The Best of 2015

The lull in between Christmas and New Year always leads me to reflect on the year that has passed and plan for the year ahead. After the excitement of Christmas Day and with London being in a half-open, half-closed state, there’s little else to do other than lounge in PJs (or head to the office) and ponder!

I tend to focus more on the future than dwell on the past here on the blog, but it dawned on me that reflecting on the last 12 months was a fun thing to do and added a bit more background to the plans for the year ahead.

2015 feels like the year I felt most settled in myself and where I was heading. It’s almost as if I turned 30 and things became much clearer, I didn’t feel as wrapped up in what other people thought about me, I had more confidence in my skills and doing what I love, and as a result I feel like what I’ve been working on for years (both in life and at work) is slowly falling into place.

At the same time, 2015 was the year I felt I struggled to keep up with. It was packed with six trips overseas, five weddings, a number of 30ths, not to mention a bit of a hectic workload in the office. Time flew by so quickly and at times I felt a little frustrated about not being able to fit everything I wanted to in the time given. If there’s one thing I must take forward to 2016, it’s the realisation that sometimes things take time and I really should obsess less about the passing of time. The next thing is that general goals are motivating to an extent but I need some more specific things to achieve too. (More on that in the next post.)

As for 2015 highlights, below are my favourite photos from Instagram, not because they got the most likes but because they remind me of great moments or delicious experiences from the year.

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These are my favourite posts from the year:

Sightseeing from Tower Bridge – Sometimes it really is fun being a tourist in your own city.

Sauntering around the Sky Garden – London got a new city view and although there are mixed reviews out there I liked it!

Street art snaps – I’ve really got into mobile photography this year and this street art tour was a fun way to test my skills alongside a group of lovely bloggers.

Ai Weiwei and the Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy – Possibly the best exhibitions of the year?

Queen’s House, Greenwich – I was so pleased to see such a grand London house before it was temporarily closed to the public. It certainly cemented a love of nosing around London homes.

London’s Best Hot Chocolate – The blog provided a convenient excuse to go out and find the best places for my favourite winter drink this year.

Cahoots, Soho – It would have been difficult to top a brilliant London Underground themed cocktail bar.

Blixen, Spitalfields – Winner of the best brunch in 2015 I think.

Montenegro ~ Part 1, 2 & 3 – I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve told people that they should go on holiday to Montengro, it’s such a beautiful country.

36 hours in Paris – I finally made it to Paris and what a place to celebrate my 30th. I still can’t quite believe the saddening events that happened just a few months later.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this year! 2016 will no doubt bring new adventures and London discoveries that I’ll be desperate to photograph and share. Have a great New Year’s Eve and a very happy 2016!

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2 Comments

  1. January 11, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    I still haven’t been to Cahoots! Clearly need to rectify this…

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      January 12, 2016 / 7:07 am

      You do! 🙂 It’s such a fun place and the cocktail menu is very drinkable. I’m tempted to go back!