03, 01, 2017
Last year was not a particularly great year for me and my family, or for the world for that matter, it seemed like there was always some sort of tragedy or issue happening. I am therefore very okay with waving goodbye to 2016 and welcoming 2017 with open arms. Usually my first post of the year would be my resolutions but this year I have decided to look back at 2016 and find the good things that happened each month to remind me that whilst shit happens, life goes on and you have to make the most of it whilst you can.
January – I went on a night out with some girls from work and one of them brought their best friend along with her and I didn’t know that a few months later I’d be working with him for 6 months and class him as one of my best friends. I had a reunion night out with a few girls I went to school with and I am now planning on moving in with one of them this year. I went to the Ice Bar in London, organised by LDN Meet Up.
February – Through working at Bare Minerals I learnt a lot more about make up, through training, help from other counters and watching YouTube videos, and so I got to be a part of a make up event in the middle of Bromley Shopping Centre, promoting the brand and getting to show my skills to a wider audience.
March – I saw the school crew again and we went to the Big Easy for the Unlimited Boozy Brunch in Canary Wharf. Unlimited Prosecco, loads of meat and lobster, winner all round! I also planned a big night out with work where we stayed at the Travelodge and had a very eventful night that we still look back on now in absolute hysterics.
April – I went to Venue in London, which I hate might I add, for my friend’s birthday where I ended up losing everyone I went with, made a completely new set of friends who I had an amazing night with until I got a call from one of the guys I actually turned up with saying that everyone had been kicked out and I needed to meet them so we could go home. I also backed the winner of the Grand National and won myself a little money.
May – I went to see Hairspray The Musical for my sister’s birthday and I left Debenhams after working there for nearly 6 years. My Aunt and Cousin, who I hadn’t seen in 16 years, flew over from America and stayed with us for a few days before making their way around the rest of the family.
June – I had my annual trip to Magaluf; booze cruises, trips to my favourite bar Panamas, days on the beach and staying in the same apartment I do every year and seeing my Spanish family (not actual family, the people who work in the hotel that I am very attached to after however many years I’ve been going). I attended the Bloggers Ball and got to see Ana, my date to all of Scarlett London‘s events.
July – I ran the Race For Life 5k in 40 minutes, cheered on by some lovely bloggers, and raised £180 for Cancer Research. I attended the BloggerExpo and a number of Christmas In July events, with Co-Op being my favourite as always. My best friend came home from university and instead of the usual trying to squeeze plans in before term starts again she was staying for a year to take part in a placement year.
August – The month of my birth, and let me tell you I always celebrate for the entire month. I went out for dinner three times; with the family, with Abi and with Aaron. I had a night out with a couple of my closest friends, and I had a BBQ at mine with some of my favourites. Next year I just need a bloggers birthday celebration and it will be complete.
September – One of my best friends was 21 and after months of planning and sorting all our friends out we had an amazing night out in Maidstone, I can definitely recommend Strawberry Moons if you’re looking for somewhere new to go. I attended the Bloggers Festival where #twoportugueseandaginger was formed, the hashtag for myself, Ana and Cat, the day our friendship was thoroughly cemented I’d say! I also attended Karma Moments with Ana where we drunk made jewellery and got to have a good old catch up with Scarlett.
October – I got so drunk on a night out that my best friend had to get his girlfriend to pick me up from the club, and he had to carry me to the car and then to my door to made sure I safely made it into the house. I’m still amused by this! I went on my first blogger trip, at Center Parcs in Longleat, and got to really get to know some bloggers I had met at numerous events across the years and make some brand new blogger friends, what a great few days. And I rode a bike again for the first time in god knows how many years, and was rather successful at it!
November – I started my new job at Debenhams Head Office, yes I went back but made the move from store to HO. I went to #bloggersxmas with Ana, Cat and Abi where our hashtag grew to #twoportugueseagingerandasmurf, and I went to Trace’s SS17 Preview event where I got to create my own signature cocktail and see Xtine, Sarah and Kayla after god knows how long. I also got invited to the Cosmetics Christmas Meal from my old store, showing that I haven’t been forgotten since leaving.
December – What a busy month. One of my best friends birthday, two work Christmas parties, my first trip to Winter Wonderland, blog events, Christmas shopping and dinner with the bestie, two birthday meals, Christmas meals with the family and two with friends, and a bloody ton of drunk nights out.
Before writing this if you’d have asked me about the year I would have focused on all the bad stuff, our family dealt with loss, cancer, accidents, hardships, so much that we really were there saying what more can you possibly throw at us, so I’ve actually loved writing this post and looking back at all the fun things I did as well. Sadly setbacks, tragedy and failure are a part of life, but you have to persevere through the toughest adversaries to find joy and success, and it can make you appreciate these all the more. 2016 may have been tough, but I mustn’t forget that it also gave me a new job, the push to drive the negative influences out of my life, a heap of new friendships that have grown and flourished throughout the year, and a new appreciation to enjoy and make the most out of life. Life is short, make the most of it!