What do I say about 2017?
There have been ups and downs just like any other year, but 2017 you will live long in my memory.
I won’t linger on the struggles and the boxes not ticked from well-intended resolutions. Who wants to hear about what a year didn’t give to you? 2017 has experienced many tragic events that we all wish we didn’t have to witness or hear about. But such difficulties give all of us, even more, the reason to forge on and make beautiful memories that will brighten our lives for a minute, a day or a lifetime.
Instead, I will present to you all the positive things that 2017 gave to me that make me smile every time I think about them. I am incredibly proud of all that was achieved in the year gone by. I broke down barriers that led to me to meeting new people and fulfilling my dream. Here are the gifts that 2017 presented to me:
Castles and sunsets
Exploring lead to discovering places at home and abroad. In April, I took a busy train up to York, where wind, rain and sun intertwined amongst beautiful architecture and stunning trains!
I hopped on the Eurostar for a solo trip to Bruges. I saved people from being trapped in a train loo all the way to Bruges and back. On a grandstand in Markt Square, I watched the sunset over Belfry Tower, contemplating how beautiful the world is. I was given the Royal Suite at my hotel, don’t ask me why perhaps I was more important than I realised. With a king sized bed, two single beds, giant TV, sofa, gorgeous bathroom and giant windows. I living the life. People say that if you don’t ask you don’t get, well umm I didn’t ask and I still got something, so thumbs up to the shy people!
A drive to south-east England in early summer with my best friend was the perfect getaway to see more castles. Herstmonceux (try saying that without getting your tongue in a twist!) and Bodiam was worth the time to see. In Hastings, we stayed in a cute flat through Air BnB for the first time. It was a lovely home away from home in a town that surprised us. The beautifully understated Hastings pier provided great calmness and the castle ruin was poignant. The views from the castle were incredible.
In 2017 I networked more by attending two big blogging events, Blogtacular in June and Brit Mums in September. They were two of the best experiences I have ever had and I was welcomed with open arms into a community that I’ve only found to be nothing but supportive and positive. I also met fellow London Bloggers through a facebook group and shared laughs and cocktails.
Getting to know my old friend London
By pretending to be a tourist, I continued to explore more of my city. I visited Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kew Gardens, Churchill War Room, Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace and did a walk of Inns of Courts. Learning about the places right on my doorstep was a real pleasure.
My own home
The biggest thing that happened in 2017 and in my life was moving into my own flat, a dream come true. The process of being offered the flat to getting the keys was long and frustrating at times. Planning to move everything in your life into boxes from one place to another was stressful in itself. However, it was all worth the wait. Even once I was settled in the flat, it wasn’t easy dealing with stress from work and loneliness at home but I love it all now. Thinking about having my own place to call home is something that truly makes me happy.
Into a new year
As 2018 is now all around us I have been engrossed in my personal work again. I have a determination to work on all the little things to make my blog a success. I don’t want to be narrowed down or pressurised to blog in a rigid schedule. In 2017, I was working well on a schedule but once I started not following it I couldn’t get it back on track. My intention, of course, is to write on a regular basis but I want it to be free and enjoyable. I will publish a post only when I know it is perfect and not just because I told myself that I have to publish on a Monday and Thursday.
Alongside this, I want to continue to do the same things I did in 2017 but make sure I do it throughout the whole year and not tail off in the autumn. I want to:
- Travel more
- Work on interesting creative projects
- Write the second draft of my book
- Write imaginative posts and
- Continue to explore the world around me.
If I do this 2018 should be a good year. I hope a new year brings all the success and happiness you hope for.
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