2013 Round Up & New Year Resolutions!

Well… it’s 2014!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas
& New Years Eve with your loved ones.

This is my usual past year round up post
with a few of my New Years Resolutions attached.  You can read last year’s round up post here
I think I actually succeeded in most of last year’s resolutions so here’s to
hoping that this year is the same.

The last photographs of me in 2013.


1) Less ‘What ifs, more what’s happening

I have mentioned before about how much of a
worrier I am and can often lay awake at night thinking about all the what if’s
that could happen in the future.  I’m sad
to admit that they have often stopped me enjoying what is actually happening
there and then… for example if someone incredible came into my life, I’d spend
more time worrying about ‘what if I loose them’ rather than enjoying and making
the most of having them in my life.  I
really want to appreciate and seize every moment and so I must stop worrying
and what if-ing!

2) Don’t expect too much

This is quite a deep one, but I’m hoping it
will make my life a lot more positive.  I
am terrible at getting my hopes up and expecting the best of people, which has
meant that in the past I have often been let down (this really mostly relates
to 2012).  I’ve come to realize that
people do forget promises & let you down, but if you don’t expect anything
in the first place, you’re much less likely to get hurt.  Plus, when something incredible does happen,
it will feel even more special and you’ll be much more grateful that it does…
if that makes sense? 

3) Record everything!
Again, a resolution I make every year but break but this year I MUST make more
notes and write down more memories in 2014. 
I’m going to try and stick to the idea of: writing down good memories on
a little piece of paper and putting them in a jar.  At the end of the year I’ll get them out and
read them to remember all the great things that happened!

4) Move out.

It’s time for me to move back out of home
(after living with my parents ever since I left university two years ago).  I am really lucky to have the most incredible
family ever, we are very close and I’ll miss them terribly but I’m sure they’re
getting fed up with my mess, my washing & feeding me now so I want to pack
my bags and move back to Central!


2013 in a nutshell was possibly my
favourite year yet and mainly because of one person who came into my life when
I was least expecting it.  This is
perhaps going to be the cheesiest thing ever written on my blog; but I have
never felt love like this until 2013.  I
am with someone who makes me feel like the most special person on the
planet.  He makes me feel beautiful,
smart and kind and I have laughed more in the past 7 months than I had in the
whole of 2012.  Thank you Andrew for
making me, me again.

Last year was also the year of career for
me.  I was offered a permanent job in
January after interning for a company I adored and being a part of Gleam has
been one of my biggest achievements to date. 
I can’t put in to words how lucky I am to have a job that I love and
enjoy; there has never been a day where I’ve dreaded going into the office and
the opportunities it has given me has been unreal.

  • Going to countless film premiers, screenings and parties
  • Helping Tanya with her makeup
    range (#TanyasLips&Nails) which launches January 30th
  • Having the most magical
    Christmas party at Hogwarts
  • Working with a great team of
    people whose company I cherish

Music has been really important to me
throughout 2013 and I have discovered some mind-blowing tunes which mean the
world to me now (it’s so hard to resist the temptation to get lyrics tattooed
all over me).  Musical highlights of the
year have to be Josef Salvat (This Life makes me cry tears and his charisma
live makes me swoon), Little Comets & Aluna George (the soundtracks to my
summer), Alt-J and Half Moon Run whose songs make me so calm and content. 

I gave Andrew (who is also a DJ) a list of
my favourite songs released in 2013 and he created a ‘mini-mix’ of them
together for my blog (I did tell you he was a babe!!) so you can listen to my
favourite songs of the past year here! 
Let me know if you enjoy it. (There are also 1000 free downloads available if you want to keep it!)

Finally, my final achievement of 2013 was
my YouTube channel.  I started uploading
regularly in May last year and since then I have gained 20,000 subscribers
which blows my mind!  Filming and
creating videos has become a real passion of mine and it feels unbelievable to
have that work pay off in the form of views, and so thank you if you have

So there we have it.  Sorry for the lengthy post; if you have made
it this far then I adore you and it means the world to me.   Like I said last year, this blog has been
the most consistent thing over the past four years and I couldn’t imagine it
not being a part of my life.  Working
full time, starting making regular YouTube content and falling in love
definitely meant that my blog took a bit of a backseat and I’m so sorry for
that (I do feel incredibly guilty about it) and I’m eager to make it up this
year with lots of new posts and content, which I really hope you stick around
for.  Your support means the world to
me.  Thank you!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? 
What were your highlights of 2013?



  1. January 1, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    I love this post. Your mini mix is amazing! I'm glad you've had a great year and I think everything you do at Gleam is incredible! xx


  2. January 1, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    I'm casually sat in my room with my cuppa enjoying your paylist now, you really have had a great year Katie, you've had some amazing opportunities and I wish you the best of luck for 2014! I'm sure you will achieve your resolutions xx


  3. January 1, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Great resolutions! Happy New Year! x


  4. January 1, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    Here's to an even better 2014!! Happy New Year. xx


  5. January 1, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    Sounds like a great year, hope 2014 is a great one too! 🙂 xx

  6. January 1, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    Great playlist that you have uploaded, I hope you had a lovely New Years Eve and I really do wish you good luck in the new year and I hope it is great for you 🙂


  7. January 1, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    I also want to record everything and take more photos – even of "boring" everyday life which I can later smile about in years to come. 🙂

    Happy New Year!


  8. January 1, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    I love those new years resolutions, definitely attainable as well, I think one of my main resolutions is to start blogging much more often, i've left it for a long time and its actually something I really miss.

    Happy new year to you

    Jess x

  9. January 1, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    It seems like you've had a great year!
    Happy new year!


  10. January 1, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    Thank you for another year of posts! Your's is the first blog I ever read before I even properly knew what blogging was and I have followed you for years by just typing Katies Beauty Blog into google before finally making an account last year. You inspired me to start blogging last months so know that I love you blog and will always keep coming back for more of your lovely reviews and lifestyle updates :')

  11. January 1, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    Thanks I love your blog! Happy a very happy 2014!!


  12. January 1, 2014 / 4:53 pm

    Aww it's so nice to see you so happy, now you have Andrew! I hope 2014 is even more amazing than 2013 for you! xx

    Gem // Miss Makeup Magpie

  13. January 1, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    Sounds like you had a fabulous 2013. I love watching your YT videos & hope you make many more in 2014.

  14. January 1, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    This is so lovely! Here's to 2014 🙂



  15. January 1, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    I can totally relate to number 2! It's like you've read my mind and wrote it down! Hope you have a lovely year and I'm looking forwards to see what it brings 🙂

  16. January 1, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Love your post! And the idea about putting special memories in a jar is such a lovely idea, I might have to borrow that idea! 🙂 xx


  17. January 1, 2014 / 10:59 pm

    Love this post, it's nice hearing about all the things that you have got up to! Hope 2014 is an amazing year for you! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  18. January 2, 2014 / 3:03 am

    As a bit of a newbie blogger (I started this May!) I've set myself a few goals to improve my blog and in general be more organized! I also want to continue posting YouTube videos more regularly. I look forward to reading your blog in 2014 and here's to making this year even better than the last!
    Lovely Notions

  19. January 2, 2014 / 4:12 am

    It was really nice reading your summary of how 2013 was for you. I hope that you have just as good a 2014! I wrote about my new years resolution in my blog which was about how i'm going to try not to stress as much and try to be more positive.


  20. January 2, 2014 / 6:10 am

    Hey there! I've discovered you blog tonight, and then your youtube channel and I'm really loving your videos! I thought I'd post here (your latest update) to tell you this. And that you've got a new subscriber/follower 🙂
    Ellie, xx
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  21. January 2, 2014 / 9:24 am

    Your first and second resolution are two to remember, I am going to try to follow those myself as well 🙂 Happy New Year!

  22. January 2, 2014 / 4:55 pm

    Hey thank you so much for your lovely comment. I didn't win but I'm still trying to improve my blog every day! And of course I will pop over to your blog, I love to see new bloggers and what they are doing to the blogosphere!
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  23. January 2, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    Such a lovely post! Looks like you had a great year, here's to an even better one in 2014!


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  25. January 4, 2014 / 9:58 am

    Ohh I like your idea of writing down good memories on a piece of paper and putting it in a jar!!! Might do it too!!! 🙂 Anyway have a great 2014 ahead!

  26. January 4, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    Love your blog. My New Year's resolution's are similar, hope they last longer than a week.
    Check out my blog nicolwitkoriadziedzic.blogspot.com 🙂 xxx

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