Reflecting on 2015

Although we are currently already a week into the New Year, I decided I’d write this blog post after days of contemplating whether it would just be one big ramble. After realising what an incredible year 2015 had been, how much I had achieved and amazing things I had got up to throughout the course of the year, I believe it would be wrong not to! After all, this blog post is something I would love to read in the future when I’m old and grey.

To be completely honest, the beginning of the year is a complete blur to me, I don’t have any record of anything that I did for the first month or so, so I shall move swiftly on to the first memory that I do have.

28th February, the first day of 2015 that I actually recall something pretty important happening; the launch of this blog. After months of deliberating whether it was a good idea, would I have enough time, would it be a short term phase like many other things I have begun and abandoned in the past, what would people think, would anyone actually read my content, I finally decided to go ahead with it. I can honestly say that launching my blog has been one of the best decisions of my life. Although at times I have doubted myself, I am so beyond proud of everything I have achieved, including some of my posts being acknowledged by the liked of Ella Eyre, Aston Merrygold and George Shelley. I also can’t believe I have managed to maintain it for almost a year.

March brought none other than the annual UK charity event of ‘Comic Relief’ in which the student in year 11 at my school had the opportunity to dress up in order to raise money for the event. One thing you should know about me is that I am utterly obsessed with Disney’s ‘Tangled’, I actually believe I am the lost princess myself, so there was no way I would turn down an opportunity to dress up as Rapunzel.

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In April, I had the opportunity to see Olly Murs, and supporting artist Ella Eyre, on his ‘Never Been Better’ tour at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. I have already reviewed the night on my blog so I won’t ramble on about it and make this post way longer than it already will be; however, if you would like to read about the concert, click here.

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Olly’s concert was closely followed by another in May, in which I saw The Vamps on their UK arena tour. This also meant I had the opportunity to see a bunch of my favourite people (Union J) do what they do best while supporting them. I even had the chance to be reunited with one of my best friends, Beth, who I very rarely see. However, the month of May also brought the period I had been dreading most, the start of my GCSE exams!

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What an eventful month June was! It began with my Birthday, kick-starting the month in possibly the best way. I received so many wonderful presents and although it has been over sixth months and my 17th Birthday is just around the corner; I still can’t believe that I’m 16! It also saw my GCSE’s come to an end which I was beyond relieved about. This also meant we had official left school, you have no idea how long it took me used to not having to get up early or wear a uniform as well as not seeing my friends every day.

One of the most exciting things to happen in June had to be my school’s year 11 prom. The anticipation for the day to arrive had been building up so much. It was such a lovely way to say goodbye to some of the teachers who had come along and also friends who were moving on to different colleges to me. The photo booth had to be my favourite part of the whole night, as I seemed to spend the majority of my time in it (it’s a good job it was free!)

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After the stress of revision and exams, it was nice to relax during the summer. This included a holiday to Mallorca for two weeks in August, possibly some of the best two weeks of my life. It was so rewarding to get involved in the activities the hotel had on offer, rather than just lounging on a sunbed in a puddle of sweat all day. I even went on a bike ride which saw us ride from the hotel, touring some of the island and seeing sites I wouldn’t have otherwise and I loved it (even if I did only take place because I fancied the hotel entertainer that was running it and fell into a bush while on the trip.)

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Although I was having the time of my life in C’an Picafort, it meant I missed the release of my GCSE results. Luckily, my friend was able to collect them for me and let me know how I had done. I was overjoyed with my results, achieving an A* in history (which I certainly didn’t expect), 6 A’s, 3 B’s and 1 C. All of my hard work had paid off.

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Throughout the course of the year I had also met some of the most incredible people, some of which are the animation team of the hotel I stayed in for my summer holiday in August, Joe Sugg and Union J, as well as meeting a whole lot of new friends at my new sixth form, which I started in September. I was also reunited with some of my best friends, who I unfortunately don’t get to see too often and had a lot of fun with best friends that I see all of the time.

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Union J’s gig, ‘An Audience with Union J’ is also one of the highlights of my 2015; it’s not every day you get the opportunity to share an intimate gig with one of your favourite bands and some of your best friends. You can read about the full event here.

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My family and I ended 2015 by spending New Year’s in a country cottage in a rural area, a perfectly calm way to end a hectic and excitement-filled year.

I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me, I look forward to writing my ‘Reflecting on 2016’ post at the end of the year and seeing how different it is compared to this one. I also hope you have an amazing year (and give yourselves a pat on the back if you actually survived read to the end of this ramble). Thanks so much for reading, make sure you are always caught up by following my blog, my twitter and Instagram.

Emily X

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