Monday, 26 January 2015

Thanks for the Memories, 2014

I try to use this space to remind myself of all the lovely things I've had chance to do, and refocus myself away from the groans and grumbles typical after a long day/week/month of work deadlines or other little struggles. 2014 was not without its challenges but there were lots of highlights along the way that I want to remember. On NYE, M suggested we each write 10 of our 2014 highlights. Those 10 are below, as well as some of my other favourites.

Dinner at Liverpool's London Carriage Works restaurant, a screening of Pirates of the Caribbean, accompanied by the Liverpool Philharmonic, and drinks before crashing at Hope Street Hotel
Ghost, Liverpool
David Hockney at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery
Learning to knit with a workshop from Purlesque
A birthday mini break to York, Betty's, Fame, craft ales and cocktails
Dinner date with Mum at The Side Door and Sarah Millican, Liverpool Philharmonic
Attending my first night at my local craft group
Afternoon tea, aerial silks, mojito making and dancing at one of my best friend's hen do 

Standing next to one of my best friends as she married her lovely Mr as their bridesmaid
Liverpool's LightNight 
My first opera trip to see La Bohème at The Lowry
Getting back into Girl Guiding and starting my Leadership Qualification as a Brownie leader
The Lion King, Liverpool
First ever skiing experience at the Chill Factore, Manchester
A Brighton wedding
Three weeks exploring land and sea around Bali and the Gilis
Proud sister at my brother's PGCE graduation
London with mum: Afternoon tea at Claridge's and Miss Saigon

Chasing Giants around Liverpool
A spa trip to The Quay and exploring Conwy
A leather wedding anniversary
Keeping up tradition with a trip to see Blackpool's Illuminations, eat fish and chips and play mini golf
A trip to Latvia
A day as tourists in Liverpool
Second of two little breaks to Centre Parcs with friends

Spas and catchups in Birmingham
Open top buses, bagpipes and whiskey in Edinburgh
Allo Darlin' at Manchester's Deaf Institute
Planning my Oh Comely's #perfectstrangers parcel swap
Mammoth task of redecorating downstairs
Making my own Christmas wreath at a flower arranging workshop at The Olive Tree, Brimstage Hall
Choosing our Christmas tree at Delamere and decorating it with mugs of mulled wine
Eleventh Christmas dinner with my girlies
Christmas movies, including Miracle on 34th Street at Woolton Picture House

 Thanks for the memories, 2014. Hello, 2015. Let's make it a good'un.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015


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In 2015, I promise to try to:
  • Take (more) pleasure in all the little things
  • Spend more time with friends
  • Take more time out alone 
  • Ruminate less
  • Exercise more
  • Be kinder to myself
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