Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Reflecting on 2016

They say that New Year is a good time to reflect on the year that has passed and get refreshed, motivated and energised for the year ahead. I'm not one for making grand resolutions that I've not got a hope in hell of keeping, but I do like to set myself (realistic) goals and take a moment to think back on what the past 12 months have brought me.

In a nutshell, 2016 was the year I really felt like I found my feet since leaving university in 2012. I finally felt like I was in the right place, doing with the right thing with the right people. I moved to Edinburgh in December 2015, and since then I've settled right in and finally feel like I belong. My family moved a lot when I was younger and I've never really found a place to call 'home', until now. But Edinburgh has become my home over the past 12 months and I'm so proud to call it that. 

So what have I been up to? The one thing I've certainly not been doing is keeping up with this blog, my tiny piece of the internet. I've been so busy building a life offline that the blog has taken a back seat, and I miss it. I love creating content - writing and photography are big loves of mine and something I want to work on improving, so I've set myself a realistic goal of posting twice a month this year. Watch. This. Space.

So, back to it...

In 2016, I:

Turned my flat into a proper home with my boyfriend. It sure feels good to have something that is totally ours. 

Hosted two flat-warmings with friends and family. 

Met two of my blogging faves, Lily Pebbles and Anna Gardner. 

Spent a long weekend in Copenhagen, one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to.

Saw Coldplay at Wembley.

Went to a BeyoncĂ© concert. 

Turned 26. It wasn't so bad... 

Fully embraced the Edinburgh Fringe Festival throughout August.

Trained HARD and ran my first ever half marathon in exactly 2 hours. More to come this year?

Had the holiday of a lifetime travelling up the east coast of America through 4 states, seeing and doing the most incredible things with my favourite person. 

Celebrated my friend getting married. 

Visited Oban on the west coast of Scotland for the first time. It rained. A lot. 

Took my sister for her first legal drink as an 18 year old. 

Hosted Friendsmas, something I want to become an annual tradition. 

Spent a ton of quality time with old friends, new friends and family. 

It's been an incredibly busy year! Of course 2016 brought some lows, but those lows are things I believe have made me a stronger and more determined person as a result. 

Here's to 2017. 

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