2014: All the little things

Oh hey! Don’t worry, this is not a ‘New Year, New Me’ blog post. Yes, we’re reaching the end of another year and yet again, my Facebook news feed is full of reflective photos, quotes and status updates about how people want to change next year. Whether it’s bad habits, escaping negativity, considering a healthier lifestyle, moving on from bad relationships, whatever.

Well I’m not going to whinge about what I want to change in 2015. I guess this post is a celebration of all the little things I discovered this year. The things that you may think have no value, but they made me feel something. Whether comfort, joy, boredom or even anger. These are discoveries that I’ve grown to love and hate in 2014.

GOOD LITTLE THINGS

  • Game of Thrones – I rarely watch TV, but heard this was right up my street. I became addicted to the point where I wasn’t sleeping until 4am!
  • Sewing – I started classes in September, totally out of my comfort zone at first but resulted in me buying my own machine and now learning from books/YouTube.
  • Brighton – Best break I’ve had all year. Loved everything except my horribly tanned feet.
  • Dogs – Aside from cats (who I’ve loved since birth!) I’ve developed a love for dogs this year, especially pugs and beagles. And terriers, and chow chows. And huskies.
  • Bollinger champagne – I have expensive taste, I know. I actually crave this stuff after sampling a few glasses this year.
  • John Legend – OK, this isn’t really a discovery as I’ve adored him for 10 years. After seeing him live for the first time this year, I discovered that he is one of the most talented live acts, ever.
  • Dynamo – My latest obsession. He makes me believe in magic, like no other. I have a major crush on him right now.
  • The ‘mute’ function on Twitter – The most diplomatic ‘bullshit filter’ the world has ever seen.

NOT-SO-GOOD LITTLE THINGS

  • Criticism of my work – I need to learn how to deal with this as I don’t take it very well.
  • Tinder – No. Just no.
  • Noodles – I love eating them but they severely mess up my digestive system for weeks.
  • Beyoncé  – Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj. All fall in the same category now (trash). Awful lyrics, overtly sexual performances and average songs. No need.
  • Chain restaurants – Forget Nando’s, Pizza Express, Starbucks. Why pay a stupid amount for shit service and bland food that’s more English than fish and chips? I much prefer to support an independent restaurant/café instead.
  • Small talk – I seem to be getting more awkward at this with age. I don’t see the point, and no-one cares.
  • People that get married and suddenly, all their social media updates are about their love. I was happy for you until you started filling up my news feed with photos of every date night, constant status updates declaring your love, and videos of ‘songs dedicated to each other.’ Keep it between yourselves, the world doesn’t care.
  • The radio – A lot of my favourite songs have died a slow and painful death from being overplayed. I refuse to listen to the radio in fear of hating music altogether.

So there you have it. These are all the little things that influenced my thoughts and actions in 2014. As small and pathetic as they may seem, they affected me in some way or another.

My tip for 2015 would be: Don’t focus on how you need to change next year, what needs to change will happen naturally. Embrace your quirks; celebrate the fact that you’re different. Carry on doing what you enjoy and you’ll naturally disengage from the things you don’t. It’s not about ‘starting again,’ it’s about getting to know yourself each day. The little things are just as important as the big.

Happy New Year, one and all x

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