2013: New Beginnings

I don’t think I have ever felt so relieved to be nearing the end of a year and beginning a new one. I have had a pretty rough ride this past year. Even though there were incredible highs in 2012 (my engagement in Paris and finally passing my driving test), which I will take with me and remember for the rest of my life - this was the year that truly challenged me in ways I didn’t think were possible.

Dealing with emotion and feelings has never been my strong point and I have spent so many days of 2012 feeling a mixture of sadness and disappointment in my life. Wishing that things were different for me and that I wasn’t constantly fighting a battle.

2013 is about me getting to the place I want to be – and not giving up until I get there. No more regretting things that can’t be changed and trying to look to the past for answers – it stops here. This is the year I move forward and never look back.

If you don’t succeed – then try, and try again.

Job rejections drained every inch of me, and the genuine disappointment in being unsuccessful time and time again really took my last little bit of confidence away. I see January as a new start, wiping the slate clean once and for all – forgetting those failed interviews and difficult rejections.

Optimism: I need to treat every job I apply for as a potential opportunity, and see where that takes me. I have to prepare myself for disappointment, but also success. One day it might surprise me. *I need to remember this one.

I plan to continue my voluntary work at the charity shop, and I also have taken a paid job at Cancer Research UK. The news came the week before Christmas, it was offered to me having been unsuccessful in a previous position I had applied for a few months ago. I am pleased to know that they kept me in mind and I was suitable when this position cropped up.

The job itself is only 5 hours per week – which of course is no means of an income, but the opportunity to work in a paid position within a charity shop is certainly one I am going to grab with both hands. My passion has and will always be with charity shops, so I see this as a new adventure.

My most significant and crucial advice to myself is:

Never stop dreaming, because following a dream, however big is certainly the greatest thing of all - that no one can ever take away from you.

See you in 2013.


  1. I love your committal to optimism for 2013. I would adore having first dibs on charity shop fare! X

  2. I'm so pleased that you have some paid work, it's great that they kept you in mind, you obviously left a good impression.
    I'm hoping 2013 can top 2012 but as i got married and had a baby this year, it would be hard to top it! x

  3. Wishing you nothing but the very best for 2013 sweetheart x

  4. I'm glad 2012 ended on a good note for you. Hope its the start to a positive year.

  5. What a great note for the year to end on, I'm so happy that you've finally found some paid employment. Things can only get better!
    Happy New Year, Alice. Wishing you all that's good in 2013! x

  6. Congratulations on getting the paid work :) It'll look great on your CV and you never know what it will lead to... Happy new year, and I hope you have a wonderful 2013 xx

  7. Alice I love this blog! I love some of the things you post about. You seem to be a fellow dreamer :)

    Happy New Year to you!


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  10. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year lovely! Never stop dreaming <3

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  11. Happy New Year Alice! I have been holding off commenting as I wanted to write your thank you note first but as it won't go in the post until today I'd better say hi. I hope 2013 is your happiest and most successful year yet! I remember what the constant grind of job seeking and refusals was like so you have my sympathy there, I really was at my most depressed then I think. Great news on the Cancer Research job though - hope it leads to more hours and bigger and better things.

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