A review of 2015 – my life

22nd December 2015

A review of 2015 - my life

A review of my life in 2015.

2015 was something special. I will never forget this year for as long as I live. When I wrote the post “A review of 2014 – my life” in early January I started by saying:

I’m ready for a productive and (hopefully) successful year. Bring it on!

…and I really do feel like I had many successful moments in 2015. It’s not all been plain sailing, and I’ve had to overcome a lot of obstacles, but the good definitely outweighs the bad.

Let’s take a look back at 2015:

  • I turned 21. I was pretty low on the day of my birthday but Tyrone took me out for a lovely meal which was the highlight of the day, then my parents came over on the Friday and we celebrated all over again with cake and champagne at 11am and a meal in the evening.
  • Ty and I went to see Phoenix Nights Live, which was incredibly funny.
  • We also went to see Top Gear Live. It’s good job we went really given what happened to the show shortly afterwards.
  • I had my first steroid injection, which didn’t really make any difference to my pain levels. BUT…
  • …I had my second steroid injection and it changed my life completely. Perhaps a little dramatic to say that but it’s true. Finally I could leave the house without being agony.
  • I went on my cousin’s hen party in Chester and I did a lot of dancing – proof that the steroids were working.
  • We went to see Jeremy Kyle being filmed and had a lovely stay in Manchester thanks to Miss Pond’s giveaway.
  • I went to New York with my parents to further celebrate my 21st birthday. It was my first time in America and loved it even though I had a cold. One of the greatest experiences of my life.
  • I finished university and questioned where the last three years of my life had gone.
  • I eyed up a cruise holiday for a couple of weeks until it came down to a ridiculously cheap price and then I booked it.
  • Ty and I had the most incredible week sailing around the Med and my happiness levels were through the roof.
  • I found out that I would be graduating with a 1st class degree. You can’t get better than that!
  • I made my first responsive WordPress theme.
  • I graduated and it was one of the most incredible days of my life.
  • Andy Summers answered my question on Reddit.
  • After three months of unemployment and having applied for 93 jobs I was finally offered a job. And not just any old job, but a position as a junior web developer.
  • I was a bridesmaid at my cousin’s wedding which was a wonderful day full of fun and happiness.
  • I started my job as a web developer which I love. I feel so lucky to have been given this opportunity.
  • I went to see Hairspray at the theatre for a second time with Becky.
  • Tyrone and I went over to Birmingham to see a specialist for my legal case. I had some tough news but I enjoyed the day out with Ty.

…and, we still have Christmas and New Year to go before 2016 rolls around.

I’m working on some goals for 2016, and I’ll be sharing them next week along with a recap of my 2015 goals.

Overall I just hope that 2016 can be as interesting, and as fun, and as successful as 2015 was.

What was your highlight of 2015?

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  1. Nancy

    Turning 21! New job! Bridesmaid (can you believe I’ve never been one?)! Wow, that’s a long list of accomplisments though, it sounds like you had a fantastic year – here are my wishes for another fantastic year in 2016!

    Can I just be jealous of you, getting to go on a cruise? ^_^

    • Holly

      Thank you!

      I really want to go on another cruise in 2016 but I guess I’ll have to wait and see what I can get cheap in the summer!

  2. Wow, you had a very successful year. I’ve read all your posts at that time, but seeing a list like this makes it even more exciting. I’ve made a similar list with my year, it’s scheduled after Christmas and I know how amazing it is so write everything down and see how many things happened.
    I hope your 2016 will be even better. xx

  3. What a wonderful year Holly! Graduating must’ve been awesome, feels like forever since mine now! Again. congrats on the job, it’s well deserved and I really hope you’re enjoying it πŸ™‚ Here’s to 2016 x

    • Holly

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ Will you get another graduation ceremony when you complete your PhD? I considered doing a masters just so I could graduate again because I loved the day so much!

  4. Seems like a great year πŸ˜€

  5. Cat

    Looks like you’ve had an eventful year filled with wonderful memories! Congrats on graduating and getting a job this year! That’s also nice that you had your New York and cruise vacation this year πŸ™‚ I hope 2016 will be amazing too!

  6. Shaw

    Congratulations on the graduation and the job! It sounds like you had a great year, with all the celebrations and achievements. Hope next year will be awesome as well.