Because, sometimes, just sometimes, it's ok to blow your own trumpet...

Okay, not all the time- nobody likes a bragger, cheeky. But after reading the amazing Emma's post about her 'Anti-Bucket List' (and then going on to read the original Glamour article by the wonderful Lauren Laverne- both huge babes), I felt inclined to pop my own together too; partly as a way of actually sitting down, taking a moment to reflect on my year- and yup, to celebrate a few of the successes this year has brought. I'd obviously be telling a porky if I said 2015 had been all pink macarons, well organised flat lays and chirpy moments, but rather than dwelling on the not-so happy moments (there's plenty of time offline for those), I thought I'd take a post to blow my own trumpet, even if it is just a reminder to myself that 'hey, you're not always the girl sitting indoors in her PJS watching Judge Rinder, you fool!'.

Working online, and being self employed, there's nobody there to give you a yearly appraisal, and sometimes social media comparison can indeed be a little bit of a meanie- so I encourage you, dear blog reader, to do the same right now. It doesn't have to me huge momentous moments, but rather than looking at the things you haven't achieved yet, look at what you have. It's truly uplifting. Whether that's keeping a job you love and being bloody good at it, being a top mate, saving up for a deposit, taking on a new degree- or what have you, give yourself a big ol' pat on the back. You deserve it. Now for some achievable resolutions...

So, here I have, my year- in a list!

  • I braved my fear of public speaking, and spoke at Selfridges about blogging- and didn't need to run out and shed a tiny tear!
  • Travelled to Asia for the first time, rode a Tuk Tuk, a longboat and ate more new food in 4 days than I have in my life.
  • After 4 years, I redid my blog layout, which gave me a new love of blogging and this little space of the internet.
  • Met Taylor Swift. Yup. I can't believe it either. So tall. So perfect.
  • Visited New York again and realised it's probably essential I now visit every single year. Completely essential.
  • I started learning to drive. It's undeniably taken a while, but I'm persevering, and that's definitely half the battle. Next year I MAY pass!
  • I went on a surprise holiday to Ibiza to surprise my dad, succeeded and it was amazing.
  • For the first time in forever I put in for a competition, and entered Stylist's Fiesta Stylista competition and made it to the final, and couldn't have been more blood chuffed!
  • Saw Joe graduate and my brother get an apprenticeship and felt so proud of them both I could pop
  • Went to see two musicals, and cemented my love of singing inappropriately in public.
  • I don't know about you but I turned 22! And celebrated with some of my favourite human beans.
  • Shot an advertorial for Cosmopolitan with Claire's, New Look for Now! and featured in Glamour Magazine with Nana P too- VERY surreal!
  • Took my mum and nan to Paris for the first time, and played city guide.
  • After reading the magazine for nearly 10 years, I got to go to the NME Awards and felt so over the moon to be there. I also fell in love with Brett Anderson.
  • Kept in touch, and continued to hang out and laugh with some of my oldest school friends, and realised it's not the quantity of pals you have, but the quality. Also to continue to make an effort with the people that truly matter- they are always worth the effort.
  • Maggie turned one! We celebrated with more treats than necessary and plenty of cuddles.
  • Saw Fleetwood Mac, wished I was Stevie Nicks and cried many a tear- ILY FM.


  • Let me know if you do an Anti-Bucket list, I'd love to see!

    x


    Because, sometimes, just sometimes, it's ok to blow your own trumpet...

    Okay, not all the time- nobody likes a bragger, cheeky. But after reading the amazing Emma's post about her 'Anti-Bucket List' (and then going on to read the original Glamour article by the wonderful Lauren Laverne- both huge babes), I felt inclined to pop my own together too; partly as a way of actually sitting down, taking a moment to reflect on my year- and yup, to celebrate a few of the successes this year has brought. I'd obviously be telling a porky if I said 2015 had been all pink macarons, well organised flat lays and chirpy moments, but rather than dwelling on the not-so happy moments (there's plenty of time offline for those), I thought I'd take a post to blow my own trumpet, even if it is just a reminder to myself that 'hey, you're not always the girl sitting indoors in her PJS watching Judge Rinder, you fool!'.

    Working online, and being self employed, there's nobody there to give you a yearly appraisal, and sometimes social media comparison can indeed be a little bit of a meanie- so I encourage you, dear blog reader, to do the same right now. It doesn't have to me huge momentous moments, but rather than looking at the things you haven't achieved yet, look at what you have. It's truly uplifting. Whether that's keeping a job you love and being bloody good at it, being a top mate, saving up for a deposit, taking on a new degree- or what have you, give yourself a big ol' pat on the back. You deserve it. Now for some achievable resolutions...

    So, here I have, my year- in a list!

  • I braved my fear of public speaking, and spoke at Selfridges about blogging- and didn't need to run out and shed a tiny tear!
  • Travelled to Asia for the first time, rode a Tuk Tuk, a longboat and ate more new food in 4 days than I have in my life.
  • After 4 years, I redid my blog layout, which gave me a new love of blogging and this little space of the internet.
  • Met Taylor Swift. Yup. I can't believe it either. So tall. So perfect.
  • Visited New York again and realised it's probably essential I now visit every single year. Completely essential.
  • I started learning to drive. It's undeniably taken a while, but I'm persevering, and that's definitely half the battle. Next year I MAY pass!
  • I went on a surprise holiday to Ibiza to surprise my dad, succeeded and it was amazing.
  • For the first time in forever I put in for a competition, and entered Stylist's Fiesta Stylista competition and made it to the final, and couldn't have been more blood chuffed!
  • Saw Joe graduate and my brother get an apprenticeship and felt so proud of them both I could pop
  • Went to see two musicals, and cemented my love of singing inappropriately in public.
  • I don't know about you but I turned 22! And celebrated with some of my favourite human beans.
  • Shot an advertorial for Cosmopolitan with Claire's, New Look for Now! and featured in Glamour Magazine with Nana P too- VERY surreal!
  • Took my mum and nan to Paris for the first time, and played city guide.
  • After reading the magazine for nearly 10 years, I got to go to the NME Awards and felt so over the moon to be there. I also fell in love with Brett Anderson.
  • Kept in touch, and continued to hang out and laugh with some of my oldest school friends, and realised it's not the quantity of pals you have, but the quality. Also to continue to make an effort with the people that truly matter- they are always worth the effort.
  • Maggie turned one! We celebrated with more treats than necessary and plenty of cuddles.
  • Saw Fleetwood Mac, wished I was Stevie Nicks and cried many a tear- ILY FM.


  • Let me know if you do an Anti-Bucket list, I'd love to see!

    x

    32 comments:

    1. Love this post ! You have had an amazing year by the look of things and it is so nice to read and see all you're amazing photos ( hats off to Joe ! ) I loved reading your puppy post as we just got a puppy back in novegebr and it really does turn your whole world upside down. Thank you for taking us on your journey and excited to see what 2016 brings you xx

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    2. Love this post ! You have had an amazing year!

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    3. loved this post! Your year sounds pretty fantastic but i think the thing i'm most jealous about is seeing fleetwood mac! such a dream!! I might do one of these posts - it seems like a fun idea :)

      Lee - leethrifts.blogspot.com

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    4. sounds like such an amazing year for you <3 well done, lovely post x

      www.monochromeroses.blogspot.co.uk

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    5. That's awesome you did so much in the year. Everything sounds so fun and I need to see what should do on mine.

      Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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    6. I love this idea, you've been so successful this year! Go Liv x
      www.chapitretrois.blogspot.co.uk

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    7. I can't believe you met Taylor Swift, I'm actually lost for words. It sounds like you've had a pretty amazing year!

      Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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    8. I absolutely loved reading this! Sounds like you had a great 2015, so pleased that you did :) be sure to travel more parts of Asia next year!

      www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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    9. Such a great post, really loved it

      moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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    10. Seems like you had such an incredible year! Hope you have an amazing 2016!
      http://www.silkypearl.com/

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    11. It sounds like you had an amazing year, Olivia! I hope that 2016 is just as amazing for you. Happy New Year!

      -Helen
      Sweet Helen Grace

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    12. I love this! I think this is the article by Lauren Laverne? https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/lauren-s-blog/2015/33/lauren-laverne-the-tyranny-of-the-timeline

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    13. Couldn't help but have a go myself, what a wonderful idea!

      https://raegulanne.wordpress.com

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    14. I absolutely love this idea! It's definitely okay to blow your own trumpet <3 I'm definitely going to do something similar!

      hellomissjordan.com xx

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    15. Love this post, It has inspired me so much that I did indeed follow your advice to write my own!

      www.thebasicbrunette.com

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    16. This is such a good idea - as someone who's constantly making plans for the future and never really giving herself any props for what she's achieved, I think an Anti Bucket List might be a good alternative for me! Well done on all the things you've achieved this year :)

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    17. What a great idea to celebrate all your accomplishments for the year, even the little ones!

      Dana || fashion-dew.blogspot.com

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    18. this is such a great idea to do!! Loved it
      Have an amazing day and happy holidays,
      Madalena

      www.maadalenaaa.blogspot.com

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    19. Your year sounds fab, this post is such a nice idea!
      jodiemelissa.com

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    20. So glad we were a part of your year and that I got to meet you!

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    21. I loved this post! I actually made a bucket/new years/life resolution list and just recently checked it to see how many things I've ticked off. You don't realise how great you're doing untill you sit down and get "physical" proof. I am proud of you Liv and of myself and of all of us who made the most out of this year and the years before (and the ones to come). Happy new year! lots of love, Romy

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    22. I love this idea. We spend so much time looking forward to the next thing that it's nice to spend time enjoying what we have accomplished. Happy 2016!

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    23. I love this idea! What a great way to reflect on the year and not feel pressurised by a list! LOVE!

      Megan xo
      Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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    24. Love this post brimming with positivity! It certainly looked like you had a fab year from the outside :) I'm glad you thought so too!

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    25. This is such a cute idea! I think people can get really carried away with planning for 2016 without realizing how great 2015 has been! These highlights are lovely :)
      lucy xoxo
      http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    26. Such a nice reflection post! You had quiet the year! I hope my 2016 is half as great as your 2015 was for you x
      Minae ♥ MinaekeiLatest Blog Post!

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    27. I've loved reading all the anti-bucket lists going around this year! It's great to see people - especially women - celebrating their achievements rather than just racking up loads more things they feel like they must or should do! Looks like you've had one heck of an awesome year!

      You guys have inspired me to write one of my own and I loved taking a trip down 2015 memory lane! It's been a mad one for me - in the throes of a late-twenties crisis I moved from London to China and it's been quite the game changer :) xx

      www.kirstenmunro.wordpress.com

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    28. I read the article by Lauren Laverne as well and thought this was such a great idea! I think I will definitely do something like this as well rather than make new promises that I know I'll break by the 2nd of January! :D

      I loved your list as well, this was such a nice and positive post! I still can't believe you met Taylor - that is so amazing!

      Laura // Middle of Adventure

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    29. Nice blog i like it.
      http://multistylez.com

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    30. Olivia, you're such an inspiration and it was so nice to read your bucket list! I put together my own anti-bucket list of a few awesome things I've done and it would be awesome if you took a look.
      Have a fabulous new year!

      My blog: BOWTIE DIARY

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    31. After wanting to read other New Year's resolutions, I found your blog and it was so nice to read your 'Anti-Bucket List' that I created my own! We are too focused on wanting to achieve new goals in the new year that we forget what we have accomplished in the previous. Hope you have a brilliant new year! Ps.cannot believe you met Taylor Swift xx

      beckylaurenm.blogspot.com

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