I recently shared a reflection of my 2018 over on my Instagram stories, but it’s been a pretty exciting year for me so I thought I would expand on it over on my blog, too. I even managed to tick a couple of things off my 30 Before 30 Bucket List, which you can read here, which I was not expecting to be able to do so soon!
Starting off with January, my boyfriend and I moved into our new flat (on New Year’s Eve, to be precise) so it was nice to start the year waking up in a new place. This is the first place in Liverpool that has ever truly felt like home, and having just signed on for another year, it’s shaping up to be the longest tenancy I’ve had since moving to the city over five years ago.
If you read my bucket list blog post a few months back, you will have seen that I wanted to get a car at some point, and it turned out that 2018 was the year. My boyfriend and I were very kindly given an old Nissan by someone looking to get rid of it, and we have grown so accustomed to having our own little mode of transport. It’s great to get back behind the wheel again and to grow in confidence in my driving – I have now even tackled driving on motorways (I did this by accident, on my own driving back to Chester but it did the trick!).
I’ve had more opportunities through my blog and Instagram this year which is something that I can come out of 2018 feeling proud of. I’ve been pampered, got to make my own gin and I’ve even been able to work with Topshop which is a dream come true. I’m hoping that 2019 holds many more opportunities!
2018 meant seeing more live music, which is something I love doing. The most notable being one of my favourite bands PEACE for the umpteenth time, Taylor Swift and of course the one and only Paul McCartney which was definitely the best concert I have ever been to, and one that I am still in awe of.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have spotted that I spent two weeks in Florida over the summer with my boyfriend and his family, in fact, I wrote a whole blog post about it which you can read here. I love America so it was great to tick another state off of my list. We hit Orlando, where of course we did all of the theme parks and I spent my 23rd birthday in Universal Studios, and for the second week we headed to the coastal city of Sarasota which I loved.
After coming back from the USA I started working for myself, which was also something that was in my bucket list post. I’d been working out a way to do this since the start of 2018, and come summer, as if by magic all of the pieces fell into place. I’ll be doing an entire blog post dedicated to this very soon so stay tuned if this is something you’re interested in.
Since I didn’t get to celebrate my mum’s birthday with her on the actual day as she was in Australia visiting family with my sister, we celebrated her turning 50 with a big party full of her family and friends which was lovely. She doesn’t look a day over 35, I swear! I also got to see my uncle for the first time in years as he was over from Australia. No more than a week later, my sister headed off to Sheffield for University which meant I got to visit and see the city for the first time ever. First impressions were great – I definitely need to go back again soon and see more!
I can’t talk about my year without mentioning my new best friend and love of my life, Chase. After contacting his owner on Borrow My Doggy, Chase and I became fast friends. He’s a one year old Cockapoo who has a very nervous and timid personality, but once he gets to know you is the most loving and funny dog. Thanks to my new work set up, I’m able to mind him throughout the week and get on with my work whilst he snoozes next to me. I’m planning on many more puppy playdates for 2019.
Of course, it goes without saying that for all the ups that 2018 brought me, there have been many down moments too and just because I haven’t touched on them within this post, doesn’t make them any less real – just wanted to take a moment at the end of this to #keepitreal.
So, here’s to 2019 which hopefully will be full of happiness, good health and success for you all.
Photography by Dan Farrow
JUMPER | TOPSHOP
SKIRT | C/O TOPSHOP (colour unavailable, similar here)
BOOTS | TOPSHOP (sold out, similar here)