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Saturday, 1 January 2011

01.01.2011.

Although not technically my first post, I like to consider my blog really started to grow one year ago today. I vividly remember writing that first post and how excited and full of hope I was about the coming year. Unfortunately 2010 didn’t turn out to be the amazing year I had expected but I think I had to experience those downs to become the person I am now. I’m still insecure and not as confident in my own skin as I’d like to be but I’m getting there! I can actually look a person in the eye now, that’s how insecure I used to be!

There are two things that stand out as being the things I was & still am most proud of that happened in 2010. One is signing up to The Open University and the second is my blog, Sailboat. I started Sailboat like everyone does; it was a blank piece of the Internet with no readers just waiting for me to start filling it with whatever I chose. I am so proud of the way it has blossomed into something that I think reflects a lot of who I am. It’s not all of who I am but I think that’s just another part of my personality, I always keep something back just for me & I’m not a totally open book.

I know some people don’t understand why I’ve been wishing the New Year to hurry up because things aren’t magically going to change overnight, and while I accept that, I see it as more of a milestone. I made it through and I’m a better person for it. 2011 is going to be a year of change. Saying goodbye to my childhood home is the first change I have to deal with and although I know it’s going to do me the world of good, I don’t think it’s going to be easy. I’m a creature of habit and sometimes need to be pushed into making changes, so I’m going to try my very best to embrace this change because brighter things are going to come from it.

I have never been more sure that I have met the man that I’m going to marry one day. I know I’m still young, but I think deep down you just know when you’ve found your soulmate. After over 2 and a half years of long distance, we’re finally going to get to be together. To most couples the plans we’re making won’t seem exciting, they’ll seem like every day things but we haven’t had the luxury of being able to see each other whenever, go out for dinner regularly or spend entire weekends snuggling on the sofa in front of a film under a massive duvet. From a totally selfish point of view I also gain access to a wii, a free driving instructor & my own personal outfit photographer, which he doesn’t know about just yet, shh! Maybe 2011 will be the year we get engaged; only he knows that though because I just know he’ll only ask me when I least expect it! He’s such a meanie! I hate surprises, but he knows that secretly I want everything about that moment to be a surprise. When it comes to big life moments like that he’s the sensible one and I’m the frivolous one. I know he’s right this time, but don’t tell him I said that!
In 2010 I didn’t end up getting a little guinea pig but I did get my baby bunny, Ralphie. He’s naughty & cheeky & constantly does things he’s not supposed to but he’s become such a huge part of my life and waking up to his adorable face looking at me waiting to be let out of his cage melts my heart every morning. He’s actually taught me to tidy up after myself, because if anything gets left on the floor it’s guaranteed to end up with little bunny teeth marks in it!

I guess what I’m trying to say is that although I didn’t achieve everything I wanted to over the last 12 months, it doesn’t matter because I’ve grown so much and learned life lessons I wouldn’t have if everything went as smoothly as I imagined.

There are a couple of things I’d like to achieve in 2011 but I’m not going to call them resolutions. I hope to continue & do well with my Open University degree, find a nice little job to support my make up & clothing addiction, learn to drive, visit my family more frequently, take some kind of jewellery making course and start eating healthier. Some of those are important & others aren’t so I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself all of the time

I’m so grateful to have been able to share these moments with so many people from all across the globe and I hope you’ll stick around so we can take on the coming year together. Thank you so much for being here, I really do appreciate it more than you can ever possibly imagine and I wish you all the best for the coming year. Life is what you make it, so always make it special! ♥

Have you made any resolutions for this year? 

Take care and keep safe!
Jennie & Ralphie.
xoxo

29 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful New Year, you truly deserve it xx

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  2. happy new year! thats so great you're gonna get to spend more time with your boy, hope you have a wonderful 2011 together! x

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  3. Happy new year!
    I absolutely love your blog, it is so beautiful and I think you have a great personality.
    I am so happy for you that you are going to finally get to be with your boyfriend this year. Have a great 2011!

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  4. I'll so be sticking around, I hope you have an absolutely wonderful year! xxx

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  5. Oh and you look absolutely beautiful in that top photo! xx

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  6. this is a wonderfully lovely post Jennie.
    I wish all the happiness for you for 2011 xxx

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  7. What a lovely blogpost! Good luck with your aims for 2011 and I hope 2011 will be a fantastic year for you x

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  8. This was one of the nicest new year's post's I've read.
    I hope you have an amazing 2011. <3 xxxx

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  9. You look absolutely beautiful in the photo! I adore your blog as you well know, I can't wait to read more this year (: Happy New Year, wishing you all the best Jennie! xxx

    PS. Give a little New Year's cuddle to Ralphie from me, he is so sweet, I could just eat him up!

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  10. i love your hair! it's so pretty! Your bunny is so cute!! x

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  11. Aw how lovely! Hope you have an amazing 2011 :) xx

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  12. This is a really lovely blog post :) And congrats, you've shown that long distance relationships CAN work, it's amazing that you can finally be with him :D Also, your bunny is extremely cute! Let's hope that 2011 brings more good things than bad for everyone! xxx

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  13. What a lovely post,
    I hope 2011 is wonderful for you xoxox

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  14. Such a lovely post :) Happy new year Jennie, I hope 2011 is amazing for you xxx

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  15. Jennie, you are bloody gorgeous! I hope you get everything you wish for this year and most of all I really hope you are happy. Fingers crossed your boy gets a ring on your finger soon!

    Ralphie is a cutie. x

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  16. Fingers tightly crossed that your boy puts a ring on it soon. What a little cutie raphie is i wanna see more pictures of him x

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  17. Have a lovely 2011! I really like this post and Ralphie is so cute :) x

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  18. 1. You look absolutely beautiful in that picture.

    2. Maybe 2010 did not turn out to be the "amazing" year you had wanted it to be, but it looks like amazing did happen nonetheless! And hardships only make you a stronger and more experienced person. It can't be that bad a year if you've made progress of some sort and it looks like you have!

    3. I think your blog is beautiful, really positive, and I'm as excited to watch it grow even more as you are!

    Happy new year, Jennie!

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  19. lovely post :-) just came across your blog, it's brilliant. hope you have a wonderful 2011 and get everything you hope for :-) x
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  20. i really like this post my lovely - very reflective.

    ps. ralphie is adorable xxx

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  21. this post made me smile so much jennie :) made me realise how important it is to remember that we go through the hard times to make us the people we are today. and to know how to love, and be a good person, and not take anything or anyone for granted. cant wait to see what 2011 brings for you :) xx

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  22. Happy New Year Jennie & Ralphie :)
    Good Luck with your resolutions and I hope you have an amazing 2011 xx

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  23. your bunny is so freaking adorable! and i'm so happy for you that you've found your soulmate. it doesn't matter your age, anyone can fall in love.. at least i hope so hah. that's one of my resolutions - and i'm even younger than you! i know i can't make it happen but i can hope.. anyway, you should be comfortable in your own skin, you're a gorgeous thoughtful person, and although i am a complete stranger and you probably won't believe me, it's true. <3

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  25. Great post my lovely! 2010 has been terrible for me to, but lets hope 2011 brings a lot more happiness for us :)
    xxx

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  26. Such a positive, happy post! Sounds like 2011 will be an amazing year for you.

    Happy New Year! x

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  27. I'm so excited that you and the boy will be able to enjoy those little moments together! It will make them even more special :)

    xxx

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  28. I'm sure this year will be better ;) <3

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  29. Your eyes are stunning.

    Happy New Year!x

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