2017 | Round Up
To say 2017 was a rollercoaster of a year for me might be a cliche, but it is absolutely true.
I said goodbye to 2016 and welcomed 2017 in style: drinking a ridiculous amount of shots on a campsite near a lake in New Zealand with my family members who live on the other side of the world.
Our 2016-2017 New Zealand trip was truly a once in a lifetime trip. Although it only fell into 2017 by a few days, I’d still like to include it as one of the most important things I did last year. I will never forget it and I will never be able to explain quite how amazing it was. It was truly magical.
I had the most perfect Valentine’s Day, denying societal norms and choosing to stay home baking a rainbow cake with my boyfriend instead of going out for a fancy meal.
I went to Marbella with my family for the second year in a row. Some people find it boring to keep going back to the same place but for me, Marbella is the perfect, relaxing, sunny holiday with the added bonus of me being able to practice my Spanish a little bit whilst we’re there.
I packed my things and moved to Germany for a year. It was by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done and although I’m still not finished with my year abroad, I am not afraid to admit that I am incredibly proud of myself for doing it. To move to a foreign country, speaking a language you’ve only ever spoken in a classroom and being completely on your own is incredibly difficult. It is intense and lonely and difficult and exciting all at the same time. I can already say with some certainty that I’ve learned a lot during my year abroad, not just when it comes to the German language, but also things I never knew about myself.
I celebrated 2 years with my boyfriend. Our relationship has been different to the norm in a lot of ways and we’ve squeezed about 10 years worth of experiences into just 2. In 2017 we went from living together to living in different countries, so celebrating 2 years together was special, knowing that we’d coped with both extremes and we were still going strong.
I flew home for the most wonderful family Christmas I could’ve asked for. It was calm, relaxed and full of the people I love the most. Having been away for a few months, getting to spend so much time with my family, particularly my grandparents, over Christmas was amazing and I truly appreciated every moment of it.
Just as 2017 was drawing to a close, I turned 21. The day itself was incredible. My house was full of family and people I think of as family despite not being related. My boyfriend took a million photos of me with every single person there and I will treasure those photos forever. My mum’s friend made me an amazing cake with me on it (amazingly, cake-me was wearing an almost identical dress to the real me), my dad and brother set off fireworks in our back garden the whole house felt very full of love. To every single person I saw on my birthday, whether for 5 minutes or 5 hours, thank you for making it so special. I’ll never forget how magical it felt.
2017 was difficult, tiring, confusing, frustrating, lonely, exciting, adventurous, and full of love all at the same time. I felt like it deserved a post of its own to remember how special it was.
2017 in numbers:
Flights taken: 12
Countries visited: 4
Gigs Performed: 4
Gigs attended: 2
Blog posts published: 20 (not enough!)