I find writing a recap of 2013 slightly surreal. When I think of some of the things I’ve been doing this year it’s crazy! It has been a pretty good year, I don’t think it topped 2012 as that was an epic year for me, but still very good indeed…
Back in February I went down to London to be filmed talking to Gok Wan:
I also met him again in May! Earlier in the year I was featured in Healthy Magazine as a healthy hero:
We’ve had a couple of holidays including Berlin in September:
While in Berlin I met up with the lovely Claire and Christina, as well as seeing several other bloggers down in Brighton including Christina again, Tamzin, Lara and Lucie. Such amazing girls! Brighton is just awesome every time we visit:
I got another tattoo while I was down there, an arrow shooting through the stars on my arm, and then back in August I got my mandala tattoos on the back of my legs:
In the summer I got a new iMac and spruced up my desk as I started to work from home more…
I learned how to hula hoop!
and I did a 5 day juice cleanse…
I’ve blogged a few lovely recipes too! Here’s some of my faves:
From left to right starting at the top: sweet potato chocolate chip almond butter chunk bars // chicken, quinoa and edamame salad with peanut lime dressing // berry baked oatmeal // home made chai spice // coconut maca snack balls // caramel apple cake // Warm Harissa Chickpea, Butternut and Courgette Salad // roasted vegetable korma // sweet potato pancakes // raw chocolate dipped strawberry ice lollies // feed your face smoothie and face mask // raw salted caramel sauce // raw chai spiced cheesecake with pistachio walnut crust // 5 spice pork lettuce cups // turkey taco chilli // lentil and feta salad with chilli, lemon and mint
My businesses, Uniquely Healthy and the Feel Good Factory, have gone from strength to strength, something I am thankful for every single day. I’ve had the privilege of working with some truly amazing women supporting them to become healthier and happier. I wrote my first e book and every time someone tells me how useful the Super Conscious Living Programme has been for them I am filled with so much joy, I know I have discovered my purpose in life and that is incredible.
I’ve loved working with communities as well, and that is something which is going to develop further in 2014:
Looking back at what was on my wish list for 2013 I’ve done really well. I completed my health coaching certification, Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish is still one of the top health blogs in the UK, my businesses are going well, my finances are in better shape, we went abroad, we’ve had some brilliant nights out, and I’m finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with my hormonal issues. I have to say, until I listed all of those things out like that and compared them to what I had written in my wish list a year ago, I didn’t quite realise how much I have achieved. I love having this little blog as a way to record my life!
So as 2013 ends I have a really good feeling about 2014. It’s hard to explain, but I have this strange gut feeling that it’s going to be a really special year, here’s hoping!
This is my last post for 2013 and I’d just like to say thank you to every single one of you than takes the time to read this blog and join me on my journey. From the very bottom of my heart, thank you all. I hope you have a brilliant New Years Eve and an awesome 2014! I have some great things planned blog wise, so stay tuned!
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Happy new year lovely lady! Hope 2014 involves seeing you face to face again at some point :) xx
Thanks Phil, Happy New Year to you too! Yes I very much hope it will include seeing you again, I need a trip down to London sometime very soon me thinks!
Looks like an awesome year! I am really happy for you, Laura. It’s so great that you could make a profession from what you love to do. Have a great New Year’s Eve and an awesome start of 2014!
Thanks Ksenija! Hope you have a great NYE!
Happy new year Laura! What an amazing year you have had- I agree I think having a blog is great to look back on what you have achieved, otherwise you would forget so many things. Your community events always look so fantastic- just the sort of thing that children and families should be going to.
Wow you have created so many amazing recipes too!
Have a great new year’s eve! x
Thanks Maria! Happy new year to you too, hope you enjoy yourself this evening :-)
I read the 2012 post as well and I’m curious as to why you’d rate 2012 above 2013 – you achieved a lot then, but comparing the two posts it seems as though this year is even better. You’ve made so much progress in many aspects of your life. I hope the upward trend continues and 2014 is the best year yet :)
Thanks Jess, you know until you commented I hadn’t really questioned myself on that. I guess it was because my 30th birthday, the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics happened in 2012 so parties and fun things like that, but overall I think you are right that I’ve achieved more in 2013. Haha, I feel a bit differently about it all now, thanks! Hope you have a good day today and a great New Year xxx
You busy bee. So inspiring to see what you’ve been up to! Bet it feels good to look back on. I love that recipe recap layout, it all looks so bright and appetising. xxx
Thanks Catherine! I know I was well chuffed when I saw how lovely those recipes looked together! Hope you have a great NYE!
What an awesome year! All the best for 2014!
Thanks Lauren, hope you have a great one!
2013 was definitely a good year, and I couldn’t be happier for you :) I know I’ve said this before, but it’s seriously been a pleasure to be able to follow you on this entire journey, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store for you. Happy New Year, lovely lady <3
Thanks Amanda :-) Happy New Year to you too!
What an amazing year Laura! Can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for you!
Thanks Claire! Hope you have a great NYE and an amazing 2014!
Wow what a great year you’ve had. A happy new year to you, keep up with the lovely blog!
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Thanks Joele! Ooh my biggest tip for new bloggers would be comment, comment, comment! Getting involved in the blogging community is the best way to get the most out of blogging I think :-)
Truly wonderful year it seems Laura! So much learning and growing has clearly taken place for you that I’m sure 2014 is going to be your best yet :)
Looking forward to reading more from you in the New Year. Have a lovely celebration tomorrow night- you deserve it!
Thanks Emma, fingers crossed for 2014! Hope you have a wonderful NYE and 2014 too!
I love this. Happy New Year, healthy girl.
Thanks Nicole xxx hope you and Gwendolyn have a fabulous NYE!
What a great 2013! Here’s hoping for even more in 2014! Happy new year! Thank you for everything you do, I’m hoping, with your help, 2014 is going to be my best year yet!
Thats an amazing year you had there, heres wishing 2014 takes you up and beyond expectations xx
Have a fab NYE Laura I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings you x x x
it’s been quite the year for you! I love all of it and although I wasn’t doing a wish list for 2014 now that I see your tats, I definitely want a new tattoo in 2014! Happy New Year Laura!
What a fabulous year and an amazing journey. You should be so proud of your achievements – all the best foe 2014! :-) x
Wow what an awesome year for you! Hope you have a lovely New Years Eve and an amazing 2014. Really looking forward to reading more of your journey next year xx
You’ve had a brilliant year! It’s been great reading all about it :) Here’s to an even better 2014 for you. I’m sure it will be amazing.