What A Year (2018)

How we have reached December 2018 I simply will never know. Just yesterday it felt like we were wishing away the January blues and then sweltering through our mini heatwave in the Summer.. & now we're smack-bam in the middle of December. Crikey!

However, whilst in the midst of a Christmas shopping meltdown, I thought it would be the perfect time to type up a cheeky little blog post rounding up 2018. 

What a YEAR.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say it's certainly been a roller-coaster of emotions, a fair share of up & down events & overall a typhoon of craziness.

Let's start with the fact that I held down a job for a whole year (yayaya!). Just to clarify, due to my stubbornness to focus on my acting career, I usually juggle between temp/ part time work & performing contracts. However, 2018 was the first year since leaving retail where I held down a full time office job whilst balancing a couple of acting jobs here & there.  

This for me was such an odd experience yet definitely beneficial. Rather than spending the year bouncing from contract to contract, uncertain of my next pay cheque, I could relax a little with a casual 8:30-5 job & attempt to fatten up my very dusty savings account (it's be a long time, honey).

Whilst on the topic on contracts, I somehow managed to bag myself a Spanish tour come February 2019. A little overwhelmed as to how I managed to land my mitts on that bad boy, but there we go! I can not friggin wait. I've never worked abroad before & situating myself for 5 months in a country where English is not their first language will definitely be a challenge for me, but certainly one I am ready to tackle & dive head first into a new culture.

I think it's good to have a rattle at the old comfort zone cage & to throw yourself in the deep end from time to time. That time for me is February & boy am I weeing with excitement.. yet crapping myself with fear at the same time. 

It's a very odd concoction of emotions I tell yah!

I broke up with my boyfriend of 2 & 1/2 years. It was pure shit & I was in a pretty crappy place (understandable). We spent a couple of months apart & in the world of single, which I felt like a complete alien in. Odd, seeing as I'd spent most of my life as a single pringle. 

Since then, we've rekindled what we can & are giving it shot number two.

I've given it a go at the whole 'adulting' thing & to be honest, it's gone pretty swimmingly this year in comparison to previous years.

I managed to poach not one.. but two eggs.

I tried to master this technique once before when I was like 10 & failed miserably. So much so, that I vowed never to attempt the blasted things again. Well, 2018 was my year babe. I clasped that damn technique & I feel beyond proud as punch to say I can produce a goey Goddess of a poached egg.

You best believe that was one of my highlights of the year.

I worked alongside some beautifully snazzy brands - Nicce, Femme Luxe Finery & Code Beautiful. Beyond gobsmacked that brands even attempt to approach me, with my track record of absolutely awful consistency but chuffed that they feel no fear when handing me the promoting reigns to their products. So a mahooosive thank you to you lovely lot! It really is a total pinch me moment every time.

Another year of Tulleys Farm Shocktober'fest & what a corker of a year! I tackled a new challenge as part of the Street Theatre Team, which was one of the roles I'd always been a little terrified of. You're basically in the constant eye of the guests, wondering around the farm & approached by the public at all angles. Therefore, the tricky accent you thought you'd attempt as your character quickly results in a really stupid idea. Especially when you're half an hour in & your Cockney accent quickly slides into Yorkshire? 

Don't ask..

So for me, this was a tough cookie to sink my teeth as a performer - a constant state of improvisation! But I couldn't have asked for more of a cracking, hard working team to rock alongside during the spooky season. & of course my fabulous Team Leader who takes Halloween celebrations to a whole new level, ever more outrageously freaky & flamboyant each year. Love you Ian!

I visited a handful of new places situated within the UK. As expressed on my blog previously, I adore exploring towns, cities & villages that are on my doorstep as it's not often we'd chose a UK destination over somewhere abroad. My family are sun worshipers!

I ticked off Bath & Cambridge as two British gems to visit - both very unique & gorgeous. If you're on the hunt for a slice of English Heritage & some incredible architecture then I would highly recommend either of these places. Plus, Air B&B are bliss! Bag yourself a snug apartment for the weekend & you're all set.

Probably not the most important highlight - But I finally found content with my Instagram theme. I attempted the pretty aesthetically pleasing grids that you see on the picture perfect Instagram's & to be honest, it just wasn't working for me.

For real, I couldn't for the life of me nail those orange edits. Mine looked shit.  

I decided to embrace what I love - colour. & a whole lot of it! I've gone bold & contrasting with a dash of retro & it works for me. It compliments my personal style & it's the guideline when I edit. Whack up the saturation & I know it'll sit just right on the old grid.

Plus, I've stopped drilling in the perfection & accepted the imperfection. I like that my photos aren't symmetrical & aren't all edited precisely because that's simply impossible for me whilst battling natural lighting & other tricky elements. Blogging & Instagram are for me side hobbies & therefore I'm not able to spend the time on them that they would need to create fantastic content - But it works for me.

I enjoy the world of Instagram & I love the feeds that are produced by some very talented individuals. I'm not ashamed to say I love the platform because it can be used as a creative space & creativity is super important to me. 

Embrace your grids people!

I've hit 26! Still living life convinced that I'm 18 & tumbling about the place without a clue to what I'm actually doing but there we go. I guess that really is growing up, eh? 

I want to take 26 with a strong stride & really focus on myself & what I want to achieve within year. I've spent too much time worrying about judgement & people pleasing that I'm almost avoiding doing things for myself & to make me feel happy. So, this is the year where I literally want to sit down & think what the hell I actually want because there's a lot of sliding door scenarios in the pipe line that are needing some serious thought. Good old Gwyneth!

That's a brief summary of my year folks! I know I've missed a ton of highlights & low lights but as its a Sunday evening & I'm all tucked up in bed, stuffed to the brim with sausage & mash.. my brains a little fuzzy. 

What are your dazzling highlights that mark your 2018? Give them a jot down & holla at me.

So, in likely event that I'm simply awful at producing any further blog posts within the mere few weeks we have left of 2018, have yourself a scrummy Christmas & the most fabulous New Years Eve! .. (& a painless head for New Years Day).


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