2015 was an interesting year for me. The first half I spent in London stressed out, overworked, forlorn and totally disillusioned by the culture and life that London promises to deliver and falls short of. The second half (after I decided to leave and move back to Southampton for several reasons – both personal and professional) was a lot more relaxed – sloth-like even – home-DIY abound and countless hilarious moments with my sisters. Settling into a new job has since been great (it’s really fun and I enjoy it a lot) and I have loved being back in the presence of my mother, who I have not had much time to spend with in my short/long life and was my no. 1 reason for deciding to make the move back to Southampton. After my experience of living in London, which made the 9-5 grind feel like an onslaught to my soul, I have developed a new found appreciation for my hometown. It may not be as busy or as glitzy as London (or as dirty frankly), but it still has a lot to offer.
I have put together a sort of collage of some of the shots I took throughout the year which are sort of nice-y. I didn’t plan to do a post like this at the start of 2015 – if I had, I may have taken better pictures. I’m trying to reconnect with the creative side of myself a bit more which was squashed out a bit during the past few years due to my life being solely focused around academia, so this is the reason why I decided to do a visual blog post today. I have recently made a more concerted effort to focus on my writing, painting and photography and I plan to continue this in 2016.
So here it is – my end of year visual round up of 2015:
Lots of other things happened this year which I haven’t shared photos of above, like my eldest sister getting re-married (to a great guy this time – third time lucky eh?), my other sister having the most beautiful baby boy ever – he brings so much joy to my life that it makes me want to cry (I avoid looking at pictures of him when I’m not with him because I quickly spiral into despair); spending Ramadan with the fam, Eid x2, my younger sister graduating from UCL, settling into my new job, lots of parties, high cholesterol and overall just being less tragic about everything and fulfilling my travelling plans.
Regarding 2016 – thus far I have resolved to shed the pounds that have crept up on my waistline over the past few weeks due to back-to-back Christmas parties and family engagements, start and *finish* writing my novel (after a huge philosophical/somewhat motivational speech shovelled down my throat in the middle of the night by my younger sister), pass my driving, complete my CIM Professional Marketing course (which I have totally neglected even though I forked out an arm and a leg to pay for the bloody course last year), take my love life more seriously (my sister is keeping tabs on me for this) and start playing Chess again – because I bloody love that game and because I love winning it even more. And of course, continue to keep writing on this blog! I am looking forward to graduating with my fake MA from Cambridge this year, visiting Rome and Singapore (flight tickets for which I have just booked!) and seeing my friends get married, both in the UK and abroad 😀 .
Thank you to everyone who follows/reads my blog and to everyone who has given me really positive feedback on it – it always takes me by surprise but also makes me feel more confident in my writing, which was the main reason I started this blog in the first place. Happy 2016!