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2015 – a year in one post

January 3, 2016

Looking back, 2015 was pretty amazing. It might have ended on a bum note, but putting together this blog post has really made me see that even though the shitty things were really shitty, the amazing things really were amazing. I travelled to some truly incredible places, and made some massive life changes. 2015 you were brilliant. Here’s why.

^^Packing up and moving out of Brighton. Buying our very own house. Moving in, having the locks changed, finding places for all of our things, slowly making our mark on the place. It was an amazing milestone to reach.^^

^^Getting stuff done around the house. That horrid scratching post carpet went as soon as it could have done, but not before we used it as a sanding area for our desk (which still isn’t finished, whoops).^^

^^Skipping forwards to March, a surprise trip to Bergen for our 13th anniversary. What a beautiful place – and we got to see some snow!^^

^^This guyyyyy *heart eyes*. Teaching his two nieces, and Ras, how to make pesto from scratch.^^

^^Spending as much time as possible with these two <3.^^

^^A day on the railway with my family.^^

^^Easter celebrations. I love having dinner at lunchtime!^^

^^Loving our garden and BBQ. It might not have been the sunniest of summers but we still got out there as often as we could.^^

^^Celebrating Trout’s 30th birthday in Cheddar Gorge and Bristol, going flyboarding, eating pizza and lasagne in bed, and walking around Bristol in the rain trying to find a roast dinner.^^

^^Saying goodbye to this guy. Even though I didn’t actually get to say goodbye to him before he left us for doggy heaven. Miss you Jasper x.^^

^^Catching up with Laura and meeting Finley.^^

^^Summer and Sultans Delights. Highlight of my Friday.^^

^^Working on the Moretti Gran Tour and the Tech4Good Awards. It was a stressful juggling act, but very rewarding and exciting.^^

^^The wedding of the year!^^

^^A Wilhelm Scream. I waited so many years to see them again! Plus all the other amazing bands I got to see in 2015.^^

^^The Azores. It’s an incredible place – go!! I’ve shared photos from our holiday here, here and here.^^

^^Chicago. Such a cool place.^^

^^The food in Chicago. Still dreaming about The Chicago Diner. Swoon.^^

^^A trip to the Llama Farm with my family (yes I know these are goats…).^^

^^Hallowe’en. One of the best days of the year!^^

^^A weekend in Manchester. Another city in the UK ticked off my list!^^

^^Thanksgiving dinner. This was delicious, even if I do say so myself, and I managed to whip it all up in about an hour and a half. I know we don’t celebrate it in the UK, but any excuse to eat something a bit different!^^

^^Our trip to Marrakech. One of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to. That holiday will always be really special to me.^^

^^Vegan Baileys. One of the best discoveries in 2015.^^

So those are my highlights! I’m sure I’ve missed loads of really good bits, but for now these will be enough to share with you. What were your highlights? How was 2015 for you?

Here were my resolutions for 2015:

Ethical clothing. Tick! I’m really happy with this one. It’s been tricky at times, and I’ve mostly just not been buying new clothes, but it was the most interesting, exciting and positive thing that I did in 2015, and something I’ll certainly be continuing.
Be patient, mindful and thoughtful. Maaaayyyybe. Or not.
Healthy living. Hmm. On the whole I would say no…
Cook more. Tick! Trout is so busy that I do most of the cooking, and I’ve been enjoying it so much! I’ve even whipped up a few of my own recipes, which I’ve loved.
Save more. Tick! I’ve been really militant with my savings, putting 10% of my paycheck in my savings account, and all of my freelance income, and it’s been a great way of having that bit of comforting money to fall back on. Plus buying a house is expensive, and it takes all of your money, so getting my savings back on track has been really important.

Here are my resolutions for 2016:

Clean little and often. Get rid of all the ‘stuff’ I don’t need. Invest in some baskets to keep all my shit tidy. Revamp the study from dumping ground to dazzling study/man cave.
Re-evaluate my blog. Why do I have it, what do I want to do more of, what do I want to do less of. Write more. Take more photos. Spend more time on it. Publish those drafts.
Use my time wisely. I think there is immeasurable value in letting your body do nothing, but there has to be a line and I’m creeping into lazy territory, and not enjoying it. My productivity needs a big boost.
Buy flowers more often. Because they really do brighten up the place.
Wear more grey. Branching out into a new colour palette in 2016.
Get back to charity shop shopping. I used to do it ALL the time, but stopped while I was living in Brighton as the charity shops, on the whole, are pretty crap. Haywards Heath is much better!
Keep saving, and be thrifty throughout the month. Does anyone else tighten the purse strings as the end of the month approaches? I’m going to try to pretend every day is the day before pay day, and see what kind of impact it has on my finances.
Be less negative, and kinder to myself. Positive thinking, please.
Read more books. I did really well (for me) in 2015, but I’m going to try to read at least 10 books in 2016.
Get rid of the coffee table in the lounge. Words cannot express how much I hate it. I’ve had it for six years, it’s the cheapest, crappest IKEA table you can imagine (I think it was £6 or £8…) and it’s marked and old and gross and I JUST WANT IT GONE. But we keep it because there’s not much point in replacing it until we know what kind of layout our lounge will have. Which makes sense. I suppose.

Phew, that’s rather a lot!

I can’t help but think that 2016 will include some amazing changes. I would love to crack on and get some more things done around the house – there might even be a wall coming down! Decorating it will be so cool. Au revoire boring pale yellow. Also, let’s get the garden tidied up.

Happy New Year! What are your resolutions for 2016? Do you do anything special as a new year begins?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2016 6:39 am

    What a year you had! I hope 2016 treats you well!

  2. January 4, 2016 2:15 pm

    Yours was an amazing year!! :D I want to read more books and write more on my recently resurrected blog too :) and I’d love to succeed in transitioning to a 0-waste lifestyle! Happy new year!! :D

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