FAREWELL

...to 2014!

Here's to my last ever blog post this year. So emotional. ;-)

*Wipes away tear*

I am so glad to get this year over and done with. I never thought I would say that but it has been the hardest year in my life for personal / family reasons. However there has been a few positives and learning experiences to come from 2014, like starting up this blog! Now grab a cuppa and get comfortable as I believe this could be a lengthy post.
At the end of February (the 22nd to be exact) I made the decision to start up Ka5thleen, at the time I didn't think it would last long which explains the lack of creativity in the name - you can read how I came up with it here. If you were to tell me that by the end of the year, after 10 months of blogging; I would have reached over 10K views, hundreds of followers, over 4K Instagram followers and over 100 Facebook likes, I would of laughed in your face. So hard. Not to mention people such as Ashleigh Gray, Mark Angels, Johnny Rzeznik and Boy George reading what I write (well at the least the post they were involved with haha), which it is still bloody surreal. Fangirling moment.
And not forgetting the wonderful companies and people I have gotten to work with:
(In order of first > latest)
Duo*
and the blogger events which some have hosted (marked with a *) which has led me to meet other wonderful Edinburgh bloggers! Find the list of them here.

Over the past 10 months blogging has became a part of my life that I don't see myself giving up anytime soon. Blogging gives me somewhere I can be myself and write whatever I want, whenever I want. It is the one place that has no limits, where I don't feel judged... constantly. In the years to come I want to be able to open up further and talk more freely about other personal things such as dyslexia and social anxiety which can often knock my confidence even lower than what it sits at. On the brighter side I would also like to upload more OOTD and tutorials as the ones I have done in the past have been very popular including the top three makeup tutorials;
and most recently...
I love blogging and coming across other blogs. I feel like it is another world that should be experienced if you love to write. At times it can be stressful, hard and even draining but that is when you know to stand back and take a break. 
Lets take Blogmas for example. If you can recall, I said on Day 1 I was never going to blog everyday. Well that changed. I ended up blogging for the first 20 days in a row, and don't get me wrong, I loved it. However, around about day 17 I started to stress over it and was even staying up early hours in the morning to write a post. No fun. I realised it wasn't the way to go and to give it a rest as to go from only blogging two to three times a week to everyday for the first 25 days in December is a HUGE jump. Something that I hadn't really considered at the time. 
With that said though, blogging can be extremely rewarding. You meet amazing people, get to attend blogger events, receive goodie bags (what a bonus!) and even get contacted for PR (such as to review a product). It is such a brilliant hobby.

I have spent the last 10 months adapting my blog and finding a schedule that fits around school, college, uni, and my social life (not like I have much of one *wink*).  I have thought it out and have decided that I will continue with #MusicMonday which will continue to be posted on Mondays (duh) and another one blog post that will be posted between Wednesday and Friday. This will help to keep things organised and will allow readers to know when they should expect a new post whilst giving me more free time out with school and blogging as I do like to have somewhat a social life hehe ;)
Anyways, moving on, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this year, it means a lot. I wish I could give each and everyone one of you individually a hug but we all know that that is pretty impossible so this is as close as it is going to get. *cyber hug*
  I hope that each of you have a lovely Hogmanay (or New Year if you ain't Scottish), and cherish each and every moment with the ones you love.

I shall see you again in 2015 for a fresh new start. Until then lovelies,

(Hehe, looks like I have hair growing out my ear :L)



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