2014 is merely hours away and I should, in the not too distant future, start getting ready for tonight’s celebrations (a little do with friends) and I thought I should take some time, while I have it, to reflect on the year almost gone and look forward to what is to come.
2013 has been quite a simple year in many respects, where 2012 was busy and full of change (read My Graduate Experience for the full low down) where I thought I might have to reconsider my career plans, January 2013 dawned and change came with it. I finally found a company that saw through the lack of marketing/PR experience but saw what experience in other fields I did have and saw enough of my potential to take a chance and give me my first opportunity in communications. I will always, always hold them very highly for this.
So with my first marketing job underway, this year I have just chilled out a bit. I am someone that is always looking towards the next step, I have to know that what I am doing is contributing towards my development and I never just allow myself to live today, I am just too driven and ambitious. I am getting better but while I am still so young in my career, it’s important for me to make sure I am exposing myself to the right opportunities that will work for me down the line once I have established myself more and found an area of focus. So while this element of me hasn’t gone away, I have just enjoyed working, making a good home life for Ian (Boyfriend) and I, taken up playing hockey and on the whole just enjoyed myself. 2014 on the other hand, with a new job my career really will be my focus as this time next year I’ll either be unemployed as my contract has come to an end, or I’ll have been kept on and either will stay in the same position or move into a different role within the team, OR I may have decided that while I have enjoyed the year I feel it right that I move on elsewhere. Who knows! Its exciting but I know what that means as I know what I am like, I will be scrutinising everything I do within the role to determine my next move. I can’t change me unfortunately but I hope I keep this under control otherwise I’ll ruin the experience for myself.
In other areas, Ian and I have recently opened a joint account in order to save for a deposit on a house (very grown up, eh?) so come the end of 2014 it would be great if we were in a position to buy our first house the year following or at least be almost there! We have been together 2.5 years now so as you can expect most of our friends and family are enquiring (some not very subtly) about the future (the ‘W’ word!) and although buying a house is our absolute priority, we have both openly admitted that we are each others forever (bit stupid buying a house if you haven’t discussed the future in more detail isn’t it?) so yes, at some point maybe next year, maybe the year after, we’ll or he rather, will make a step towards that too hopefully!
I touched briefly a moment ago about finding an area of focus in my career (as communications is very broad) and at the moment, I think I am definitely steering towards copywriting. I am currently undertaking a diploma in that field which is going well and certainly, depending upon the outcome but assuming it’s good, I would really like to do some freelance work on the side to get myself developed and established. With that in mind, as you know I now have three blogs, this one definitely my favourite and I must make these a focus to maintain next year. At the moment, I just upload when I can and don’t put too much effort into getting them circulated and attracting followers but this will change. In my new job I should learn how to make and edit videos which would be amazing as I think it would be really fun to do a vlog on here at some point in the year all being well, so, lovely Sweeties, do stay with me and I’ll aim to deliver! Also let me know if there is anything I have or do touch on that you would like me to delve a bit more deeper into, I will happily oblige (within reason of course).
So, to summarise some early identified ambitions and resolutions from my posts so far:
- Try my very hardest and make the absolute most of my new job
- Continue with hockey and continue to work on my personal health and fitness
- Have fun with fashion and beauty (and blog about it!)
- Save very hard for new house (& future with Ian)
- Complete my copywriting diploma
- Continue to make good choices
- *Others to follow in this space
Right, I have gone on long enough (sorry) so I am off to run myself a lovely hot deep bath and see what Lush products I have that I could throw in to make it all the more lovely. I then need to wash and dry my hair (which takes ages as I have long, thick hair), then put on some glad rags of which I don’t actually know what they are yet (all the more reason to stop blabbering on), do my make-up -I thought I might try out one of the new eyeshadows I got in the set I got from Debenhams during my January Haul as they seemed quite sparkly and NYE appropriate! and then PARTY into 2014!!
So, with all that and the above in mind, may I take the opportunity to wish all my Sweeties a wonderful and happy New Year and let’s have an amazing 2014!