2014: One to Remember

Well, it is slightly late for this post but I just wanted to say that 2014 was certainly a year to remember. So many things happened and thinking back to this time last year is a bit strange. I was half way through my final year project and was feeling good about what was to come. I was going to get an awesome degree and do loads of things… Some of that happened but some didn’t. My degree, unfortunately, did not go quite how I had planned it after my crash in February. Yet, so many good things happened too. I met Joe and some awesome new friends in cycling. I travelled a bit going to Amsterdam for Em’s 21st, Majorca with LSCC (Loughborough Students Cycling Club) and raised £3000 for Epilepsy by trekking in Peru. I graduated with a 2:2 – just missing out on a 2:1 (sad times). I worked so hard all summer with two jobs trying to save enough money for moving out (but then went and spent it on a new bike -oops). I spent hours and hours slaving over job applications to be successful in securing the job from my first interview. Once I had news that I had the job I spent hours looking for somewhere to live- I was going to be moving to the other side of the country and so this was no easy task! I saw family and friends and then to finish the year I spent New Year in North Wales with some of the best people! It was certainly a year to remember.

There are far too many to include them all but here are a few pictures from my year 🙂

Amsterdam for Em's 21st

Amsterdam for Em’s 21st

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Fundraising for the Epilepsy Society in Cardiff

Mallorca with the Cycling Club

Mallorca with the Cycling Club

Nike - She Runs the Night 10k with Rosie and Sophie

Nike – She Runs the Night 10k with Rosie and Sophie

Meeting Joe and dragging him walking with me!

Meeting Joe and dragging him walking with me!

Graduation 15th July 2014

Graduation 15th July 2014

Went to Peru and completed our charity trek. Our group raised around £85,000 for the Epilepsy Society!

Went to Peru and completed our charity trek. Our group raised around £85,000 for the Epilepsy Society!

Replaced my mangled roadie and put together this beaut (well, Joe did...)

Replaced my mangled roadie and put together this beaut (well, Joe did…)

Walking on the Begwyns, Wales with Martha and Jess

Walking on the Begwyns, Wales with Martha and Jess

Made it up Cadair Idris with Joe and Martha before I moved away! The cold was insane!

Made it up Cadair Idris with Joe and Martha before I moved away! The cold was insane!

Spent New Year in North Wales with some wonderful people!

Spent New Year in North Wales with some wonderful people!

I don’t know whether I have any New Year resolutions. I am always feeling the need to get out, be active and be healthy and so maybe, my resolution will be to be happy and embrace the new changes that will be happening in 2015. I talk of New Year resolutions as though it’s set, but to be honest I think it’s a bit sad. Why do you need to wait for the New Year to want to better yourself? You are able to do that and work towards that whenever you want to. I am forever trying to eat better – not less – better.

A few goals that I do want to work on in 2015 though are:

  • Eat healthily on a budget (VERY IMPORTANT!)
  • Exercise
  • Sign up for a race – something like another 10k or a half marathon
  • Embrace my new working life
  • Run or cycle for my commute
  • Make sure I visit and talk to all my old uni friends – I am terrible at keeping in touch with people!
  • Be tidy
  • Every month make sure I put some money aside in savings
  • Read more – over the past six years my person reading has become basically non existent and I miss being tucked up with a good book!

I am starting my new job next Monday and have moved to the other side of the country from my home. It’s not quite like uni when I knew that I would be going home over certain holidays. No, now I am on my own and have to come to terms with that. I shall certainly let you know all about starting work next week! It is rather a scary thought. I have worked in many places before but this seems to be a bit of a big deal. It’s the first ‘proper’ step to my working life. I am excited. I think that it’s going to be good fun – I just need to cope with the pressure and will be dealing with the tricky customers – but I did that in my old job. I am proud of myself that I have managed to get a job so soon. So – to those who stuck their noses up and sniffed at my photography and that I was on an English degree – I say, politely as possible, to do one. That you judged me for having an interest and sticking to what I love was low. I had no interest in law or banking or whatever other job is considered to be ‘the job’. Sticking to what you believe in is important. Money is not absolutely everything – it obviously is important, so if you’re reading this do not think that I am ignorant but giving up being happy and well for the sake of gaining as much money as possible is stupid. People will stare or make comments but it is your life to live and not theirs and chances are that it will work out just fine.

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