Now I have finally beaten the New Year hangover (champagne, prosecco, port, gin, flavoured vodka, vodka on the rocks and god knows what else = goodbye world), it seems only fitting to look back on the past year.  It’s been a mad one, to put it lightly; probably the most eventful yet.

I can’t quite believe how much has changed… how much I have changed.  Throughout the past 12 months it feels like I have moulded into about 20 different people; some good, some bad, some really really ugly.

But I know, no matter how shitty it was at certain points, I wouldn’t change any of it.  Because sometimes you have to experience the crappy parts to come out on the other side a happier, stronger person.  I know that was definitely the case for me.

So, good and bad, these were the standout moments for me.

I lived in 5 different homes.

This only sunk in a few days ago – 5!  That’s ridiculous.  And they were all so, so different… 2 with my ex, 1 with a group of amazing girls, back home for a bit and finally in Italy.  Oh, and I’ve got another flat lined up for a few days time.  It’s safe to say I’m looking forward to a bit more stability in 2015.

I became single again.

A hideous, shitty, depressing time that eventually pushed me towards the best decision of my life.  This was probably the most defining moment of 2014 for me.  Whilst initially forcing me into a darker time, it quickly changed my life for the better.  And I’m happy to say that now I can look back on our time together with only fond memories.  You know, life goes on doesn’t it?  You just have to turn it into something positive.

Read more here.

My sister married the love of her life and became pregnant… with twins!

Best day of my life… seeing my beautiful, kind, loving sister marry this incredible man (knowing there was a mini bubba secretly enjoying the day too!) is something I will never forget.  And I cannot put into words how much love I have for these little monkeys already – I can’t wait to welcome them into the world and be the coolest Auntie EVUH.

Read more here.

I decided I wanted to move abroad.

It was this weird, lightbulb moment.  But I just knew it was something I had to do.  I toyed with the idea of Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand… and then the babbas came into the picture and I realised I couldn’t be that far.  So I settled on Italy.  And as soon as I did, it just felt so so right.  Within weeks the wheels were already in motion and I had an exciting job waiting for me in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Read more here.

I left Cardiff for the final time.

I had the best four years of my life in Cardiff.  I met the most inspiring people, studied at a great University and worked with an amazing company.  I will always see this little Welsh city as home and it will always hold such an important place in my heart.  I cried like a bladdy baby when I left… much to the amusement of my Nanny and Grandad.

Read more here.

I started to write again.

This will seem like a small event to most people, but to me it has been pretty wonderful.  Since moving to Florence I’m suddenly finding myself so inspired; and it’s adding so much happiness to my life.  Poetry, fiction… this blog!  I’ve still got a long way to go and I’m certainly a bit rusty, but I love the idea of exploring it all even further in 2015.

… I moved to Florence!

The big one that I’m sure y’all are tired of hearing about.  But, what can I say, it’s the biggest thing I have ever done.  Packing up and emigrating to a country I have never even been to… yeah, I’m a tad proud of that.  I’m already itching to get back and throw myself back into my life and work there.  And, despite putting on at least a stone in the short time I’ve been there, I’ve never felt so good about myself.  That’s a winner in itself, really.

Read more here.

There are so many other things I could mention… small and big things that have totally changed my direction in life.  People I have grown close to, place I’ve been, things I’ve experienced.  It’s just mental.

What about my goals for 2015?  I’ve got a list as long as my arm of resolutions (at least that way surely one of them will come true?!) – become fluent in Italian, get work published in Florence, start running again ready for the Florence half, get into yoga, achieve world domination in the parenting and baby world… but actually, all I really want is just to stay happy and positive.  I want to enjoy every single moment.

Bring it, 2015.


BB x


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