4 January 2014

2013 - An Amazing Year

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely New Year's Eve, whether you spent it with family, friends or your cats, and an equally lovely year throughout 2013. Personally, I kicked off 2014 by giving my cat a kiss on the nose before returning to my book (I'm not the biggest NYE person...). Whether you had a kinda rubbish, pretty good, or absolutely amazing 2013, I'm sure 2014 will be even better and will bring you a load of new opportunities and experiences. I think this is the first year where I've been kind of sad to say goodbye to the past 12 months... I have a really good feeling about 2014 and what it will bring but, for me, 2013 was wonderful. It may seem quite extreme, but I really feel like it was one of the best years of my life so far. You've heard bits about my year through various posts but, like last year, I thought it'd be nice to sum them all up in one post for you. Feel free to share snippets of 2013 in the comments below - I'd love to hear about your year!

2013 got off to a pretty good start. I was initially feeling very anxious at the beginning of January because I was going to be doing a week of work-experience at a library, which was going to be my first time properly working. I'm happy to say that my work-experience week went very well! I got on well with the staff (who were all absolutely lovely), managed to work the equipment pretty easily (I only broke the till once) and had a lovely week amongst the books. ^_^ Can't quite believe I'm saying this...but I actually miss working there. January was also the month of good films; I saw The Impossible with a couple of friends and Les Mis with my family at the Glasgow Film Theatre (my favourite cinema). Overall, a good start. 

February was easily one of my favourite months of the year but, at the same time, it was one of the most stressful ones. The thing that made it unbelievably amazing was also what made it a very anxious month - TFIOS Live in Glasgow. Don't get me wrong, it was so incredibly amazing and I loved every second, but the lead-up to it wasn't so much fun. I had my first real panic attack when my mum offered to buy me a ticket and another one just before we had to leave for the concert hall. I was absolutely fine once I was sitting down surrounded my hundreds of Nerdfighters (which was such an incredible feeling) but, for some reason, the whole experience was stressful for me. I've never been good with crowds... TFIOS Live was one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced and I'm so stupidly happy that I made myself go, when I was very close to flaking out.

March was a big month for me as far as achievements go because I did something I would have never normally done and took a step towards overcoming one of my biggest fears. It might seem insignificant to some of you (especially if you do a lot of travelling) but I got on a train... I've mentioned it a few times before but one of my biggest fears is of public transport, especially trains, so getting a train with two of my friends really was a massive achievement for me. They were both wonderful and helped to keep me calm by being patient and taking my mind off of what was actually happening. I'm not sure when I'll get a train again but at least I know now that I can do it without too much stress. March also brought my friend's 16th birthday party which a group of us wore onesies to, despite our friend telling us specifically not to. It was a great night. :D

Another eventful month! I went to Easter school a few times in April and because my mum and dad were working, I had to get buses there and back every day. Like I mentioned a minute ago, I hate public transport, so this was quite a bit hurdle for me to get over (excuse the awful metaphor). I managed with no major issues and have been getting buses regularly ever since - I've actually grown to like them. ^_^ Now I think about it, April was a very bus-full month because, on top of my Easter school journeys, I got the bus to my friend's house (which I hadn't been to before) and the bus to Glasgow with my sister to visit the new Forever 21. April also brought a blogging milestone as I hit 250 GFC followers! Thank you so much to every single one of you for sticking with me.

Things calmed down a bit in May thanks to the sudden flood of studying that came before my 4th year exams. I had exams all throughout the month so when I wasn't sitting one, I was studying for one. Fun times... I did manage to throw an impromptu Eurovision party with my friends though. Strange as it seems, I'm a massive fan of Eurovision and I tend to get really into it every year. It was only fitting to throw a party for it. :D

I had my last exam on the 5th of June (also Pete Wentz, Troye Sivan and my mum's birthday) so, to celebrate, I had a little party with my friends. It was a beautiful day - most of June had amazing weather, actually - and we went to see The Great Gatsby first which was incredible. That film is stunning. I also went to Glasgow's West-End Festival with my family on one of the hottest days of the year and, despite it being insanely busy, I had a lovely time. ^_^ Seriously though, it was so hot...

July signified the start of my Summer holidays! On the very first day, my friend came over to attempt to ombre my hair. Needless to say, it didn't work. :'D That was also the same day that Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler came in the post. Like June, July had absolutely beautiful weather so we all decided to make the most of it and spend a day at the beach. I was burried in the sand and made into a mermaid at one point, ate sandy chips and my friends somehow got me in the sea for a while. It was an amazing day. ^_^ I also went on holiday to the Highlands for a week but I won't talk about that in this post because I've done three very in-depth posts about my holiday already. You can see them here, here and here. I actually did a summary post of July with more detail about what I got up to which you can see here. It was probably my favourite month of the year... Unfortunately, Cory Monteith passed away in July, meaning that the whole month was tinged with sadness.

August was my birthday month! However, before I could enjoy turning 16, I had to get my exam results. That envelope was due to arrive two days before my birthday (thanks, SQA) which was also the day of my movie-themed costume birthday party. I dressed up as Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show - you can see my costume and how I achieved it here - and had a wonderful time with my friends. Luckily, we all had plenty to celebrate because we all did well in our exams! Seriously, though; opening that envelope was one of the scariest moments of my life. I turned 16 on the 8th of August and had a lovely day with my family - you can see what I got for my birthday here. ^_^ One of my birthday presents / reward for my exam results was a beautiful new concert ukulele which I named Finn. I got to go and pick him out on the 6th (that was an eventful day...) and he is now my baby. August was also the month of good books as it was the month that I finally read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I read it in two days and absolutely loved it.

Things calmed down a little in September with the only real event being my friend's 16th birthday. She had a big party with all of her friends, complete with a tent at the bottom of the garden which was quickly adopted by a small group of us and christened the 'Party Tent'. I spent pretty much the full night in that tent with my friends, just singing and prank-calling our other friends because we are so mature (this immaturity may have been caused by a few of us being slightly tipsy...). On the day of my friend's birthday, a few of us went to the see the One Direction movie but we won't talk about that. I'll just say that I may have teared up and I'm not proud of it.

October was another big month and probably one of my favourites. It was kicked off with the arrival of Glee Season 5 (OH MY GOSH), complete with a two-week Beatles special - which I was quite nervous about due to my love for the Beatles - and a KLAINE PROPOSAL. Then, the fourth episode was the Cory Monteith tribute which was beautiful, heart-felt and the perfect tribute for such an amazing guy. FOUR FOR YOU GLEE, YOU GO GLEE... Glee aside, October was also the month that I went busking with my friend, Beka. You can read more about that here, but it was probably one of my favourite days of the year - if not my life, so far - and I'm incredibly proud of myself for going busking. I'm a very quiet and shy person, so it was quite an achievement. ^_^

November was a very quiet month for me, mainly because school-work suddenly piled up and I found myself spending the majority of my time doing homework. There was one really great day though; Children In Need 2013! My school always gets really involved with CIN but because this was my first year being a senior, it was the first year that I could help out. All of the seniors dressed up and had jobs to do - mine was 'crowd-control' aka. standing at the sidelines, shouting at the kids who refused to stay sat down. I dressed as a zombie... It was a really great day and a nice change from all of the crappy schoolwork I'd been doing. One other exciting thing happened in November: I finally bought my own laptop! I'd been saving for almost two years and November was the month that I finally decided to buy my laptop. I got an ASUS something-or-other... I'm not an expert but my dad's a technician and he told me it's good one. :D Can you tell that November was a slow month? 

We all know what December means.....CHRISTMAS!! I am an incredibly festive person (I started wearing Christmas jumpers in September this year) so I love December. A lot. Going Christmas shopping is one of my favourite things in the world so the lead-up to Christmas is always very exciting for me, and this year was no exception. I had an amazing day with my family who were all super lovely and thoughtful with their gifts - I've got a 'What I Got For Christmas' post lined up, so keep an eye out for that! ^_^ December was also a sad month though, as it was the month that my amazing friend, Amy, was leaving school to start her hairdressing apprenticeship. To celebrate her fancy mature-ness, we all went out for dinner on the 22nd and I ate the most amazing burrito. It was a lovely night and the perfect way to send Amy off to her fancy-pants placement, but I will miss her everyday when I'm not sitting next to her on the school bus...

I think that may be the longest post I've ever done. Well done if you managed to read it all! :'D I hope you all an amazing year and that 2014 treats you well.
Lots of love, Cat


  1. Sounds like you had a great year! :) I know how hard it can be to do something you're terrified off, when I was little my shoe lace got stuck at the bottom of an escalator and as I result I took the stairs for years. It was only last year when I decided to try using an escalator again, and I wondered what I was so worried about in the first place because now I can ride them with ease :)

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    1. I've always been a little bit edgy near escalators - well done for over-coming your fear! I hope you had a great year. ^_^ xx

  2. You really did have a good year. I never realised that public transport was that big of a fear. You remind me of Sheldon from Big Bang that way. My main fear is clowns.... and blood. For that reason I hate veins. My friend kindly reminds me of this everyday by sticking her wrist in my face and squeezing down on the veins *shudders*.

    I'm uber jealous that you went to TFiOS!!!!! Gah! I love that book so much!!!!

    Happy New Year!
    Marian ^_^ x

    1. Haha, I guess my public transport fear is quite Sheldon Cooper-ish...:'D I hate blood as well and the vein thing sounds horrible - they creep me out. Happy New Year! xx

  3. Sounds like all in all you had a pretty good year! I also did one of these posts on my blog similar to the best and worse one you did for 2012 - http://hollydaydreamer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-best-worst-of-2013.html
    I have three main fears - Snakes, Clowns and escalators. Snakes is one that I haven't gotten over yet.
    Clowns are something that I have always been scared of and I probably always will, they make my blood run cold.

    As for escalators, I went through years of taking the stairs or going in lifts because I was absolutely terrified of going on them. Then back in 2012, I got stuck in a lift for over forty minutes. I have only been in one since and had to practically be dragged into it. My way of getting over that fear was getting in an even worse situation but now I just have one more fear to add to the list :)

    Happy New Year xxx

    1. My sister has a phobia of clowns and I know how horrible it is for her so I understand what you mean. I've always been really wary around lifts because I'm constantly nervous that I'll get stuck in one. I can only imagine how terrible that would have been. :( Happy New Year xx

  4. What a great year you had. :) I have a fear of heights. I was walking back to school after just singing with the choir at my old Primary school, our choir teacher asked what route to take to get back to school - she isn't from where I live I think she's from Glasgow - people answered and so we made our way to a massive bridge that went across a railway track. I panicked as I made my way up the stairs of the bridge and saw how high up I was. When walking through it, there were cracks and you could see below. I was breathing really heavily, panicking, but the worst part was yet to come, I had to get down. I looked at how high up I was and felt dizzy, like I was about to fall. I grabbed onto one of my friends from choir but she shoved me off not wanting to help me. I started crying, how would I get down? Thankfully one of the popular girls held out her hand to help me down the stairs, I was really thankful honestly. I vowed that I'd never face that bridge again in my life unfortunately though my best friend had invited me to go to the circus with her to help with her fear, clowns. I happily agreed to it and when we were walking back to her house she decided to take a different route, the route being the bridge. To get to her house we had to cross it. I was just like "No way am I going up there again", she said she'd help me and we spent like twenty minutes debating with each other. The only way to get to her house was to go back and round but she refused because it would take too long. Her Dad phoned wondering where we were and she told him about the situation, we were still debating when her Dad arrived, he was at the other side of the bridge calling her name. I ended up running away and started crying, I felt like I was causing a lot of commotion which wasn't called for and that she was probably really mad at me. Though you can't help what you fear. I phoned my Mum and afterwards asked a man and woman who were gardening what street I was on,they told me, and then asked if I was alright.They brought me out a chair and the woman who I'd explained my story to told me her story. She told me about how she walked up the stairs in this tower (You know the never ending spiral kind) She suddenly started panicking about it, she couldn't go up, and she couldn't go down. She ended up having to get some guys to carry her down and everyone who was on the stairs going up had to go down. She said that everything would be okay and that my best friend would come around, my Mum drove up and I thanked the woman, my Mum and her had a conversation, and my Mum thanked her also. My best friend did come around but ever since then I feel like our friendship isn't the same as it used to be. I also have a fear of escalators, when I was in a shopping centre in Glasgow performing with the choir we were given time to wander around. This was when I had no friends in choir and so I just followed these two girls, not wanting to be alone. They went up an escalator, I breathed and then jumped on. Going up isn't what bothers me, it's going down. I can't remember if I went down or not but I remember going down on elevator. Also December just there we sang there again and this time I was one of the people who had to go round all the shoppers and ask them for change (We were singing for charity) and the girl I was going round with was planning to go down an escalator to get back to the choir. I tried to persuade her to take the lift but she refused and so we went our separate ways. Getting down the stairs in that shopping centre is scary because they're really narrow. :/ I also have a thing with trains, for me ever since I was a kid I've had a fear about falling through the gap. So I like run and jump on/off of it.Yeah........I have a lot of fears.

    Sorry this was so long........

    1. I think you deserve to win some sort of award for longest comment! I loved reading it, though. ^_^
      I can only imagine how you must have been feeling...xx


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