HAPPY NEW YEAR Y'ALL. (I hope I didn’t start last year’s post like this too… So much for originality huh).I’m writing this on NYE – technically it’s still NYEMorning, but I’ll roll with it. I've actually written, deleted and rewritten this post for 2 times already, but third time's a charm right? Whilst I was planning on doing my annual new year's resolutions post and get in on this whole ‘New year, new me’ shebang —I wanted to spruce things up a bit. Instead of the whole ‘New year, new me’ shebang and moaning about what I need to change in my life to become this ‘new’ person, I decided to take this time to look back and reflect. So much has happened in 2015 and whizzing through it without proper appreciation just feels wrong. So here it is: 15 happenings in 2015 that I fondly look back at. WITH GIFS! Because everything is better with gifs.
001. PURSUING A MASTERS DEGREE. OK, so technically I decided to pursue a M.A. in 2014, but 2015 was the better part of it, and more memorable. Looking back, I'm so glad I said ‘yes’ to a Masters. By deciding to continue my studies I managed to challenge myself, broaden my horizons, prolong my student-status + its benefits (yay for student discounts!) and...
002. NEW FRIENDS FOR LIFE. Super cliché, I know. But I'm not kidding when I say that in the past year I've gained so many new and great friends for life. Because I had such an international class and group of friends, everyone's spread all over the globe. It's a sad thing as you can't just schedule to meet or hop on the train to see each other. But on the other side, it's a great reason to jet-off, travel the world and globetrot from one country to the other. I mean... Right?!
003. THAT LEEDS NIGHTLIFE. So I studied at Leeds Uni, of which at the time of applying, I knew nothing about. Sure, it did do alright on the rankings and Leeds was marked as a top 5 city in England, but that was as far as my knowledge went. Little did I know that this northern city is one of the best student cities in England, perhaps even the UK (un-officially awarded by me). Nightlife is great, and you've got your tacky clubs, fun pubs and chic bars if you fancy. Whilst my friends made my Uni experience unforgettable, I've got the night's out we spent together to thank for this as well.
004. MY FIRST PROPER YOGA CLASS. Was 2015 the year of yoga or what? I've always done YouTube yoga work outs – Yoga with Adrienne, anyone? – but never had the guts to go to an actual class. I mean... I can't keep my balance and I'm not flexible to say the least. Though when I saw my gym had yoga classes, I signed up and whilst I can't say I've been to very many because I just didn't have the time, I enjoyed every one of them. It made me relax, practise my flexibility and just take time to not think about anything.
005. MY FIRST HIIT. So after many stressful deadlines and the fact that I probably ate my weight in birthday cake, I felt the urge to get back on track and feel happy and content with my body. HIIT was really something that really intrigued me, but I wasn't sure whether I had the stamina to keep up. I downloaded the Nike Training Club app, did my first HIIT workout and it's something I like to get back to whenever I have the time (or the motivation). I don't mind hitting the gym, but when there's a circuits class, I finally have the courage and confidence to sign up for it and feel absolutely shattered, yet amazing after a class.
006. THAT BAKED-BEAN-IN-TOMATO-SAUCE LIFE. I gain and lose weight rather easily, depending on what I eat, how much I eat and whether I work out or not. I think there was a time when I ate beans in tomato sauce with rice for a good few days in a week for several reasons. 1) I didn't have the time to cook nice meals, 2) I didn't have the time to do groceries if I'd cook those meals and 3) I spent hours and hours in the library and arriving home late just suppressed my appetite. Whilst this isn't that great of a memory, it's something I look back at and laugh about. Because it was a silly and stressful time. Thinking back, I should've definitely steamed some veggies and just not buy tins of baked beans in bulk. Definitely a lesson learned.
007. SLAVING AWAY IN THE LIBRARY. I had many projects, assignments, reports and an exam to prep, so the library was practically my second house. I remember that I had to take an Uber back a few times, just because buses stopped running or it was just too late/dark to go back home myself. This was definitely the case when I was writing my dissertation. Though all the hard work was worth it, because...
008. GRADUATING WITH DISTINCTION. I'm not one to gloat, but when I was recently asked what my proudest accomplishment to date was, graduating with distinction was the first thing that popped into mind. I know it's just a piece of paper, but for me, I set myself an informal goal to graduate with distinction when enrolled. Throughout the course it just didn't become priority, as I was slaving away as it was. The closer I got to the end of the year, the better my results got and I did really really well. My dissertation was the icing on the cake and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me writing it. I literally couldn't have done it without you and wouldn't have gotten the same results! A special shout to all the girls who were willing to be interviewed for the sake of my dissertation —you know who you are!
009. TAKING 5. I handed in my dissertation first week of September, left the next and travelled to and from London in the entire month. It was amazing, but I was exhausted. October was the month where I started to take 5 (weeks) to relax. Officially unemployed, yet happy. It was the first time since a long time that I did nothing. I've studied immediately after high school, done my Masters immediately after my undergrad and I interned every summer since my second year at Uni. Whilst everything was very uncertain, I'm very glad that I took this moment to relax, literally do nothing and just enjoy life (whilst writing the occasional cover letter).
010. DISCOVERING PIMPLE PATCHES. This may seem a bit random in the list, but you don't even know how much COSRX’s Acne Pimple Master Patches have changed. my. life. I wish I discovered these years ago. They are my go to when I have a massive blemish that's just not budging. I slap on a sticker, go to bed and it's either gone, shrunken or its drawn out a head. Mind-boggling. I literally order in bulk and I've been through 12 sheets already.
011. SHORT HAIR, DO CARE. I've had long hair since I was 4 and the only time that I had it short was a year ago. Last year during Christmas I bit the bullet and when short, and I loved it. Months had gone by and it wasn't until I officially moved back home when I bit the bullet again. I still love my short hair and I love the fact that texturising sprays actually make an impact.
012. GETTING MY FIRST PROPER JOB. I think next to graduating with distinction, the fact that I got a job before Christmas is one of the most memorable things that happened to me this year. I know I just said I was chilling about and living life post-graduation. I didn't say that it wasn't stressful... I'm working in digital marketing at a media agency, that's part of something so big, I can't even begin to explain. So far I've really been enjoying it and I can sense already that I'll be able to learn so much, push my boundaries and become a stronger and more knowledgeable person through this experience.
013. MOVING TO LONDON. Long-time followers will know I haven't exactly been living in one place – or country for that matter – over the past few years. London was always one of those cities where I could see myself living in again, and you can imagine how excited I was when I heard my job is based in London. Living in Clapham again and really like it this time. I've got so many friends here and I can just feel 2016 is just going to be a good one. New year, new place and new adventures!
014. IN THE NAME OF WORK. If you know me a little, read my blog, follow me on Insta/Snapchat/Twitter: you know that I don't struggle to find a reason to shop. I mean, durrr... Whilst my new job doesn't come with a formal/strict dress code, looking well put together and smart casual makes me feel so much better and confident. This doesn't mean I'm saying goodbye to my slouchy knits and oversized tees just yet —those are my life. But ya know, in the name of work and with the little push of Boxing Day sales I did make a cheeky purchase online and may have ordered a few clothing items... I may even check out the sales IRL. Oh boy.
015. YOU LOT. If, at this point, you've not clicked away yet and made it to the end of the post: this one goes out to you! 2015 marked the 3rd year of 9 out of ten and hopefully there are many more to come. I won't promise to write more, because it's been a promise I've tried – and failed – to keep up. Instead I'll promise you I'll try to fill 2016 with good and curated content whenever I can —so make sure to check back. But for now: have a heck of a new year, live a little and YES. YOU. CAN.
PS. Apologies for the photo quality on this one. I left my camera in London and this is the best my iPhone camera could do. Sigh...
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