15 things that made 2015 pretty ace

12088199_10153147422696700_2747029342149645034_n I feel a little bit sad that 2015 is nearly over. It's been, without a doubt, my favourite year to date.

Sure, not everything has been 100% perfect and there have been down moments too. But the loveliness definitely outweighted those this year. Here are 15 things that made 2o15 pretty ace...

1) We got engaged

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If you've been reading this blog for any length of time then you might already know that we got engaged in New York back in September. It was by far the most exciting thing to happen to me this year and I love how it made it feel even more like Sam and I are our own little team. Plus, it gave me an excuse to buy new wedding planning stationery which is always great.

2) I got good at my job

I'm 4 years into my career now, and I feel like this is the year that I finally felt confident that I'm really good at my job. It's a hard thing to write because we're all encouraged to not think too much of ourselves and worry about coming across as arrogant, but I feel really proud of the work I have done this year and I feel like I'm holding my own with some people I really admire, which is a great feeling.

3) We saw the Northern Lights

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This has been on my bucketlist for well, forever, and finally getting to see the Northern Lights with my favourite person in Iceland was a definite highlight of this year. There was something about seeing such a spectacular display of nature that makes you feel like an incredibly tiny part of this universe, and it definitely helped put all of our stresses into perspective.

4) We had an offer accepted on a house

This has actually happened twice this year, but our first attempt at house buying didn't run too smoothly and we ended up having to pull out due to issues with the property. However, we are now in the process of trying to buy a charming little Yorkshire terrace and I am keeping everything crossed that this is the one for us!

5) I carried on blogging

I started this blog in December last year, and to be honest, I thought I would be a little bit over it by March. But here I am, over a year and a lot of posts later still absolutely loving it. This year has brought me some lovely blogging friends (both IRL and online) and some opportunities that I could only have dreamed of, and it's for that reason that I'll DEFINITELY be blogging my way through 2016.

6) I joined The High Tea Cast editorial team

I have read and admired The High Tea Cast for such a long time, so when the lovely Sam and Lea emailed me earlier on this year to ask if I wanted to join their editorial team I was pretty bloody chuffed. I'm so proud to be part of a team of not only fantastic writers and content creators, but also just generally kickass people who get ace things done.

7) I spent a lot of time with my favourite people

I feel like this year I've really committed to making time to hang out with my fave people and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I've had so much fun with some of my nearest and dearest this year, from holidays to date nights to parties to weekend visits, and it has definitely made 2015 a year that is filled with memories and bloody good laughs.

8) I reached peak holiday

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This year I was lucky enough to go on 5 different holidays to 6 different countries, which is by far the most travelling I have ever done in one year. I've been to some pretty ace places, discovering new faves and falling back in love with some others. I've also managed to cram in quite a few UK weekend breaks too, which has been ace. I've learnt this year that travel and visiting new places really does contribute to my general happiness and wellbeing, so I'm determined to keep making time (and money!) for it in 2016.

9) I read lots of books

At the beginning of the year I set myself a target of reading 25 books this year, which doesn't sound a lot to some of you bookworms, but was pretty stretching compared to how much I had been reading in previous years. I fell completely back in love with reading and totally smashed this target, reading almost double that number of books, and proved to myself that I can always make time for something I love.

10) I got crafty

Earlier on this year I attended an evening course to learn how to make jewellery and also taught myself how to knit. I have been practising both of these crafts throughout the year and have loved it - I find it quite therapeutic to switch off from the world and concentrate on making stuff. I feel like 2016 will be the year of DIY and up-cycling, but I definitely want to keep getting better at knitting and making jewellery.

11) I got blonder

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I've pretty much been brunette for my entire life. I've always had a bit of a phobia of going blonder, and always thought I'd look stupid as my hair is so naturally dark, but my lovely cousin worked his magic this year and as a result I have never loved my hair more! I'll definitely be staying on the fairer end of the spectrum for the forseeable future!

12) I finally got to the bottom of my health problems

I've written here before about suffering with IBS and my symptoms gettin worse and around a month ago, after no joy with my GP, I decided to go and visit a nutritionist. Yesterday I got the results back from lots of tests that she ran and it was good to be able to see exactly what has been causing me to feel so ill and also how I can go about getting better. It's going to be a tough old slog in the new year to correct some of the strange things that have been happening in my body, but I'm so relieved to finally know what the issue is.

13) We've made loads of exciting plans for 2016

A big exciting part of the last few months has been making exciting plans for next year. I'm going to put all of these in another post, but organising and booking and getting things in the diary for the beginning of the new year is making me hopeful that 2016 will be just as good, if not even better, than 2015 has been.

14) I got better at cooking

I've always been quite confident in the kitchen, but this year I really ramped it up a notch, experimenting with more new recipes and cooking things I would have been too nervous to try before. I want to continue this in the new year - I will have to undertake quite a serious diet overhaul to help with number 12, so getting better at putting dishes together will definitely make it easier.

15) I paid more attention to what makes me happy

I couldn't end this post without a little nod to my weekly favourites posts. I have written one of these every single week this year and they have made me realise how bloody lucky I am and have made me infinitely grateful for all the good stuff I have going on in my life. I have absolutely no doubt that they have played a huge role in me being more happy and content this year than I ever have been before, and for that reason, they will definitely be sticking around in 2016.