2019: A reflection

Wow … the year is nearly over, oh wait, scrap that … the decade is nearly over. How did that happen?! I swear, I blinked and 10 years flew by. It’s been an interesting year and lots of things have changed so I thought it would be a good idea to look back on 2019. Keep reading to find out what I got up to in 2019!

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

2019: A reflection 

Blogging

As you’re reading this, my lil blog has turned 2 years old *Happy Birthday Being Chloe* So, if you read last years post, I had big plans for blogging in 2019, I wanted to smash my goals, stats and work with some incredible brands! Unfortunately, life got in the way and I will sadly say my blog got pushed to the side. Don’t get me wrong, I was still active on social media and did post now and again but certainly nowhere near as much as my first year of blogging. I didn’t really post consistently at all as I prioritised getting my degree, but I am going to make it my mission to be more consistent in 2020.

The Body Shop, Manchester

The Body Shop, Manchester

Check out my post about being organised in 2020 with a FREE editorial blog calendar for you to download!

Although I didn’t post as much, and definitely didn’t get as many blog views or social media followers in 2019 – I still got around 22000 blog views which I am so happy with! I personally want to say here thankyou for sticking by my little blog even though I was useless with my scheduling, it really means a lot! And some more good news, I worked with lots of brands in 2019:

  • Dermalogica UK – post here
  • Leighton Denny Nails – see on my instagram
  • Pixi Beauty – see on my instagram
  • Estella Bartlett – post here

And also went to lots of fab blog events and made friends with lots of other bloggers:

  • Armani Beauty – post here
  • The Body Shop – see on my instagram
  • Pandora UK – post here
  • Jet2 Holidays – post here
  • Dermalogica John Lewis, Liverpool – post here
  • Junkyard Golf, Manchester – see on my instagram
Jet2 holidays event

Jet2 holidays event

I am super grateful for the opportunities that come from my little blog and I hope that I can continue working with some incredible brands in the new year!

Despite not being as on it as I should be in 2019, I’m still really proud of my blog and I hope it can be even bigger and better in 2020!

Make sure you check out my next blog post on my 2020 goals – ones that I actually will stick to!

University 

Like I said, my blog took a back seat because I was in my final year of University and had to make studying a priority. You’ll be pleased to know that it was all worth it and I graduated from the University of Manchester with a First Class (hons) in Pharmacology with Industrial Experience. Not only that, but I also won three awards – outstanding academic achievement, the top student in Pharmacology and British Pharmacological Society Undergraduate award if you’re interested.

Graduation

I am so incredibly proud of myself as I worked myself to death to get those results and I couldn’t be happier that my hard work paid off! I had a fab time at my final year ball and graduation and was so happy I could celebrate with my friends and family. Finishing uni really was the end of an era and it’s so weird to think that I am now a proper adult … scary tbh.

Life

Life has been quite a rollercoaster this year, whilst I have had some sad news, overall its been a relatively positive year. Not only did I smash uni, but I also made great strides in my confidence and travelled alone. Yep, little me got on a plane and flew off by herself to not one, but three different countries.

Into the Wild, Chiang Mai

Into the Wild, Chiang Mai

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

The Acropolis, Athens

The Acropolis, Athens

I won’t go into them too much as I have posts all about them here:

  • Greece – Crete, Santorini, Athens
  • Thailand – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
  • Bali – Canggu, Seminyak, Ubud, Gili T
  • Also travelled to New York and Barcelona with family and friends

Anyone knows me, knows that I am a massive stress head and overthinker so I think it’s fair to say this is probably my biggest achievement. I saw some incredible places, met some amazing people who will definitely be friends for life and caught a real travel bug … seriously when is my next trip?!

Work

Whenever somebody asked me what my plans were after uni, my answer was always the same … take. a. break. I was tired and had full intentions of travelling and sleeping. That was my plan, and boy did I stick with it. Even though I finished uni in June, I actually only got a job around a week ago. If I had the money, you better believe I would have carried on travelling, but I had to be realistic. So I got a job. I’m happy I got a job, even if it was right before Christmas because it means I don’t have to carry that stress in 2020 … phew.

So that was my 2019! A crazy year, and honestly, a pretty good one! So here’s hoping, 2020 will be just as good, if not better. I won’t lie to you, the though of 2020 scares me, whether it’s because it’s a new decade, I don’t know, but I’m still going to be positive! My next post will be looking at my goals for 2019 and whether I achieved them (spoiler alert … I pretty much didn’t) and all about my goals and aspirations for the new year!

Mt Batur, Bali

Mt Batur, Bali

What was your favourite thing about 2019? Are you excited for 2020 or a little nervous? Any big plans for the new year? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Chlo x

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6 Comments

  1. December 29, 2019 / 9:42 pm

    Looks like you had a great year! Congrats on getting a 1st, that’s so amazing. I’m in second year and I definitely have felt the pressure of uni hit my blog at times too so can only imagine final year

    Chelle | http://www.chellebelle2016.blogspot.com

    • BeingChloe173
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      December 30, 2019 / 9:26 am

      Thank you so much! Uni is tough, you’ll make it! X

  2. December 30, 2019 / 12:09 pm

    Sounds like 2019 was a great year for you! Hope you have a great 2020!

    • BeingChloe173
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      December 30, 2019 / 7:20 pm

      It was, thank you! I hope you have a great 2020 too! x

  3. December 30, 2019 / 6:35 pm

    I love reading through reflective posts at the end of the year! It always gets me so inspired for the year ahead. It sounds like you had a really great year and achieve some amazing things 🙂 x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      December 30, 2019 / 7:25 pm

      I had a fab year thanks! I’m the same, I love looking at reflections and other people’s goals to inspire me! x

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