I wasn’t planning to write a review of my year. Mainly because so much has happened I wouldn’t really know where to start. I have really enjoyed reading other peoples’ reviews, and I love this list that my husband Alex put together of a few of his favourites.

So, what led me to write this review?

This did..

My Year in Review

I stumbled across this article written about the Impact Scholarship Programme I pitched for and I couldn’t believe there was a photo of me pitching. I am turning 30 this year but still a part of me feels like that little girl who would rarely speak – the fact that I made friends at school really surprises me when I think about how shy and quiet I was back then!

This pitch was only the second pitch I have ever made – I am proud that I put myself forward for these opportunities, even though I didn’t get through in either occasion (hopefully it will be 3rd time lucky!).

My highlights from 2014:

Readers who subscribe to the Good News Shared newsletter will have seen that I got married in the summer. I don’t normally share personal news in the newsletter, but I was really excited, plus I thought it would be a fun way to start a conversation. That newsletter got an incredible response with people sending me really kind messages and sharing their good news with me too.

Here’s a video of the Indian wedding (Indian weddings are really long, so it’s just the 3 minute ‘highlights’ version of the video!)

The other main highlight of my year is another obvious one – starting Good News Shared in April. There have been so many amazing moments and mini-highlights since starting Good News Shared, including:

  • Meeting so many inspiring people
  • Receiving wonderful feedback and messages from readers of the Good News Shared articles
  • Reaching 1,000 likes on Facebook (please do come over and like our page if you haven’t already!).
  • Doing things outside my comfort zone (eg. I was interviewed by two radio stations and pitched twice) – these experiences were scary but exciting, and I remember feeling exhilarated after them all.
  • Getting our first ever supporter on board

It hasn’t all been plain sailing (I wrote a little about this here), and I am really grateful to my husband for being so patient with me, and for all the support he has given me. I also really appreciate the support many others gave me last year – including some people I haven’t even in met in person (yet!).

I really value everyone who reads the articles on Good News Shared, and I love it when you share them via social media / email. If you do ever have any comments or feedback I really would love to hear from you.

I think I will stop here before this turns into an Oscars speech..!

I hope 2015 has started well for you, and I look forward to sharing more good news with you this year.

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Nisha Kotecha is the Founder of Good News Shared. Having worked and volunteered for charities in the UK for over 10 years, Nisha is on a mission to highlight how amazing charities are.

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