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Monday, 31 December 2012

A look back at 2012

Here we are, the last day of the year. Really? I cannot really believe it! And what a year it has been! 

In July, I watched Basketball, Badminton, Diving and Athletics at the London 2012 Olympics. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Olympic park and soaking up the great spirit that was abound in Britain at the time.

 In August, my Mum and I spent a fantastic 4 days in New York, seeing the sights and going shopping. Going to New York has been a dream of mine for ages, and I did not expect it to happen in 2012 but I am so pleased it lived up to all my expectations. 

In September, we visited The Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London - The Making of Harry Potter - This was EPIC and encouraged me to reread all of the books (which I finished at 1am yesterday morning!)

In November, I turned 21 and my parents took my to Hartlepool and Durham for a relaxing weekend on the coast and visiting Durham Cathedral where some of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was filmed.

And finally, in December I found out that I had received a place at Warwick University to complete my PGCE - starting September 2013,

I have knitted, sewn, cooked and crafted more this year than possibly any year in my life!

On the first of January 2012, I set myself 6 goals and I am delighted to say that I have done pretty well!

1. Learn to crochet and crochet some Christmas Decorations for next year

Ok, So this was probably my weakest progress. I can crochet, as in I can do the stitches I just cannot start anything off - I don't know why but I just couldn't get my head round it! So, when December rolled round and I still didn't have a decoration, I had to improvise slightly! I crocheted a rectangle and then sewed into a snowman shape and sewed on features to complete it...It looks OK but I know that I didn't do it exactly properly! Crochet isn't something I really took to so I will be concentrating on challenging myself in my knitting instead.

2. Run 6 miles (my furthest at the moment is 3.94)

YES! Success here! I completed this aim in June! I am really pleased, although my running tapered off slightly in the second half of the year - getting up at 6am and not leaving the library until 5pm, I have struggled to fit in runs! Here's hoping Uni work calms down a bit this term!

3. Read 25 books

I adjusted this aim to 50 books and am DELIGHTED to say that I have just finished book number 51! That is nearly a book a week! I am officially back in love with books and would much rather curl up with a book than flick around on the TV. I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last night....I turned my light off at 11pm with 20% of the book left to read but couldn't sleep, so I turned it back on and read until I had finished at 1am! It was such a great feeling - I love it when you cannot put a book down and have to keep reading it! I have read so many different types of books this year and have a nice stash on my Kindle to keep me going for the start of 2013

4. Cook a new recipe every week (52 in the year) including at least 25 from different countries (we had a delicious Chinese meal to celebrate New Years Eve and I'm feeling inspired!)

Yes! I also managed to succeed here which is great! I will be updating my recipe page over the next few weeks so you can see all the recipes I made! Here is one of my favourites...


5. Continue to develop this blog - more posts, series and ideas!

This my 209th post of the year! I have posted several recipes, projects and bits of my life with you all and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I love blogging, I think without it, I would slip out of sewing and cooking and challenging myself creatively and there are things that I absolutely love doing so I am really glad to have this motivator here!

I launched three series over the year...

Wrote my first guest post over at Craftbotic

And branched out to Facebook and Twitter!

But more than all those I have actually made some great friends through blogging and hope that those friendships will continue!

Wow, when you put it all down like that, I have had a very busy year! I can hope that 2013 is as good!

I will be posting my aims for 2013 tomorrow!

Hope you all have a great night, make the most of your last day in 2012!

Love Rebecca

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  1. I am so jealous of your trip to the making of Harry Potter! they are such amazing books, and no matter when I read them again they are just as good as the first time around! I hope your new year starts off with a bang! (ya know, in a good way!!) ;)

    <3 B

    1. I completely agree! I am thrilled about how much I enjoyed reading them all over the last 6 weeks! Epic! Thanks! I hope you new year is fabulous too!

  2. Looks like a great year, especially jealous you got to go to the Olympics -how epic!

    Hope you have fun in 2013 completing your resolutions. I'm trying to train to run more too, which is exhausting but exhilarating haha

  3. Hi! I'm a new follower from the blog hop. Love your blog! Happy New Year!!!

    Amy R.

  4. Thanks Rebecca for visiting me and for your sweet words. Looks like you had an amazing year! Wishing you a very Happy New Year filled with health and happiness!


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