2017: The Highlights

2017: The Highlights
Garland on wooden mantle piece

I realise that I say this every year but dear Lord how quickly has this year gone?! As I write this, it’s the start of December and my advent calendar has made it down from the top of the kitchen cupboard which is where it has lived since I bought it about a month ago. I got a Miniature Heroes one FYI. Side note, apparently you’re meant to be bought one rather than buy it yourself (as I have been reliably informed) but in the absence of a significant other and in the knowledge that my mum would buy me one that’s less exciting, I took matters into my own hands this year. Anyway, here are my favourite moments from 2017. (I appreciate I’m writing this prior to the end of the year and still have a good few weeks to go but I’m assuming nothing groundbreaking will be occurring).

Solo travels to Amsterdam
I’ll keep this short as I appreciate I’ve banged on about this till the cows come home but this city break turned into a bigger challenge for me as I wasn’t in the best mental place when I went and it felt as much like an achievement as it did a holiday. I fell in love with the city, packed a whole lot into the couple of days I had there and proved myself wrong. I’m so, so glad that I went as I had the opportunity to visit the Anne Frank house which is something I’ve wanted to do since I first heard her story as a child.

Friendship goals
I’m ending this year with some pretty solid friendships, some which I started this year with, others which have developed over the last year, all of which I’m grateful for. Whilst I’ve always been lucky to have incredible friends, this year I feel like my gal squad has absolutely excelled itself. 2017 has been even more exciting in that internet friends have become real life friends this year too.

New job, new starts
After three years working for the same agency I moved to Leeds for, I moved onto another incredible agency back in July. The move definitely threw me off balance for the first few weeks as I’d never appreciated how big a change it was to move jobs but now I’m settled and know that I made the right decision for me. My new role has been a massive learning curve and filled with challenges but I absolutely love it and I’m working with the nicest people too.

Loads and loads of fun plans
I feel like I’ve done so many fun things this year and when I scroll back through my calendar, there seems to have been something every week. I’ve seen Russell Howard, Chris Ramsey twice, Little Mix, James Blunt, Busted, The Pigeon Detectives, The Kooks and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’ve been to so many blogger events that I’ve lost count. I’ve spent time in Manchester, Liverpool, London, Durham, Huddersfield, Scarborough, Northallerton, Newcastle, Edinburgh and York. Needless to say, I’ve kept myself busy!

This blog
I’m so grateful for the opportunities which I’ve had out of my blog and 2017 has been another year with even more content, collaborations and incredible experiences. I’ve definitely put more effort into my writing, my photos and my Instagram this year and even though I’m far from rivalling Zoella,  I’m pretty content with where my blog is at. I enjoy the mix of topics, it still feels like a reflection of my life and I love that I can share the perks with my friends and family too. I mean, it’s never hard to find a plus one to come for dinner with me!

So, they’re some of my highlights from 2017, tell me what your best bits have been in the comments!

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