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After a rocky end to 2013 (READ HERE) I was determined to make 2014 better. This is going to be quite a long, ramble post so be prepared for a big post! I'm going to write about the year in months, so let's begin.

January wasn't great, I was grieving the loss of one of my dogs and to top it off I was also back at sixth form. A place that brought me no happiness. I also had some mock examinations but the first was cut short due to suffering a panic attack. The exam organisers at my school set about helping me find a coping mechanism and it was planned that my Summer exams would be set in a room on my own to help me stay calm.

At the end of 2013 I had applied for 2 university courses at my local uni. They were to study Primary Education or Early Years Education. At this point I was pretty certain that university wasn't for me however I managed to secure an interview so went for the day. It was a good experience however I went to Northern Ireland in the holiday to see my Great Auntie and Cousin and found out that I hadn't been accepted on the course that I had applied for but had received two similar offers. They weren't what I had a applied for and I spent a long time with my family discussing what I could do as my next step. This was the first time I'd considered going to college and studying a creative/art course. One thing that my Auntie said to me has stuck in my head ever since that day; 'Everything happens for a reason'. I wasn't thrilled with the thought of University anyway so maybe this happened to stop me, to consider something else rather than spending a lot of time and money on something I wasn't sure about.

My blog had obviously taken a back seat while I had these interviews and while I was away and I decided that I wasn't happy with my blog anymore. I've been writing a blog since January 2013 (Almost 2 years now!) and I wanted a change. It just felt like everything in my life needed a refresh so I set about the task of redesigning my blog and planning new posts.

April was a great month for my blog. I set my new blog live and managed to post 13 times! I was also gradually cracking on with my coursework for school. In May blogposts slowed down again due to having a lot of hand in deadlines for my coursework. I handed them in and then focused on finishing my full coursework subject.

June marked the end of my secondary school and sixth form life. I sat my two final exams, handed in my final units of coursework and had my leavers assembly and prom. After this my Mum and I decided that it would be a good idea to wait and see what grades I got before deciding on my new step. To pass the time and earn a bit of money I started working for her business. It involves art and design which I love so it was a really great experience for me.

In August I continued to work for my Mum and in the middle of the month went back to school to collect my A level results. I didn't feel too nervous about it seeing as in my head I was 100% sure that university wasn't for me. I looked at my grades and had managed to get the grades that I needed for university. But I definitely didn't want to go. Having worked for my Mum for a couple of months I was certain that I no longer wanted to become a Primary school teacher.

I got home and declined my offer straight away. There was no doubt in my mind that that was the correct decision. I felt so much happier just through no having to be at school and wanted my happiness to continue because that's the most important thing, that I'm happy. I had a browse of a local college's website and found a Graphic Design course that involves lots of things that interest me, from product design to typography. I cautiously applied and went in for the induction day. It was hands down the greatest decision I've made this year so I enrolled and started the course at the end of August.

I also turned 18 on the 18th of August, I'm legally an adult! I decided to just have a chilled day in my favourite place with a few of my favourite people. I went to London which is a place that makes me happy and inspires me so much. I wrote a little post about it (HERE).

My college course was in full swing by September, the people in my group are all such lovely people and overall I was just so so happy. The course is only 2 and a half days long a week so I still have time to work for my Mum. Everything about the course is great, the tutors are lovely, the content of the course is so interesting and enjoyable. In September most of my friends went of too University so that was also strange but they've all had such a great time so far.

October was a great month for my blog and I'm so happy with the quality and quantity of posts that I managed to write. I finally felt like everything was working out, I had time to work, study and blog and finally found a good balance between the things that I was doing.

November was very much the same as October, blogging, working and college. All three things make me incredibly happy so November was very good month for me.

December has undoubtedly been the best month. I worked every possible day for my Mum's business because orders came in thick and fast for Christmas. This meant that I was earning money and my Mum very kindly let me buy a Macbook Pro. My previous laptop was almost dead and was about 6 years old. It was time to buy a new one and I really wanted to invest in a Macbook due to it being something I've wanted for a few years. This meant that as soon as I was on Christmas break from college I got planning lots of blog posts, posting frequently and could enjoy my rest when all Christmas orders had been sent. I saw all of my family on Christmas day and Boxing day which was really nice too.

I've also noticed an increase in blog views per day which is so exciting for me, although the numbers may not seem big to other people I'm just so happy that people continue to read my silly rambles. Thank you for reading my blog through 2014 and I hope you'll stick around to see what 2015 has to offer. I've got big plans for this little space on the internet!

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see my goals for 2015! Happy New Year, see you in 2015! xx

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