Monday, 31 December 2012

This Year & Looking Back ♥

Happy New Years Eve, I hope that wherever you are in the world, you've had a happy and great year, and you all have an amazing night.


Last December 2011 I set myself 13 Resolutions for the new year,

 I actually can't believe how many of these I stuck to.
I am very proud of everything I have accomplished this year,

If you are a new follower you won't know what my 2012 new years resolutions were, but don't worry this post is dedicated to my whole year and what I accomplished,

Lets go back 12 months:

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♥ Tone Up, you'll read in my last post I've lost weight over a space of a year, this year will be all about toning up the tops of my legs, my tummy, and my arms, I've realised I'm going to be 25 next year, that's scary and I'm not even 24 yet, arrrgh!!! - Not Achieved,


Well I DID not accomplish this - I have no idea why I set this goal every year, its not realistic, I love my food to much, next year will be about eating healthier and cutting out those dreaded takeaways.
I've not gained weight this year and very little has changed in that department so I am happy I've kept on top of something.


♥ Volunteering - I have a day in the week and a whole weekend free so I really want to do some volunteering somewhere, preferably an animal shelter, I've already applied at a local one and I'm awaiting a reply, damn these bank holidays, and since I'm studying to be a veterinary nurse this would be a fab opportunity - Achieved,


Picture was taken from Dane Road Animal Sanctuary's Facebook

I did actually get a job volunteering part time in the new year at my local animal shelter looking after the cats who had been abandoned, I think I was hoping this would be an opportunity to meet other people as well as getting some hands on experience, but I don't know what happened here, part of it was due to the fact I hadn't passed my driving test yet and I was having to rely on taxi's and my fiance to take me on a Saturday that it did just fizzle out - but I at least I tried it, and I got to meet some gorgeous kitty who I wanted to take home with me.


♥ Pass my driving test, its no big secret I'm booked in for the 4th resit of my driving test, 2012 will be the year I pass, I can feel it, its just literly in finger reach and I will not give up - Achieved,


I did it, February the 9th was the day I passed my driving test and it was one of the most proudest moments of my life, I will admit when I first started driving, I didn't put my all into it, but when I finally realised I needed to try harder I did try my hardest and I PASSED!!! with only 4 minors.
Definitely one of the best things to happen this year.

♥ Meet more of you lovely bloggers in the future, one gorgeous girl I have met on here last year, Rachel Cocking, I still really want to meet, so this year will be the year, we finally have a good old natter in person, and of course re meet with my other favourite girlie's - Achieved,



This year I did finally get to meet the lovely Rachel from Island Girl Insights, we had a fab day shopping and we did ended up having a great natter, she was just as lovely in real life :)
I also had the opportunity to meet up with Rachel Crawford & Gina again, first at Meadowhall in the summer, and them at the Christmas Markets in December, these were highlights of my year, and I hope there's more of them to come in 2013,

♥ Open that savings account that my fiance actually said he was going to open for us when we get back from our holiday this month, "his words not mine" We've been engaged for over a year now and a wedding next year will most possibly 80% be on the cards if we save together :) - Achieved,




We did one waaaay better than this and with me getting a 2nd job, our dream of getting married suddenly became in reach and we thought why and earth were we waiting till 2014 to get married, we booked our wedding and on the 24th September 2013 were off to Cyprus to get married, and we opened that savings account and we've done brilliantly with saving, I've even paid off 50% off on my wedding dress.

♥ Try on a wedding dress, my god, i can not wait to do this, its never been a huge dream of mine but as soon as that ring was popped on my finger I've already decided what dress i want, now i need to get a feel of an actual dress and try one on and who knows even buy it,
I'll work on my dad to help with this purchase ;) - Achieved,





This isn't the dress I picked by the way,


Well I tried on my wedding dress and I bought it already in November 2012 after trying on 27 dresses in total - true to that fact that you never know where your futures heading or what's going to happen, this was one of the truly magical moments of my life and I can not wait till I get to walk down the aisle wearing the absolutely stunning dress I have picked - and I picked the complete opposite of the dress I vowed I wold never choose.


♥ Move to a bigger place, me and my fiance live in a flat at the minute, and we've never had the opportunity to look about properly, the first time we got a place we wanted to get in somewhere before Xmas, and the second time round we had a month to find somewhere new, so a two bedroom house with a pretty garden would be perfect - Not Achieved,


This was quite unrealistic, and I don't know why I wrote this one, this year I think we fully decided we would start saving for a mortgage, but our wedding is our main priority, I think plans were to see how much we had left after we'd paid for our wedding and go from there, this could be a big possibility in 2014.



♥ Have a perfect smile, one of my biggest hang ups as i got bullied in school for it and the reason you never see me smile properly on pictures, I refused to wear a brace in school, my fault, but i am working on getting work done this month to get that perfect smile, and straighter teeth without the need of a brace, after all I do want to look perfect for my big day :D




Some of you may have noticed, particularly my closest friends that I do smile alooot more now,
In February, I had work done on my front teeth and I won't be ashamed, I had veneers put in in place of 4 of my front teeth so I could finally have a perfect smile from the front and side, also this was because I wanted to look perfect on my big day and it was always one of my biggest hang ups.
I now feel more confident smiling on pictures and i feel my smile has completely changed my face,
If your not happy with something, I would always say do everything you can to fix that.


♥ Visit lots of new places, I always regret not making the most of all the nice weather and when its all dreary like this i always think i should of gone more places in the summer, so this year will be all about more road trips with the fiance,

I really want to visit Scotland - Not Achieved





We didn't go to many places this year, partly because our Summer was a bit of a rubbish one and I mine and my fiances hours just didn't match and we didn't have many days off together.
One of the nicer places we went to for the day was Rudyard Lake up in Buxton on my birthday,
 It was a gorgeous day and it was stunning, we had no phone signal for a while so it was nice just the two of us being able to spend time together somewhere new.



♥ Complete my Veterinary Home Learning Course & get that qualification - quite achievable since I've got about 4 modules to go over, but once i have that qualification there's no stopping me - Achieved




I finally completed this course :) and I proudly have my qualification in veterinary nursing, when I will use it,I'm not to sure in the near future, but you never know whats round the corner.



♥ Have more nights out and spend more time with my friends, I'm quite a solitary person and love my own space, some people hate being on my own, i love it, probably the good thing that came from being an only child, i need to stop being as selfish and offer more of my time to the people who need it - Achieved



Me and my bridesmaid Steph from November,


I did go out more this year and I made the effort to go to more occasions I would of normally have said no to, which I am really happy about because not only did I make new friends, I also had so much fun, and who knew buying a new dress and wearing it out could be so exciting.


♥ Finally of course to make this year of blogging better than last year, its almost been a year - end of next month to be precise, and I've gained nearly 600 lovely people who actually read my blog, who would of thought people actually read what i waffle on about lol - Achieved

I am so glad that a year later I am still blogging in this little corner of my life, its the one place that saves me when I want to get away from the real world for a few hours, and the fact that my followers have now reached 1054 makes me very happy,
Here's to more blogging in 2013!!

As well as all of these amazing things that happened I also:

♥ Went on a family holiday to Tenerife,  in January with my grandma, grandad, unlce and fiance and made more memories,



♥ Got a new part time Job back at Jane Norman,




♥ Started a BTEC Course in health and Social Care,




2013 for me will not be about setting myself goals like I did last year, I felt like I would of accomplished these goals even if I hadn't wrote them down.


2013 will be about making more amazing memories with my fiance and family, getting married and celebrating 7 years together, saving for mine and my fiances first house, getting a move on with my card making buisness, and being prepared for what life chooses to throw at us
As well as continuing to blog ♥


I hope you enjoyed reading this - thank you for reading all of this if you got this far :)
I wish you all A Happy 2013

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