A Look Back at 2013

I know everyone is saying it, but I cannot believe just how fast 2013 has flown by! I remember celebrating the start of it like it was yesterday! When I looked back on the year (mainly for this post) I realised that as much as the year was incredible; it was also quite a sad year really. The Summer was a bit of a blur for me to be honest, it was probably one of the worst Summers of my life, (which I’ll talk about when we get there) yet the last few months of the year really perked up. There is definitely one silver lining though, it’s really helped me know what to focus on for 2014!

January saw me jetting off to Tenerife with my family. Literally, we flew out New Years Day. None of us had been on a prober foreign holiday in years and I think we were all just unsure of what to expect and in reality; we had our fair share of arguments and disagreements over the course of the week and as much as I enjoyed the relaxing and sunbathing quality; overall I wasn’t my happiest there. It felt way too strange seeing Christmas tree’s decorated whilst we wandered around in our swimming gear! Still, Tenerife was lovely and I would love to visit again, though maybe next time not in January!

In March, Sam and I went to the zoo. Sounds quite simple, but it was one of the best days for me in 2013. Sam’s basically enjoys anything and everything and normally I’m the one suggesting things to do so it was really nice for Sam to say that he was desperate to go to the zoo so that’s exactly what we did. As I only had 3 day week, on one of my ‘study days’ (ooppps) we went along, meaning we basically had the whole place to ourselves. It was an amazing day and just really, really fun.

May flew along and this was the month we saw the arrival of Tia! After days of searching for ‘french bulldogs’ and ‘pugs’ online, we finally found a breeder near us and all 5 of us popped down and somehow ended walking away with this little one who is a mix of both! Tia is just perfect, (minus the continuous peeing indoors when she thinks we’re not looking…) and is just the cutest little soul. She’s brought so much joy and happiness into my life and I just love her to pieces. Though saying that, it’s nearly impossible not too!

In July I celebrated my 18th birthday, it was a quiet affair, just a day shopping and then a nice meal out with family. (The following day I went and saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was amazing!) But this was around the time the height of my stress levels was at it’s highest. In June, I came down with tonsillitis, my doctor put me on a quite a few antibiotics at the time as it just wasn’t budging at all and basically; I was really sick, just really, really ill. It was awful. Obviously, over time I recovered but, for whatever reason, my body seemed to just crack every time I left the house and it made me feel I was going to be sick and/or ill every time I left. This lead to me having panic attacks (most famously at work… that was fun!) and basically just massively stressed and shaky. This then eventually lead me up to basically not leaving the house unless I was forced too. The stress and worry of uni and other problems just pushed me overboard and I basically just had a really crap Summer. Not much to remember sadly!

September saw me jumping back on a plane and off to Menorca with Sam. This was just a amazing and incredible holiday. It was my first ever trip away with Sam and it was defiantly a massive highlight of my year! We sunbathed in the almost too hot weather everyday, played uni and card games way too many times to count and really took advantage of the free buffet every night! It was so amazing and despite all the stress and arguments it took to actually getting there; it was truly an amazing holiday!

Also in September I moved to Brighton and started university. It’s been a massive change and honestly? I’m still not sure if I’m 100% happy with my choice to go but I’m currently keeping my options open and just seeing how my first year goes before making any final decisions. Though, moving to university finally helped with the stress problems I was having before; not 100% and there are still times I feel quite panicky and odd before going somewhere but it’s so much better! Least I know what I’ve got to work on in the new year – sorting out my stress levels or at least dealing with them better! It needs to happen.

And finally, December brought us Christmas! My favourite time of year! This year our Christmas was a little different than previous, Sam was with us this year for both Christmas day and Boxing day which was just incredible, a little strange but fantastic none the less. I truly had an amazing Christmas and was very blessed this year; I was definitely spoilt without a doubt!

So there we have it, 2013 rolled up! Despite a few downs ruining this year for me; it’s been amazing and I’ve had some truly great times! I can hope that 2014 is even better! I personally cannot wait for the fresh start; 2013 has taught me so much and it’s time to put these life lessons into action; do you know what? I’m excited.

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