Thursday, 31 December 2015

A Year in Reflection | 2015


The most cliche way to start this post is to say 'I can't quite believe how quick this year has gone' but it's the truth.  Now we're on the last day. Scary stuff. I wanted to do a roundup of the year so in a few years back I can actually see how I truly felt about it, rather than remember it solely based on sweet nostalgia.



Blogging
I started out with the promise of the world. Only to fall flat on my face and not blog from the end of January to the beginning of April. To call it a slump would be an understatement. It saw a change in my blog name (one I am 100% sure was the right choice) which helped me to pick myself up, and I'd like to think I've blogged pretty consistently over the past few months. I'm even sticking to my commitment to post every other day. Blogging is something I'm truly enjoying doing, from taking the photos, to writing words down, to actually creating content. I'd like to think it's released some sort of creative energy in me and while I might not be completing an adult colouring book anytime soon, I have proved to myself I can stick to something I put my mind too. Reaching 600 followers at the beginning of the month felt like a pat on the back for the hard work I've been putting into Jodie Loue.

Life
Like I said this year started pretty crappy. The loss of an incredible lady in my life, my Nan, at the end of 2014 meant this year started on a sour note. Combined with 2 failed driving tests (although I did pass 14 days in to 2015) and pretty much flat out rejections from the Universities I applied to, despite being predicted top grades, I was feeling a little downtrodden. While it would have been easy to have been defeated, I decided to try and turn it all round. I quit my first ever job for a full time job in a call centre, a very bad yet good move. I quit after a day, I didn't see the point in sticking with something I knew I hated with every fibre of my being. I then applied for my current job, which I love despite the 3am starts for most of the week. The work environment is so much more positive and I see far more of the day then I ever have. I also proved once again I underestimate myself when I got my A-level results back (two A's and a B), and changed the career plan just a little. I applied to be a nurse and I found out on Black Friday that I'm starting in March. It's not a career that everyone can do, but for me it feels right. It's one I know will be immensely rewarding and I'm looking forward to see where it'll take me. This year also marked out 3 years with James. It's hard to imagine life without him. It was also the year I turned the big 1-8. I'm now officially an adult who has no idea how to adult. I don't know if I'll ever figure it out.

Makeup/Skincare
I finally decided to take action with my bad skin. Life is too short to try to live with, and accept bad skin. While it's still early days and my skin is a more acceptable state of bad, I feel like it's a step that makes me feel like I'm taking control of my life a little bit.

I'm going to be doing a roundup of all my favourite products of the year pretty soon so expect to see a mixture of high end and low end. I'm finally branching out into the world of high end makeup, and while for the next three years I'll still be featuring mainly low end brands, a few luxe offerings might slip through the nets. I feel like a shoutout to the Lorac Pro palette is necessary here.

Photography
Probably my favourite part of this whole blogging malarkey. Hopefully next year will see me master the art of flatlay and start taking pretty decent pictures on a regular basis. I've got the camera I should've purchased in the first place, the Canon 700D and if I had to choose between Canon and Nikon, Canon gets my pick everytime. Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed are now my friends and I find I actually feel somewhat confident on manual settings now. I also invested in a 50mm lens and those dreamboat blurry backgrounds will feature around these parts a lot more. I'm thinking of maybe doing some photography themed posts, like 'How I take my photos' 'How I edit my photos' 'What ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed actually mean' etc, etc. Would you be interested in posts like that?

I'd like to thank you for sticking around with me for this past year. For me, it's been mediocre and I hope you stick with me for 2016.

Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016. I hope you all have a lovely New Year, be it whether you're going out or staying in. I'll see you next year.



P.S if you have any recommendations of what you want to see on this blog, drop them in the comments below and I'll work my magic to make them happen
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