Monday, 8 December 2014


Apologies for the lack of posts in the last couples of weeks, it's been a time of reflection for me. A lot of things are changing in my life at the moment - for the positive thankfully, however I have been taking some time to reflect and be grateful for what I have and what i've achieved this year. I have included a few Instagram pictures from my year as well, so apologies for the quality of some of the images! 

This year has been full of highs and lows - it's been the most difficult year yet. I'm a very positive person when it comes to everyone but myself, no matter how hard I work on something it's never good enough for me (despite what people tell me) i'm always striving to be better and I find it hard to be positive about what i've achieved, always thinking I could have done better or gotten further. Having said that, looking back i'm actually proud of how far i've come this year and have come to appreciate the small things. 

This year I made the very big step to quit a full time job to go freelance - it's difficult but the best decision I could have made. Following on from that, I could not have done it without the support of my family - my parents have been incredible and so have my cousins, they have all come through for me and helped me along my way and i'll be forever grateful for that. It's because of them, I have managed to get into the field of work i've always dreamed of working in but most importantly i've been able to spend a lot more time with them and grow closer to them which means a lot to me. Because of this, I've also had the opportunity to watch their band SOLSINE grow, which has been amazing - i'm so proud of them, i've linked to their website if you want to check them out...these guys are going to go far. 

I also made the leap to try aerial silks this year - you can read that post here. It's been a challenge but i've fallen in love with it and can't wait to be good enough to start performing. 

I've grown up A LOT, a certain experience has taught me BIG life lessons, as my dad says 'you've had an experience this year and learnt an important lesson, that's worth years of experience'. He was right, i've come away a much stronger person and on reflection quite thankful for it. 

I've lost friends and gained friends. I've learnt whose worth my time and who isn't. I've also reconnected with a few friends from my past which has been lovely. 

I've been able to start up my blog - I finally took the plunge and did it, yes i'm still finding my feet with it and my niche so to speak but i'm absolutely loving it. Plus I have a very exciting project starting next week that involves blogging. I'm excited to grow my blog next year! 

I've become a godmother - one of the major highlights of my year. Although my godson lives in Madeira which means I don't get to see him as often as i'd like, it was such an honour to be asked. 

I've had great trips away with groups of friends from my dance school, those memories I will cherish forever as they were some of the happiest times of my year. 

I started off the year by working with one of  my closest friends and developing my love for interior styling. Epic banter whilst playing with patterns, colours and fabrics equals some hilarious memories. 

One thing i've also learnt this year - pets are always there when you're sad and need to squish them in a cuddle...ahem crazy cat lady ;) 

These are just a few of my reflections from this year - I could go on and on but I thought i'd post a few of the pictures from my instagram that make me smile. If you want to follow me on instgram my username is @nataliecaroline4. I'm looking forward to next year, I think it has a lot of exciting things in store for me. 

Have you got any reflections from this year?

Natalie x


  1. I couldn't be without my cats , they never judge me hehe
    What a lovely post xox

    1. Haha you got it - cats are THE best xxx