Saturday, 5 January 2013

Tag: Goodbye 2012

I bet you're thinking 'oh no not another 2012 related post!' (so last year) and yes I have to admit I'm starting to get to that point as well, but I saw this tag over on Rachael's blog and I loved the idea. I haven't really properly had a think about last year, so this tag will definitely bring some memories and feelings back.

What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
I ventured out of Europe for the first time, I went abroad with no adults, bought alcohol, went clubbing, and probably plenty of other things that I can't remember!

Did you keep your new years resolutions, will you make more for 2013?
I guess to an extent I did. I can't remember any specific ones I made in 2011, but I know a generic one for me is always to lose weight, and that I did. I ended up losing around 3/4 of a stone last year. I've made a post with my new and crazy resolutions here.

Which date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory?
I literally can't think of one. Maybe my 18th birthday, I spent it in Poland and it was a pretty awesome night!

Which countries did you visit?
I was luckily enough to visit Los Angeles in the USA, and also Poland (still a post to come at some point).

What would you like to have in 2013, that you lacked in 2012?
More self discipline, motivation, and money. An iPhone would be rather fab too.

What was your biggest failure?
A failure that I keep making year on year is my self discipline when it comes to school. I left all my revision to the literal last minute, and all my first drafts of my coursework were handed in the day it was being marked and sent to the exam board. I put myself through hell.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was very lucky and didn't even suffer a sickness bug, just the usual common cold.

What was the best thing you bought?
I largely extended my nail varnish and make-up collection. I didn't buy anything too extravagant.

What did you get really really excited about?
My trip to Los Angeles. I'd spent four years knowing I was going and getting very excited, so it was amazing when it finally happened. It felt so surreal.

What song will always remind you of 2012?
There's quite a few! Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People, Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap, What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction (guilty pleasure), We Found Love by Rihanna. There's so many songs that trigger memories of 2012, but I'll stop there.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned the glorious alcohol-inducing age of 18. I was actually in Poland for my birthday, and ended up going to a beach, a shopping center, the beautiful city of Gdansk (never seen anywhere else like it), and then spent the evening at a music festival in a park opposite our hotel getting hideously drunk. There was also fireworks dead on midnight which was a pretty special end to my birthday.

Compared to this time last year, are you sadder or happier?
I guess a bit of both depending on the aspect of my life. I had more money this time last year, I hadn't hit the stressful and pretty serious patch at school, I had more of a social life, and every one of my close friends were still around rather than being at university.

Thinner or fatter?
I'm proud to say I'm thinner, lets hope I can say the same next year.

Richer or poorer?
Definitely poorer, I need a job again. It's not just the money I miss, but the independence that comes with it.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
School work by the deadline, less feeling sorry for myself, spending more time with my friends, and exercise.

Who were your best friends?
It changed from the start of the year to the end. I've lost touch and drifted with some people, but I'm happy to say I'm back talking to some of them and rebuilding friendships. 2013 should be a good year! I have a lovely group of amazing best friends, they know who they are.

What were your favourite TV programmes?
The Vampire Diaries, 90210, Gossip Girl, New Girl, Take Me Out, also agree with Rachael about Cherry Healy's documentaries! I also watched a lot of Louis Theroux documentaries online.

What was the best book you read?
The Hunger Games. I absolutely adored it, and managed to read it in under 24 hours. I was actually on holiday and took it out to a restaurant and read it under the table because I literally couldn't put it down!

What was your favourite film of the year?
Not exactly a new film, but I loved going to watch the re-release of Titanic at the cinema. It's always been one of my favourite films, so it amazing to see it on the big screen.

What did you want and get?
Somehow I managed to get pretty decent A Level results, still to this day I don't understand how I actually pulled it out of the bag so last minute. I don't think my teachers really understand how either!

What did you want and not get?
A size 8 figure, and clear skin. I can dream!

What one thing would of made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A holiday with my friends, going to university, losing weight, having more money. Oh.. that wasn't one thing.

What kept you sane?
My bed, my friends, my family, chocolate, alcohol, and my blog.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Henry Cavill. That man is just the epitome of sexiness. Be mine.

Who did you miss?
Nearer the end of the year, I missed all my friends that left to go to university. It didn't help that I was majorly jealous that they'd left the boring town we live in for more exciting cities!

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learnt in 2012.
It's natural and part of growing up to lose touch with people, to think about what I want from life rather than thinking about what other people want from me all the time, and that I will eventually get to where I want to be, its just taking me a tiny bit longer.

Well that's definitely made me think a lot harder about 2012, it was a pretty up and down year full of stressful times but amazing experiences as well. I tag anyone who wants to do this!

What was your favourite memory from 2012?
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  1. Hope you have a great year, I also loved the Hunger Games I couldn't put it down! x

    1. Thanks, you too! I know I loved it so much, I can't wait for the next movie :) xx

  2. You had such a great year by the looks of things! All your travels sound amazing! Thanks for your comments btw, I love your blog and can't believe I havent found it before now! The quality of your photos is so so good! <3

    1. It was a year of ups and downs, so the usual but yes there were some great parts! Aw thank you so much, that's love of you! xx

  3. I went to Gdansk in the summer too, absolutely loved it! xx

    1. Oh wow, did you?! It was a beautiful place, I'd love to take my parents there one day! x

  4. Such a lovely post, you've defiantly had a great year. Love Henry Cavill can't wait for the new Superman film :D Pumped up Kicks is 2012 for me they were AMAZING at Leeds Festival!

    Hope this years a great one for you!
    Just Smile.

    1. Aw thank you, it was a pretty good year. Oh my god, he is just a god. I can't wait to see him in that film... especially in the Superman costume *drools*. I went to see them in London but had to leave early because of stupid train times so didn't even get to see them play Pumped Up Kicks! You too Michelle x

  5. I read the Hunger Games books in about a week. I barely slept. I was so sad when it ended!
    I just started my blog- will you check it out?

    1. I've started reading the third one again (one of my new years resolutions is to complete it!) and I don't want it to end. I might save it for the summer :) xx

  6. I've spent the last half an hour thinking "I swear there is something I usually do this time on a Monday" then I remembered courtesy of this post Vampire Diaires, but meh think I prefer watching it on iplayer anyway ;D Aww that valuable life lesson brought a tear to my eye and I'd also die for clear skin but I feel like that defeats the point of getting clear skin in the first place :,) xo

    1. Haha! Oh no I missed it too, dammit. Damon Salvadore be mine is all I can say. I'd love clear skin, but unfortunately my body doesn't seem to want it so hey ho, I'll just have to get on with it! xx

  7. I like your blog.. and you look a little like Selena Gomez


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