What I've learned in 2014

Some years shake you more than others. 2014 was one of those years. I think when you are a blogger, everything can seem very rosey as you only see the fabulous, glamorous parts but I assure you that I have ups and downs like the rest of the world. Here are three things that 2014 has taught me. What a year it has been- roll on 2015. 

1. Don't be afraid to be honest
I am known as being a really forthright person but when it comes to confrontation, I can back away and hide. However, 2014 has been the year that I voiced that I feel annoyed or hurt rather than just huffing about it. I've found that this has been really helpful in my relationships. In many ways, it makes your relationships stronger as you can discuss honestly issues that might be bothering you and the other person may know something about you they didn't know before. 

2. Friends are the family you choose for yourself
In the past year, I've lost friendships but the ones that remain are people that fell more like family. I've know my best friend for 12 years and we've weathered more storms than I care to recall. Through some very hard stuff this year, friends have stayed and friends have left. I'm blessed to have amazing people to turn to. 

3. Follow your heart
I had to make a big decision this year about what I was doing with my life. I trained as a teacher last year- something I dreamed of being for my entire life. However, my heart had been stolen by the world of media and PR after the success of my blog. So I had a choice to make- go and make good money teaching or spend a few thousand pounds to follow my heart? My heart won and I'm happily doing my Master's in Communication, PR and Advertising and it's the first time in my academic life that I feel very secure, settled and knowledgable. Maybe I'm a slow learner but I hope this will lead to a long and happy career. 

I hope you have all had a good 2014 and are ready for 2015!