2016 Memories and 2017 Dreams


Hello, 2017. I can't quite believe it's a new year. I remember the start of 2016 so clearly and looking back at the past year I have so many happy memories with my family, friends and boyfriend. I have seen them grow, tackle through new challenges and celebrate joyful news. I wonder what new stories I will have in 12 months time.

Two Thousand and Sixteen Memories

2016 started off a little slow, it always does in January. The winter blues creep in and lingers a little too long. It was one of the busiest months for me at work, we were getting ready to launch our new branding, preparing the new website to go live, producing leaflets and merchandise. It has been an interesting year working in marketing and for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm working in the right industry and I have had time to think about what I want to do in my career.

When I think back to February I remember frosty mornings and a little Valentines trip to York. It makes me feel so happy looking back at the few snapshots from those two days in York. It reminds me how thankful I am for my good life and the people in it, especially my darling love.

In March a group of us went to the Lake District for the Easter weekend, in true bank holiday style it rained but it made it a little more fun. Life can be hard so we have to do the things that make it more enjoyable.

April and May was full of fun weekends, planning trips for the rest of the year and spring was in full bloom. Two of my best friends got engaged to their future husbands and others were buying houses, so many exciting and happy memories were made this year.

My sister and I went to Portugal in June for our summer holiday. It was so good to get away and be by the pool and the beach with the glorious sun. Drinking cocktails and reading a book. Perfection.

My birthday month is July and it is always one of the best months of the year with birthday treats and trips away, this year I went to Brighton, a quintessential British summer trip away. Then there are the simple things like having a picnic in the park and indulging in ice cream that makes July so much sweeter.

Birthday celebrations continue into August with my Dad and sister's birthdays on the same day. We went away for a spa weekend and saw Aladdin in the theatre. Then on the August bank holiday weekend my best friends and I went away to Sherwood Forest, and spent lots of time in the hot tub while drinking prosecco. The perfect girls weekend.

September and October was a little quiet, sometimes you need some time for yourself and embrace the beautiful autumn days. At the end of October, my boyfriend and I went to Amsterdam together for our year anniversary. I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam and it was just as incredible as I thought it would be, a beautiful city.

The last two months of the year went by so quickly, it was bonfire night one day and the next it was christmas day. It was crazy busy at work, our office was in the middle of being refurbished and we were getting everything ready for christmas. So when I had some time to myself all I wanted to do was get cosy with a hot chocolate, be festive and finish buying christmas presents. I was in Edinburgh for christmas this year, I had such a wonderful time with my boyfriend. Visiting the castle, walking down the Royal Mile and eating delicious treats in the christmas market. An incredible way to end the year.

Two Thousand and Seventeen Dreams

I haven't thought too much about my goals for 2017, the ones I have thought of are similar to last years goals. What I do know is that I want to continue self-improvement, grow more as a person, do the things that make me feel happy and make the good things in my life great. The little things and the big things. I feel inspired to do so much more.

I've been thinking about what I want to be doing with my life a lot this year and how I can start making progress into that direction. It does feel silly waiting for January to start it all but in a way I have been working towards them already. The last month or so of 2016 got really busy, so I didn't put pressure on myself and I will always try to do what I can. Now that I've had a break and feel rested I feel like I can focus and begin to achieve some goals and keep building a life I'm in love with.

Find my first home
After doing some quick calculations in excel, there is a real possibility of being able to buy a house in 2017. My boyfriend and I have been saving money in 2016 and if all goes to plan (fingers crossed), we will have a comfortable amount by the end of the year and can start looking for a new home.

We don't want to rush it and we are happy to wait a little longer to find the right place for us so if I'm not writing my 2018 goals in my own house that will be okay. Being close to buying one will be good enough.

Eat well and move to feel good
Keeping it simple and not getting too worked up about losing weight, eating low calorie meals or going to the gym 6 times a week. I believe in eating the food that my body needs and what makes me feel good inside. Along with moving regularly, by walking, practising yoga, HIIT workouts, weight training, running. Whatever it is that makes me feel better. The rest will take care of itself. I want be more focused and mindful with what I'm doing with my body.

Career development
I want to challenge myself a little more this year in my career. I'm comfortable with my job, I know what to do day-to-day but I can also be better. Thinking outside of the box and taking on more responsibilities. I've already signed up for a Google course, I want to dedicate time to it and learn more about the big world of marketing. And see where it will take me.

Make time for the little things
The past year I have not really made time to do simple things like reading a book. I want to break bad habits of watching Netflix and YouTube in bed and spend it reading, journaling, colouring and taking photos. And any other little things that make me happy. I want to start practising modern calligraphy and be more creative.

Be mindful
A simple thing that I want to adopt. There are times where I lose myself a little, I overthink, worry and stress about the silliest things. I'd like to be more mindful, focus on the good thoughts and not let the bad ones in.

Have you made any goals you want to achieve this year? If so, good luck! Wishing you all the best for 2017.

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