I kicked off 2013 in York. James and I saw in the New Year the same way we did the year before and the way we plan to this year – by eating Chinese food, drinking questionable home-made cocktails and watching the fireworks at York Minster. In January I was writing my first batch of third year essays for my philosophy degree. That feels like such an impossibly long time ago! I also spent January getting to grips with my new digital camera. February was quite a busy month for socialising at uni – there were lots of dress up opportunities. It was also the month of my first ever outfit post. In March, I wrote a post on making a dress backless, which is my most viewed blog post to date. My second term of third year also ended in March and I began my second batch of essays. This batch nearly killed me. In April I took a trip to West Ireland with family, and begun my last term at uni. For my birthday at the end of April, I travelled to the Lake District with my uni friends to stay in the “Party Barn.” This was the most perfect way to spend my 21st, and I made memories that I’ll cherish for a lifetime (cheesy but true.)
I spent May writing my last ever essays for my degree. Although I spent a lot of time on them, by this point I was ready to be finished. I was tired of reading and writing all day and I wanted to be spending my time crafting and frolicking in the sunshine. I finished my degree in June. For almost all of June I was living in York with no work to do – yippee! I had some really great days out (especially Whitby, Filey and the Ilkley Lido) and some fantastically hazy nights (including the Summer Ball!) In all honesty though, I think I’d been looking forward to June too much and there were some very hard days mixed in with the good ones. I graduated in July and spent a couple of days in Northern Ireland followed by a gorgeous week in Menorca with four friends. This summer was a summer of holidays. In August I jetted off to Cyprus with my family and spent a week in Paris with James! August also saw the introduction of some new blog features – I shared some blogger favourites, my new Environment and Ethics page and began writing monthly round ups and monthly goals.
In September I started job hunting. I was feeling pretty optimistic and pretty relaxed about it, but I should probably have been more concerned! I did a lot of blogging in September. I started the Autumn Stitching Club (which I’m still working on…) made a couple of items of clothing from patterns (1, 2) and started experimenting with Photoshop Elements on my photos. I also started volunteering at the World Peace Cafe in order to structure my time and get out of the house a bit more. I loved it there, and I wish I still had time to volunteer! October has always been one of my favourite months and I had a fantastic time getting ready for Halloween and hosting my uni friends for a spooky party! I did some temporary admin work at the end of October, which although short term was a welcome relief. In September and October I had been writing a lot of applications and attending a lot of interviews, and being unemployed was beginning to knock my confidence and have a negative effect on my well-being. November was another month of job hunting and crafting and I had quite a few weekends away. In December, I was offered a job as a Boots Christmas temp. This kept me very busy as I was offered a lot more hours than I was expecting. I had a great time at Boots – working with the public can be challenging but my colleagues were very welcoming and supportive and the vast majority of our customers were friendly and polite. In between shifts I have been visiting relatives and family friends and attempting to hand make some Christmas- presents, so December hasn’t been the busiest blog month. At the end of the month I was offered an internship at my old Students’ Union in York. What a great way to end the year!
2013 has been the first full year that I’ve been writing this blog! I’m a very small blogger in a vast ocean of blogs, but I’m so proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. Blogging has kept me going when the job hunt was getting me down and I’ve made some truly wonderful friends in this little corner of the internet. I’m astounded that people from all over the world read what I have to say. Thank you so much for being here, and I hope you have a wonderful 2014!