In 2017 I conquered goals I never though I would and constantly pushed myself and stepped out of my comfort zone. Fast forward to today, 31st December 2017, and I’m leaving this year feeling happier and fuller than ever before.
2017 has been a year filled with plenty more highs than lows and for that, I’m thankful.
So, let’s grab a cup of tea, sit back and reflect on the highlights of 2017 from January through to December!
In January, I attended the Go Glam Gala. It was my first ever blog event in the big smoke and it seriously did not disappoint. Scarlett London did an incredible job organising the event. It also meant getting to meander around Notting Hill with the lovely Lily from JoliHouse (ticking yet another city off our travel list together) and I got to meet the wonderful Victoria from InTheFrow and Em Sheldon!
February happened to be a fairly quiet month as I quietly worked away trying to find the perfect home.
The most exciting part of February for me had to be Valentine’s Day. Not because I was all loved up but because Valentine’s Day was the day that I put an offer in on a house…the house that I’m living in today! After some to-ing and fro-ing over the price, the offer was accepted.
Moving out and having my own house is something that I felt I really needed. For my mental health and personal growth, I needed this more than ever so to finally obtain something that seems so unattainable for millennials like myself was unexplainable.
I was most proud of the fact I did it all on my own, not a single soul helped me on this journey to becoming a homeowner and personally, that meant more to a little working class girl like me than you could imagine.
March was a month filled with fun activities. I’m never one for sitting still and I love keeping busy, trying new things and pushing my boundaries.
In March, I visited the Chill Factore in Manchester where I did a taster ski lesson, further fuelling my dream to one day go on a ski holiday.
I also had the pleasure of heading to Manchester again but this time it was for the Crystal Maze: Live Experience press event. Having the opportunity to get a sneaky preview of this nostalgic-filled game and to play along was most definitely a highlight of 2017.
I also started BJJ in March; a sport that I’ve quickly fallen in love with yet sadly currently can’t afford to do right now. I’m hoping 2018 will be the year I get back on track financially so I can restart BJJ.
Oh and I attended Crufts to watch my friends dog in the agility.
Up next is April, my birthday month. For me, April was a fairly dark month. It was a time where I was really struggling emotionally. I felt drained, lost and I was struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We all have those down days and hiccups in life. But it wasn’t all bad.
My friend organised for us to go to Clip n Climb for my birthday – despite their fear of heights and reluctancy to climb! Talk about a true friend.
Around that time, I also got a little transfer in work – moving from the paper marketing team to digital marketing.
As a blogger and psychology graduate, I find digital marketing and consumer behaviour fascinating so I’m overjoyed to have finally got my foot in the door in the working world of digital marketing.
The month of May included a visit from my Dad and Step-Mom all the way from America.
It also included yet another trip to Manchester for an exciting press event. This time, I headed to Total Ninja to test the world’s largest ninja park.
I seriously cannot explain how much I love the Ninja Park. Yes, I sucked at it but that doesn’t diminish how much I loved it. I’m hoping when I next visit, I’m stronger and better than before.
June was potentially the most exciting month of 2017. June was the month that I moved into my house!!! That’s all I have to say. Little me moved into her first house and started paying for a mortgage. I’m still really happy with myself yet I also believe if I can do it, then anyone else can too!
In July, I took a trip to Liverpool to see some of my favourite blogger babes. I was distraught that I had to miss April’s event so I was super giddy to make my way to Liverpool for the summer CarnLIVal event.
It’s always lovely catching up with everyone and seeing how much of an amazing job Katy and Sammy do every single time they organise one of these incredible events.
August was another month of pushing my boundaries. In August I had my first ever MMA fight. With only 12 weeks of training, which was sometimes half-hearted due to balancing training with moving house, and an injuries rib I had a white collar MMA fight.
I fought against one of my good friends and sadly lost in the first round to an armbar. Despite losing, I loved every second of it and only wish the fight had lasted longer (and preferably that I had won!).
To look at me, you’d probably never in a million years see me as being someone to get in a cage, willing to fight someone else. So to all those people who pigeonhole me as someone who’s weak then hi, here I am – forever pushing my limits and showing my strengths…even when I lose.
Post-MMA fight and life was pretty quiet in the month of September. Training had taken over my life and my bank balance was dwindling so in September I just quietly worked on my house. Not a lot had changed to my house since I moved in but I am slowly making progress.
In September, I also got back into trying out bouldering. Luckily bouldering is free with my gym membership so it’s a sport that I can get really stuck into even when money is a little bit tight. I just need to get saving for some climbing shoes now.
When buying my first house I vowed to put myself on a travel ban. I have responsibilities and so it only seemed right that I put my love of exploring on hold whilst putting that money into my house instead.
Alas, that ban didn’t last forever. This girl loves a cheap flight deal so couldn’t resist spontaneously booking flights to Milan to enjoy four days in Italy in October with Lily!
Italy is now high on my re-visit list as I want to discover so much more than this wonderful country has to offer.
Lily and I have already made a deal that we’ll go on another autumnal break in 2018 so watch this space to see where we end up.
Spoiler alert: it’ll most likely be a city/country hat RyanAir offers an irresistible flight sale for. What can I say, this girl loves a bargain.
In October, I also got the log burner of my dreams installed. Okay, slight exaggeration but I did get a log burner fitted. I knew I wouldn’t be happy with my front room unless I had one so I put whatever money I had saved up towards getting it. It’s well and truly skinted me (perks of being a homeowner and impatient) but it was also worth it.
November was the month I got my freedom. In October I FINALLY passed my driving test. Yay! So November meant I finally got a car. I picked up my not-so-little Cactus and instantly fell in love with it.
Having the freedom to drive means more to me than I can say. I’m such an independent person that I really needed this. The simple task of being able to drive wherever and whenever I want to has brought me so much joy.
Though zip ahead to December and my month-old baby has already been smashed into. Ah the little curveballs that life likes to throw at you!
Although I’m sad that someone hit my car and dashed without leaving a note, I realise that things could have been a whole lot worse. It’s only a car after all. So I’ll brush off the annoyance, fork out to get in repaired and carry on with my little life feeling happy and grateful.
December seems to have gone by in a flash. It hasn’t been a particularly full month but it’s still been a good one. In December, I continued my ‘chop down my own Christmas tree’ tradition, got one step closer to finishing my log burner and I climbed Helvellyn.
In December, I also realised who some of my closest friends are.
Now, here I am, reflecting on a year that has been filled with highlights, happy memories and conquering goals. It’s safe to say, I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store for me next.