2014 taught me…

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TO believe in my OWN magic.

Really it has.

I was thinking how best to sum up this year and I struggled for a while. It’s been a real mixed bags of tricks for me on the personal front – some highs, some lows. But on a professional level, this year has been one of my best.

If not the best to date.

2014 has been quite something from a freelancer and blogger point of view. It’s been a year when – to use the old familiar cliche – dreams really have come true.

And so, I’m going to continue with the magic theme that I started with just before Christmas because for me, it sums up this year brilliantly.

 

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Back in February I was the cover girl for Essentials magazine – one of the most popular national women’s magazines in the UK.

Although I did the shoot just before Christmas last year, actually seeing my ol’ mug on the front cover of the magazine in shops, supermarkets and petrols station was quite something. I mean, I even popped up in my local Lidl much to Elsie’s delight!

As a little girl I used to dream of two things – magazines and fashion. And so to be styled and model for Essentials magazine really was a ‘pinch myself’ moment.

I still can’t believe how lucky I am, to have been asked to do that. And to think it all happened because a freelance journalist came across this blog of mine and liked what this blog is all about.

That is the power of blogging my friends.

 

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This year I’ve also been fortunate enough to make friends with a group of wonderful women, who have inspired, supported and encouraged me to become bigger, better, best.  All of whom I have met online and through blogging.

I never thought it would be possible to make friendships online that transpire to be as strong and as brilliant in ‘real life’ but I was proven wrong.

And so I feel very lucky to know these women (as well as my old dear friends) and to have them in my world. As I always say, women together are stronger.

So what else?

Well this year, I’ve also fought some fears and tackled a few things head on. And I’ve learnt that nothing is as scary as you fear. Nor as frightful as you can imagine.

 

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I channelled the beauty and sultriness of Monica Bellucci in a photo shoot only to realise that actually I was far happier in my own skin and just being my self.

And I finally got to grips with my Northern accent and learnt to accept it.

Yep, I’ve never been a fan of my Rochdale twang but at 35 years of age, I’m actually beginning to rather like it.

This year has been all about embracing my voice and ability to talk for England, Northern tones an’ all.  I took part in my first podcast interview in which I talked about motherhood and freelancing and then, just days before Christmas, I did my first radio interview.

As a trained journalist, I’m used to asking the questions. As a PR, I’m used to setting up the interviews for my clients. But to sit in the ‘hot seat’ myself? Well that was something else.

In the end – as I’m continuing to learn as I get older and a little wiser – my fear was totally unprompted and I ended up absolutely loving it!

Big thank you to Rony for being so lovely on his super show and to BBC Sheffield for inviting me to take part. (You can have a listen here if you fancy. I’m on about 1hr 20 mins in, talking about my blog and recent blogging win).

 

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And finally, to top the year off in style, I won my first blogging award. Yep, Pouting In Heels (which is still just a mere toddler in blogging years) was awarded Parenting Blog of the Year, by The Bloggers’ Lounge! Another ‘pinch myself’ moment right there.

So you see, 2014 has been filled with magical moments for me.

I’ve tackled some fears, fulfilled a few dreams, learnt to love myself a little more (freckles and dulcet tones an’ all) and had a hell of a lot of a fun along the way.

I’ve also made dear friendships and learnt more about myself as a person than I thought possible. 2014 really has been quite something.

As we prepare for the New Year, I’d like to leave you all with a couple of thoughts to take with you into 2015.

A few pearls of wisdom from yours truly…

 

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1) Never doubt your OWN magic.

Your life is in your hands. You can make it as brilliant or as dire as you wish. It is entirely up to you.

We all have the potential to change someone’s life or to do something extraordinary.

 

2) Create your OWN magic.

Believe in yourself. Tackle your fears. Say yes to opportunities. Ask for more. Work hard. Be grateful. Support others.

For it’s not just magicians who have bags of tricks my friends. No, no, no.

We all have the ability to pull a little magic out from within our sleeves. Even when people may be watching or listening to us.

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Happy New Year everyone! May 2015 bring you much happiness, love and joy.

With love,

Kate

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30 Discussions on
“2014 taught me…”
  • This brought tears to my eyes darling because you and I are so similar and in life it’s rare to find new and such true friends.

    You sparkle sweetie and that strong self belief, that fire in the belly that we both possess is so important in life, being our own best publicists help so much and just going for it all, I LOVE IT!!!

    You inspire me sweetie and are a breath of fresh air. All the girls are. I feel so lucky to have met such a gifted, supportive group of women through blogging who are real friends, sisters.

    We just all ‘get’ each other and this brave new world we work in.

    I feel so happy to have you in my life, you’re beautiful inside and out. What a cracking year 2014 has been, here’s to an even better 2015 (if that’s even possible)-woohoo it is, it is-mwah, love you lots x

    • You know how I feel about you darling! In a nutshell, I love you to bits! Keep being wonderful, go getting, inspiring you. Here’s to more fabulousness for 2015. XXX

  • Lovely post. So nice to be able to reflect on the year and all the amazing things that happen throughout. I’m so glad the Bloggers’ Lounge introduced me to your blog! All the best for 2015.

  • This is beautiful. What an amazing year you’ve had – justly deserved, and the fruits of much hard work. I’m proud to count you as a friend, a lovely lady I’ve connected with online, and am so looking forward to meeting you in 2015 xxx

    • Leigh, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m proud to count you as a friend also, very proud indeed. You continue to inspire me and have me in total awe.Can’t wait to meet you soon xxx

  • *sniff* I may just have a lump in my throat reading this you lovely lady! Totally agree with every word and the whole sentiment just ROCKS! Huge congrats again on what has been a stellar year for you Can’t wait to meet up with the amazing group of ladies I’ve gotten to know better this year – proud to know the lot of you xxx

  • You have had an amazing year and I’m still totally crushing on you in your Monica Bellucci shoot! We must meet up for a good old chin wag soon my lovely.
    I wish you and all your family a very happy new year, here’s to making magic! Xx

    • Thank you so so much. You – and others – are the reason I write! :) Wishing you all the best for 2015. x

  • Congrats on your amazing year last year, hope this year sees you reaching even higher heights! You look gorge in your photos, especially the rather raunchy one :) Love your inspiring words. Happy 2015! x

  • Wow you look completely gorgeous I especially love the first ‘Monica’ photo. Love this post and love your blog so just one big love fest from my end! X

    • Wow Amy! Thank you ever so much. I do love a ‘love fest’. Your comment has made me smile, LOTS! :) x

  • Congratulations on what has been an amazing year! What a fantastic post, this year one of my intentions is to create our own magic and seeing your words has been a real inspiration!
    Gorgeous pics too x

    • Thanks ever so much! It really was super although I’m hoping 2015 will beat it! (We will see ;-) Hope you have a wonderful 2015 too! x

    • Thank you so much! And yes friendship is definitely one of the best things to come out of blogging :) X

  • Oh Kate, pure magic!! You are an inspiring, brilliant, wise and giving woman and deserve all the positive karma that is circling your way! I am so proud of your successes, and have loved getting to know you and the girls better this year – I feel totally blessed to count you all as friends, and I know that we continue to support, motivate and cheer each other on! Huge congratulations on every single thing you have achieved last year, and it is only the beginning! Here’s to a fantastic 2015!! Xxxx

    Thank you so for linking to #AllAboutYou

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