Wednesday 31 December 2014

2014 highlights.

When the craziness of Christmas is over, I love to sit by myself and think about all the things that have happened over the past year. I write down all the significant things, consider how I've changed and plan how I'll try to do things differently over the coming year. It's also a time to think about whether I achieved my goals - more on that at the bottom of this post.

It's become a tradition to share my highlights here on my little corner of the internet (you can have a look at my 2012 and 2013 highlights if you want!) so here are mine from 2014..


• saw 2014 in with some fun friends and Doug, up in Bristol • started my mini goals series, which worked out great for me • revamped the blog • got my confidence knocked, big time • watched Her, and fell in love with it • stayed in a beautiful hotel


• celebrated our first anniversary in style • shared my recent struggles with anxiety for Time to Talk Day • visited some lovely friends in London • had a sweet Valentine's day that we weren't expecting • made music with Doug • was vegetarian for a week •


• started #BLCreativePrompts • ate a LOT of pancakes • battled my fear of going outsidefell in love with pink • took outfit photos in the mist • spent Mother's Day at the beach with Mum •


• went to Birmingham for the BritStitch pop up, and finally met Gem and Jen! • wore my new bag all the time - I loved this outfit • tried to encourage myself & everyone else to love themselves a bit more • posted a handmade bunny to my niece • GOT A JOB! •


• treated Mum to a day out at Bicton Gardens • started my new job • shared 26 things I've learned in 26 years • had a birthday picnic • had a lovely garden party & wore a tropical outfit • started feeling better about myself •


• spent a lot of time in Devon, reflecting on things • enjoyed my new specs • baked this amazing lemon and raspberry drizzle cake • went to a nostalgic gig in Weston-super-Mare • lost my wonderful Granny to cancer •


said an emotional goodbye to Granny • wore a pretty dress and explored a nearby town with Mum • explored Leigh Woods with Doug • had all the fun at the best festival ever - Secret Garden Party


• made delicious doughnuts for the first time • started ticking off my #BestSummerEver bucket list, which included a ride in a hot air balloon! • shared some of my favourite places in Bristol • watched one of my best friends get married •


• went on a big Eastern Europe adventure with Doug, travelling through 5 countries! • bought Doug a record player for his birthday • got my thigh tattoo pretty much finished off • gained an extra room, which we are using as an office/work space •


wrote an open letter to Mum • baked an amazing chocolate chocolate teacake • marked Granny's would-be-91st birthday with a small family gathering • went to an awesome Halloween party •


• went to Dublin all on my own! • ate naughty foods with some favourite blogger pals • tried to wear more colourbaked the best muffins ever • got treated to a gorgeous Christmas outfit • bought my first Christmas tree ever •


• explored some Christmas caves with Doug & his family • drank a LOT of mulled cider • sent more cards and letters • cooked Christmas dinner for my housemates • went to 3 gigs in a week • went to my first ever work Christmas party • came to Devon on my own for a quiet Christmas •

As ever, this year was a mixed bag. There was a lot of heartbreak, but so many great things happened alongside it. I've made some incredible new friends, seen so many new places, and done things I thought I wouldn't be able to do for years - and I'm so proud of myself for it.

Deciding to break my goals down into "mini goals" was definitely a helpful thing for me. I managed to complete one of my big goals of getting back into work, and I think my health has got slightly better, although I haven't put so much effort into that one..

Plus, look how much my hair has grown!!

How was 2014 for you?

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  1. What a beautiful tattoo! I've loved pretty much every single thing you've posted on your blog over the past year, hope 2015 brings you lots more health, love and happiness x

  2. Looks like you had a fabulous year! It's such a great idea to sit down and reflect each year to remember the things you cherish most.

  3. I've only just started reading your blog so, hello *waves*. I'm amazed that you've managed to overcome mental things so well. I'm currently a half recluse due to a bit of a wringer of a year and a move to Bristol at a time when I've been mentally ill prepared to go out and meet people. Your round up has given me hope that anything is possible 😊 A very Happy and beautiful new year to you x

  4. Absoloutley love all these picture!! Happy new year x

  5. Wishing you all the best for 2015! xo

  6. Looks like you've had an awesome 2014!

    Happy new year, Lyzi xxx

  7. Photos are stunning! Happy New Year

    Georgina x | miss petite

  8. Aww Lyzi this is a lovely post, your year definitely looks like you've had your ups and downs but you've had some lovely adventures and I loveeee your thigh tattoo you little cutie!

  9. Your year looks so lovely and colourful, you got so much done. And that Photo of you at the beach, (Devon?), it looks wonderful. Hope you have as many adventures in the year ahead.

    Rebekah | 0910 Studio


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