2017 Reflection.

2017 was not the year I expected. I always enter a new year full of hope, when it comes to changing diaries, I'm a glass half full kind of year. 2017 was supposed to be the year I changed the world.

But the world remains, pretty close to how I left it at 11.59 on December 31st, 2016.

2016 was going to be the year I got a new job, a career.
Made something of my tiny space on the interest.
The year I got a car and finally passed my driving test.
Moved out of my mum's house, and waved goodbye to my single bed.

I am still not earning my blog
and I'm yet to reach 100 subscribers on my Youtube channel.

I'm sat on my single bed. I am yet to take my driving test, and I have not changed jobs.
It wasn't the year I intended it to be, but the world has not stopped spinning.



2017 didn't turn out to be my year, I guess every year can't be the one to change the world. It was still full with laughter, friends and memories. Although I'm yet to get the whole adulting thing down. I had a good time between in inachievements, and felt joyful in the midst of disappointment.

So rather that feel sad about the year it wasnt,  I'd celebrate those memories I made which bring a smile to my face.


Drumroll pleaseee...
Here are some of the of my favourite memories from 2017:


Playing Jenga at the Pub with Jaynie and Gina....

It sounds so simple, yes, but it was so filled with joy. I had the funniest afternoon with my friends Jaynie and Georgina playing jenga at the pub. Of course, I am terrible at jenga and lost everytime, but it was so much fun. We all got fully into it, I found a competitive streak I never knew I had, partly because everyone stared when the Jenga fell. Sometimes the small things are the nicest.






Walks with Hannah and Hannah

 Something I have fully embraced this year in going for walks. Whilst I never quite understood the fasination when I was younger, as a 26 year old women, I find myself feeling pretty content whilst wandering through nature chatting away with friends. It has become quite a reguar thing to taking a walk with my friends Hannah and Hannah, and although I still haven't quite got the dress code right, I have been thuroughly enjoying exploring with my friends.


The Bloggers Market

 Early on in the year, I took myself to London to go to the Bloggers Markets and catch up with one of my uni friends. I wrote a full post on it here, so I won't ramble on too much. But I very much loved doing something I little different, catching up with an old friend, and of course, it was lovely to meet Liv in person after years of major blog stalking.

New Day Blogger Lunch 

Again, I wrote a full post on this which you can read here, so I won't to on about it too long. In April I headed over to Cornwall to visit my friend Stacie and get involved with a blogger event with New Day Knitwear. Whilst it was one of the first time I felt valid as a blogger, I was also reminded of the calm crochet brings me, I got to meet some other bloggers and it was so so lovely to see my friend Stacie.


Charly Cox Poetry Night

 I am the biggest fan of poetry, and Charly Cox is one of my favourite modern day poets. So, when she put on a poetry night to raise money of MQ Mental health, I booked tickets to London. It was the perfect excuse to spend the day with my Mum and then as she abandoned me for the poetry part, I had to push outside my comfort zone and go in alone. I met some really lovely people and Charly did a wonderful job. There's a full post here, and a vlog from the day here.




Wild Place

Myself and my friend Matt spontaniously went to Wild Place for the day. It was so much fun exploring, seeing and learning about all the animals. I learnt a lot about how they are working to save animals from extinction, so it's definitely somewhere I'd like to visit more. There is a photo filled post on it here , and a vlog here.



Turning 26

My 26th Birthday was one of my best birthdays yet. I spent time with family, and friends, at great food and got thoroughly spoilt. You can read more about it here, or watch some of the highlights here.



Vienna

Myself and my friend Matt spent a weekend exploring Vienna. It's safe to say I fell in love with the city. It was a jam packed weekend where I saw so much more than I expected. We did loads in the short time we were there. I was surprised by how truly beautiful Vienna is, and I am very happy to have visited.  There's a full, lengthy blogpost on it here, and a vlog here




Ginger Bread Decorating

I had some pre christmas celebrations with a couple of friends, which included pulling crackers, exchanging gifts, eating yummy food and decorated ginger bread men. It was lovely.

Winter Wonderland and Christmas:

Of course these make the cut, but as my post on them went to so recently I'll let you pop over there (link here) to see pictures and read more about the festive time.


Looking back has made me realised, although I've not achieved all I hoped, 2017 has been pretty wonderful.

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