Another year has passed us in the blink of an eye, another New Years Eve is here, and we have all started to look back on the year that has been, thinking of the things we want to change, the things we want to improve upon and the things that we just don’t believe we can top.
2015 for me has been a difficult one. In so many ways, I would say that 2015 has been a pretty crappy year, I’ve felt confused, I’ve felt scared about the future, I’ve felt like I don’t know what I’m doing (though who does really?!), and a lot of the things that I have attempted have simply not followed through to fruition. But there is another part of me that looks back at 2015 as a year when I discovered that you can love doing more than one thing. Where you can look at what you thought you wanted, and instead of seeing it as the only option, you see it as one option in a pool of things you could do, and enjoy doing.
If I had to label 2015 for me, it would be the year I discovered blogging properly. The year I properly realised how huge and supporting this world is in this community online. The year I discovered that you can make money from writing about things you love on the internet (which is pretty blooming great!). The year I found something else that draws me in and fascinates me. The year that I kickstarted my mind again.
Yes, I had a few lovely performing jobs – doing “She Loves Me” and “Duncton Wood” both in London to great critical success and singing in a GORGEOUS dress at the London Palladium have to be HUGE highlights of my year, and all of them gave me food for thought as to where my performing career is going long term – something which I am giving some serious thought to at the moment and coming up with some fun ideas and potential plans for in 2016.
I travelled – I started the year in Germany with the wonderful David (@davidribimusic), then at Easter I went to my favourite ski resort in the world, Val D’Isere, for a week which was fantastic. I then went to America over the summer and had a proper adventure around New England; starting by seeing Yale University in New Haven, up to zip-wire through the mountains in Vermont, eating seafood on the front in Boston, Whale-watching in Cape Cod and seeing the sights from a helicopter in New York. And finally I went and spent several weeks out in the snow in Meribel ski resort in November/December. I absolutely LOVE travelling and 2015 certainly didn’t disappoint in that respect – I’m a lucky lucky girl!
2015 has also made me have a good long look at myself, and realise that there are some things that need changing, and, that I can’t do it all by myself – which, believe me, has taken some persuasion in my head, I’m very stubborn!
All in all, I think 2015 has been tricky and it certainly has had its lows, but has also had some incredible highs – it has made me look at my life as a whole and the things that I want to achieve long-term. It has made me think about the things that are really important. And, in 2015 I discovered something new that I love doing, that surprises me every day and that I have such huge plans for over 2016 and onwards – my blog has become something I never thought it could be, and I can’t get enough of it, the community and every reader, comment and share it gets.
Heres to a fantastic 2016 – Happy New Year when it comes! 🙂