OOTD: The One Where I Say Goodbye To Being 22

by - Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Shirt: The Vintage Kilo Sale | Skirt: Primark (a Christmas gift) | Loafers: Schuh via eBay

Instead of a Taylor Swift or Blink 182 pun, let's cut to the chase - today marks my very last day of being 22. While I doubt I'm going to wake up tomorrow feeling any different (although I will be mega excited about my birthday dinner, hello Salvos), I thought it'd be a good chance to reflect on how my first year of real adulthood has treated me.

On the whole, I'd say it's gone pretty darn sweet. I've really settled into my job and have moved into in a wonderful new flat that is much more suited to my work-from-home status. Everything is going swimmingly with my boyfriend and tonight in fact, we're all set to book up our first holiday abroad.  I've managed to get a much better grasp on a work-life balance and have definitely reconnected with some old friends - and strengthened bonds with new ones - over the past year.  I've been making good steps with my savings and also my buying habits - while I'm still a mega eBay addict, I've been opting for a 'less but better quality' aesthetic and clearing out my unloved pieces much more regularly that I used to. 

But what else have I been up to since I turned 22? I've managed to unearth a blog I wrote this time last year with some resolutions, so let's see how I've been doing...

1) Live Somewhere New - Done, and couldn't be happier.
2) Learn To Cook A Signature Dish - Do smoothies count? I jest - I haven't made quite the steps I was looking to make with this one but I have been baking a lot more and now with a much bigger kitchen and a bit more free time over summer, I'm looking forward to getting stuck in.
3)Take Up Regular Exercise - I went to a regular Pilates class and enjoyed it thoroughly, but started to feel like the money could be better spent elsewhere. Currently I'm just enjoying exercise of the free variety - more regular walking and dashing around on event days.
4)Learn To Drive - My first lesson is tomorrow, my 23rd birthday - just snuck in!
5)Revive my creative habits - I've definitely been writing a lot more for fun and recently completed a big writing project that I'm hoping to be able to share soon - ooer!
6) Fill my social calendar - this area of my life has seen a big improvement in the last year. Whether it's more trips down south to catch up with my school BFF or just taking time for netflix marathons with my Leeds pals, I'm definitely feeling like less of a social hermit than i was at 21.
7) Become more politically active - This year I've voted in my local elections and have definitely been more vocal in my opinions on social media. There's always more to do, but I feel a lot more clued up on the big issues these days.
8) Do my bit for charity - My local charity shops have seen a lot of my business in the last year! Whether it's donations or purchases, I'm making a big effort to support local causes. I've also made a point of giving loose change/food to JustGiving causes and people on the street where I can.
9)Read more books - Done! And they'll be plenty more where that came from with my new book reviews section on this blog.
10)Hang out more with my family - I've spent loads more time with my brother this year and had a cracking time with him at Live At Leeds festival (check out my review here)
11) Go on holiday with Kevin - It's getting booked, but will be a trip for my 23rd year!
12) Have more phone-and-tv-free date nights - Definitely done, and I'd thoroughly recommend. My relationship was always strong but I think it's even stronger for remembering to take quality time together every now and then.
13) Own a pet - Maurice the sausage dog still pending, although this is likely to be something I'll have to put off until we can afford to buy out own place
14) Become more proactive with my finances - I know own more than one bank account with legit interest rates, so yep, nailing adult life.
15) Take more pictures - Instagram yes, everything else no. Must try harder.
16) Remember to tweet - Getting there! There's a lot of negativity on twitter but it's also an amazing tool for reaching out to people - I've been finding it really rewarding just taking a moment every now and then to tell somebody I think their work is great.
17) Go to a new festival - I went to Beatherder with work and it was very, very grim. I'm off to Festival Number 6 for the first time in September though so this year is looking more promising!
18) Finally tackle my 'to sew' box - Absolutely not, so this rolls over for another year.
19) Revive my freelance journalism career - Again not really, although fingers crossed for aforementioned big project.
20) Get a hair cut - Still DIY'ing it, but at least I've invested in some solid products and have now watched enough YouTube videos to know vaguely what I'm doing.
21)Buy a pair of comfortable heels - Done! Thanking Kickers kindly for inventing their heeled boots, I'm forever in your debt.
22) Be a better blogger - I'm still not quite where I'd like to be with this one, but I'm not beating myself up over it. Blogging is far from being my career so I'm quite happy pootling along nicely with a quality not quantity mantra, and have a lot of cool stuff planned for summer when I have a bit more free time.

So what are my plans for this year? The driving and the blogging are my two big goals, but generally I'm pretty happy with where things are at in my life right now. Who'd have thunk it? 

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