Hazel Jane


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I was going to do a bit of a rambly post about the year, because I really enjoy reading other people’s (if you’ve written one, hit me up!), but I just haven’t found the right words to say.

Of course the year has had it’s downs, just like everyone else – I’ve experienced redundancy, unemployment and other things.

But I’m trying not to concentrate on those. Yes they’ve shaped and challenged me, they’ve helped me grow, and I wouldn’t change those experiences at all, but I just want to concentrate on the happy moments today. The successes, the travelling, the experiences, the friends.

These experiences are what really, truly makes a year, and we should never take them for granted – even the simple things. And that’s what I’ve learnt this year. That happiness is not a destination, that there is not one simple calculation that will get you there. Your life is what you make it, and you’re the only one who can make themselves happy throughout the journey.

Which is why 2016 will be the year that I try harder to get out there and experience more. To travel around the UK visiting my friends, travel to a few different countries, watch more films, read more books, go to random gigs and arrange bike rides and car drives to unexpected places.

So, to celebrate the beauty of experiencing life’s greatest treasures, here’s a little photo blog of the happy parts of 2015, as well as a few other, photoless moments too:

I went on holiday to Spain – my first beach holiday in 9 years

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I also went to Prague – mine and Joe’s first holiday together


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I ran a WHOLE MARATHON (?!?!)


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As well as a half marathon, too!

I had a relaxing break at Long Leat/Centre Parks

And a long amble through a very quiet London Zoo

I made some amazing friends, and finally got to meet people I’d be talking to for months


Including Bloggers Festival with this amazing lot, and getting to show Sophie around my home town


I got to meet Tom Kerridge and Nancy Birtwhistle

And had an awesome camping trip with friends and family



Legend even went to dog training and won second place in recall at the celebratory party


I went to a few awesome blogging events, including a BBQ with Asda and a crafting afternoon with Hillary’s


I even became a Graze ambassador!

And really honed my love for baking/cooking


(also established my love for checks/tartan apparently)

And I had some other fun days too




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Looking back at 2015, I had some really amazing experiences. Now it’s time to include even more into 2016.

New job, new places to see, new things to experience. Bring it on.

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