I think 2014 might be my favourite year of my life so far! It has been incredible for about 100 different reasons, and so this blog post is pretty much going to be me telling you about the best bits, followed by a soppy bit about my nearest and dearest to sum up this year!
I saw in the New Year with nearly every one of my favourite people in the same room, which was definitely a good start. Followed by the first trip of the year to London with my lovely boyfriend, which I seem to remember included a very good steak, Wicked, and a fun but extremely cold open top bus tour!
The next exciting load of stuff happened in March, with the arrival of Matt’s brother, sister in law and nephew over from Australia! After almost 6 years together, I finally got to meet Gareth, and much to Matt’s delight, we got on well! Matt’s nephew Angus is also absolutely adorable, and I had a lot of fun getting to know them all, firstly at the League cup final where Aberdeen won (yay! I even enjoyed it!), then in Berlin for a week!
Berlin was fab – lovely city, and great to spend it with Matt, his parents, his sister, brother, sister in law and nephew – it was a busy apartment! A crazy but very fun week! Followed immediately by a weekend in London with Matt and my parents, seeing Miranda at the O2 (such fun!!!) and some hilarity whilst catching up with my aunt and uncle!
Soon after this my big cousin Alan became a dad to the most gorgeous little girl Cora, who I’m so excited to meet in Australia in 2015(!), and a very good friend Sharon had a beautiful little girl named Sophie, who I immediately fell in love with, made me get over my anxiousness around babies (well, almost) and I’ve become very fond of the cutie that she is 🙂
The next big adventure was our summer holiday in June! Matt and I flew to Orlando, Florida, for a week before meeting my parents and driving down to a beautiful beachy place called Marco Island for the week. I was surprised by how well Matt and I coped getting to, navigating and surviving on our own for a week in Orlando, and we had the best time. Photos with the Simpsons, plastic rain ponchos, winning lots of toys in Animal Kingdom and a crazy last minute shop in downtown Disney are memorable crazy moments, but so much fun was had! The second week included loads of floating in the sea and lots of money spent in the outlet malls – what’s not to love about that?!!
Music school was the next highlight – i wrote a post about it before so won’t go into it much, but it was full of the usual ups and downs music school entails! My favourite part as always was strengthening friendships with people, and this definitely happened with several people!
Since then, I was lucky enough to go to New York City for my 21st birthday with Matt and my parents, which was incredible! It is my favourite place in the world (so far, at least!) and it was a brilliant week full of amazing food, fabulous views and surreal realisations of just how fortunate I am!
I’ve also moved into my own flat, permanently, which is even more surreal! I don’t feel grown up enough to own a flat or live on my own and have to clean bathrooms and wash windows, but it’s amazing. My flat is perfect, and everything I could want it to be. I love it, and I love living there. Lots of people ask me how I find living on my own, but it’s perfect for me. And I still get to come see my parents as often as I want, since they’re just half an hour away!
In amongst all this, I passed my first year exams and started my second year of uni, which is going okay so far!
Overall, 2014 has been incredible! These are just some of the most momentous occasions, but there have been dozens of days out, parties and nights in with my closest friends which stick out as perfect memories too! And I’m so grateful to all of the people who have made this year so special! I have a group of friends who are vastly different from each other, which I think actually works out perfectly, for my benefit at least, because each of them teaches me something different. I’m so thankful for all of them:
To Rachel for never giving up on me and encouraging me to be myself.
To Fiona for being my little sister and always inspiring me to be stronger.
To Kirsty for encouraging me to ‘follow my dreams’, and not care what people think.
To Emma for reminding me to have fun and always look out for my friends.
To Sharon for never failing to listen, and reminding me to encourage others.
To Karen for inspiring me to be the best version of myself I can be.
To David for always being there and inspiring me to be kinder.
To Michael for reminding me to stick up for myself and what I believe in.
To Dean for reminding me to be loyal.
To Chris for reminding me to put in effort and work hard.
To Gary for reminding me to never give up.
To Adam and Ian for encouraging me to inspire others and be there for those who matter to me.
To Suzanne for reminding me to embrace those awkward moments.
To Philip for reminding me to use my talents.
To Bethany for inspiring me to be positive.
And most of all to Matthew, for doing all of the above things, and loving me unconditionally, even when I annoy him the most. Thank you for telling me I’m beautiful even when I won’t believe it. And thank you for being you!!!
Anyway, soppy post over! But there have been so many reminders lately of how precious life is and how short it can be, and I really think it’s important to tell the people we love that we love them!!! So what better time to do it than at the end of an incredible year, which they helped to make so special!
I am exceptionally fortunate and I am grateful for all I have in life, and all of my wonderfully crazy and loving family and friends. Thanks for a fabulous 2014, here’s to an amazing 2015!!! Xxx