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Tuesday 5 January 2016

A Belated Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. I know I'm five days late but better late than never right?

I hope you all enjoyed the festive period, I know I did and I'm thoroughly lethargic and bloated now!

So what's in store for 2016 on Laydey Katabella and what did 2015 bring?

Well in my usual tradition, I thought I'd do a round up.

2015 for Laydey Katabella

If you look back at this years aims and goals I think I have exceeded my expectations ten fold and a huge part of that comes from connecting with the #cambmeetup to which id like to say a HUGE thank you to Pippa for organising and creating such a wonderful community. Through the group I've connected with some many like minded and awesome people who not only share the same passion for blogging but have also become great friends.

I've been to some brilliant events and met some fantastic brands this year such as Hotter, The Sug, BonPrix and many many more. Working with brands was a big learning curve for me which I've thoroughly enjoyed and can't wait to do more of in 2016.

Some major highlights were the Handmade Fair and getting to interview Kirstie Allsopp! Not only was this a blogging highlight but a personal highlight which was quite frankly brilliant (ready the interview here). The Vuelio Blog Awards in November was a fantastic event too, celebrating the success of fellow bloggers and meeting some great people that evening. I'm so proud to be part of such a great community. And of course the many Scarlett London events that took place this year like the #SLbloggerbash and #bloggersfestival which were also fantastic. I also had the priveledge of guest posting for the likes of From Lucy with Love and the Handmade Christmas Fair and I was so chuffed to be asked.

So as far as blogging goes, 2015 was pretty up there and amazing.

What's new for 2016?

Well like last year I had a post on my 2015 blog and YouTube resolutions which I successfully managed to hit- woo hoo! I can still do with continuing on my skills with photography but I do feel I've come a long way so here are this years resolutions:

  • Get to grips with Lightroom 5- I recently went on a shoot with my friend Phil who told me he used Lightroom 5 to edit his images and it turns out I also have it yet I've never tried to use it. If I can master that I will be a happy bean as there's lots you can do with it!
  • Continue to get better with photography- Something I'm sure all bloggers contend with. I was lucky enough to get a new camera for my birthday which I am in love with and feel will help my photography skills too
  • Chill out!! - Last year I busted my gut trying to stick to a schedule with blogging. I'd rather die that not get a post up on time for fear of disappointing myself but this year things will be different.
  • Quality not quantity - Similar to my last point, I'd rather post quality content that half arsed twaddle just to get a post out on time. I'll be posting regularly but not quite as regimented
  • Do what makes me happy - Because this is my hobby and if it doesn't make me happy -  whats the point?
So those are my 2016 resolutions. Do you have any for your blog?

I won't be posting on Friday -  I'm taking a little break. I need to re-charge my batteries and see whats inspiring me in 2016 so I will see you in a jiffy.

Have a great week everyone,

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