I’m probably a little late to the party with this post, what with it now being nearly a whole week in to January, but I wanted to share some of my highlights from the past twelve months. I’ve seen a lot of tweets doing the rounds lately with people sharing their biggest achievements of 2017, but to be honest I’ve stayed clear of posting on of these myself, because, as sad as it might sound, I don’t feel like I’ve any huge achievements to shout about from the last year as nothing in my life has really changed! Don’t get me wrong, its been a great year with plenty of fun and exciting things happening with my blog, my work and my personal life, so rather than talking about achievements, I thought I’d talk about all the things that made 2017 a good year for me!
UPPED MY BLOGGING GAME: Kicking things off, I of course want to talk about my blog. 2017 has seen me work with some incredible brands that I could have only dreamed of collaborating with, and I’m so proud that this little hobby of mine has turned in to something that gets the attention of said retailers. To name a few, this year I’ve worked with the likes of M&S, Thomas Sabo and Amazon, and I’m so thankful for these opportunities! I’ve tried so much harder to post more regular content, and I moved my site over from Blogger to WordPress too for a more professional look and feel, and the hard work has started to pay off. I’ve also been to more events than I ever have before, met some lovely fellow bloggers and really got stuck in to being part of this great community!
SPENT MORE TIME AWAY: Over the past twelve months we’ve been away a few times, both abroad and in the UK, and whilst they’ve not been the most glamorous or extravagant holidays, its been so good to be able to get away! We visited Fuerteventura in April for a family holiday which was lots of fun and gave us a much needed dose of sunshine, then in September we went on a road trip to Devon for the first time for my brother’s wedding, followed by a train trip to one of my favourite places, York, for a short birthday getaway. Over the next couple of years I’ve got a little list of places to visit to add to the list. Even if its not abroad, sometimes a few days away from home can be just what the doctor ordered!
BEING A MAID OF HONOUR: September saw my youngest brother get married as I just mentioned, and I was so happy to be asked to be Maid of Honour for the day! It was such a memorable wedding day filled with fun and happiness, and it was lovely to be able to spend a few days with the whole family for such a happy occasion. I’ve also gained an amazing brother-in-law, which was definitely another highlight!
PLANNED OUR WEDDING: Whilst our wedding isn’t until June this year (its coming around SO fast), we’ve been super busy over the past twelve months trying to plan the big day, booking suppliers and finalising lots of details. Its been a rollercoaster to say the least, as I had no idea just how much went in to planning a wedding, but I’m loving the process all the same. I found my dress, the venue is booked, the invites are almost ready to go out – its finally happening!!!
SPENT MORE TIME WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY: Over the past twelve months, I’ve made a conscious effort to spend more time with the people I love, whether that’s just for a quiet night in, catch ups over drinks or even just a text to say hey. I’ve also rekindled friendships with old friends which I’m so happy about, and I can honestly say I have the best people in my life that I could hope for!
LOOKED AFTER MYSELF: Aside from all the fun stuff, 2017 has been a tough old year at times thanks to anxiety and stress every now and then. I’d like to think that over the past year I’ve learnt to look after myself a little more, taking time out for myself, watching what I eat (excluding the Christmas break….) and kicking my butt in to gear with fitness routines. There will always be times when stress takes its toll and anxiety creeps in, but I think I’m now learning the triggers and how to control it when it strikes – something I’m definitely going to keep at this year!
What are your highlights from 2017?