Reflections of 2013

T’was the night before New Years and all through the house people were drinking… even the mouse!

I am also reflecting over 2013 as a year in general. The last year has been difficult with a relapse of depression which I will talk about in more detail in another post, a complicated flat mate, a break up and even the end of a 10 year friendship.

So given the highs and lows of the year, here is a round up of the best and worst parts of 2013 and all the lessons they taught me! 🙂

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The Highs

 

  • I built a stronger friendship with Shonni! 🙂

 

This has taught me that you get back what you put into your friends so treat them well and you will always have someone to laugh with and rely on.

  • I widened my knowledge of culture and religion!

One of my closest friends invited me on a night out in February with her friends. They are all of Indian Asian origins and are so lovely! They made me feel really welcome, and I learnt all about Punjabi music and the Sikh religion.

  • 1st All Nighter and its 1st!

I pulled an all nighter at uni for the first time since starting university and as a result I got a 1st for my Spanish Portfolio.

  • I became a Pokemon! 

As you may remember I dyed my hair Cherry Red and then added some bright yellow extensions making me look Charmander!

Whilst it was fun for a while I do tend to use my hair as a distraction, so that people can’t really see what a jumble I am inside!

Cate-Mander, I choose you!!!

Cate-Mander, I choose you!!!

 

  • Festival Time!

I went to my first music festival! Download was 100% an amazing experience and this year I am contemplating another muddy weekend of pizza, beer and camping with friends! But let’s face it for a line up, Download 2013 was a corker with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein all headlining! 😀

  • Professional Blogger

I got a temporary job as a paid blogger, writing all about cars! Whilst it didn’t last long, it did give me something cool to add to my CV!

  • I moved to France…

This is a mix ball of highs and lows. I have met some incredible people in Lyon and have fulfilled a life long dream of living in France… However, I have also discovered that the French are not the friendliest and don’t really like each other and that I personally no longer want to live in France!

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The Lows

  • I lived with Someone Complicated

I lived with a girl who for me, I suppose was a bit too immature for me to deal with. As a result things got very unhappy in our flat and triggered my second bout of depression.

  • I gave a relationship a go…

But it didn’t work out. In the end we were just too different and I wasn’t in the right place emotionally to even be in a relationship, thanks to the perils of depression. Luckily we were friends before and stayed friends afterwards so I feel very thankful to have such lovely people in my life.

  • I struggled with Uni

I really struggled with all aspects of my university over 2013 and even had to retake my Spanish exam in order to pass the year.

  • I moved to France…

As I said before, it’s been so hard! I am not particularly happy there and have spent the last 4 months of my life eating my feelings and then kicking myself for it!!

  • Losing a friend.

I lost a friend I had known for 10 years this summer. She accused me of lying after I tried to stand up for some other friends. Perhaps I over reacted and then perhaps she did. Either way, at the time I felt that I didn’t want that negativity in my life. I couldn’t cope with that too. So maybe with the new year we can patch things up and start over?

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Things to Look Forwards to in 2014!!!

YAYAYAY this is going to be a year of achievements for me!!! 😀 So let’s have a round up shall we of my goals!!

1) I am learning to drive this summer!!!!!! 😀

2) I plan on running the Nike Run To The Beat half marathon in London this September, not for a charity, but for the first time ever, just for me!

3) I am going to move back to England!!! (Mwah, mwah) I will never again claim that England is the cess-pit of the Earth.. France can take that title!

4) This will be the year I laugh in the face of depression! I refuse to let it beat me!

5) I am spending a week in Belper with my gorgeous cousin Lauren this June!

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6) I might book a week away in Cornwall just so I can learn to surf.

7) I will round up some friends and get them into running! 😉

8) I will begin my Karate training/grading properly! 😀

9) I will be a beautiful bridesmaid at my big brother’s wedding!!

10) Finally I will be taking le blog PRO!! I have a consultant, photographer and designer all lined up and ready to roll!!!!! 😉

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So Happy New Year to each and every one of your beauties!!! Let’s make 2014 a year to remember!! 

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