My 2013...Year In Review

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate it)!

As it's coming to the end of 2013 (can you believe it?!) I thought I'd have a look back at how my year has gone.


This was the start of several months of pretty hard graft as I neared my finals and the end of my degree. However, there was still some time for some nights out...

Where I of course drank cocktails, not tea,...

...and in Scotland, January is a month to celebrate our national bard Robert Burns with Burns suppers and celidhs, this one held by my department at university.


The studying continues, and someone in our study rooms was obviously feeling much the same as me.

It snowed in Edinburgh (rarer than you might think).

 I finally visited The Dominion Cinema in Edinburgh, which has these comfy seats:

And there was a rare chance for all eleven of my group of friends from home to get together for a catch-up at Ketchup.


Studying began to escalate! But on one night in particular we were all able to relax as it was time for the annual Chemistry Ball...

Photo by the wonderful Freelance Photographic

Photo by the wonderful Freelance Photographic

 Finally I had my last lecture! For which our lecturer very kindly brought some drinks to celebrate afterwards!

April & May

I am not exaggerating when I say these months were a blur of revision-filled days and exams.

But I did manage to take some decent time off to win a charity pub quiz (where I displayed my rather unattractive competitive side)...

...and have a catch-up with a best friend in a cute basement bar.

The end of May brought with it the end of exams, and I celebrated with a Day Trip to St Andrews and bubbles with Mum.


This was the start of a pretty awesome summer for me. I got to go on holiday with my family: a cruise round the Black Sea and a short stay in Turkey...

And this was the night I found out my degree results as we sailed out of Istanbul - I was quite a happy bunny.

Cocktails, sun and Game of Thrones - what more could a girl want?

Back in Scotland, I went to see the wonderful Robbie Williams and Olly Murs in concert.

And there was just the small matter of graduating!


I visited a friend in Manchester:

Took a trip to London, on one of the hottest weekends of the year, to see Derren Brown and visit Hogwarts:


I started this blog!

And travelled to Vietnam and Cambodia where I had an amazing time. If you want to read more about that, check out these posts: 123456.


And so the job-hunt began, which took me to London a few more times for interviews, where I decided that St Pancras International is my favourite train station.

And there were some catch-ups with friends from home.


I turned 23 (what?!).

And at the end of the month/beginning of November, took a trip to Belfast.


Took advantage of the nice Autumn weather and went for many a walk.

And went to a pretty great fireworks display.


Christmas time! I love this time of year and will be sad when it's over!

It's been rather a mixed year, with the majority of it being stressful either because of uni or job-hunting, and while my summer was amazing writing this has actually made me appreciate that I've still had a lot of good times the rest of the year. I'm particularly appreciative of my family, who have been so supportive and understanding when I have had one of several emotional moments - and of course, for being happy to have me back in the family home temporarily.

Hopefully, in 2014 I will secure a job that I am happy with and start the next chapter in my life...with lots of little adventures along the way!

Wishing you all the very best for the coming year! 

What were your highlights of 2013? Do you have any hopes for 2014?


  1. I loved looking through all your photographs here! I hope that next year is even better for you <3

    Jennie xo |

    1. Thanks Jennie, that's very kind! And a happy new year to you too :) xx

  2. Sounds like you had a very busy year! What do you hope to work in?

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

    1. Yes I suppose it was quite busy! Ideally I want to work as a patent attorney, or maybe in regulatory affairs (both careers where I would directly use my science degree but in a more business/legal setting) - unfortunately both very small professions and very competitive, but we'll see!


  3. Happy New Year! Looks like you had a great 2013!

  4. I only found your blog recently but looks like you had a GREAT year. Look forward to reading about your adventures in 2014 and beyond! x

    1. Thank you! Happy New Year! :) xx

  5. I didn't realise you'd studied at Edinburgh! That was my uni too :). How's the job hunt going? What sort of work are you trying to get into?

    Hannah -

    1. It was such a brilliant place to study wasn't it?!

      It's going ok thanks, got an interview on Tuesday, so we'll see how that goes. I've taken a bit of time off actually searching over Christmas though, so I'll get back to that this week! Ideally I want to work as a patent attorney, or maybe in regulatory affairs (both careers where I would directly use my science degree but in a more business/legal setting) - unfortunately both very small professions and very competitive, but we'll see!


  6. Love this post - looks like you've have an amazing year!

    I bet graduating in Edinburgh was just spectacular; but don't worry I felt exactly the same after graduating, job hunting is SO stressful :) x

    1. It was pretty amazing - we get to graduate at McEwan Hall which if you've seen you'll know it's quite something!

      Thank you :) That is comforting to hear, and I do know lots of people who are/have been in the same position but can't wait til I have finally got what I'm looking for!


  7. Lovely photos!!

    Highlight of 2013 has to be moving in with my boyfriend and getting my new job!

    My major hope for 2014 is that said boyfriend buys me a french bulldog!!

    1. Thank you :)

      Aw that does sound like a good year, I hope you get your wish in 2014! xx

  8. Happy New Year!

    I've had an amazing 2013, and here is to an even more amazing 2014!

    {Teffy's Perks} X