So 2013 is officially over! The ‘POW!’ on my new mug is pretty reflective of how it feels having another year over. It’s a slightly scary thought as this year seems to have zoomed by for me, but when I look back to the beginning of 2013, a few things have certainly changed.
The biggest difference now is that I have a new and much more suitable job which I really enjoy. In May 2013 I was still working somewhere that I wasn’t enjoying, or getting anything from.
I had been in that role for a year and a half, and in the beginning the progression was huge, and the change in myself was too – at first I was much more confident, working a position with a lot of responsibility and tasks, but towards the end the role very much changed, and it wasn’t right for me at all.
I began to realise very quickly that the job was no longer developing my skills, and was very much at a standstill.
It was time to be brave and start exploring new options. Looking for a new job is for me always exciting and terrifying in equal measure – especially when you are at the point where you are truly ready to move on.
Luckily, it didn’t take too long to find my new job – it was in fact at a company I had applied to work at 2 years earlier, so when I got the position, it was a true testament to the fact that my last role had helped along the way. At the beginning of 2013, my confidence was somewhat knocked, but I had managed to build it back up and use it to my advantage in the end.
Aside from the career change, another big difference in 2013 was the creation of this blog. I’ve been blogging for a few years now, but never felt comfortable with the restrictions I put on myself when it came to the topics I covered – on previous blogs I ran such as ‘Cat’s Got Culture’ (the title seemed cool at the time), I stuck quite firmly to film reviews, TV features and things like that.
Then I was alerted to the rise of the lifestyle bloggers and so thought, why not give it a go? Share a bit more of me on my blog. I started out with a blogspot domain, but then started over again with my own! So, in July of 2013 (coincidently tying into around the time I started my new job), I posted my first blog entry about why you should read The Walking Dead comics. Admittedly, my earlier posts were still a bit pop culture led, but now I’d say that’s definitely changed!
Other than these 2 changes, 2013 also marked the time that me and Liam decided we want to move on from Portsmouth, a place we have dwelled in since 2008 when we both started University. Although we are still here in our crummy 2 bed flat, we have been looking at our options for places to move to, and we have ambitions to be well and truly outta here by this time next year.
So, 2014 – what do I hope from you?
- That we find a nice house to rent in a quiet area. We’re looking at Southbourne and Emsworth right now, so it would be really great if you could use your magic to find us a nice 3 bed place near a train station!
- It’s a typical resolution, but I would quite like to get into better shape, and stop relying on bad food. I’d like to start eating much better, and to do more exercise. I’ve ordered the workout trousers, and will just have to use my knackered trainers until I can afford some fancy running ones!
- I hope to teach myself some more about photography – I recently bought the Nikon D3200 DSLR camera, and I want to learn how to use the manual functions and take lovely photos. I’ve bought a book to help out, so by the end of 2014 I’d love to be able to say I’ve learnt most, if not all of what it takes to operate it to its advantages.
- I want to be able to continue developing this little blog – I’m not in it for the page views, or to get as many PR opportunities as possible, but I would like to continue shaping the content here and building the engagement that I’ve seen increase lately in the comments (thanks to the lovely people who do find the time to share their thoughts here!).
- I’d like to stop being hard on myself when something goes wrong or doesn’t quite go according to plan – I worry about too much, and should focus on the fact that I am doing my best, and that mistakes happen. I’d like to continue to push myself into doing things that are new to me, as I may just enjoy it!