I don’t know about you, but I love a cheeky new year. In fact, I’m a fan of any new timeframe starting. A new day, a new week, month etc, not because I particularly like change or like saying goodbye but I really relish the chance of starting afresh. Drawing a line under the previous day/week/month etc and beginning again. I also really enjoy looking back. A retrospective if you will, on what happened in the last year. What I enjoyed, what I learnt from it and what I don’t wish to repeat in the following year!
With that being said, I mostly like to focus on the positives and not dwell on the not so good times. After all, unless you can learn something from it, what’s the point of focusing too much on the negative.
So, with that in mind, here are my top 10 best bits from the year that was 2018 and stay tuned for another post on my aspirations for 2019. After all, whats the point of looking back, when you don’t also look forward. (I don’t know if that’s an actual saying but it sounded good!)
1. My wedding day
So, this year I became a Mrs. I still can’t quite get used to it or used to no longer (legally) being a Hopper. The day itself was, without a doubt, the best and happiest day of my life, so far. It wasn’t without its dramas, don’t get me wrong. We had a few glitches here and there in the lead up, including me deciding to have the train removed from my (very expensive and very long) dress at the very last minute. Sorry mum for that bombshell! We also had absolutely terrible weather for a big portion of the day but we did manage to get outside eventually and were welcomed by the most sensational sky (pictured below) so how could you really complain about that? All in all, in was the most amazing lead up of celebrations which ended with the most incredible day I could have imagined.
Following our wedding day, well two days later to be exact, my husband (that still sounds weird) surprised me with a trip to the stunning Maldives for our honeymoon. After an extremely long journey including a car, a train, three planes and a coach, we arrived at our beautiful island of Kuredu for a wonderful week of relaxation. The weather wasn’t on our side again, as we experienced several storms and rain, but it didn’t matter one bit. We had the most incredible week, one I will never forget. Full of good food and drink, stunning beaches, massages, golf and staying in a beautiful water villa in the sea, to top it all off. I would go back in a heartbeat.
3. Starting a new business
As well as big changes in my personal life in 2018, I also decided to take the plunge and start my own business this year. I was made redundant in July, from a company I had worked at for the last ten years, and knew immediately that I didn’t want to go back and work for one company again, full time. Instead, I wanted to spread my wings and reap the benefits of being completely flexible and work for myself. Since getting things set up in September, I have started working with some lovely new clients on a variety of tasks and already have some inspiring new jobs and challenges lined up for the new year. It’s a very exciting time and I’m really looking forward to what 2019 will bring. If you want to find out more, click here to see what kind of services I can offer you or your business.
4. Holiday to Turkey
Back in May, I went on holiday to Turkey with my best friend, Vicci. We wanted a cheap and cheerful kind of holiday, full of sunbathing and laughter. We had such an amazing time. The resort and area we stayed in wasn’t the best but that didn’t stop us from having fun. We had a traditional Turkish massage at a local Hammam. We went on a beautiful river cruise and visited a mud bath in Dalyan and to top it all off we bathed with turtles at Iztuzu beach.
5. Visiting Chapel Down
We were very lucky to be bought a voucher for a tour around the wonderful Chapel Down grounds and vineyards as a wedding present. Having been a big fan of the Chapel Down offerings for quite some time and having had it as our wedding toast bubbles. We were excited to get a chance to find out more and most importantly, try their delicious creations! We had such a lovely time, I will be doing a separate post all about the trip, so watch this space. In the meantime, I also filmed it for my YouTube channel, so go over there and give it a watch to find out more about what we got up to.
6. Vlogging and Blogging
Talking of YouTube, this year I started my own channel. It’s something I have been wanting to do for quite some time, but this was the year to finally bite the bullet. I create weekly vlogs and regular, sit down, chatty-style videos from everything from true crime to beauty products and monthly favourites. I also film separate trips, like the Chapel Down day mentioned above. There’s something there for everyone, so go and give it a watch, it’s free! 🙂 I have also been reunited with my love of blogging again, having lost my way a little bit in 2017. My enjoyment of writing, especially when it comes to ramblings on subjects close to my heart, is back with a bang! I’m really excited about doing a LOT more of it in 2019.
7. Adventures with my mum
This is nothing specific to 2018 per say, but I’ve had some really lovely days out and made some fabulous memories with my mum this year. I know she reads this blog too so she’ll love a cheeky mention! It’s true though, you only have one mum and she is without a doubt one of my best friends and biggest supporters. She is there for me in so many ways and I couldn’t do half the things I do without her there encouraging me and having my back. She gets on board with even with my most crazy of ideas! This year we had a load of lovely day trips together, meals out and just random moments that I will never forget. Including picking up my wedding dress together, which she very kindly bought me, and then subsequently visiting the seamstress 900 times! Sorry, mum!
8. London trips
Talking of trips with my mum, I had a several lovely trips to London this year, two of which featured her. We went to see Tina Turner the musical back in July, and I got us caught in the London Pride march whilst trying to get to the Apple store! Despite that it was such a good day, boiling hot, but lots of fun. I also went for a weekend away with my best friend Vicci, you can watch that vlog here. I also had a lovely day a couple of days before my wedding with the two of them in London. Getting our nails done and drinking champagne on the Thames. Oh and I also took us to completely the wrong place for drinks, but that’s a whole other story! Other memorable days in London have been seeing a special showing of Shaun of the Dead followed by an interview with director, Edgar Wright and David Walliams. Queuing up to see a filming of The Last Leg, but not getting in so spending the evening in and around London instead and having a fabulous time. And many, many more, when I think about how much time I have spent there this year!
9. Time with family and friends
Bit of a generic one but I have had so many lovely days out, funny moments and great times with friends and family this year. I am so grateful to be surrounded by such awesome and supportive people and a really close and caring family that I wouldn’t be without. We kicked the year off with drinks and great food and had so many fantastic times that followed. A particular highlight is my hen do, surrounded by all my favourite women who made me a lovely keepsake book with various messages and made the day and weekend extremely special. It was just a local Whitstable affair but it was absolutely perfect.
Bit of an odd one to add in but as a first-time homeowner, having bought our house at the end of 2017, I did a LOT of decorating this year! I painted most of the rooms in our house and even took my hand to wallpapering a couple of walls. It’s mostly done now, apart from a couple of less-used rooms and bigger things, like new carpets here and there. Oh, and tackling our out of control, weed-ridden garden! But thinking back to how the house looked this time last year and the improvements we have made in the last twelve months, I’m pretty chuffed with what’s been achieved to make it much more “us”. As someone who works from home, the place I work and live is incredibly important to me and moulding it into somewhere that fits all purposes is a big priority. Plus, I love turquoise a LOT, so you can bet that features!
So, those are my ‘best bits’ from what has ended up being an absolutely fabulous year, with so many amazing memories being made and here’s to 2019 being equally as good!
Let me know in the comments below what your best memories from 2018 are.
Happy New Year!