HELLO 2016!

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First off, happy new year, guys!!! I hope those of you that celebrated had the most magical Christmas with your loved ones. I basically hibernated over the holidays, indulging in Christmas treats, snuggled up to watch lots of movies, and just basically wallowed in the Christmas spirit with my family, enjoying some social media free time. I am always usually found glued to either my phone or laptop so having virtually no internet time was a big change for me, but a very revitalising one at that! I'm feeling more refreshed than ever starting off this new year and can't wait to see what adventures it has in store! Seriously though, can you believe how fast time flies?! It literally feels like it was just yesterday when I sat down to write my 2014 round-up article. I'm really looking forward to this new year, a fresh chapter in our lives for each of us to write. 2015 was an incredible year for me, filled with lots of highs but like everything, also some lows. So to kickstart 2016, I thought I'd look back on a year which was filled with so many milestones for me!

Travel


I've always been a wanderlust at heart, never content with remaining in just one place when there is so much more of the world to explore, and this year I had the pleasure of ticking some new destinations off my bucket list. Looking back on the adventures I went on last year, I've actually realised that none of them were planned, which is quite exciting really. I'm a goal-setter, and like to have a plan in relation to my pursuits, but I must say, that all the impromptu trips I went on was a nice change ;)


But of all the trips, for me, the most exhilarating would have to be my road trip in America! I was lucky enough to road trip from Las Vegas, to California, visiting L.A., Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, walking the streets of Hollywood and eating lunch on Sunset Boulevard. I've always felt a pull to the U.S.A, California in particular, and this was my first time exploring the West Coast, so it was very special for me! And I have to say... I left my heart in L.A.!

Laguna Beach & my first In-N-Out experience!

Blogging

I must admit, I didn't blog half as much as I would have liked to last year, and it's something I'm quite annoyed with myself for neglecting. However, instead of getting uptight about it, I've been working on getting a really tight editorial calendar in place so that I can ensure major growth for this little blog of mine. It's given me so many wonderful opportunities and from doing it almost half-heartedly, so I really feel like it deserves more of my focus so that I can continue to grow and nurture this lil' baby of mine. 2016 has some big things in store - So, I'm pretty pumped! 

Music

When it comes to my music (for those of you that don't know, I'm also a singer/songwriter;)), a lot of big things happened this year! I released my first ever single, 'Efron Style' which you can check out here, feel free to buy it if you like and help an independent Irish artist get one step closer to her dream... and all that, hehe. I filmed my FIRST EVER music video for Efron Style, which was pretty darn cool if I do say so myself (watch the video and give it a like here), and said single was chosen out of over 700 international entries as one of the final 14 songs in the Gibraltar International Song Festival, where it won 3rd prize! That was another pretty cool experience as a 17 year old singer/songwriter, I must say, it was exciting to win an accolade for something that I'm so passionate about. However, as happens in life, I also had a couple of minor setbacks, one of which really threw off my timeline for my musical endeavours. Although at the time, it really got me stressed out, I'm a believer that everything happens for a reason and looking back, I can definitely see how certain situations that at the time seemed like the end of the world, are actually shaping my career path for the better. I'm still not where I'd like to be, but I plan for 2016 to be the year of a shift in all aspects of my career. I've got the feeling that it's going to be jam packed full of awesomeness. 


Work

I have taken quite a non-traditional path when it comes to my work life, and it's something I haven't shared much with you before... Like ever, actually! But aside from blogging and my music, I'm also very active online and have spent the past year immersing myself in learning the art of internet marketing. It's something that I plan to really expand upon this new year and I'm really excited to see where it takes me!

Life

This was a milestone year for me in my personal life too as I turned 18 and officially entered adulthood! I decided to keep my birthday celebrations low key but was surprised by my mum and sister with a weekend trip away to the beautiful seaside town that is Tarifa, off the southern coast of Spain. I found turning 18 hit me hard at the end of 2015, kind of like an epiphany, and it has really encouraged me to take a step back and look at where my life is going and what I want to achieve in 2016. I have so many goals, and I guess it's made me think a little harder about the way in which I have been prioritising said goals ;)


Here's to an incredible 2016...

xoxo,
Hannah

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