Sunday, 11 June 2017

What a Difference a Year Makes

Printiki Images on Rope Held Up By Pegs
After writing my Blog's First Birthday post, I started reflecting on the last year in my personal life too.  What a year it has been. This time last year, I was having a bit of a wobble and thinking WTF am I doing with my life. This then prompted me writing a '30 before I'm 30' list (read all about it here). As a result of this list and the wonderful people I have around me, I have never been happier!
Printiki Image Cross Tattoo
The first thing checked off the list was getting a tattoo, this has been something that I have always wanted to do - but I've always been too much of a wimp. Just to add, it didn't even really hurt! Getting this done, then spurred me on to take more risks and put myself out of my comfort zone in other areas of my life too. Life is definitely too short spend it being too scared. 
In the last year, I started dating again. Oh wow - the dating game is for sure a tricky one. In between awkward first dates and getting me heart trampled on, it's definitely been a learning curve. But I guess that is life and I'm a much stronger person for it. I've always been a really independent person, but the last year has shown me that I actually don't need a partner to be happy. Don't get me wrong, I would like to find someone special and I am still on the lookout - but I know I don't need anyone to be happy.
This quote is the quote that I live my life by. It has helped me so much over the last year, and when sh*t is hitting the fan, I find comfort in this. Good things and bad things happen for a reason, the bad things just make you a much stronger person.
My friends and family have been a crucial part of my happiness over the last year. We've been to many places and made so many lovely memories. From weddings, hen parties, house parties, nights out, festivals - it's been a fab 12 months. Many more exciting plans for this year - with baby showers been added into the mix this year too (eeeekk!).
My greatest physical achievement of the last year was running the Bath Half Marathon, I blogged my progress - see my final blog post here. If you had told me this time last year I would be running a half marathon I would have laughed at you. But I did it, and I'm not stopping there. I've entered the Bath Half for next year and I'm aiming to improve my time. I have also entered the ballot for the London Marathon....I don't know if I'm excited or terrified!!
Printiki Images
It's been so nice looking back over the last 12 months - what a 12 months it has been. Life is absolutely anything that you want to make of it. We all have a choice for the direction we go in and the experiences we have, make the most of it!
Thank you to Printiki for the prints featured in this post. If you're thinking of ordering some images, enter my code to get free delivery. The code you need is GGTCN2AG. 
Love, Kate xx

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2 comments

  1. Hi Kate!
    I'm a newbie blogger (haven't even posted yet eek) but just wanted to say how beautiful your blog is and wondered if you had any tips for a first time blogger and how your first year blogging has been?
    Love this post and happy first birthday!
    find me at http://makeupwithmiab.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  2. Ahhh thank you so much, you're so kind! The first year has been brilliant! I've learnt so much and put a lot of effort into it! My tips would be use Twitter and Instagram lots to network and promote your blog posts. I also don't feel you need expensive photography equipment, I do now but didn't at the start. Just learn how to edit your photos and an iPhone works really well! I have a couple of blog posts with blogging tips that you might find useful! Good look with your blog!! Xx

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