At the beginning of 2017 I thought it was going to be a pretty uneventful year but 365 days later (and then some cos this post is going out a bit later than originally planned) and it’s turned out to be a big ‘un, full of changes and growth. With the new year (and my birthday on the 9th) comes a period of reflection and as I sit on my sofa, cuddled up with my husband and my dog, I can’t help but feel happy and content and a little bit smug.
It’s been a bloody good year.
After years of talking about it, Jody and I finally made the short trip across the channel to Amsterdam. We went over to celebrate my 25th birthday and wow, what a place. I totally understand why so many people rave about it now I’ve been there myself. It’s just one of those cities that’s full of charm and has a great atmosphere. We didn’t have a lot planned for our time there but that was exactly what we needed – Amsterdam is the perfect city for doing nothing in, full of small cosy bars.
In March Jody and I realised we could no longer live with his parents and started looking for somewhere to rent. It meant giving up on our mortgage dream but in the long run it’s turned out to be the best thing we could have done and we are in a great place because of it. The day we moved into our lovely little house my sister decided to steal my thunder (as always) and bring my nephew Reggie into the world. What was supposed to be a boring, bland March turned out to be a pretty eventful month!
Everyone has asked if we had always planned to get married in Las Vegas and I suppose the answer is yes and no – Yes, it was always gunna be somewhere just the two of us but no, not necessarily on this trip to Vegas. It was super chilled out, very cheap and tbh, I wouldn’t have done it any other way. At the point of getting married we had been together for seven years, engaged for five, and a big fancy wedding didn’t appeal to either of us – Why spend money on a big party when we could spend it on another adventure?!
Vegas was cool and all but New York was something else. I’ve never felt more at home in a city and I totally understand why so many people are enamoured with the city that never sleeps. It’s so hard to explain exactly what makes it so good – I mean it’s just a big city after all – but I’m so glad I’ve finally seen it with my own eyes. I am d-y-i-n-g to go back at Christmas time but as we want to go to South Africa for Jody’s thirtieth I might have to put a pin in it for a few years.
The biggest change this year was probably the arrival of my little baby Brucey. He’s annoying and he stinks but I’ve never felt a love like it. He’s filled a hole in our lives that we weren’t even aware of and I can’t imagine my life without him. Once we have our own house the dream is to get another dog but for now, we’re happy with just the one.
One thing I really didn’t think I would do in 2017 is find myself another job as I was pretty loyal to the company I was working for. But things change, people change and here I am, working for a really good company that’s mere minutes from my house. My new job means I have a lot more responsibility and I’m pretty much my own boss. There are some great opportunities to progress and I’m looking forward to seeing where I go with it in 2018.
Whilst 2017 did have it’s darker moments (that maybe one day I will go into), it’s been a good year for growing up and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for me in 2018.