One year on

Three hundred and sixty five days later and I'm still here.

Who would have thought a year could pass so quick. One year ago today I made the decision to start a blog. The very first post I ever published was called Back To The Start and was a typically unoriginal first post on who I was and why I was here. I had no clue where this was going to take me and even now I feel like I'm only just really getting a feel of what this industry has to offer. The one thing I didn't expect though was for people to actually read what I have to say. Across the past year I have reached over 8,400 views and have 159 followers on bloglovin. I have posted endless theatre reviews, which are my favourite posts to write, along with hauls, wishlists and a hefty amount of photographs that I've taken of the sea. This past year has opened my eyes to so many different things. I've done Work Experience at the local Gazette, had press seats to any show of my choice at the local theatre and been able to build up a portfolio of all my own work which I am sure will help me so much in the near future.

Without this sounding weirdly like I am accepting an award at the Oscars, there are a few people I'd like to thank. It would be wrong if I didn't talk about how since starting to write this blog back in January I've met, worked with and had support from so many lovely people.
Firstly, my mother has been an absolute gem. Every blog post I write she has the pleasure of doing the final proof read as she is so much better at picking out mistakes then I am. Despite my initial reaction of embarrassment she has shared, emailed and spoke about my blog to anyone and everyone I'd allow her too. I think all of the English teachers at her work now have the link and some of her old friends from Greece also enjoyed reading my post on our holidays there last August.
I would also like to thank everyone at the Gazette, for without you I would be lacking in many of your tips. Sarah also put me in touch with Ro, who has been so awesome.
Ro at the North Devon Theatres has well and truly earnt a massive thank you for giving me the opportunity to review any theatre show of my choice. As aforementioned, performance reviews are my absolute favourite thing to write and sharing every single one of my own on your Facebook and Twitter has allowed me to gain many more readers, pass my reviews onto big productions and it even meant Jack from Jack in the Beanstalk shared it to his facebook page- that really isn't something that happens everyday.
Finally, thank you to my best pals Lucy, Beth and Mollie for putting up with my endless natter and although I hated you emailing or sharing this around school it has boosted up my page views endlessly so if you looked past my moaning I did appreciate it really! (That's not an invitation for you to carry on doing it though of course!) Nothing means more to me when three of my best friends like my post and come in and tell me how you enjoyed reading it. That is something that I absolutely love to hear from you guys because I know, or like to think, that you do really mean it.

I've really enjoyed this past year and I hope that this one is just as full of happiness as the last.

If this post sort of sounds like I'm leaving don't you worry- I'm not going anywhere. I've got all sorts of reviews planned for the next few months and knowing me there will be a stupid amount of photography posts to go alongside them. Thanks for sticking by me and I'll see you all within the next few weeks with something different that I am excited for.

Widemouth Bay and the year of HAPPINESS

Welcome to 2015, the year of the sheep. Or the year of the goat? Or both for all I know. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

This year, unlike many other years, I haven't really made the traditional resolutions. Rather than waste time making a list of ridiculous things that I normally just sit around and think about the only thing I really want to achieve this year is happiness. Not that I'm not happy now of course, that's not quite what I mean. I'm so happy with everything right now. There was a point last year where everything seemed to click into place and I was overwhelmed with just how happy I felt. But of course some things in your life do bring you down and I don't want to overlook them and carry on with these small bumps in the road. Just this evening I made a decision to put an end to something that made me feel down very often. A few of you may know what this is but I feel so much better now it's hard to put into words what a big difference it's making knowing I don't have to put up with it anymore. It's also put life into perspective for me. Things that I see as just a part of everyday life can be changed if I'm not happy with them. If your not happy with something then change that. Suck it up and do something about it. Sometimes changing things can feel like the last thing you want to do but if the outcome is you are a happier person for it then whats stopping you. I want to become a happier person and free-spirited. I will no longer allow myself to get weighed down by the small things and think about how much I have. That is not something I want to do this year, it's something I will do this year.

Just the other day I found a list I made a year or two ago simply stating what things made me happy. One of these was spontaneous drives with my family. Straight away I set about getting them up and out of the house and we ended up in Widemouth Bay. The tide was coming in at speed and as the sun set it seemed to form a halo above the cliffs. (Another thing on my list of what makes me happy is how I love it when I experience the most majestic sun sets and everything around you gets this golden tinge to it.) Fresh sea air is such a refreshing experience and sometimes it's nice to watch the world as people live there lives. I went on a walk on my own around the cliffs and found a bench. Here I just sat and watched. I almost felt like I was in my own little bubble and the world was just going on without me as I observed. I watched the water as it crashed down the beach, I listened to the seagulls circle above my head and I just sat as it all unfolded in front of me.

I hope that 2015 is a full of the best of times and that you all enjoy it very much. I hope you make some wonderful memories, embark on adventures and even have a swim in the sea. I hope that you accept yourself and free your lives from stress. But Most of all, yeah most of all... I liiike the way you mooove. Seriously though, most of all I hope that it's well and truly a great one. Remember, this year is what you make of it. If you ended 2014 feeling awful then don't end this year the same way. Sometimes you just have to say yes to the opportunities that are presented to you and no to the things in life that put you down. I don't know whether I write these posts to get these ideas into my head as well as yours but if this year in any way follows all the great times I had in the last (2014) then there will be absolutely nothing to complain about.
Good luck!!