A look back at 2015

As I’ve spent the last few weeks planning blog posts and thinking up new video ideas for the new year, I decided that this year I would like to start sharing more personal posts on my blog.  I love reading other bloggers’ more personal posts and getting to know the person behind the blog.  So I thought I would kick things off by taking a look back at 2015, and sharing my achievements, both blog-related as well as personal ones, with you.

1. Growing my blog.

Although I started this blog over two years ago, it was only in 2015 that I was able to dedicate more of my attention to it.  Rather than just blogging as a side hobby, I decided to allocate more time to writing up posts and improving my content. I feel that this resulted in a big improvement both in my writing and in my photography.  In fact, just last month I finally got my hands on a decent camera, which I’m so happy about after having to rely on my iPhone to take photos for the last two years!

2. (Finally) starting my own YouTube channel.

I have been watching YouTube regularly for the last four years and starting my own channel has been a dream of mine ever since.  However, it was only at the end of September 2015 that I finally got the courage to film and upload my very first video!  It was and still is quite daunting, however I really enjoy the whole process of filming, editing and uploading videos, so hopefully I will grow more confident in doing so over the coming year.  Now that I finally own a decent camera, I plan on uploading one video per week.  You can subscribe to my channel here.

3. Completing my studies.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2013, and then went on to study for an MSc in Occupational Psychology, which I successfully completed last year.  Although I enjoyed my time at uni, after five years of studying I’m relieved that it’s over!  I decided to study for my MSc by distance learning, which was very challenging to say the least.  However, I’m really proud of myself for going through with it and overcoming all the problems I encountered along the way.  Now I’m really looking forward to my official graduation ceremony in April!

4. Getting a job.

While I was studying for my MSc from home around a year ago, I decided to apply for an internship in Digital Marketing – a field that has always interested me!  I really enjoyed my time as an intern as it was nice to have something to focus on which wasn’t just studying.  Fortunately, I got offered a job at the end of my internship, which I was very happy about!  They say that “the work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life” and I 100% agree with this.

5. However, my greatest achievement was…
Most importantly, 2015 was the year in which I made huge progress in overcoming one of my biggest fears.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might know that travel is a BIG part of my life.  However, one thing has been holding me back – although I was ok with getting on a plane with family members or friends, I couldn’t even face the thought of getting on a plane alone.  This has literally been one of my biggest fears in life ever since I can remember, and one which I thought I would never be able to overcome for many, many years.  However, after getting some help, I finally  took the plunge and flew on my own for the very first time in February 2015.  It was scary, but nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be – and I have got on a plane alone another three times since.  Although the thought of flying alone still scares me, I now know that I am capable of doing it, and this makes me very proud.  This was without a doubt my biggest achievement in 2015.  Do let me know if you’d like me to speak about this in more detail, either on my blog or on my YouTube channel – I’d love to be able to help some of you who may be facing a similar situation!

What has been your greatest achievement in 2015?


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