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2014 An Overview | 2015 Aims and Ambitions

 

My blog usually consists of my thoughts on recently purchased beauty buys, reviews of different types of makeup with the odd skincare routine or monthly favourites post thrown in for good measure. Apart from a couple of reading lists and mini look-books I haven't really given much of an impression of the person behind the blog. I realise that not everyone will be as nosey as me and may wish to skip over this post and just have a read of a review or another opinion of a product. For those of you that I describe, apologises as I understand this may appear quite a boring read. However, for those of you that are like me and like to find out a bit more about the blogger, grab a brew, curl up of the sofa and get comfy, this may be a long one...
 
This is quite an impromptu post, I haven't really planned this out which is quite unlike me as I tend to be quite organised if a little last minuet. I will always plan to get things sorted and I am an avid list writer, however I always feel like things never seem to quite go to plan. Don't get me wrong, if I say that I am going to do something I will do it, it may just take longer than I first expected it too. I guess you could say that this is something that I would like to work on for 2015, but for now I think I'll do a brief overview of the past year.
 
I suppose you could describe this past year as a bit of a rollercoaster. I graduated from Keel University in July 2013 and so I moved back home and like everyone else got a job to earn some money before working on my 'career'. My plan throughout the whole of A-Level and University was to get my degree and then do my PGCE to go on and become a Secondary School History Teacher. This plan fell through however when I finished university and realised that this wasn't at all what I wanted. I felt pushed from lots of different directions to do the right and grown up thing. Only for me this wasn't the right thing at all, and I also wasn't sure if I was ready to grow up properly. So, September came and went and the opportunity for me to apply for my PGCE passed me by and I was fairy content working as a waitress in a National Trust property and as a Benebabe for Benefit at Boots.
 
Due to conservation reasons and National Trust policy, the Treasure's House can only be open for a certain amount of hours during the year. This means that the property is closed between the end of December until mid-February. I thought that this was an ideal situation for me and so I started 2014 with high hopes of having seven weeks off, working only weekends at Boots, with the idea that I could spend the rest of my time perfecting my CV and applying for jobs which would allow me to use my degree and explore some avenues that involved history. My excitement was short lived however and after what felt like hundreds of template rejection e-mails, mid-February was quickly drawing nearer and my savings were slowly running out. Least to say I ended up getting my old job back with my tail between my legs. To add insult to injury, because I had applied so late I could only be given very limited  hours.
 
A few months later, me and the boy moved out into a gorgeous little terrace house right in the city centre which is just around he corner to both of our jobs. I was then promoted at work to supervisor in August which was a dramatic change in hours. Suddenly I was working six day weeks and unfortunately had to hand in my make-up brushes and say goodbye to Benefit. It may seem ungrateful because I know that I am lucky to have a full time job when lots of people don't, but I can't help but feel disheartened at the fact that I am in the same place I was a year and a half ago when I first graduated. It seems harder now than before to change this road I'm currently on because I now have a house, a cat to feed and bills to pay. So I am back to having seven weeks off, however, this time around I don't have my hours at Boots to keep things ticking over.
 
I don't want to get too down in the dumps however as it is the end of the year and new years are all about turning a corner, starting a fresh and all that jazz. So, in an attempt to turn this post into having a bit more of an uplifting feeling, I shall use the negatives of last year to make positive aims for the year ahead.
 
To Have a Healthy Routine
I have been a member of Pure Gym since last January and one of my aims for 2014 was to tone up and get healthy. I haven't really focused on this too much over the past year and so in 2015 one of my biggest aims is to get into a healthy eating and exercise routine. I don't want to say that I plan to loose x-amount of weight or to have the body of Michelle Keegan by this time next year because I know I won't stick to it. To try and be more healthy is a bit more of an achievable and realistic goal of me and so I will work on that instead over the next twelve months.
 
To Blog More
I have loved having a blog this past year. It has been so lovely writing posts and having a little space on the web to express and share thoughts and feelings, and I have found it quite therapeutic. One of my aims for 2015 is to work harder on it and to try and blog more.
 
To Read More
I love to read. Lately I feel as though I have neglected this hobby of mine and so I want to set more time aside for myself this year to enjoy a good read.  
 
To Be More Homely
I moved out in may 2014 into  lovely little terrace house, however both me and the boy have quite time consuming jobs and so haven't really hand chance to sort things out. By this I mean decorating and making the house our own. So this year I want to get a bit more crafty and up-cycle and refurbish some furniture that we have, as well as paint and decorate the rooms. Within this 'homely aim' I want to improve my cooking skills and do a lot more fresh meals starting from scratch. Which will help out with the healthy eating routine!
 
Job wise I haven't got any aims for 2015. My plan currently is to go back to the Treasure's House for another year with the intention of 'seeing what happens'. This is quite a laid back approach, unusual for me because I tend to be a quite well planned if not a little up-tight. The catering department is having a few tweaks due to various reasons and so there is a chance for a promotion which I intend to go for. I won't say anymore than that because I don't want to jinx myself, I just thought it would seem odd to have a big ramble about my work situation last year and not address my thoughts about it for this year. I have high hopes for 2015, I feel like this will be a good 'sorting out' year. A year to get myself into gear and get my life back on track in terms of my health and well-being.
 
 
 
What are you aims for 2015? Are any similar to mine?
 
 
Happy New Year!
 
 
Maddy
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