Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Can anyone quite believe that 2018 is nearly upon us? It is a bit of a cliche thing to say but it is true! 2017 flew by and now we are at the beginning of a new year. Towards the end of last year blogging took a bit of a back seat. It was a mixture of things that kept me away, from lacking inspiration to just being pretty busy with work and life! I have missed it though, blogging has been a part of my life since 2008 across different domain names and I think this little break has probably done me the world of good. Plus holding off has meant that we are on the road to the days being lighter and brighter – anyone that lives in Scotland and blogs I am sure will agree, the dark days do not make it easy to take nice blog photos!

I have a new found burst of enthusiasm for blogging, a brand new blogging schedule (posts coming every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from now on) and a whole host of ideas I want to put into action.

2017, the highlights

New job: In June 2017 I started a new job. I had been in my previous job for 3 and a half years and the time had come to move on. I moved sector and went from agency side to client side which was a pretty big change but it was a great change. I don’t think I have regretted moving on from my old workplace at any point. Sure I miss people but I see the ones I call friends regularly – win, win. My new role is more creative, in a great environment with some really lovely folk. Definitely a highlight of 2017.

Liam Fray accoustic tour: If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you will know how much of a Courteeners fan I am. Ten magical years of blaring out this band. 2016, I saw them live at the Hydro in Glasgow. The full band which was epic then in 2017 I spend a ridculous* amount of money to get tickets to see Liam Fray on his accoustic tour in Edinburgh. This was a great night with my great pal, Emma. It was one of those nights that started in highspirits, we went along and sang our little hearts out then decided it was a good idea to continue the night in one of our favourite pubs. Cut to tequila shots, hugs with the brothers that own the pub and me buying the entire bar a round of drinks (there was maybe 10 people in the bar) and that was the night we saw Liam Fray. Epic night.

*near on £200

 

A year since the fire: You may, or may not, know that last year on the 14th of December my family home burnt down and our beloved family pet, George succumed to smoke inhalation. It is safe to say that it was a horrible Festive period. The one year mark has passed now. The lead up to the day was filling me with dread. I wasn’t looking forward to it, I wasn’t sure how I should feel. I spent the day with my parents, I had a little cry in private and I had the support of some fantastic friends. I think, in my own way, I will always mark the day because the house and George were so special to me but now the 1 year mark has passed I feel that it is slowly becoming a memory, a horrible memory but a memory nonetheless. It could have been much worse.

Big brother turns 30: On the 30th of December my big brother turned 30! He is quite a splendid lad so of course we had to celebrate this big Birthday. We did it with a delicious lunch at The Butcher Shop in Glasgow with the family, his girlfriend and her family which was lovely. The food was delicious, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted scallops as delicious or a steak as tender yet tasty! Happiest of Birthdays to my wonderful big brother!

2018, the resolutions

Read one book a month: Reading has always been a favourite pass time of mine but recenlty I’ve fallen out of the habit of picking up a book and having a wee 20 minute read. Rather than sitting playing around on my phone for the hour before I fall asleep I am going to try and read at least a few pages every night and attempt to get through one book a month.

Save £1,000: Saving hasn’t been my strong point, ever. I wish I was one of those people that was really good at it but I just am really rubbish at it! I get money and I think “Ooo I could buy that great blazer!” rather than thinking let’s get this saved! So the goal is to save £1k this year. £1,000 smackaroos – we will see how I get on with this.

What are your 2018 resolutions and goals?

 

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