2013 Reflection: The year of change


This time last year I was excited and feeling positive about 2013. I was to finish my final year at University, Graduate and take on the challenge of finding a job – so that is 2.75/3 complete (not secured the job yet but have applied for loads)! Without a doubt, 2013 has been the most emotional year of my life – I have succeeded and failed, laughed and cried, loved and hated. I have made and lost friends, explored new places and revisited old ones, learnt new things and changed my mind about things I thought I already knew. A lot of things have changed in 2013.

From late 2012 to Graduation to December 2013 – I have bigger bags under my eyes, more wrinkles and different hair now. (P.s. Don’t worry, I haven’t shrunk in height – that’s just the photos I’ve used ha)

I knew being a graduate was going to be hard. I have thousands of pounds worth of debt. I have no job and am either under qualified or over qualified to get a job. I live back at home (in the middle of nowhere) with my parents. I have no money to move out because I can’t get a job.

You can see how easy it would be for me to become really depressed. On the other hand…

I have a degree. I found a total of £25 on the street floor this year. I have a roof over my head. I have a small (but amazing) group of people who believe in me. I have been given exciting opportunities. I have some skills. I have a blog with 6,500 followers. I have potential. Now I just need the world to see it.

It is hard when your year doesn’t go as planned. It is hard to pick yourself up. It is hard to adopt a positive attitude. It is hard, but I’ll try my hardest.

In terms of blogging, 2013 has been great – I posted 118 times (which translates to roughly a post every 3 days) with 55,000 views. Interestingly none of my top posts for 2013 were written this year, but you guys have loved making your own DIY 3D letters – almost 10,000 views alone for this post, I’m amazed!

You’ve also appreciated my Triangle Friday posts, Tri Fri #4 about triangular tattoos attracting the most views.

Coming in 3rd and 4th of the most viewed posts in 2013 are two of my own design projects:

Ironically my worst (but still interesting) University project, my Experience Design for Linonophobia, and a project from way back in my college days (2010): Don’t text and drive advertising campaign – an important issue but looking back, not the best campaign ever!

From August 2013 comes my most commented on post:

Facing my fear – a post about my unhealthy addiction to buying sketchbooks but never being able to use them! I found out that I’m not alone with my sketchbook fear as a lot of people related to this post and commented – thank you and I hope you were all able to put pencil to paper. (If you did – please, show me!)

Which leads me on to my favourite posts from 2013…

My sketchbook posts. I admitted my fear… I faced my fear! It felt good to have support from other creatives and pushed me to take my sketchbook with me to Wymondham, London and mostly around Lincoln (see here, here, here andhere). I sat in the street and ignored people looking at me oddly and I just sketched. And most importantly I saw an improvement in my sketching. Then I moved home, the weather turned gloomy and I became a hermit, unfortunately. But I really loved doing those posts, so I will venture out into the world in 2014 to continue sketching, I promise!

So now to look forward to 2014, (and don’t forget I’m nominated for a UK Blog Award – please vote!) who knows what will happen! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post? In my nearly 5 years of blogging (Blog’s 5th Birthday in January btw!) I’ve not really done anything like this but it’s been lovely looking back – let me know what you think. Thank you for all of your support throughout 2013 and fingers crossed for an amazing 2014 – Happy New Year!


  • styleandinfluence

    02/01/2014 at 4:11 pm

    Happy Year Year Natasha, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens on your blog next year! I think the year that you leave uni is a tough tough year. Remain positive and you will go far, you are a very talented lady x

    • graphiquefantastique

      04/01/2014 at 9:52 pm

      Happy New Year to you, Nikki 🙂 It has been tough so far but trying to keep busy and creative and hopefully something will crop up. Aww thanks, very kind of you to say 🙂 x

  • crystallorraine

    06/01/2014 at 11:36 am

    Just wanted to say that I absolutely love reading your blog, I find myself sitting and reading endless posts! I find you really inspirational, reading your posts about your sketchbooks and no liking to sketch but then doing it anyway, reminds me so much of myself, I look at how much you’ve enjoyed it and improved, it makes me want to do the same! Looking at everything you’ve achieved makes me so excited to complete my degree (I’m in my first year doing graphic design also). I wish you all the best in the future and keep up the blog 😀 xx

    • graphiquefantastique

      06/01/2014 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you Crystal – such a lovely comment! I’m really glad you enjoy reading my blog because although I love writing it, knowing that someone else is enjoying it to makes it so much more worthwhile. You should definitely give the sketchbook challenge a go – it’s tough but rewarding to see improvements and find that people actually like what you draw too! (Definitely send me a link if you blog about it or email me if you do decide to give it a go!) Good luck with your degree – the fmp magazine on your blog is great, especially for a 1st year, so I predict you will go far! Stay positive and work hard – it will pay off! And thank you for reading – it means a lot xx

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