1/11/2016

Ciao 2015!


I realise that we are now a few weeks into the New Year, and I should probably be publishing my 'how to get rid of Christmas spots' post instead of my 'round up of 2015' post, but the whole of December and the beginning of January has just been bloody manic. I did consider just completely skipping this post, but I feel like I haven't yet got my closure from 2015 because I haven't yet had a chance to sit down, and mull over everything that has gone on in the past 12 months and get it all written down. Plus, I have written a couple of these posts over the years and it's nice to be able to look back and read about my trials and tribulations, skills I've gained and goals that I have managed to achieve, so here is a post dedicated to 2015!


If you are one of my loyal readers, you will most likely know that the most difficult thing I had to cope with in 2015 was my mum having Breast Cancer. She was diagnosed just before Christmas and so we started 2015 on a pretty shitty note. Excuse my language but it's the most honest and true word that can best describe how the year started. We were very lucky in the fact that the Cancer was treatable with just Radiotherapy, so that definitely reduced some stress knowing that she didn't have to go through Chemotherapy as well, but nonetheless it was a pretty scary time for us all and mum especially. On a more positive note, my mum was extremely positive and wouldn't let having Cancer take over her life. She focussed on staying healthy, with a positive mind and an optimistic attitude. We made a goal that in the summer of 2015, we were both going to Run The Race for life together and cross the finish line hand in hand completely Cancer free. A bold goal to make we know, especially as you just don't know if the treatment is going to work first time round or not, but we knew that if we had a goal in place, it would give mum the strength and motivation to be able to get through the worst of times, remain strong and positive and be the best role model she could not only for me and my family, but for other women going through the same thing. I can honestly say that I have never, ever, ever felt so many overwhelming emotions; happiness, relief, profound proudness and so much love for my mum on the day of the Race for Life where we officially smashed our goal to pieces and did what we promised. Crossing that finish line with my mum completely Cancer free  after 6 months from diagnosis to clear, with her best friend was definitely the highlight of my entire year, and I know for sure that it is a feeling I will never forget. Love you mum! To find out a little more about that time in our life and how I went about raising money etc, check out this photo diary and entry in this blog post.

To be honest, that pretty much took up the first 6 months of my 2015, but then I had a lovely holiday to look forward to in Egypt with George before he headed off to the Falkland Islands for a few months with work. We met two amazing couples and literally had the best holiday. You know when you meet people, and it's almost like you were friends in a previous life.. it was just like that. We kept in contact and have actually followed through unlike most normal typical Brits and met up with each other in London over Christmas. I'm looking forward to heading up to Liverpool at some point this year for another catch up as I have never been to Liverpool either so it's a great excuse to head up there and most probably go for a night on the town or whatever it is they say up there! In fact, i'm quite embarrassed to admit I haven't actually been to that many places in England at all. I have never been to Scotland, Ireland or Wales either. #WorstBrit.

The next lot of news was that my best friend was expecting a baby boy (who is so bloody gorgeous) in October, my other best friend got engaged in Thailand, and actually, in fact four of my friends got engaged including my friend Rachel from University which was lovely because it had been a whole year since I had caught up with my Uni friends so it was lovely to see them all at the engagement party. A fair few of them have also bought their first homes and I guess what I am trying to say is that 2015 was definitely the year where the majority of my closest friends have grown up into real adults while I'm still over here trying to master the selfie. Congratulations to all my nearest and dearest, but please don't all get married in the same year because I won't have enough holiday OR money to take for all your hen do's. (Or stamina to get through all the drinking......)

And then I guess that brings me to December. As this is the first time in years that George wasn't away with work over Christmas and New Year I was so excited to be able to spend the festive period with him! We got to spend some real quality time together, we went to London for a couple of days, got inordinately pissed on Christmas Eve, and then spent the rest of Christmas with both of our families. Lovely. We then rung in the new year dancing away to one of the most crude bands I have ever heard before in my life, and then started off the New Year at my best friends with a pretty decent game of Cards Against Humanity and some absolutely vile tequila shots. My dad was also back in England over Christmas and although I didn't get as much time with him as I'd of liked, we definitely managed to get in some quality time sharing minstrels over Starwars, lol. 

What have I learnt in 2015? That 80% of women in Canary Wharf do not believe in equality (lol) and they truly believe that they are 100 million times better than you are. I have learnt/been reminded of the bittersweet reality of life, and that it is very, very short. I have learnt that I can also run 5km with absolutely no training when I have a large collection of donations under my belt (lol, again) and that I have got to save a serious amount of money in 2015 for hendo's, holidays and a house. I have learnt so many things this year and have had to overcome so many challenges and so my goal and aim for 2016 is to have a year full of adventure, love, happiness, and to continue working towards my dream of becoming a writer. I also want to take more photos, capture more of my favourite things, and write more recipe posts. I am currently looking to work with someone on developing my ultimate dream website, however I haven't yet won the Euro-millions and so I am working with a small budget. If you know of anyone who would like some exposure and would be interested in working with me, please do get in touch! (Best to get me via Twitter here). There are so many things I would love to achieve with my blog, but I'm very aware that this is not the right post to load you with my spreadsheets, endless notes and 'ways in which I aim to achieve them.' My last two real goals are to visit some more countries this year. I would love to visit West Coast America, and also get over to Hong Kong to visit my God Sister Kirby who's Instagram (here) is absolutely heavenly so go check it out! And then lastly, I hope that 2016 brings George and I a place of our own. I mean, we are 24 this year. Getting on a bit..

I also just want to say thank you to everyone who continues to read my posts, and leaves me such lovely comments! It really makes me smile and makes my day more than you will ever probably realise! I can't wait to share more of my life with you in 2016!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL, MAKE IT COUNT!

Alex
xoxo


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