As the year winds down, and we all start making big plans for 2018, I thought I’d get a little introspective and have a look back at my year. It’s certainly been a roller coaster, hasn’t it? As that time winds down, it is kind of nice to take a look back at the year, just as a bit of reflection, so here is a little look at my best moments from 2017!
I was having a very frugal month, and it was really fun to try and be resourceful when it came to still having a good time! I’m even thinking of doing a part two! London is an amazing city, and I feel so fortunate to live here. This was my way of showing that everything doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Just little old me, with my little old paycheck, trying to make the most out of this incredible city! Don’t worry, I’m working on a new one, with more inexpensive things to do in London!
Mr. Actually and I had talked for a good long while about the fact that we wanted a cat. Our living situation for the last two years though, has not been a great environment. I’m sure I’ve talked about how much work we had to do to make the place livable. Still, we’d invested a lot of time and effort into our home, and finally decided that we wanted to bring a cat into the family. It all happened much faster than we’d anticipated, but we love our little furball to bits and pieces and we’re so happy we can give him a happy home.
Post: Animal Instinct
I feel like this has been the year that I’ve really started figuring out my personal style. I’ve also been struggling with some body confidence issues this year. This outfit post though, genuinely made me feel so great about myself. It helped that I had Lauren on hand, not just to take great photos, but also be a wonderful and supportive pal. I’m obsessed with leopard print, but I don’t buy it very often (it can turn tacky so quickly!) but when I do, I really want it to be something amazing. I think this post really reflects that and I’m so proud of it!
Bullet Journalling at The Blogger’s Market
I owe a lot to the Blogger’s Market. I remember going to the very first one way back in January of 2015, when I was newly an expat and knew no one. I managed to strike up a bit of convo with Kristabel and Carrie, who I have now become great friends with. When they asked me to be involved with the most recent Blogger’s Market, I couldn’t resist! I taught a bullet journalling workshop to a room full of wonderful and energetic ladies, and had such a great time! Not only that, but because of that workshop, I was asked to do 2 more in the New Year in collaboration with West Elm! How exciting! If you’re interested, tickets are available here!
This was really important post for me to write, and that’s why I’m counting it as one of my best moments. I was really scared to address something as political or controversial as race, but it’s a very defining part of my reality. Particularly now that I live in a country where race is a very different thing than what I am used to, I felt it was an important thing for me to be able to address. I also owe a very big thank you to Kristabel, who encouraged me, and who has helped me learn more about how to have these discussions!
I think it’s safe to say I’ve become obsessed with Hygge. Not just the word, but what it represents, and how happy it’s made me! I’ve even got Mr. Actually saying how ‘hygge’ things are in our flat, and lighting candles when he wants to chill out! Job done, I think! It’s a great thing for people to be aware of; it’s made a real difference to my mental state and happiness, so why not share that! I was really proud of this post, and it was probably one of my favorites! Plus, I really like the photo, so that’s good too, right?
A Trip To The New Forest
This year was all a bit on the stressful side, so Mr. Actually and I finally decided that we needed a weekend away. It was the first time that he and I properly booked a few days off and had a whole weekend to ourselves! It was such an amazing weekend (which I’ve written at length about) but the bit we’re still talking about? Our amazing dinner at The Pig. It was the most I’ve ever spent on a meal before, but it was worth every single penny. From the moment we arrived, it was an incredible experience with a lot of care, wonderful food and one very full and happy couple!
My hair is a sensitive topic. I can’t tell you how difficult this post was to write, but I’m so glad I did. It definitely helped me remember how much I love my hair! Despite the fact that it’s constantly changing, and possibly still recovering from all that I put it through in the last 5 years or so, my hair is such an ingrained part of me. That journey took time though, which is why I wanted to share it. The response I got was so uplifting and encouraging as well. I do sometimes struggle to see my hair as beautiful, but writing this post has helped me to banish a lot of those feelings!
Appearing in Stylist Magazine
This was a pretty exciting thing for me, and I still have a few copies tucked away in my desk at home! In February, I took part in a day of make up testing for an article in Stylist Magazine about the most universally flattering make-up! I’d participated before as a member of the Stylist Beauty Council, but this was such a cool experience, especially to open the magazine that I pick up every week and be able to see my face! I’ve still got all of the photobooth snaps we were taking with all the different products. It was such a fun day that I didn’t want to forget a moment!
Getting My Big Dipper Tattoo
This was a long time coming, as I’m sure you’re aware! I added it to my list of 30 Things to do before I turn 30, and I’m so glad I gave myself that push! I love it so much! I’ve always been fascinated by stars, and for as long as I could remember, would always look up when I had the chance. I do it now, still – peek up on my walk home to see if I can spot any stars! I’ve always been able to find the Big Dipper, no matter where I’ve been, so always felt like it was sort of looking out for me. Emily, my tattoo artist, totally understood that and really worked to make it something special.
I think it’s safe to say that though there have definitely been some lows, 2017 has been a pretty good year for me. Sometimes it’s a little difficult to stay positive, when the news is filled with so much hatred and general awfulness. In fact, it can be bloody overwhelming, can’t it? Still, despite all that, it’s good to take a step back and just try to think a little smaller. I only hope that 2018 is even better for me, and hopefully, better for the world.