Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013... The Highs and the Low's ...

Its hard to believe that another year is over, and that 2014 is creeping up on us, slowly but surely... 2013 for me was definitely a mixed bag of emotions and what nots, and I think its nice to take time and look back on it and reflect before another year comes charging at me head on..


  • At Easter last year, myself and my mother bit the bullet and joined Weight Watchers. I had put on near a stone, and at 5''1, and over 10 stone, I was very unhappy in myself. Sure people kept telling me it didn't matter, and maybe to them it didn't because to them I was still the same, but it mattered to me, because I felt so crap in myself because I felt heavy and sluggish, and a lot of my clothes didn't fit anymore. :( So when I did bite the bullet I was delighted, because I had a goal to aim for, and I was determined to do it. And by God I did it! I lost over a stone and a half, and went from 10''1 to 8''5 and I feel like a completely different person. To go from wearing size 12 to size 8 is such an unbelieveable feeling for me because never in my life have I been a size 8, until now! It just shows that goals are achievable if you do set your mind to it and are determined to do it!
  • 2013 was the year that I discovered beauty blogs and beauty channels on YouTube. I don't know why but before this year they seemed to slip by me somehow! After a lot of thinking and consideration, I set up this blog and I'm very glad I did, I've got some amazing feedback off friends and family, and although in recent weeks I've lost my blogging mojo, I am determined to work very hard on this blog in 2014 and make it something I will be very proud of. 
  • This is a bit of a soppy one, but I really learned the true value of friends and family in 2013. I think it is often something we take for granted, but throughout this year I have developed a bond with my cousins that I didn't think was possible. I'm not saying that we were never close but 2013 brought us all closer together, and hopefully that will last for many more years to come. 

  • Lows:
Without a doubt, the biggest low of 2013 was losing my beloved grandfather. He lived just around the corner from me, and so for that reason I saw him pretty much every day. I know to some people this is odd, but not seeing my grandparents to me and my brother was odd. It was just our families way. Unfortunately back in August he took ill very suddenly, and never recovered, and passed away peacefully on Ladies Day of the Galway Races. It was heartbreaking for all the family because he was the life and soul of the party. Words can't explain how much a part of our life he was and how much he will be missed, but I have no doubt that he is in a better place with the rest of the loved ones that we've lost. 

How was 2013 for you all?

Thanks for reading,
Alisha xxx

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