What are you grateful for from 2014?
2014 has been such an incredible year for me- my dad quite rightly described it as 'the year of change.' I have wanted to do this post for a while, but something has been holding me back and I have been reluctant. Perhaps because whilst 2014 was one of the best years of my life, it was also laced with a lot of challenges that equally made it quite difficult. But I affirm that 2014 was my year and, without sounding too cliche, I believe that everything happens for a reason and in the main, that reason is to make us stronger and teach us a lesson about ourselves. 2014 has given me so much and wanted to document the year on my blog, like writing in a diary, so that in years to come, I can look back with happy memories and the knowledge that it was a fantastic year.
So thank you, 2014, for:
Teaching me that persistence pays off
The idea that I could put so much of not only my time, but my energy and soul into something that I am so determined about, yet have these efforts crushed by the simple phrase 'you have failed' was something that terrified me. I never thought 2014 would be the year that I would pass my driving test. Sitting in the car on my fourth attempt in four months, my palms were sweating and just ten minutes into the test, I stalled the car and immediately convinced myself that I had failed. That was it- another wasted effort. So I stopped trying. I carried on driving for the remaining 30 minutes, believing that I had failed and having reached the point where I didn't care what the examiner thought. As we pulled up to the carpark, I couldn't bear to hear that phrase for a fourth time, so I looked the examiner in the eye and said 'I've failed again, haven't I?' I chronologically recalled everything that had gone wrong, as if I was trying to convince him that I was an incapable driver, but as I did, he uttered the words 'No, you've passed.' The combination of uncontrollable exhilaration and the wave of relief in my mind on Tuesday 18 March 2014 is something I will never forget.
A wonderful 18th birthday
I am forever grateful to my family and friends for making my 18th so special. Spending such a momentous birthday in a sophisticated and intimate restaurant like Marco Pierre White's will be a lasting memory that I can only look back on with incredible happiness. This light of happiness continued to shine for a few days as my friends and I then went out for a curry to celebrate my birthday, and then back to my house for a traditional, girly sleepover where the night entailed simply, chick flicks, gossiping and alcohol.
Letting the journey of A-levels come to an end and receiving results to be proud of
A-levels have been tough- I won't lie. The never ending stream of work for each subject combined with deadlines, exams and limited time to get all this done and still be able to have a life was a constant source of stress and overwhelming pressure, pressure that was, of course, completely self inflicted. But it makes me so happy to think that despite the tears, pressure and days where I wanted to give up, I carried on and because of it, I finished sixth form and achieved A-level results to be proud of that reflect my hard work.
The beginning of my career in marketing and design
This has to be my biggest achievement of 2014- I left school and started working as a Marketing Assistant at an amazing marketing and design agency. In 2013, I knew that I didn't want to go to university as I wanted to gain knowledge and experience through exposure to a working environment, as opposed to potentially four more years of constant studying. Later on in the year, I completed three weeks of work experience at the marketing company mentioned above and I was then offered a job (say whaaat?!) for when I had finished my A-levels (eeeek!). I started work on Monday 30th June 2014 and I can't quite describe how grateful and lucky I am to be immersed an industry that fills me with so much excitement and, with the growth of technology, is constantly evolving and offering more opportunities. I mainly do a lot of copywriting and design work which, as a bubbling little creative, I LOVE. The transition from school to work was inevitably going to be a challenge as they are two completely different environments, but I've really started to see myself grow as a person- and particularly as a writer- in my six months of working.
Being blessed with the wonderful people in my life
My supportive family, my hilarious friends, my wonderful boyfriend Rob, my crazy best friend Chelsea, my awesome colleagues, my lovely blogging friends - I am so blessed to have positive people in my life that are a constant source of happiness and make me feel so valued. All of these people have brought me such happy memories in 2014 and I can't wait to see what we do in 2015.
What are you grateful for from 2014?