together into our very own little flat. A year on and we’re doing just fine. We’ve renewed our contract and we have furniture! You have no idea how excited I am at having my own sofa.

4. House party

Now that I have my own place we’ve had the odd get together with friends. In September I hosted my very first dinner party with five of my friends. No one got sick and the plates were empty so I’m guessing it was a success.

We had a bigger gathering back in May for my annual Eurovision party where we got to see quite a few old friends and new.

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5. Download 2013

2012 didn’t scare me off and I returned for the second time to Download Festival. The weather was slightly better and there were a lot of bands performing that I wanted to see including Katatonia and Rammstein.

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Lidl’s shoppers like Korn

Low point

The weather has got to be the worst part of 2013. I know I talk about it quite a lot anyway but it has been particularly plan-destroying this year. At the start of 2013 I almost lost my car to the snow storm. Mid year we had a heat wave. At the end of 2013 we’ve had to battle floods, trees falling down and lengthy power cuts due to the storms that have recently hit the UK.

I don’t believe this will change in 2014.

Resolutions

Last year my resolutions were to read the books in the BBC Book List Challenge which is partially completed. I’m rolling it on into my 2014 resolutions.

Another few life goals were accomplished including taking up volunteering. I now help out in the local RSPCA shop every other Saturday. I also came third in two cookery competitions and I’m aiming for first next year!

In 2014 I plan to work hard at my new job and I’m also looking to do a bit of travelling. Oktoberfest 2014 is a big possibility.

For 2014 I hope your year is full of fun and happiness!

Happy New Year!

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in Personal

 

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Project 365 round-up and goodbye 2012

IMG_2170I would like to say Happy New Year to all my readers and subscribers and I hope you have had an excellent 2012.

It has been a big year, especially for us Brits with the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games.

2011 was a big year for me. I graduated, passed my driving test and got a job so I knew it was going to be a difficult year to top. I did, however, complete my two big New Year’s resolutions this year which were to complete Project 365 and move out. The latter I have only just managed to do (four days before Christmas). Still I have a few good points from this year which, instead of doing a ‘Top Ten’ like I did last year, I have decided to summarise each month with a photo thanks to my Project 365. I would like to thank everyone who followed my Project 365 for your support. It is a lot harder than it looks so if you are going to do this project, make sure you have lots of hobbies so you have lots of things to take pictures of. It is not something I would do again but it was fun while it lasted and I am glad I stuck with it to the end.

January

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I began the year by walking a quarter of the way up Cader Idris, North Wales with Tom. I made a resolution that I would walk up to the top of a mountain at some point during the year. On Day 190 I made it to the top of Pen y Fan.

February

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For Valentine’s Day Tom and I went tree climbing at a Go Ape course. Better than a romantic meal out.

March

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In March we went on a beer tour at the Hogs Back Brewery...

April

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…and were so inspired by the brewery tour, we went on to make our own beer. A moderate success.

May

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As I have said many times, Eurovision is one of my favourite events of the year and here I am with my university friend Steph having our own Eurovision party.

June

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Download Festival 2012, one of my favourite moments of 2012.

July

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I welcomed the Olympic Torch to the UK in July as the torch passed through Newbury.

August

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In August I celebrated a chilled out birthday at a spa.

September

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In September, Tom and I went on a weekend break to Tortworth Court to celebrate our two-year anniversary.

October

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In October I went to Alton Towers for Scarefest with a group of friends.

November

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Fireworks for Bonfire Night.

December

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Last month I moved out of my parents’ home and into my new flat with Tom. A great way to end the year!

I do not have a set goal for 2013 so I am going to go with the flow. My one project for this year is to complete the BBC Book List Challenge. I have already read some of the books but I have a long way to go. It is a good thing I like to read.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Personal, project 365

 

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Project 365: BONUS DAY (Happy New Year!)

Happy New Year to all my readers and subscribers! Sorry for the blur at the bottom. I was in the firing line of some champagne before I began filming.

My round-up of 2012 and Project 365 is coming soon. Watch this space!

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in project 365

 

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