Review Of 2014

Wow, I can’t believe we are already in 2015! 2014 went super quick and soo much happened. I went a week without technology, had & threw up afternoon tea at The Ritz, saw a fashion show at London Fashion Week, Milked A Cow, went on a road trip to Ohio, went to a Rodeo in Ohio (in a maxi dress!), had a photo shoot with my mum, went on a spa weekend with Hayley and finally made my own Christmas cards!

As well as all of that I had 2 holidays, brought a new car, broke my foot, went to the grand national, reunited with old friends, lost new friends and caught lightening bugs in America. To say it has been a quiet year would be a bit of an understatement. However, for some reason whenever anyone says to me “oh what have you been up to?” I never seem have much to report back, which in actual fact is a LIE!

I cant really say what my favourite thing of 2014 was as I have a lot of happy memories and ones that I will treasure forever. There have been some sad times as well, Matt & I know people that have ended relationships, lost family members and experienced a lot of sadness this year.

I am really excited to see what 2015 has in store for me, I know that one thing is for sure I am fly to VEGAS in April! I cannot wait, I am sooo excited! I have also started number 24 – its a bit hard to find something to take a picture of everyday, but I am excited to look back on them in a years time! There are 2 more things that I would like to cross of this year, but I am going to keep them for myself and surprise you all when I announce them! People often ask each other, what New Year’s resolutions they are making; I cant help but feel that you are setting yourself up for failure, especially if they are diet or fitness related. I have made 3 resolutions for this year, but these are things I started doing at the beginning of December:

Be Kinder To Myself – dont put too much pressure on myself to hit certain goals, just enjoy life

Make More Effort With Those That Make The Effort With Me – I am not great at texting people back or calling people, but I am concious that I dont want to lose friendships that I have, so I am going to make the effort more, especially with those that always make an effort to reach out to me.

Save At Least 12k By The End Of The Year – I already have about a 3rd of this saved, so its a reasonable goal, but one that I want to achieve to get my own home!

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? what were your favourite things of 2014?

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R.O.D.E.O

Picture the scene…I’m in a maxi dress, sandals and the moon boot, we rock up in the van to a barn with people milling around outside the girls in shorts and cowboy boots, the men in jeans & cowboy boots….to say that we stood out was an understatement. We headed into the barn and it stunk literally I have never smelt anything so bad!

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It starts to rain and everyone is waiting to find out if it will take place inside or outside….the rain starts to slowly ease off & we head off outside. The seats are soaked and we have no choice but to sit on them. The kids rodeo is in full swing and I am in awe of how good & brave these kids are!

Before the adult rodeo, consisting of 60 cowboys, starts up everyone sings the American national anthem. I take the opportunity to look round and realise that we are in redneck country now & there are people here with guns & knives, there are girls walking round with their horses, people eating pork & beans and pulled pork sandwiches.

The rodeo starts up and we all are whooping and hollering for the bull & rider that we picked. I was surprised at how long some stay on compared to others. To begin with it’s not that violent and then someone falls off awkwardly and the bull appears to trample all over them but the cowboy gets up and walks away looking absolutely fine! The winner of the competition walks away with $1500 so no wonder they are taking it seriously!

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All 60 riders get through ok and we decide between us that enough is enough and we retreat back to the hotel.

I loved my experience at the rodeo, even though we were clearly outsiders everyone was welcoming and we all enjoyed the new experience!

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