It would be an understatement to say that 2014 has been the best year of my entire life. I cannot believe all of the amazing opportunities that I have been given this year and how truly happy I have felt.
Today I am going to look back over the last 12 months and remember all of the delicious moments. On New Years Day 2014, the year ahead looked bleak but what happened couldn't have been better.
In January my redhead to blonde transformation began and after sporting a spicy redhead colour for a few weeks, my hair fluttered between strawberry blonde and light brown. After my confidence took a major dip in 2013, I was starting to feel happier having met a new man and started building up my life in Liverpool. It was in January that I started to interview for summer internships in London and really started to pull my life back together.
February rolled around with Valentines Day, the first spent with my new beau and being treated to a lovely home cooked meal and a trip to York, my confidence building daily meeting new friends and enjoying life to the fullest.
In March I took a trip to the hairdressers to have my hair dyed completely bleach blonde, a colour I had never sported before and I loved it. I also attended the Liverpool FABB Bloggers meet-up which was organised by my friends Ray and Tor. I also helped organise my friends 21st surprise birthday which went down a storm.
By April I wish I had left my blonde locks alone but I proceeded to re bleach and re bleach my hair.around 10 times and decided to try super long hair extensions for the annual LiverpoolSU sports ball. Amongst heavy revision for uni, I headed to London for an internship interview at Shoreditch house that would literally change my life. Having being treated to a complimentary stay at the Thistle Piccadilly hotel and catching up with an old chum, I discovered that I had landed my summer placement in London and I couldn't be happier. With amazing news came super sad news when I learnt that my parents were selling our family home of 17 years. I was devastated.
May rocked up and I seriously thought that I had flunked my second year exams as they were just so difficult. My friend moved out of our flat to move back home and although I was deeply unhappy in my second year accommodation life was still pretty sweet in Liverpool. Back in my hometown things were different as I packed up my childhood bedroom for good and drove away from my house for the last time. I also had my hair chopped after realising the damage that I had done to my tresses, this was the start of a downward spiral of rubbish hair as pre chop it had been getting quite long.
June was a super exciting month as I finally moved out of my second year flat in Liverpool and headed down to London to embark on the most exciting adventure of my life, opening the door to my Southwark flat was the most amazing feeling. I also purchased my first ever Mulberry handbag after wanting to treat myself for the longest time to an authentic 'Roxanne' bag.
The jewel in 2014's crown was July, I was reunited with my family who live in America and dove head first into my new job as an assistant producer working with some inspirational brands and people. I met some lovely friends who enjoyed a good mooch around Camden and Greenwich with me as well as some late night roof top bar sessions and exotic meals out. One of the highlights of July was getting involved with the Macmillan #shaveorstyle campaign and having my 'Hollie style' hair created at the Michael John salon in Knightsbridge.
By late summer I had a tattoo session booked at the Cloak and Dagger tattoo parlour just off Brick Lane in Shoreditch and I have never been as nervous in my life, I think I handled the pain quite well though and I am so very happy to have my holly leaf piece on my left foot. Good Golly Miss Hollie had a sophisticated overhaul I also discovered new places such as Clapham and fell in love with Brighton when my boyfriend and I visited for the day. After a whirlwind summer, I left London on the 26th of August to head back up North to kick off my third year of university. Of course I made a pitstop on route to visit my adopted donkey Ripple at the donkey sanctuary.
I moved in to my own flat in September and got to grips with my final year and the intense workload that comes hand in hand with it. I started to see my journalism getting published and a fire in my belly rose at how close getting a writing job was getting. My boyfriend and I stayed at the beautiful Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough where I had the most delicious food ever. We also discovered a drive in cinema on Liverpool's dockfront complete with free popcorn.
In October, my hair was knackered and I decided to try and salvage it by going Ombre. Liverpool fashion week kicked off and I visited Manchester for the first time having secured a PR placement there in January.
November saw me turn 21 and I decided to celebrate in Amsterdam which is a pure culture hub and the Anne Frank Haus museum is well worth a visit. A wintery trip to see the Blackpool illuminations took place as well as a pumpkin carving competition (which I lost) and a visit to many firework display's to celebrate Bonfire night. I met Alexa Chung's brother at the Celebration of Style awards and rocked out on a boat on the Mersey to 1960s rock band The Zombies.
And here we are, in December. One year a go I was dumped the week before Christmas and couldn't comprehend the misery of losing my Nana and Papa and also half of my Grandad to a stroke. Fast forward 12 months and I am with somebody who makes me very happy, I love living on my own, my third year of university is ticking along nicely (with much hard work) and I have never felt better. 2015 is going to be the scariest year of my life with a lot of responsibilities coming my way but I am ready and if you want to read about my goals and resolutions check out THIS POST.
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