Goodbye 2014 and Hello 2015
It’s the end of 2014 and even though this post is about 3 days too late I still wanted to share some of the best moments and highlights of 2014 with you and fill you in with what I have planned for the upcoming year.
My Best Moments of 2014
Starting My Blog
I always knew blogging was something I wanted to jump into before my Round the World Trip as I saw it as a chance to combine my love of writing with my love of travel and as a way to keep friends and family updated while I am away. I finally decided to take the leap and published my first post on the 3rd of September 2014. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I have received from friends. It’s been great to be midway through conversation with someone I haven’t seen for a while and for them to say something like ‘yeah I know, I read it on your blog’. Moreover it’s been great to get support from those outside my circle of friends, I’ve been amazed at getting hits and comments from people all over the world, in particular my fellow WordPress users. Thank you everybody who has stayed through some of the terrible edits while I managed to find my feet in the blogging world.
Getting on Track with My Savings Goal
Despite 6 months of working I felt like I was getting nowhere with saving money for my big trip as 2013 came to a close. This was a very different story for 2014. With the help of a new weekend job at Carsales.com.au I’m exactly half way to my travel money goal for the two big trips I plan to take. Look out for an upcoming post on how I’ve changed my habits to achieve this goal.
Moving into a house with some really great girls in July this year really took some stress out of my life. I didn’t even know these girls until I moved into their place, having found the spot on gumtree and they all made me feel super welcome. Thanks Molly, Suse and Shib! Outside of living with some really great people moving house was also a highlight for me as paying half the rent of my previous place has really contributed to that savings goal, and being a 5 minute walk from university has been a god send.
Focusing on my Friends
I started 2014 single for the first time in four years. Getting out of a relationship can be hard- what I found most hard is not having someone to automatically hang out with, or someone to call to talk about my day. What being single did is make me realise just how important my friends are. I started spending a lot more time talking and socialising with my friends. While this has been hampered this year by my crazy work and study schedule I’ve still had some great memories with friends this year. I’ve made some great new friends at Carsales and I had an amazing time passing the New Year with people I didn’t even know this time last year. Couchsurfing also sent me Kenza and Stine in July this year who lucky for me remained in Melbourne so we could catch up (usually for food). I’ve also created many more great memories with existing friends; the Australiasian Women’s Debating Tournament with new and old debating friends, an adventure to Adelaide with Joel and Aden to watch the football immediately and good times with my sister Maddy who is really one of my bestest friends albeit a pain in my ass most of the time. I’ve always been lucky enough to have an amazing family, not just with my Mum and sisters, but also with my grandparents and the whole extended family but this year has made me realise more than ever that no matter where in the world I am I’ll always have friends willing to put up with me! So Thanks for that!
Achieving a Great Work/Study Balance
This year I worked the most I have ever done while at university. In semester 2 some weeks with debating training I was working upwards of 35 hours a week while studying one of the hardest law units I have ever done. Second semester 2014 also ended up being my most successful semester yet and really highlighted that I can still work to achieve my travel goals while studying so long as I balance my time wisely. Although I’ll admit some sacrifices on the social front may have occurred to achieve this. It will definitely be something I’m focusing on in 2015.
2014 in Numbers
Destinations Visited- 0 International, 3 Australian States
2014 was a year for me to put my head down and study and work in preparation for 15 months away at the end of 2015. So I didn’t end up visiting any countries this year but I did manage to do some domestic travel. I visited both Brisbane and Sydney for debating tournaments and heading to Adelaide and South Australia for the first time for the football.
Most popular blog post- Battle of the Souvlaki
With 161 views this post on everyone’s favourite wrap was the most popular post of 2014.
Most popular Instagram photo- Brunch Series
This photo of the delicious breakfast offerings at Crabapple Kitchen got the most likes on Instagram this year.
Social Media Followers
Twitter- 472 Follow me at @advliesinfront
Instagram- 147- Follow me at adventureliesinfront
Pinterest- 6 (I’m working on it!) Head on over to my profile at http://www.pinterest.com/bjeffs0452/
Frequent Flyer Points Saved- 113,000
With the help of a new credit card bonus and some shopping through the online mall I’ve now got 113,000 frequent flyer points- enough for a return flight to Europe!
So what’s in store for 2015?
50 Meals You Should Have Eaten if You Live in Melbourne Challenge
So while everyone else is making New Years Resolutions about getting fit and losing weight of course I go and make one about food. My friend sent me this list published on the urban list challenging me to eat all the dishes. I can’t resist good food or a challenge so this is my New Years resolution- I’m going to eat every meal on this list. If you want to join me for any of them let me know!
Find the link to the list here : http://www.theurbanlist.com/melbourne/a-list/50-meals-you-should-have-eaten-if-you-live-melbourne
My fresh new passport come in the mail the other day and got me super excited for all the travelling I’ll be doing this year. In February I’m heading to Thailand for three weeks and of course in November 2015 I’ll be heading off for my 15 month round the world trip. There may even be a sneaky trip to South Korea and possibly Japan in July if I end up going to a debating tournament scheduled in South Korea.
More Saving and Working
Before I leave in November I need to save some more money! So I still plan to be working my crazy 30 hours a week while studying this year. But it is all going to be worth it come November!
What your favourite moment of 2014? Do you have any New Years Resolutions or travels planned for the upcoming year?