2011 ~ Year in Review ~ What a Difference a Year Makes

I hope you're all in the throws of excitement for tonight's New Year festivities!

As is custom for many bloggers, I thought I'd do a small refection post for you all, looking back what  2011 meant to me, and my hopes for 2012.

And let me just start by saying that, if anyone had told me this time last year what 2011 had in store for me, I would never have believed them. Not in a million years!

2011 was a year of change for me. Big change.  I had been dabbling in a few things, such as writing and journalism, and trying some things out. You know when you're at that weird stage where you dont know which direction your life is going in? Well, that's pretty much where I was at.

 I was coming to understand that my biggest passion and strength lay in engaging and communicating with people. The only thing was,  I didn't really know how I would go about furthering my interest in that. Would it be through writing, broadcasting, or other means? I just wasn't sure.

Thats how this little blog of mine came about you see, as a means of communicating with people. I wanted put something of myself out, and see what came back. WildChild Stories is still less than a year old, and yet in less than a year it has done more for me than I could have ever hoped, including connecting me with some truly wonderful and talented bloggers here in Ireland, and the world over.
I love this little blog of mine so dearly, and I seriously cannot get enough of you all, fellow bloggers and readers alike.

Despite all this amazing change, I will always look back on 2011 as they year of that competition, yes, the Pretty Polly one, If you want the full story you can check it out here

I had been previously dabbling modeling, mostly with creatively-minded friends, I really had no hopes to do anything serious with it, nor did I put much though into in when I submitted my photo into a big modeling competition on Facebook. Being brought over to London and winning a competition of that scale launched me into the media, an experience that nothing could have prepared me for.  Becoming an ambassador for a brand like Pretty Polly has changed the course of my life, its opened up so many new doors and opportunities for me, and I am eternally grateful to everyone who supported and voted for me.

Overall, 2011 was a year that I will never forget. It defied my expectations, my wildest dreams even. I am so happy and grateful to all the good that has come my way, and although I'll always remain the same girl I once was, I have a newfound confidence and appetite for life, and all it has to offer. This year I have learned that life's opportunities are limitless, and in order to make the best out of it, you have to put yourself out there. Sometimes things work out, and sometimes they don't, but without trying, 
you'll never know. 

Looking ahead at 2012, I can barely contain my excitement. This past year has been one where amazing things have happened to me, but this year will be the year that I make amazing things happen. I plan to work my butt off, stay focused, and above all enjoy myself, because otherwise, what's the point?

I have so many ideas and projects that I cant wait to share with you all, and I cant wait to hear about what you are all getting up to. If there's one thing I'd like to change or improve about WildChild Stories this year, it will be to engage with you all more. But don't worry, I'm working on it.

Finally I'd just like to say a huge "Thank you" to you all. For reading, for commenting, for supporting, and for making all this worthwhile. I only hope I can keep you coming back again and again.

Happy New Year my Darlings,
2012 will be a good year for us all,
 of that I'm sure.



  1. Great post Ciara hun ! Well done on a great year :) Looking forward to meeting up in the new year.


  2. Happiest wishes babeserella!

    They'll name a town after us this year! xx

  3. nice! x

    p.s. I'm having a giveaway from fox house if you'd like to check it out. :)

  4. Great post dear :>

    Have a even happier next year,

    xx Satu
    Indie by Heart

  5. Thanks so much guys, love you all! :D xx

  6. I am so unbelievably excited for you. Your blog has always been wonderful, and you've always been such a free spirit and lovely writer. I was more than ecstatic to see you win that contest, think of all the doors this will open for you! Take total advantage of this opportunity, do things that make you happy this year. Best wishes with everything, you more than deserve it.


  7. Oh Sarah that comment just made me smile from ear to ear, thank you so much for the kind words, you are so sweet! :D xxx

  8. I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for you :) I'm really excited to make amazing things happen as well.

    xo erica

  9. Thank you so much Erica, keep me updated on all your new girl! :D xxx

  10. Thank you for your lovley comment on my blog i hope you will follow, I am following and I look forward to seeing more of your posts soon :)



  11. Love the pic with the hat and the sparkly tights. X