Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Final And Strongest Confession Of 2014

*WARNING: This post includes grossly soppy phrases such as 'Wouldn't be the person I am today', 'Strength', 'I am brave' and therefore this is the most cringefest post ever.* 

Well I am currently sat curled up on my bed eating Christmas biscuits, listening to some soppy music, sipping tea and blogging having just finished my last working day of 2014 (Okay well I was when I wrote that sentence but I didn't finish my blog post in time so this is now a day later I am posting). Never ever ever ever this time last year could I have visioned I'd open a blog post with a statement like that. Well, obviously the first half was gonna happen but the whole working thing was a shock. I want this to be the last blog post of 2014 and I have an awful lot to say so it's a long one. Please don't feel like you have to read it. OH I really need to stop telling people to stop reading my blog... But yeah this is gonna get soppy so if you're not the sentimental crap type, the exits over there on the red cross in the corner.

SO let's start off with reading this post - The Final Confessions of 2013 -  Okay if you can't be arsed to read it, to summarize the end of 2013 sucked like no end of year ever before, I was well and truly ready to forget 2013 existed and I was freaking out because I didn't know where I'd be in a years time. Oh if only time machines existed, I'd go back and be like 'CHILL YOUR BEANS, YOU'RE GONNA BE EVEN BETTER THAN OKAY!'. 

Then a few days later I got drunk, fell through a door and produced this blog post - Happy New Year (Real original title I know) -  First of all, how embarrassing is it that I opened the first blog post of 2014 with a story of me drunk and making an arse of myself? I swear to spare you from such monstrosities in 2015...that's a total lie I love it and drunk sharing is caring. So back to the point, I wrote this post on how I wanted to set myself some goals for 2014. Without sounding toooo much like an obnoxious git, I well and truly smashed those goals as seen below:








Don't you just read those 3 bullet points and think 'N'aaaaw', wasn't I cute? 


Growing My Blog
This has to be the biggest one of all. A year ago my blog was this measly little rambling piece of internet and it now ranks as one of the Top 10 Student Lifestyle Blogs, has worked with major brands such as Cadbury, Logitech and House of Fraser, is viewed from all over the world, more than doubled in daily views and is supported by so many incredibly wonderful people online and offline. I never envisioned that within a year my entire life would change thanks to this tiny corner of the internet. I feel beyond lucky and blessed that I did what I did best and stumbled head first into it. I achieved all of this in just 1 year and all I can say is I can't wait to see what I can do in another year! 

Get Employed
I remember writing that bullet point so halfheartedly and thinking 'Not an ice cubes chance in hell'. I checked Time Hop this morning (That app you love and hate because it makes you resent anything you ever did on Facebook and Twitter along with any outfit and hairstyle you opted for) and I had just been rejected by a job I thought was THE dream job on Christmas Eve. I had posted how it was the final straw for what had been a rough time and was slowly losing all hope. Firstly I wish to go back and slap my total apparent emo self for moping online and secondly to be like IT'S ALL GONNA BE OKAY. It may have taken months and months and months and hundreds and hundreds of applications and a summer of being the Kennel Queen/Dog Whisperer again but I landed a wonderful/perfect/dream job in October. I couldn't be happier nor more proud of myself for staying with my dreams and pursuing something when so many people told me I was never going to achieve. I even took some stupid risks that at the time everyone told me I was mad but now realise it was a good thing. Go risk taking me!

Be Brave
This was one is my best. Without the violins and the sympathy, I left 2013 rather broken. *WARNING THIS REALLY IS GOING TO BE CHEESY*. I felt like I was really on rock bottom and someone needed to come and scrape me off the floor. And then I realised no one was coming to save me and I needed to do this myself. So I decided I was becoming my own hero. I had zero confidence, no self belief and no hope. Yet I sit here now feeling strong, loving who I am, loving my life and feeling quite unstoppable. Most importantly I feel brave. I'd say 80% of all of that came from this blog. I started 2014 with this blog as my biggest and deepest secret. By summer 2014 I fell out of the blogging closet with a bump and now all of my friends and family are aware this exists. This blog has changed my life in so many ways and it is the best thing I have ever done with my life. It made me brave and excited about challenges and changes. It made the people around me sit up and take notice of what I had become and it made me realise I am absolutely insane. We're all winners here. 

Okay if you are STILL reading this blog post then WOW I respect you because even I am vomming after that last paragraph. I wanted to dedicate this post to a fewwwww people who have played a major role in this blogs success over the past year so here it goes:
  • Cision - For getting in touch and informing me of my blogs ranking. They have driven so much to my blog since and I don't ever think there is a way I could repay them! 



  • Fanny Crown - the first real outreach to cross this blog and it was probably one of the best. Winning a tailor made Parisian dress and getting to wear it on one of the loveliest days of my life with my favourite people was an amazing opportunity that wouldn't have happened without Fanny Crown!




  • Student Life - For taking me on as Lifestyle Editor and Social Media Manager and therefore giving me the boost, confidence and experience to get here.


  • My friends - if they're reading this which some of them tell me they do, thanks for not laughing me out of town when you found out and actually telling me you were proud of me.
 


  • All the loyal readers who regularly keep up to date with my blog and keep me motivated even when I can't be arsed/felt like giving up. To name a few I suggest you check them out
http://www.febgirl.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/holziepink
http://hannahnotes.blogspot.co.uk/
http://chiclittlethrills.blogspot.co.uk/
http://toosassyforyouu.blogspot.co.uk/
http://rosiealyce.blogspot.co.uk/

Okay I am gonna draw this to a close as it's so awkward and soppy and you're all probably cringing yourselves inside out. I wanted to say a HUUUUUUGE thank you to anyone who has ever read, commented and followed my blog. Y'all are the best and the main reason I do this. It takes a lot for someone to willingly and openly bare all on the internet (okay not that kind of baring all you dirty minded people). I have so much respect to all the bloggers who will so openly expose their lifestyles for the entertainment, inspiration and caring of others. Like I always say, if you have ever debated blogging, don't hesitate for a second longer, you just never know where it will take you. 

I think that's enough soppy writing so I am going to end with one more funny story and one more wording of wisdom. My funny story is I had my work Christmas party at my new job and I may or may have not drunkenly performed some terrible renditions of Beyonce and Taylor Swift which I can no longer live down in the office. It makes this scene below from Bridget Jones look like the winning performance of X Factor


and lastly, have a wonderful Christmas and fantastic New Year, I wish you all a world of success and happiness in 2015! 
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10 comments

  1. Thank you so much! And thank you for inspiring me to start a blog :-D x

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  2. HI Laura!! Thank you so much for that, and you have a wonderful holiday yourself my dear!! :D Cheers to the new year!! <333 XOXOXO

    Lisa,xo

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  3. Well, It seems that we both grew this year. But I am truly happy for you and for your success. I noticed you didn't mention anything about Glipho...cause, after all, that's where you and I first met right?

    Well, as you can see, I am back...not in full force but I am getting there so that I can start 2015 with a bang. And no, I am not going back to Glipho. I am staying right where I am and I am going to promote my blog on Blogger best I can...enough of the cheap gimmicks.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your blog from the get go simply because I knew...I had faith as to what the final post of 2014 was going to be. You and your blog rocks. Keep making it do what it do! And I am hoping that you take 2015 by the nose and kick it straight in the ass! (Thank you Patton!)

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    1. Hahah Deech thank you for your endless support, you're one of my faves! I wish you all the best for 2015 and I hope you too kick 2015 straight in the ass!

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  4. I got an email telling me you'd blogged and was like "woah, all so true" well done you, I too am very proud of you. Big love and kisses! xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Oh Elise I miss you so much! Thank you, love you!!! xxxxxx

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  5. Your posts will forever remain my favourites to read! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year :) xx

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  6. Awh thank you Hannah and thank you for always reading and being so supportive! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2015! xxx

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