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2016 in photos & words

January 2, 2017

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2016 was the most amazing year for travel. We started the year in Glasgow, February we were in Cuba, July I was in Barcelona, and in September we spent a couple of weeks in Canada and the USA. I feel so lucky to have been to places that have been on my to-do list for so long, and to create these memories with my best friend. 2017 is looking a little more restrained in terms of travel plans, but I’m sure we’ll be off somewhere nice at some point. Any recommendations?

2016 also saw friends get engaged, my parents get two puppies, me spend time with good friends in photobooths, a lot of good cake and espresso, so many of my favourite bands, summer sunshine, and so many other treasured memories.

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Other things I discovered in 2016 – a real love for (certain) YouTube channels. Specifically, Lydia Elise Millen, Natasha Bailie, Ingrid Nilsen, Jenny Mustard and Love Taza.

Some moments weren’t quite so happy. I lost my Grandad, and one of my dogs, Jake. Brexit happened. Trump happened. Terrorist attacks took place across the world. War. Human crisis.

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I don’t mean to join the ‘2016 was shit’ bandwagon, but the end of 2016 really was shit. I hate moaning, but I’ve been ill since the 22nd December, and waking up every morning and not feeling better is getting really tiring. And not just in a, ‘I’ve got a cold, ugh’ kind of way. Maybe one day I’ll share more in this space, but it’s safe to say that the last few days have kicked my arse. We ran out of time to celebrate Christmas properly, and combined with illness and being bed-ridden, new year kind of went out the window, too. So here’s to a fresh start, a (hopefully!) speedy recovery and some resolutions for 2017:

Eat more fruit. I am terrible at eating fruit – I think because I’m so fussy about it (it needs to be miles away from being ripe – the firmer the better), that I just generally avoid it because it’s safer that way.

Read more books. I saw someone on Instagram say that they read 106 books last year – how is that even possible?! Here’s to trying…

Sort the house out. We’re working through each room slowly, but we still have a lot of ‘stuff’ to get rid of and tidy up, especially since we knocked down a wall.

Use my ‘proper’ camera more. It’s big and it’s heavy, but it’s worth it.

Make more time for social media. This might sound strange, but because I spend all day on social media for my clients, I leave little time and enthusiasm for my own accounts – and I really miss them!

Enjoy gifts, rather than saving them. Do you ever save things for special occasions, and end up never using them?

Go to the cinema more. We used to go quite often, but I can count the number of trips this year on one hand!

I hope you had a great Christmas and new year! Do you have any resolutions?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2017 11:49 am

    It looks like you had some great moments in 2017 and I’m sorry about your grandad and your pup. I need to eat more vegetables, I have colitis so it’s a really delicate balance between the right amount and too much so I often end up avoiding it altogether. Luckily I love fruit so I am getting some vitamins! I also want to use my proper camera more, when I was travelling I took it out with me every day but since I’ve been in London I don’t think I’ve taken it anywhere.

    • February 21, 2017 7:37 pm

      Thanks, lovely. Sorry to hear you’re juggling health problems, too. Here’s to a year of sore shoulders, more photos and lots of fruit!

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