Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

I can't quite believe that tomorrow marks the start of another year. 2014 has been a bumpy, yet incredible, ride, so I thought I would round up a few of my highlights;

Getting engaged in December 2013 meant that wedding planning could begin! Although nothing has been booked and no definite plans have been made, I have thoroughly enjoyed scouring Instagram and Pinterest for creative and unusual ideas.

In May 2014, Paul and I bought our first house! It was a challenging, yet exciting couple of months and it marked a another big milestone in our relationship.

In June 2014, I completed my Level 2 Beauty Therapy NVQ. It was a roller coaster of a journey completing it alongside a full time job, but I learnt so much and I am very excited about attending additional courses in 2015.

In July 2014, Paul, my Mum and I headed out to Croatia and Montenegro. After the upset of 2013, it was just what we needed, and I felt during this time, Paul had really become a part of the Balfour family. We also headed to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games which was a tiring yet amazing experience.

In August 2014, my Brother graduated Lancaster University with a First Class Honours Degree in Linguistics. He is currently studying a Masters and is in the process of applying for a PhD in Historical Linguistics - very proud Sister!

In September 2014, I attended one of my best friends RAF Graduation. It was an overwhelming and surreal experience filled with lots of laughter and tears.

In December 2014, I finally started to feel like our new house had become a home. No longer did it have an unusual, unrecognisable smell, but oozed a welcoming, homely atmosphere. It is a place that I am truly happy to be in, and so proud of what we have achieved. Christmas 2014 marked the second year without my Dad. Even though I had a great time with family & friends, he was never far from my mind. Time really is a great healer, but it is something that I will never forget.

Thank you to everyone for all your love and support over the past year. Looking forward to the exciting progress of Beauty Toolkit in 2015 - see you on the other side!


  1. This was such a lovely post to read. It's so refreshing to read about how lovely your year has been and how you can look back upon upsetting events with such a lovely perspective! I hope you have an amazing 2015! You've inspired me to do a similar post now actually, thank you! xx

  2. Stunning pictures! Sounds like you have a great 2014 & I hope you have an even better 2015! x

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