I've cheated in writing this post up a few days before the New Year is upon us. Purely because I know on the eve itself, I won't have the time and if I did find the time to blog, it would be a poor excuse of a post which I wouldn't be happy with.
For my New Year's I'm spending it with close friends in Liverpool at my friend's apartment. We spent New Year's there last year dressed as 'dead celebrities' (our fancy dress theme). This year it's animals and I'm going as a peacock. Well, I say this, but I'm yet to physically put my costume together as as my feathers are pretty much the same size as me, I can't transport it on the train so luckily my friend Heather has driven them up beforehand so they don't get bent. So I'll be spending Saturday afternoon pinning my outfit together before enjoying sex on the beach (the drink!), a cheeky few jagerbombs and perhaps some of Rob's homemade vodka.
If you want to see how our 2010 New Year's celebrations went down - I made a Youtube video of it below:
I know people say this every year, but this year has flown by. It's been the best and worst year of my life at the same time which I'm not sure is actually possible but it's true.
Through blogging I've met some good friends who I intend to stay in touch with and it's lovely to be part of a community where I feel like I fit in. I also get to write about something I love - fashion, which I'll hopefully get a job in after I graduate.
I also got to re-visit one of my favourite cities Paris with one of my best friends Megan. We had such a laugh and I was impressed that we survived the travelling, cuisine and language barriers without any hiccups! I say 'language barrier', we hardly spoke any French as we turned into losers whenever someone spoke to us in French ha!
I also had my first 'hot' holiday in five years in Portugal which was lovely - it's always nice to go somewhere new. The only downside was how hot it was - some days it was too hot to stay outside all day.
I was very lucky to spend my 20th birthday with the entire Furness gang at Bredbury Hall as it's rare we're all free at the same time.
They're just a few memories - this year also saw my parents celebrate their silver wedding anniversary and we booked a holiday to Australia next year to see our family over there which not only do I need to start saving for, but I'm extremely excited for!
But this year also saw some real low times, most prominently was losing my beautiful wonderful nanna. Whilst there's been a number of other negatives of 2011, none of them even come close to the pain I felt and still feel over her loss. Admittedly I'm heart broken and I realise that that will never go away but in some ways I don't want it to as I'll never stop missing or loving her.
2011 has definitely taught me a lot, which I'm sure 2012 will carry on with. I plan to:
- Work hard and come out with a good degree
- Keep improving my blog and meeting new people
- Gain more experience through the industry I want to go in to
- Spend more time with and appreciate the family and friends I have - life's too short for petty squabbles, I know that now
- Try and enjoy every day of life. My artwork at my university house states: "Don't count the days - make the days count" so I'm going to take some inspiration from that
So I hope everyone has had an amazing 2011 and not only has a fantastic New Year's celebrations, but makes the most of what 2012 has to offer. I appreciate every single one of you who reads my blog, comments, tweets me and so forth - after all, I blog for you guys as well as for my own enjoyment. So from me to you -
HAPPY NEW YEAR! xoxo