Friday, 1 January 2016
Happy new year! I say it every year, but the new year really snuck up on me this time. The last few weeks of December were a whirlwind; Darren and I got engaged (!!), work was hectic and I enjoyed an amazing family Christmas with my parents, then it was back to work and all of a sudden it was New Year's Eve! I don't really go in for all the celebrations and ended up going to sleep at 12:01 after one too many proseccos.
I know you're going to see a million of these reflective posts today, so I'll save on all the gratitude and intentions, but 2015 was such a great year. I feel like I got really into the swing of things with my blog, I did some amazing travel, we made a big life decision and I was on TV**. I did one of those #2015bestnine posts on my instagram and I'm happy to see such a nice mix of food, travel and personal photos in there.
2016 is going to be amazing! I have two school friends getting married (one of whom I'm a bridesmaid for), my beaut housemate from uni is having an Indian wedding (I get to wear a sari!), my brother is getting married - this is starting to get ridiculous - and then I'm getting married! In between all that, we're hoping to finally get a dog, I'm planning a weekend in New York with my mum and despite Darren and I deciding not to go on holiday this year to save money, we'll be heading to Malaysia to celebrate our marriage with family and have a honeymoon on the beach. (This would be the perfect moment for a YOLO, but I would legit get dumped if I did it. Boo.)
In true blogger new year reflection style, I've also been thinking about my blog. I love this space, I love creating recipes and looking back over my posts from the year, it's amazing to see the improvement since 2014. Saying that, I put a lot of work into Sprunting! in 2015...the pressure I put on myself to push out perfect content got in the way of the fact that it's supposed to be fun and it's not my job, it's not my livelihood, so I can chill TFO! I spent a weekend at the end of November putting together all my December content and it felt so good to have every single weekend in December free to just enjoy hanging out and making plans that didn't revolve around when I could be home to get the best light to photograph my cake! In light of that, I only want to create posts I love and I'm proud to share (grainy photos, I'm lookin' at you!) so I'm thinking of dropping a certain number of posts on the same day at the beginning of the month, like a magazine; I feel like that requires a new layout though, so watch this space!
Thank you for reading Sprunting! in 2015 and I hope you'll stick around to see what I eat, where I go and what I see in 2016.
p.s. here are links to some of the posts featured in the montage above: ramen in Tokyo, almond, polenta and rum plum cake, sausages + beans, (vegan) Cointreau coconut ice, flower arranging with the Flower Appreciation Society, making peace with courgetti, Humble Pie!
p.p.s. anything you'd like to see on the blog??
**The TV company sent me a DVD of the show and while it would be awesome for you all to see it, a few screenshots may have to suffice. There were some pretty lol moments!