Happy New Year everyone! I had an awesome time at my beach getaway and got to relax by the beach and poolside and finish a few reads including RAVEN BOYS and Vicious! Now that I’m back with you all, I’ll be catching up on commenting and everything.
Here’s some of the beautiful beach views on the coast of Queensland:
Breath-taking views and so incredibly beautiful.
It was exactly what was needed to reflect back on a big year, which I recap below:
Blogging/Bookish Highlights of 2014
- Celebrated my 2 year birthday of blogging!
- Did my first bookish panel at the Love YA Festival at Brisbane Libraries!
- Started the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers Group on Goodreads with Kelly and got to know many amazing Aussie bloggers <3.
- I met so many YA authors this year, including Laini Taylor, Amie Kaufman, Sean Williams, K.A. Barker, Juliet Marillier and Steph Bowe!
- Attended PTA Live for the 2nd time this year and got a personal shout out from Penguin Teen Australia!
- Reached 1500 Twitter followers, 500 Facebook likes and 1000 Bloglovin Followers
- Started an Instagram account for Happy Indulgence
- Started the following features: Happy Eternity Discussions with Chiara, Indulgence Insider which you’re reading now, Read Play Blog with Ana, Chatterbox discussion posts, Series Recaps and Contemporary YA/Dystopian YA double reviews
- Met Orlando Bloom and Jason Dohring at Oz Comic-Con, saw Jack Gleeson at Supanova and Jason Mamoa at Oz Comic Con
- Had my first co-blogger on Happy Indulgence
- Saw The Fault in Our Stars with Chiara, Kate, Bec at the Penguin Teen Australia marathon event.
- Attended a book blogger/Tumblr meetup earlier in the year and many bookish things throughout the year.
- Went to my 2nd PAX Australia in Melbourne which was amazing.
Me & Laini Taylor
Chiara, Jeann & Bec
Speaking at Love YA Festival
This was the most epic bookish year I’ve ever had this year, and I sigh with happiness as I look back at all the highlights of 2014. I’ve had the chance to work with some awesome publishers, meet so many amazing authors and bloggers, and make friends and have so many amazing chats with so many amazing bloggers and other bookish people. I’ve learnt that blogging takes a lot of time, and it’s no secret that I’ve gotten stressed at times about it, but at the end of the day, it’s lead me to so many opportunities and friends that I wouldn’t have made without it.
Personally, this year was a bit tough at times with many health problems, where I sprained my wrist, got an infected cut and even went to hospital for an infection. But there have been many, many good times that I’ve had along the way, which far outweighs the bad. I was also actively training all year and lost 8 kgs through 5km runs and personal training, which has been a personal goal for ages.
The biggest lesson I’ve learnt in 2014 is that if you have a positive attitude and you change the negative thoughts into positive, then good things will follow. Let go of the hurt, disappointment and blame for people who let you down. People aren’t going to change because you tell them to, and the biggest person you are hurting is yourself if you hold a grudge. You’re the one in control of your feelings, not other people and if you learn to forgive and forget, you’ll be a lot better off.
I am eternally grateful for the support network I have, my family and my friends that I have in my life. It’s a good life guys, and I’ll look back at 2014 as a fantastic, fruitful, and brilliant year.
Happy New Year everyone and I hope you have a fantastic 2015!