2017 Highlights

I started 2017 throwing up on a train platform, not the best start to the year, I’m sure you can imagine. The beginning of 2017 was a really tricky time for me and I lost hope that anything was going to get betterIt makes me laugh to look back now and think of how much of a sad mess I was being, walking home listening to Adele and questioning if everything will be crap forever.

2017 quickly became a pinnacle year in my life that stomped all over the catastrophe that was 2016.

Here are some highlights that stand out in particular:

Moved to Brighton

I finally made the move back to Brighton, something that I’d wanted to do since leaving in 2015. This was such a great thing for me mentally and helped to gain perspective back on not only what was important but also finding happiness in my everyday life. If you’re ever in doubt about where you are and have a niggling feeling that you should migrate somewhere else, take the risk and do it.

Got THE job 

I don’t know about any of you fellow graduates, but leaving uni and finding a job that I actually wanted to do and would get paid enough money for was really tricky. I spent a lot of my time in perfectly adequate jobs that my heart just wasn’t in. Luckily this year that all came to an end and I found a brilliant job that encompasses everything that I want to do.

Copenhagen 

I left the country for the first time on me own and had the best time. Met some really great Canadian people and got to experience how beautiful Copenhagen is. I also re-read the Harry Potter series while I was there which is always great fun.

Loads of great gigs! 

This year was also really great for music as I got to see Kate Nash twice (the actual dream) Laura Marling and Cypress Hill. Alongside this I was also lucky enough to catch some other really great gigs like Gentleman’s Dub Club, The Darkness (lul) and Four Owls. I also went to my first psytrance rave which was an interesting experience.

Boomtown

Naturally Boomtown makes the list as always. Best weekend of the year, every year.

Milo entered the world!  

Probably the best thing to have happened all century was the birth of Smiley Miley. My best pals made a little human and he is the greatest person in the world. I literally never knew that I could love anything more than puppies but apparently it can happen.

Moved in with gals

I have been lucky enough to move in with my best pals and live the 14 year old, let’s-get-a-flat dream. We’re a little noodle-loving family and it’s great.

Scotty Woodcock 

I have also met my dorky equivalent who makes me laugh everyday. But I’m awkward and strange about relationships so I’ll just swiftly move on.

Hit blogging targets (but also abandoned blog) 

I’ve tried not to worry too much about numbers during the sub-par running of this blog, however my “26 things you’ll understand if you’re still obsessed with Harry Potter”  post got shared by The Common Room. Naturally this was huge and I cried in a library purely because they’d shared it. But with this came a number of people that allowed me to double my blogging targets for the year.

After this I neglected my blog terribly and haven’t looked at it for months, I don’t know why I’m like this either. As I say every year, I’m going to make a real effort to keep it going this year – and try and improve my visual content I promise. 

Identified personal issues & started working to overcome them

I’ve been reflecting on who I am and how I can overcome things that I’m less than happy with. This has led me to set goals and work towards improving myself throughout the year. Funnily enough a huge part of this will be practicing self-love so wish me luck with that.

I’m feeling hopeful for 2018 and what it may bring, no matter how much of a cliche that may be. I hope that you’ve all had a Happy New Year and are feeling happy and excited for the year to come!

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

Every January 1st people awake thinking “this is my year, I’m not going to do all of the horrible unhealthy things I did last year. Somehow in the past 12 hours I am new. I am different. And I will be better.” Gyms are flooded with people, Holland and Barrett run out of stock and Nutri Bullet make enough money to last them until the next New Year.

But come January 12th we’re all back to our old selves; inhaling chocolate because it’s all we’ve been thinking about for 12 days. We’re a very greedy species, we indulge far too often and let’s be honest – we don’t really care. So I’m here to give you ideas for realistic resolutions, perhaps this year it’s best to set goals that you know you can complete. You can save yourself from the disappointing reminder that you’re a terrible human being that procrastinates too much and will never be able to get through the week without a glass of wine.

Drink more

It’s important to support independent businesses and your local pub is just as good as that random health food shop you always say you’ll shop at but constantly fail to. You may think that partaking in dry January is a fantastic idea but the truth is, alcohol is good for the soul and down time is just as important as working.
Keep spending that hour on your phone in the morning

Yes, I suppose social media is ruining our conversations. Sitting in bed for an hour every morning scrolling through apps like a zombie probably isn’t productive. But at the end of the day, when all is said and done, you’ve got to get the likes. How else will you measure your self worth in this cold, plastic society?
Keep drinking very little water

Being hydrated is probably overrated anyway and let’s be honest, you don’t have time to keep going to the toilet during your busy day. Keep telling yourself that the health benefits of drinking water are a myth. You’ll be fine!
Ensure you have 6 hours sleep every night

8 hours is far too much, you don’t want to be too well-rested in the day. You need your lack of sleep and dependency on caffeine to stay alert and be at your best performance! This will also give you more time to watch more trashy television and ridiculous YouTube videos.

Eat any (vegan) food that you want  

I don’t know how many times I have to say food is love before the world agrees. Restricting calories and going on silly diets will only make you unhappy. Who wants to sit at work all day dreaming about pasta to go home and eat a salad? You’re only gonna snack afterwards. Do yourself a favour, eat the pasta. Or if you really want to do better this year, eat a pasta salad.
Avoid the gym

You’ve walked to the pub, you’ve done some pretty brilliant drunk dancing. You’re good for the week! You don’t want to tire yourself out before work tomorrow.
Remain happy in your messy room

Tidying is futile, it will just get messy again in a few days. Save yourself some time and live peacefully amongst the chaos. PLUS messy people tend to be more intelligent…this random article says.

Cancel that yoga class

We all know you’re only going to go once and there’s no point getting to know people just to let them down. Maybe try and do a yoga YouTube tutorial at some point this month. That’ll do!
Watch more Peep Show

I have nothing satirical to say about this, it’s just a brilliant resolution that we should all work towards.