2014 Reflection: The year of honesty

What. A. Year! Looking back now, if someone had given me a list of everything that has happened this year back in December 2013, I think I would have laughed in their face. This time last year I was in denial, trying to put on a brave face and hold it all together: I had no job, no inspiration, no plans. I read my 2013 reflection now and I cringe. It took me 12 days to muster the courage to write Honest Illustrated and admit that despite wearing a smile and trying my best to be positive, inside I was struggling to keep it together.

I think the thing with being a blogger is that you want to paint this near-perfect/positive life all the time when actually in reality it can’t be like that. I hold my hands up, I am guilty of this sometimes (like that time I didn’t write my dissertation and nobody knew until it was too late – not even joking, I still need to explain this one) but I hope I am getting a bit better at opening up to you guys through my BA (Hon)est posts. I am conscious that people don’t want to read gloomy and depressing posts, and I’m generally a positive person so I guess that’s why I don’t like to air my negative laundry online. But sometimes it needs to happen and you guys have been really supportive; I’m really grateful for that.

Everyone in the English speaking world knows that old saying: ‘Honesty is the best policy’ and I think this year more than proves it. On the 12th of January I published a life-changing (so dramatic! ha) post which I can so vividly remember writing – how I felt (emotional), what I was wearing (pyjamas ofc) etc. I was scared to post it, but I felt a lot of relief after I did and the comment notifications started popping up. But the reason why it’s a life-changing post is because (and I know I keep harping on about this, sorrynotsorry) it enabled me to get an interview, to get an internship, to get a graduate job, to live in London and to finally be a grown up at 24. Who knows where I would be right now had I not written that post!? And my year only got better…

I was shortlisted and WON Best Young Persons Blog at the UK Blog Awards 2014…

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… leading to a lot of great opportunities:

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Working with Fanta, The Royal Academy, Anthony Nolan (to film my first Youtube video), Ryman Stationery (for a Giveaway) and attending the MTV EMAs (Whuuuut- still amazed at this!)

I began a series of posts to help creative students and graduates: BA (Hon)est

 You guys enjoyed #1 The Job Search and #3 Interview & Portfolio tips the most with those two posts ranking in my top 5 posts of the year.

The success of BA (Hon)est lead to me being shortlisted for ‘Best Careers Blog’ in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014…

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… and meeting some of the best bloggers/people ever.

I (finally) had the operation that I’ve been waiting 4 years for and have gained so much confidence in my appearance (and time, from not photoshopping every photo of myself).

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I’ve been recognised as Press (which is crazy and some people still don’t realise it’s just me running this blog) and invited to some amazing events: Print Club London Blisters, Moniker & Kinetica Art Fairs and Print Club London x Farrow & Ball to name a few.

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I was thinking just the other day that I haven’t really blogged about what I’ve been up to at work since officially becoming a Junior designer  but I hope that you guys understand I’m quite restricted on what I can post about due to pitches and clients etc. I did do a reflection post in September about my 1st year after graduating but I’m working on a post (in my head at the moment) which will summarise my first year in industry (1 year in February!) so that’s something to look forward to!

If I’m honest, I don’t really know who my readers are – are you fellow grads? Are you students? Are you creatives? Are you non-creatives? I think it’s a bit of a mix, but I’m still getting a lot of love for my post from August 2011: My Type of Decor – DIY 3D Letters! Over 3 years on, with it still the most popular post on my blog, I thought it was time for a bit of an update…

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Coming soon!

Thank you for coming along on my 2014 journey and I don’t know how/if it’s even possible to top it in 2015 but let’s have a go. I don’t think I’ve ever made a New Years Resolution, but I promise to keep up the honesty as long as you promise to keep reading! Happy New Year everyone!

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8 Comments

  1. eeepimablogger@gmail.com'
    Suzy Marie
    31/12/2014 / 8:44 pm

    You’ve had an amazing year! And rightly so!! You’re a superstar 🙂 Keep up the good work for 2015 my darling <3

    • 01/01/2015 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks Suzy <3 Fingers crossed 2015 has some brilliant surprises for both of us 🙂

  2. thisistopa@gmail.com' 02/01/2015 / 5:39 am

    Congrats, Natasha and happy New Year! 🙂

  3. laura_blair@live.co.uk' 04/01/2015 / 4:36 pm

    This is such a great round-up post, one of the best I’ve seen! I only recently came across your blog, but I’ve really enjoyed reading (and even having a little stalk through the archives…!). BA (Hon)est is a great series, and I really look forward to seeing this year’s posts!

    • 04/01/2015 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks Laura – so lovely of you to say! A little stalking never hurt anyone 😉 & I’m glad you like my BA (Hon)est posts – I hope they’re helping students and grads out there somewhere… 🙂

  4. christopher@lestaret.com' 06/01/2015 / 11:07 pm

    It’s great to see everything’s working out for you Nutty, it makes me a very happy chappy! I always said ‘remember where you come from’ and it’s good to read that you view your experiences as stages of a journey. I, for one, am honoured to have played my part and wish you all the best as you head off into the sunset! Enjoy. You’ve earned it.

    • 06/01/2015 / 11:31 pm

      Skinner – It’s been too long! I’ve never forgotten ‘remember where you come from’ – you’re always with me through every stage of my journey 🙂 I haven’t ‘made it’ and I’m definitely not heading off into the sunset yet, but feel lucky to have survived so far. We should arrange a reunion – it’s a small world: I’ve stayed at Keri’s, bumped into Jake Pover and Luis (separately) and am currently renting a house from Jake Morrell’s parents! Team Skinner will rule the Graphic Design world one day…

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