My Top 10 Moments of 2014…..

This year unfortunately started out with me not knowing what to do with my life and being partially miserable whilst working in retail. I’m pleased to say it ended the complete opposite, although, not from events that I would have ever imagined. It’s weird to say that thanks to a car accident and losing my day job, I’m now a Social Media Manager (amongst other things) and write for my blog full time too. I knew that I had always loved writing, and ever since starting my blog, it was a dream for it to become my job, but I didn’t think it would become a reality so soon.

 

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Sure, being in constant pain for the half of the year hasn’t been amazing, but having so much freedom to take days off, work late, have time to work on exciting project and meet new people, has meant that I’ve had one of the happiness and most rememberable years ever. It was actually something that Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter said in a vlog recently (don’t worry, I’m not a die hard fan girl) that has really stuck with me and made me grateful for this year. She said something along the lines of ‘I didn’t realise that I could be happy everyday’ and I completely related. I always used to say that ‘I’m due a happy day’, as if that I had to earn them. I’ve never been a particularly happy person for numerous reasons, but now I am actually genuinely happy. So much so, that I thought I would write about my top 10 moments of 2014 starting right at the beginning on this incredible journey…..
1) Going to my first blogging event in January
My first event back in January was where I got to meet the incredible Leeds (and surrounding areas) Bloggers that made me feel so welcomed and loved. Not only do I consider most of them my friends to this day, but they also gave me the confidence to attend many other events, and I’m happy to say that throughout the year by attending events and getting out there, that most of my friends are now people I’ve met through blogging and I absolutely love it.
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Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan
2) Modelling
This year I got the chance to model on a catwalk for Simply Be and Yours Clothing at Plus North which was an utterly indescribable feeling. Plus North as a Whole was probably one of the best weekends I’ve ever had and it was a massive confidence boost.
I was also asked to Model for Voodoo Vixen’s new range recently and although it didn’t end up exactly how I imagined, it was still a memorable experience which may never be shared with the world. Unless you saw my Facebook status, you’ll not know that I really did not enjoy how I looked on the day, the other models look glamorous and vintage, whereas I didn’t at all, for this reason of me being uncomfortable with the photos and how I looked, they have decided to pull the images – which doesn’t sound like a good thing, but I am really happy with this outcome. The entire experience has only encouraged me to definitely take more and potentially similar opportunities (maybe a hint), but I definitely know not to let others touch my hair and makeup….Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan
Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan

3) Leaving Lush and Starting a New JobAlthough leaving Lush wasn’t completely voluntarily (I’ve never really said but – I was told that because I couldn’t lift due to the car accident, I couldn’t fulfil my job role, so I had to go off sick for 2 months, after the first month I handed in my notice.) I had already got my new job as a Social Media Manager whilst at Lush and I did plan to do both, but that wasn’t how things turned out. Oddly, it’s probably the best thing that has ever happened to me as this was the month where I really stepped up my blog game and worked my hardest on making something of it.

Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan
4) Halloween and being featured in the Metro and Cosmopolitan
I think that speaks for itself really but during my first month off sick, I was a little angry and achy, however, even though it took me a lot longer than normal, I was still able to paint my body and create my favourite Halloween looks of all time. October was a mind blowing month as I was featured in printed magazines, online magazines and different company websites for my Halloween looks, you can even see most of the features on my ‘About Me’ page. It really gave me the confidence boost that I needed to know it was my time to take this on full time and quit my retail job, well that and the fact that I wasn’t getting better….
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5) Planning my own event
Myself and two other bloggers that I had never come across before, came together to create the #SheffieldBBloggers. Although in the late stages the two other bloggers were very busy with college/their jobs, the time off meant that I could really give it my all (with the help of my incredibly helpful parents again) and create my dream event. October consisted of very hectic delivery days and ensuring that everything was ready, but it was also one of the best days of the year. I definitely needed by bed afterwards but the feedback from both companies and bloggers has inspired me to do another event this year! Now it’s just finding the time….
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Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan
6) Freelancing as a Social Media Manager
Although I have my actual job as a Social Media Manager, I also freelance as one as well. It’s very different when you actually thoroughly enjoy a job, I get excited over things when they go well, my ideas are always welcomed and all I want to do is be the best I can possibly be. I now have several clients, one of which allows me to talk about cats and dogs, I think this is a real win in life for me.
7) Visiting, or returning to, London

 

I was actually born in London, Essex to be exact, yet until this year I have never had the opportunity to go. I’ve now been 3 times in the space of a month and I have to say, I love it. My first visit was for a Plus Size Focus Group with TK Maxx and the Hairfinity event, the second was the Plus Size Awards and finally when I modelled for Voodoo Vixen. I really do hope there’s more opportunities to go to London in 2015 as I’d love to explore it more.

 

Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan
Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan
8) Phantom of the Opera

 

I’ve already said that if I had a bucket list, this would have been on it. Ever since first watching the 2004 film of Phantom of the Opera I have completely been in love with it. As it was my birthday the weekend after the Plus Size Awards, my Mum decided to absolutely spoil me by booking tickets. We didn’t realise at the time that it would leave us with just an hour to get ready for the actual awards, but regardless it was worth it. I would definitely go and see it again and it has only made my love for the Phantom of the Opera and my Parent’s stronger!

 

Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan
9) Winning Best Fashion Blog and Meeting Brands

 

A joint one as it’s all to do with Plus Size Fashion. The Plus Size Awards seem like they were ages ago when in reality it has been a little over a month. I was blown away to be nominated out of the blue, and ecstatic to actually be able to attend the night and receive my award in person. It is truly my proudest moment ever. The day after the awards, the excitement truly continued as Mum and I were treated to Gifi Field’s company and truly wined and dined, we also got a tour of London and had the most incredible time. I’ve said a few times that meeting the people behind the brands is my new favourite thing, but it truly is. It’s so interesting to see how companies come around and how they operate. I have also been blown away to find out that Gifi (of Scarlett and Jo, in case I haven’t mentioned him enough lately) is actually designing a dress for me as part of his Valentine’s Collection! You’ll be seeing that shortly.

 

Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan
10) The Best Moment of all……
I always ask my Mum to read my posts and proof read them, however, this time, she proof read a slightly different post, as I left out all the parts where my Parent’s have been incredible this year and supported me. Not only did they support me in my decision to quit my stable job and take me to, sometimes even attend blogging events with me, but my Mum also always takes every single outfit photo for the blog, and this month I even got my Dad more involved and made a post with him. I had to make a speech at the Plus Size Awards and again at a family party about winning my award, and both times through shock and nerves I forgot to mention how utterly grateful I am for my Parent’s. They’re the kind of people that everyone instantly likes when meeting, they’d do anything to help others, they’ve never let me down and I really don’t think I’d be where I am in my carer, or this happy without their help and guidance this year.
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Shemightbeloved, georgina grogan
I have never been this happy or enjoyed a year as much as 2014, I will be very sad to see it go, but I honestly can’t wait for the adventures that 2015 holds.
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  • Ebony J

    Wow, it looks like you had a very busy and productive year (: congrats on everything especially your job and your event!

  • What an amazing year! So pleased for you, love!
    2015 (yes, 15! See, I got it right this time!!!) is going to be stellar.

    Happy to call you a friend – I’ve met some fantastic people through blogging, and you’re up there with with the faves for sure!

    Happy New Year!

    Faith xxx

  • You have ha such an amazing year it looks so much fun

    http://www.beautyandtheboy.com

  • aly

    Awh this was such a lovely read! I hope your 2015 is as good if not better 🙂 x

  • Jessica Summers

    What a lovely post! I’m so glad that things worked out for you and you’re now happier than ever 🙂 Happy New Year! xx

  • Kim

    What a fantastic year. All throughly deserved. I have always been a strong believer in everything happens for a reason and I think you’re a true testimony to that. I am so glad to have met you this year. Your positive attitude and passion for blogging is very enviable but also what makes you a great person . I shall raise a glass tonight for you and hope your success grows even greater in 2015! Xxx

  • Claudia

    Such a lovely post, your parents sound truly amazing! I wish you all the best in 2015! xx

  • StargazyEyes

    Wow you’ve really had the most incredible year! I’ll look forward to seeing what happens for you in 2015.

    Sharon x
    http://stargazyeyes.blogspot.co.uk/

  • What a fab year, lots going on and lots to be proud of. I think the modelling thing is hard…I mean as a model you are there to wear the clothes and it’s the stylists/magazine/whatever you are doing it for, who have the final say and guidance on what you wear and how you wear it. Afterall it’s their shoot, their publication or their clothes. You’re just the clothes hanger to put it bluntly! So it’s difficult when it’s a blogger rather than someone who models for a living and raises the question, does your style/opinion really come into it? Do you suck it up because it’s not about you, but about the company/brand and their shoot? It’s hard when you feel uncomfortable with it though and at the same time, it’s your ‘brand image’ you’re promoting too, so I guess they have to expect that when they’re not using professional models.

    Personally I’ll be glad to see the back of 2014, the worst of all my 12 years being ill. I’ve literally had no fun, done nothing, gone nowhere. Horrid year.

    • That’s exactly why I didn’t say anything on the day as I was employed to be a model, so I shut up, quietly fixed my makeup in the toilet (as parts were unfinished like eyebrows and blunt eyeliner) and got on with it. It wasn’t until a week of feeling utterly rubbish about myself that I decided to email and just explain why I wasn’t sharing the photos anywhere, but as other people pointed out, I am a blogger. I was there to promote their brand as me, and I didn’t even look like myself. It wasn’t that it was different to me, normally I adapt a modern vintage look in my daily makeup, but it wasn’t executed as well as I thought it would be. Being an MUA myself, I just wasn’t happy. After seeing the photos, everyone understands where I’m coming from, if not, I sound like a diva haha!
      I’m really sorry to hear that, I hope everything picks up for you in 2015! You seem so lovely and you always comment with the most thoughtful things! Finger’s crossed for you 🙂

  • Such an amazing year! Congrats on your award and it was lovely meeting you at the St Legers Day event! x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

  • Wow what a rollercoaster of a year! As horribly cliche as it sounds, I always think things happen for a reason, it’s just awful that it had to be a car accident! I love the sprinkle of glitter quote, it has really got me thinking. I think we all kind of assume that work is going to be awful but that’s just life but I’ve always wanted something more than that and to be happy every day would be a dream! Here’s to an even better 2015!

    sheepishlyshameful.blogspot.co.uk

  • This was truly a pleasure to read! <3 What a bloody whirlwind of a year you've had! I must say, my blog is nooooowhere even near the spectrum and success of yours, but I can totally relate to 2014 and my blog being life changing. I also began the year in retail, and I was SO miserable. I've gone through so many ups and downs but I end the year with a new home, a dream job (thanks to my blog!), and hope for the future.
    Im sure 2015 will be even more amazing for you Georgina! Sending you lots of love and luck, all the best!

    Jemma xxx
    http://www.dorkface.co.uk

  • Deimante Baurinaite

    What a nice post to read!! I have just come across your blog completely by accident and must say you are a one talented, beautiful lady!

    Happy New Year!! 🙂

    http://www.sunnydei.com

  • such a wonderful post to read! so happy for you, can’t wait to see what you achieve in 2015 x Happy New year

  • Louise

    Just came across your blog and found this post, what a lovely one it is was as my first read of 2015, you are a great inspiration, and I am so happy for what you have achieved in so short a time. Have a great new year! xx

  • So lovely to see what an amazing year you’ve had. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see where you will go in 2015!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

  • Becky Lee

    Love this – you’ve had such a fab year! Can’t wait to see what 2015 brings for you ☺️

  • What an amazing year you have had! I’m sorry to hear about your accident, but you sound like you’ve the most wonderful jam-packed year. The opportunities you’ve taken part in sound amazing, too! Looking forward to following your blog more closely in 2015 and I’m looking forward to seeing what you achieve 🙂 Are you thinking about doing a post on your job? Social media is something that I’d loved to get in to and would love to hear your honest opinions on how to get into it, your day to day jobs etc. Best wishes for 2015! xxx

    Hannah x | hannatalks

  • Cathy

    What a lovely post – your parents are amazing and I have serious hair envy! You really do have the most beautiful hair ever 🙂 xx

  • that makeup look with the green hair OH MA LAWD – AMAZING! you look beautiful in all of these pics and it sounds like you’ve had a great year, hope it continues on for 2015!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

  • What a LOVELY post Georgina! It just goes to show you, you really do need to hit rock bottom before things turn around for the better. So glad you have had an incredible blogging year and you have recovered well from your accident. You look fab and I will continue to read your blog throughout 2015!

    Emma | The Fashion Six

  • Lisa Wightman

    What a lovely post Georgina, really uplifting. I’ve had a crap year, health wise & am keeping everything crossed that 2015 is better. However, just like you, I wouldn’t have even got through the last year if not for my parents. We really are incredibly lucky people to have fantastic relationships with amazing, supportive parents. A big cheer for fab Mams & Dads everywhere!
    I’m sure 2014 was just the start and that you will succeed even more this year. Thanks for a lovely read.
    Lisa x

  • This was such a lovely read Georgina! Looking forward to continuing to read your post throughout 2015 and onwards x

  • Chelsey

    I’ve just stumbled onto your blog from Becky (aka BeckyBedbug) and I’m so glad I did. This post really was a pleasure to read. I’m so pleased that you’re genuinely enjoying every day of your life. You seem like a beautiful person inside and out and I hope 2015 is another amazing year for you.

  • Stephanie Cage

    What a lovely inspirational post. It’s so nice that you’re totally upbeat but don’t pretend everything has been perfect – a hard balance to strike. I’m neither plus sized nor particularly into fashion and beauty, but I’ll still be keeping an eye on your blog – good to see a fellow Yorkshire girl doing so well.