Goodbye 2014.

I’m not sure how comfortable I am with the fact that tomorrow my Calendar will read 2015. Part of me is fully prepared to be saying 2014 until at least March. I really enjoyed writing up a yearly round up this time last year, so I thought I’d stick with it again! The year before last I failed at my goal to maker healthier choices and yet again this year I didn’t do so well, I also set myself a target this year to not cram in so much and feel totally overwhelmed – yet another well laid plan that went totally awry…


Travel
Despite having the best intentions for 2014, I was barely allowed out of the office. However I did successfully plant my feet on parisian soil for the third year running – there’s just something about that city. Last year I wrote about how my goal was to go back to Paris and do the touristy thing in 2014 and I’m really happy that we reached this one goal in particular. New York almost happened this year too, so in 2015 I’d like it to actually happen!

Personal
This past year has been the most stressful between juggling a full time job and running Hello October as a business (you can post full time and work full time but everything that goes along with running a business and working with brands is a completely different story!) and there’s no doubt the two took over my life this year. In November I left my job to work full time on Hello October for the foreseeable future. Lots of people commented that it wasn’t a good “career move” for me, but it’s not really about that. Making sure I am mentally and physically healthy (and happy – that too) is the most important thing and my previous job role just wasn’t conducive for a healthy happy lifestyle.

On a much brighter note, this summer Josh and I picked up our little fuzzy pomchi, Nala. She really does mean everything to us and I just can’t believe how obsessed I am with her, she’s such a babe and I love working at home with her at my side (or on my arm – as is currently the case). We also moved into a new flat which is 95% what dreams are made of (if only I could re-carpet the living room), it’s not riddled with damp and so far I have not lost a single item of clothing to poor living conditions. SCOREEE! Despite this I continute to shop like a mad woman. I’m fast running out of room for my clothes – Josh may have to move out πŸ˜‰

Blog/Youtube
I don’t even know where to start here. This is the part that I am definitely so proud and amazed by on a daily basis. Hello October appeared in another two publications this year, but that’s not even the best bit. This time last year I was just about to hit 50,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel and just this weekend I hit 185,000. My average increase per month blows my mind (especially when you equate it into the number of people that Wembley Arena can hold) and I’m officially working in numbers that my brain can’t really compute (maths is not my forte). On top of that the love from you all is so crazy and I’ve loved being able to meet a few of you throughout the year.

Things I’ve Learnt
This year flipped the coin on my perspective on work ethic and how you value yourself. A year ago I didn’t have the confidence to voice that I wasn’t being valued in the work place. I also didn’t understand how much what I was doing was actually worth. There is an odd working culture at the current time where employers feel that they can take advantage of already underpaid industries and run staff up the walls for half of what they’re worth. A few months ago I decided that this lifestyle was not for me. This year really taught me that from now on my happiness and health comes first, and all the while I have the freedom to take control of that I will.

2014, you were a small tornado. Thank you to all of you for coming along for the slightly bumpy ride. Have a wonderful New Year and I will see you on the flip side.

42 Comments

  1. 31 Dec 2014 / 8:32 am

    Thank YOU for taking us for that ride with you! πŸ™‚

  2. 31 Dec 2014 / 9:02 am

    So excited to see more content and how your blog/channel grows in 2015! Congrats on your successes and best of luck to you this upcoming year.

  3. 31 Dec 2014 / 9:43 am

    I think it's brilliant you left your job for full-time blogging – it really helps shape who you are and your passions, and the creative control you get is amazing πŸ™‚

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  4. 31 Dec 2014 / 10:15 am

    I've enjoyed following both your youtube&blog this year. Hope you have a happy new year!

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  5. 31 Dec 2014 / 10:21 am

    Thank you for all the blog posts and videos you upload, I can't imagine how much time that must take. I truly appreciate it πŸ™‚
    I hope 2015 will be even more amazing
    CΓ©line xx

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  6. 31 Dec 2014 / 10:42 am

    Lovely post! So nice to see what you've been up to this whole year. Have a nice New Years Eve! xx

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  7. 31 Dec 2014 / 10:45 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post and I really appreciate the time you've dedicated to this space. I'm so happy that you've managed to achieve all you've achieved and I can not wait to see where 2015 takes Hello October!

    The best of luck for the New Year & I hope you have a wonderful NYE!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

  8. 31 Dec 2014 / 10:47 am

    I wish you a happy new year πŸ™‚

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  9. 31 Dec 2014 / 11:04 am

    I love these kinds of posts. It's so interesting to see how you viewed the year, compared to how your readers perceive your year! Happy New Year Suzie.

    Nik x
    NIKJAMESS | Fashion & Lifestyle

  10. 31 Dec 2014 / 11:40 am

    You're so inspiring, all the best for 2015! πŸ™‚

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  11. 31 Dec 2014 / 12:13 pm

    What a lovely post! All the best for 2015 x
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  12. 31 Dec 2014 / 2:59 pm

    I love your last paragraph- happiness and health should always come first! If more people took a stand for this, it would change employment everywhere. Happy NYE to you!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  13. 31 Dec 2014 / 3:54 pm

    Congrats on a succesful blogging and youtubing year, I think that leaving your job to pursue blogging makes perfect sense if it makes you happy and less stressed

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  14. 31 Dec 2014 / 4:09 pm

    I'm so happy for you that you're so successful with blogging and youtubing! Happy 2015 and I hope everything goes well for you in the new year as well. x

    SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE ALICE.

  15. 31 Dec 2014 / 4:11 pm

    you deserve all the success so glad you get to do this full time

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  16. 31 Dec 2014 / 4:54 pm

    I didn't realise you quit your job to blog/youtube fulltime. I think its a great decision, you are really fantastic at it! congratulations. πŸ™‚

    http://lobloggs.blogspot.co.uk/

  17. 31 Dec 2014 / 5:01 pm

    a lovely post! fingers crossed for both you and me that new york will happen this year!! πŸ™‚

    Rose and Weston x

  18. 31 Dec 2014 / 5:17 pm

    Lovely post Suzie! Your blog and YouTube is amazing and I hope 2015 brings more good things for you! Xx

    Beauty Girl

  19. 31 Dec 2014 / 5:38 pm

    This is such a lovely post I hope 2015 brings you even more success! x

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  20. 31 Dec 2014 / 5:55 pm

    Lovely post Susie! All the best for 2015 x
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  21. 31 Dec 2014 / 6:01 pm

    Wow, what a whirlwind of a beautiful year! I am so happy for you and all of the accomplishments that you have reached in 2014 and I cannot wait to see what you have in store for 2015 πŸ™‚

    Beautyosaurus LexΒ 

  22. 31 Dec 2014 / 7:05 pm

    Such a lovely post! I hope your success continues to grow in 2015, it's very exciting times for you.

    Sarah x

    www.cupsofteaandlove.blogspot.co.uk

  23. 31 Dec 2014 / 8:23 pm

    This is so lovely to read, it sounds like 2014 was amazing for you! I hope next year is even better!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

  24. Monica
    31 Dec 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Happy New Year Suzie! Congrats on all your success this year, and thank you for all the hard work you put into your blog and YouTube channel; they're some of my favorites. Love what you said about having confidence to stand up for what you're worth in the working world.

  25. 01 Jan 2015 / 1:05 am

    Congratulations on your success! Hopefully 2015 brings new opportunities for you to succeed in!
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  26. 01 Jan 2015 / 1:35 am

    I am looking forward to read more from Hello October ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  27. 01 Jan 2015 / 6:21 am

    What a wonderful year, there's so much to be proud of here! Can't wait to see what 2015 brings πŸ™‚

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  28. 01 Jan 2015 / 6:47 am

    Congrats on all of the growth! Cheers to 2015!

    She Likes to Shop

  29. 01 Jan 2015 / 11:07 am

    A new year is both scary and wonderful at the same time xx.

    http://jeansandmacaroons.blogspot.com

  30. 01 Jan 2015 / 4:23 pm

    Happy New Year ! I love love love reading you blog and watching your videos and am excited to see what 2015 brings us !!
    Taila x

    www.tailabeaven.blogspot.co.uk

  31. 01 Jan 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Good for you for leaving your full time job! I feel like no matter how well meaning other people are usually they're projecting their own fears onto you (like you didn't have enough of your own!) you can always get another job but your creating something really inspiring and fun to read, good for you for seizing the opportunity! Fortune favours the brave πŸ˜‰
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