Sunday, 4 January 2015

2014 Recap

What a year 2014 has been. It started off in a shaky fashion with me still reeling from the breakdown of my marriage the previous September but the periods of time in between feeling down and crying gradually became longer until I got to a stage when I couldn't remember the last time I had cried because of it. 

I'm not one for making resolutions, but this year I challenged myself to say yes to new experiences and I'm so glad I did as 2014 turned out to be a fun year. The year started with a trip to Nice to watch the Cardiff Blues take on Toulon, I'd quite happily forget the game but Nice proved to be a lovely city and well worth a trip back at some point.


At the end of January I experienced my first ever ceilidh and oh how I loved it! Nat and I headed off to Chapter Arts Centre for a Burns Night ceilidh, I'll admit that I was nervous but once I was up and dancing it was non stop fun all night. This started my ceilidh obsession. Cue a blurry picture of the back of my head.


In June I discovered Monknash beach for the first time, it was a glorious day and I really wish I'd taken a towel so I could have gone for a proper dip in the sea. Definitely need to go back this summer.


June was also when I finally went up Pen y Fan for the first time, managing to tick it off my list


In July I became a volunteer dog walker at Cardiff Dogs Home, this is probably one of the most rewarding things I've done this year. 


After 29 years of paddling and never really going beyond stomach level in the sea I finally swam properly in the sea in July, I even got to do it at my favourite beach (Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire). Why not pick freezing cold Welsh waters to do it for the first time, right? The internet isn't ready for the photos that exist of me emerging from the water so here's one of my fully clothed at Freshwater West instead.


September saw me tick off one of my summer aims and I ate lobster at the St Fagans Food Festival. I'm hoping that 2015 will mean more lobster for me thanks to Burger and Lobster opening in Cardiff. 


September was a pretty good month as I flew off to Zakynthos with Nat for a week of relaxation, I had an incredible time and just a week away ignited the travel bug in me. 


This year has held a lot of firsts for me, I've had lots of fun and made some wonderful new friends. I was asked earlier this week if I'd really had such a great 2014 if I had got divorced in the middle of it, my honest answer is yes! I'm not letting the fact that I got divorced last year define my year, the good really outweighed the bad and really a piece of paper arriving in the post caused me less upset than someone in front of me at a coffee shop getting the last croissant did on the same day (if you follow me on twitter you will have read all about that heartache). 

The new year is already heralding fun, today I'm going skateboarding for the first time and then I'm off to watch the Cardiff Devils in the evening. I have a trip to Edinburgh planned for April, in July I'm bridesmaid for the best friend a girl could ask for and there's a trip to Berlin planned for the end of the year. Oh, and I turn 30 this year. OK, so this isn't the life I thought I'd be living going into my 30th year, but it's not a bad life to be living.

Here's to a healthy and happy 2015. 

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  1. Sounds like lots of happy new things last year! The beaches all look stunning, I definitely need to do more exploring in Wales. I hope you have an amazing 2015 x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Lovely photos (as usual!). It sounds as if you had some great experiences last year, I really admire you for the way you've handled everything. Hopefully you have lots more planned for 2015 (partly because I want to see more of your lovely photos!) x

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