It has been a lovely couple of weeks of festivities, and although I have only had the bank holidays off work, I have enjoyed my time off. Asif and I went up to Wrexham, North Wales, for Christmas, and although we don't strictly celebrate it as we are Muslim, my mum has always got into the spirit of it. I donned my Christmas jumper and got peeling the brussel sprouts and we had the most amazing roast lamb and chicken, mum even made an Asian style marinade for one of the chickens to satisfy those in the family who weren't buying into the whole 'Christmas dinner' idea. And then we cracked open the biscuits, nuts and chocolate to watch some Christmas movies. Great fun. But mostly, it is one of the few times I can spend quality time with my family, so it was lovely.
And before I look forward to the New Year I do want to do a quick round-up of the past year; 2012 has been special and stressful in equal measures, and will not be a year I will forget. I will summarise below.
|Our engagement party|
*It was the year of the Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics. I interviewed Boris Johnson, Seb Coe, went to the Olympics and Paralympics, saw Team GB win some gold medals, went to the Olympic Park and the Olympic Stadium. It was a whirlwind, and a great year for Great Britain. The atmosphere was electric, and I felt proud to be part of it and lucky to attend.
*It was the year I appreciated my blog. This time last year my interest in blogging started to wane because I was seeing others on Twitter obsessed with their stats, followers, page views and brands they were working with. Being fairly new I got caught up with catching up and burnt out. I didn't enjoy blogging anymore. I took a break until after the wedding, and chose to only blog because I wanted to, and when I had something to say, and I enjoy it so much more than when I started out. Sometimes you have to take a step back to appreciate what you really have and how hard you have worked.
I started it in May 2011 as an outlet for my writing and to keep a journal in addition to writing about all the beauty products I love and try. I write as part of my day job, and this was a way to try a different style that I didn't get to try out through work. Through keeping the blog I built my confidence, and my own style of writing. I now have my own column in a newspaper, write features for a magazine and have plans in the pipeline to write for a fashion magazine in the next few months. Something I don't think I would have had the confidence to do without this blog.
*It was the year I made some of my closest friends through blogging. When I started out I didn't even know there were other blogs out there, or that there was a community. I started out for my writing alone, and then became active on Twitter and Independent Fashion Bloggers and learnt more about others. It is the friendliest community I have ever been part of, and a simple tweet to another blogger can open up a conversation so easily. I can count my close blogging friends on two hands now, and I am thankful for them.
When I started writing this post I didn't think I would have this much to say, but it looks like I have a lot more to be thankful for than I realised!
What are you thankful for?