What’s Occurring: 2014 Resolutions Review

Ignore the spelling mistakes and long ramble here. I wrote this post a week or so back, late, after my work’s Christmas do. A lack of food (going out for lunch then not being served our started til 16:45?!) and wine makes typing a littleeee tricky. And a note: normal posts will resume next week. This weekend is my boyfriend’s 21st, and I’m the only one in the office this week. Being crazy busy isn’t helpful to getting back into blogging after a break!

 photo 2014Review_zps0fa2cb5c.jpgAlmost a year ago I wrote this post with a rather long list of “to-do’s” for this year, and I reviewed them halfway through here. Today’s my chance to review them after virtually a full year. How have I got on? Have I achieved what I wanted to achieve? Is there anything I want to work on next year? etc, etc, etc…


I haven’t actually been at university since I wrote my update post, due to being on my placement year. I’ve really used my Filofax since starting work, not sure I could actually live without it! I reckon my note taking has improved dramatically for work-based topics though – I’m hoping that will translate to study when I go back to university in September!


A lot of progress I reckon has been made here. In January I moved to self-hosted, and I’m currently working alongside my boyfriend on a custom design (see here). Commenting on blogs is something I’ve loved doing, though it has dropped from once a day in recent months. I do comment in bulk when I get chance every couple of days though! Photography is gradually improving, especially with the addition of my new camera. I’m especially proud of these photos.

 photo 1caec8db-29b0-4680-88ee-d0cb5e2d2ee5_zps73842900.jpgCooking/Baking

I’ve definitely made a lot of progress here, particularly since starting my placement. Whilst I still don’t spend much on food, I’ve been able to afford expanding my ingredients cupboard. I now have a lot more spices. I’ve managed to bake my own bread a few times; it’s so much tastier than shop bought, and I’m finding it kinder on my tummy too! The only thing I haven’t really started doing is cooking with joints of meat. My live-in landlady is a vegetarian, and I’d sooner keep my home for the year! I have branched out a bit with meat recipes though, I’ve got a super-yummy one scheduled for January!

 photo 9d054e3d-8d86-4faa-93d8-43f061d69799_zps4c001192.jpgBeauty

I completely forgot I even set myself goals in this section, oops! I’ve generally been really good about taking makeup off, at least doing a quick cleanse if not a proper wash. Pixi Glow tonic has been bought and repurchased, turns out I love the stuff. The hunt for foundation is still ongoing, but I’ve picked up some Rimmel ones which are at least the right shade. And I have a rather pretty Hourglass palette which can make pretty much any base look perfect…The only thing I have completely failed on is keeping my makeup brushes clean. I thought I had done well, until I came home this weekend and swiped my mum’s kabuki as I left mine – turns out mine must be seriously clogged up! That will be sorted as soon as I get hold of it next weekend!

Andddd Personal

Exercise is something which has eluded me slightly. I upped the walking, but other than that it’s been a fail. I actually managed to buy running trainers and clothes a few months ago, got ridiculously excited, then dropped a cupboard door on my foot. Those trainers still don’t fit over the swelling, but I am hoping to sort it out asap. And knitting. An utter fail. I have tried, and tried again. I can get two rows and a tangle, so give up in a strop. Any tips are appreciated because I really want to do this!

That’s my 2014 goals, now I just need to set myself some for 2015! How did you do last year, and what are you planning on working towards next year?

  • Jennifer K

    Really interesting to read how your resolutions have gone- I think it’s nice to review them rather than just make them in January and forget all about them. I’ve been trying to learn to knit too- I can do a very simple knit stitch but I just know that trying to knit an actual thing and follow a pattern will get me all confused and tangled up!
    Hope you have fun however you’re seeing in the new year tonight and I look forward to reading your blog in 2015!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      I get tangled at about the second row, drives me insane! x

  • When I was about 10 my Nan taught me how to knit but I’d have no idea how to do it now! Seems like you’ve done really well on most of your 2014 resolutions, well done! I can’t even remember what my resolutions were last year! Probably to exercise more and stop eating rubbish haha. Not exactly gone too well then 😛
    Hope you have a great year 🙂
    Emma xx
    Writing Essays With Wine

    • ninegrandstudent

      I think it’s something most people learn, I know I learnt at Brownies but can’t remember at all! Oops! x

  • i wish i had set some resolutions in 2014 so i could review them! i’ve set some this year, though they’re not entirely year long aims, so i’ll have to see how i got on next jan! hope you have a lovely 2015

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    • ninegrandstudent

      Looking forward to hearing how well you do with your goals! x

  • Brilliant post! I learned to knit this year and get to about 10 rows and then just get bored. I think I learned to knit just so I could say I can and I will never do anything else with it. I’m restarting the whole exercise thing asap – it’s so easy to just forget about it. I hope your foot gets better!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      I can get two rows before getting in a tangle, so you’re doing better than me! x

  • Gabrielle Trenbath

    Happy New Year and good luck in 2015.

    PS Knitting is a great hobby 🙂


    • ninegrandstudent

      Just hoping I can keep it up! x

  • Happy New Year! All the best for 2015 and I can’t wait to read more from you over the next 12 months.

    xx Kathryn

    • ninegrandstudent

      Happy New Year to you too, thanks so much! x