A Look Back At My 2014 Resolutions & My 2015 Goals

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I hope you all had a fantastic New Year's Eve and saw in the new year in style! I can't believe its now 2015 - time really does fly by! I had a fairly civilised NYE with my boyfriend and two of our friends - we went for a lovely Thai meal in Manchester city centre and then headed back to our flat to watch the fireworks and drink prosecco - lovely! As always, I thought it was only right to do a new year post - I know they might seem a bit cliche but I've done one for the past couple of years and for me its a great way to reflect on the past year and set myself some new goals and ambitions for the year ahead. I thought it'd be fun to have a look back at my 2014 resolutions and see if I met any of them, as well as make some new goals for the year ahead! So, here's last years resolutions:

1. Pass my driving test
2. Get my dream job
3. Continue with counselling to improve my panic attacks & self-esteem
4.Worry less
5. Lead a healthy lifestyle by eating healthily and exercising
6. Learn some new recipes and experiment with more foods
7. Continue to enjoy blogging

I have to say, I'm quite proud of myself as I achieved at least 5 of the 7 resolutions I set myself at the start of 2014. I continued to enjoy blogging and recently hit 16,000 followers on Bloglovin which is just incredible - I really am chuffed to bits and can't thank all of you enough for your continued support. I also landed myself a job at a fashion company back in September which is a big improvement on my previous job and something I actually enjoy doing. Okay I wouldn't call it a 'dream' job but my career is definitely moving in the right direction now. I also managed to get my panic attacks and anxiety under control with the help of CBT and hypnotherapy and towards the end of the year, I've been more panic attack and anxiety free than I have been in years. This is the thing I'm most proud of as its something I've battled since the age of 14 and at one point, something I never thought I'd get under control. Looking back, the start of 2014 is a bit of a blur as I was having a seriously hard time with it all but from Summer onwards I made it my mission to not let them control my life and considering I moved cities, moved to a new flat and changed jobs in September, I'm so proud I managed to deal with it all without letting my anxiety get the better of me. This also covers my resolution to 'worry less' as I really do feel I've allowed myself to relax more and whilst I do still worry unnecessarily from time to time, I've really improved and learnt not to stress over things I can't control. I realised I was wasting so much time I could be enjoying by doing so and at the end of the day, what will be will be. That's something I'm beginning to learn in life and I hope to take this new mind set with me in the new year and continue to grow my confidence!

I also managed to learn new recipes and experiment with my food. A few of my favourite new dishes are chicken with a home made creamy garlic sauce, turkey with a ginger and lemon sauce as well as home made turkey burgers! Yum! I'm looking forward to trying even more in the new year and will be putting the smoothie maker I got for Christmas to good use to make myself some healthy breakfast fruit smoothies. I didn't quite manage to meet my goal of exercising more in 2014 although I did sign up to the gym so hopefully 2015 will be my year to really get in to working out. At the moment I've got all the gear but no idea so I need to put Summer body here I come!

The only resolution I'm upset I didn't manage to meet is passing my driving test as this is something I've been meaning to do for years now. However, 2014 was an exceptionally busy year for me with my dad coming to visit in the Summer and moving cities, flats and jobs in September. I'd also lost my provisional license which was holding me back from booking any lessons but I've since got a replacement and have money saved for my lessons so I'm hoping 2015 will be the year I pass. I've never really needed a car until now but since getting my new job I could really do with a car for getting to and from work so fingers crossed it won't take me too long to pass! 

So there's an overview of my 2014 resolutions - I think I did pretty well and did achieve most of them! With this being said, here's a few new goals for the year ahead ...

1. Save money.
My boyfriend and I really want to start saving for a mortgage so our main goal this year is to save, save and save a bit more. Its not going to be easy as we've got quite a lot planned for the year already but if we can both commit to putting a certain amount of money away each month, we should be well on our way to having enough for a deposit for the end of the year. I'd love 2016 to be the year we buy our first proper home together so that will be my motivation for saving my money instead of buying that new lipstick I don't really need.

2. Pass my driving test.
As I mentioned above, I really do need to make this a priority this year. I've always been a bit lazy when it comes to driving as I never really needed a car but now being able to drive would make getting to and from work a lot easier, its going to give me the motivation I need to get it done! Wish me luck!!

3. Keep pushing myself.
Since moving to Manchester, I've really pushed myself to go to more blogger events and to meet new people and its given me a new found confidence. I've always been a very insecure person and meeting new people always terrifies me but starting my new job meant I had to branch out and be more forward so I hope this continues in 2015. I always enjoy myself when I do go to events so I need to stop being such a whimp!

There's more things I want to do this year such as the usual healthy eating / exercise, spending quality time with my loved ones, going travelling, continuing to blog and continuing to worry less but the three above are the main goals I hope to achieve. Here's hoping I can reach them!

What are your goals for the new year? Did you manage to achieve last years resolutions? 

Lots of love,


  1. aww well done on achieving 5 out the 7, and good luck for 2015 :) hope you pass that driving test!

    Rachel // Style Soup

  2. I really need to pass my driving test aswell! I'm too lazy to get on with it and because I really don't like driving for some reason! It made me laugh because I even totally forgot to mention it on my resolution's list haha :)

    Happy 2015!
    Valérie | Scribbles of Valérie

  3. Good luck with your resolutions, if last year is anything to go by you will be just fine! :)


  4. Sounds like you had an amazing 2014! I hope you finally pass your driving test so you can finally check that off :) Have a great year!

    Aissa // tea in january

  5. So proud of you battling your anxiety and panic attacks. Good luck with your driving, it took me forever to pass and I really hated driving at the time but I love it now and it was so worth it! I want to learn to cook properly this year and try and spend less time on my phone, especially in the mornings x

    What Rachael Wrote

  6. Good luck with your resolutions :)


  7. Unbelievably I didn't make any resolutions last year! Sounds like you did well achieving most of yours. Happy New Year. Xx

  8. Wow, you did amazingly well last year with your resolutions, I hope you manage to do as well this year! As for the amount of followers you have, you fully deserve it. I love your blog and i'm constantly checking for new posts. Well done you, I hope 2015 is a great year for you and you achieve everything you want to :) xx

  9. Happy New Year and keep going with your resolutions!



  10. Great goals, good luck with the driving test and Happy New Year!

    Sophie x

  11. Loved this post and really happy you have achieved most of your goals for 2014! I love the fact you also went into the hypnotherapy route for helping with anxiety as my partner got this also after trying other methods that failed to work and the hypnotherapy was a real positive experience for him and changed his life! Hypnotherapy is not widely known of and if it is sometimes it can be laughed at as an illusion of the mind but in all honesty I have lots of hypnotherapy books and feel they change your mind set to be more open and positive and really benefit you as a person! I think it's becoming more popular now and see as a true treatment which is fantastic news! I also want to save more in 2015, wishing you all the best and hopefully you complete your goals for this year too! <3

    p.s Happy New Year! xx


  12. Sounds like you had a great year! Such a great post your resolutions are realistic too! Not like "loose weight" which Is quite general! I know the feeling with the gym I started last year and stopped going! Oops!! Xx

  13. I tried pushing myself last year and it payed off, good luck with it, it's hard at first but sooo worth it! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  14. Lovely post Kayleigh, I also want to get my driving done and dusted this year! I hope 2015 is great to you and your blog!


  15. Passing my driving test is one of my resolutions this year, having the motivation is half the battle!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

  16. Such good goals hun and I would never have known about your anxiety so whatever your doing must be working :) all the best for 2015 and we should get those drinks arranged :) xx

  17. Brilliant post, well done on achieving your resolutions, I didn't realise you suffered from panic attacks and as an axious person myself its great to see people talking openly about their feelings! Good for you! I also want to save money to move out with my boyfriend and hope that 2015 is my year too! Congrats again!

    Emilyldn.blogspot.co.uk xx

  18. I need to pass my driving test too. Not being able to jump in a car is such a pain.

    Happy New Year! Chelsey xoxo

  19. Sounds like you did really well with your resolutions in 2014, mine were a bit of a fail but fingers crossed for better this year. Happy new year x

  20. Five out of seven resolutions is better than what I could've done! Good luck with this years resolutions xx


  21. loved this Kayleigh! I've done the exact same thing over on my blog! some of my resolutions are to pass my driver's test and to puch myself more!

    Check out mine at:

  22. You've had a fantastic year Kayleigh and achieved so much! I hope 2015 is just as amazing for you. I like the ambition to keep pushing yourself. I really need to bite the bullet and start attending blogger events but find myself to anxious to go... hoping I manage to accomplish this in 2015!

    Cat from Outside Beauty, Inside Health

  23. Fab post, love looking back at new year goals. Happy new year lovely!


  24. passing my driving test is definitely one of my goals this year as well!! it sounds like 2014 was an amazing year for you :)

    xx angela | the sunday chapter

  25. I did exactly the same with my driving but am determined to get it done this year! You did very well with last years resolutions - I wish you the best of luck for 2015!


  26. Best of luck to make this year even better! I'm with you on worrying less-that's a big one on my resolution list, too!

  27. Happy new year! You will definitely pass your driving test, don't worry!!


  28. Achieving 5 of 7 is amazing! Good luck with your goals for 2015!

  29. Happy new year!! 5 out of 7 is amazing! keep working hard!

    Check out my resolutions here !


  30. Well done on achieving so many of your goals and you should be really proud of yourself for dealing with the panic attacks/anxiety, it's affected me too and it's certainly not easy to overcome so it's a big achievement! Counselling helped me to.

    Lucy x

  31. Well done on 5/7! That's better than I have done haha. I need to pass my driving test too, it's so annoying not being able to drive.

    www.ellenwarnerxo.blogspot.co.uk xo

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  33. Well done on sticking to your resolutions! I have made quite a few this year, eek! Check out my post at http://withlovetaraxx.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/what-i-got-for-christmas-2014.html

  34. Saving money is definitely one of my main resolutions it's just so hard to do! And keep at it with the driving, it took me 4 times to pass but is so worth it when you have that pass certificate in your hands :)

    Beth // Bethany Georgina

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  38. It's so great on your part to achieve atleast 5 out of 7. You just motivated me so much more. :)

    I too id a very similar blogpost if you want to read it! xx


  39. 5 out of 7 is great! Good luck with passing your driving test, it'll be worth it in the end when you can just jump into the car for a spontaneous trip!


  40. Wow, you had an amazing 2014! I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for you :) Also, good luck on your driving test, you will do SO well, I'm sure of it :)

    Beautyosaurus Lex 

  41. I've got some very similar resolutions to you! I did about 30 driving lessons before I got pregnant and stopped - and that was 2 years ago now. It would make life so much easier if I just finally passed and I could actually drive around with me and Oscar on our own! Good luck with all of yours xx

    Kat from Blushing Rose

  42. I am so happy you are becoming more panic-attack and anxiety free ^_^ Both of our goals this year will be getting our drivers license.

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  43. Glad to hear that you managed to get your anxiety and panic attacks under control, that's amazing! Good luck with your 2015 resolutions!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

  44. well done for doing so many of your resolutions. It's great that you are starting to get your panic attacks and anxiety under control! I live near Manchester in case you ever fancy hanging out hah! xx

  45. Lovely goals <3
    I def need to start learning how to cook also and trying new recipes. Anyways, I hope you stick to these resolutions, love :)


  46. Happy new year Kayleigh and good luck with all your goals! Have an awesome 2015!

    Jane at Colorful Closets

  47. Good luck with your new resolutions! Although driving is expensive and I always curse my car when something goes wrong with it, I love the freedom and independence it brings! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  48. I love how you not only set yourself some new goals for 2015 but also took the time to look back at the ones you had set for 2014! Great inspiring post xo

    MD | http://byourbself.blogspot.ca/

  49. Aww your goals are great! I'm sure you will get to meet them all this year I know you can do it!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx


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