Well, it’s safe to say that 2016 will certainly not go down in the history books as a quiet year.
While worldly we’ve lost legends and seen politics cause controversy, I spent my year stepping away from a long-term relationship and finding my own feet.
I won’t bore you with the gory details, (or give my haters the satisfaction), but I’ve been judged, criticised and trolled enough to realise – I couldn’t care less.
In 2016 I realised that we spend far too much time thinking about how other people spend their lives, and not much time about our own.
You see I could be bitter and negative about everything that has happened, but then where would that get me? Where would that get any of us?
I made my choices, and I’m blooming happy with them. It’s not for me to push others to accept my choices, and I wouldn’t want to. At the end of the day, I’m happy, and that is all that matters. I’ve learnt that if other people can’t accept me and my choices, then that’s really their problem and not mine.
You can keep that negativity because I’m all about sunshine and rainbows baby!
Anyway, aside from all the drama, I continued my habit of noting down all the wonderful, special moments that happened throughout the year.
Because sometimes we get really caught up in planning all the extravagant adventures, that the little moments can get lost and overshadowed. When sometimes they can be the most significant.
So in-case you were wondering how else I spent my year and were looking for some inspiration, here’s what I got up to in 2016;
My 3rd nephew, Dylan, was born on 15th January 2016. I don’t think there’s anything more precious than a cuddle with a newborn baby.
Attended the Science Show-Off with my friends Tia and Rachel. A school night out in the big smoke with these rocking ladies was a night to remember. Who knew that January could be such fun. If you have a fondness for science and a good sense of humour, I highly recommend!
Spent the weekend in the Wirral with my dear friend Nicole, where I popped my first bottle of champagne and walked along a beautiful beach in Wales.
Shared my knowledge with local businesses at a DPIP blogging workshop. It felt great to be able to help others learn how to build their business online.
Had a wonderful afternoon tea with my cousin Clare at The William Cecil in Stamford. There may or may not have been some cheeky glasses of wine included. Oops!
Attended the Life Hacks Guardian Masterclass. Left feeling completely inspired and motivated about life, and would recommend to anyone feeling the need to organise their life.
Attended my oldest friends engagement party.
Went on a London adventure with my favourite person. We had a picnic in the park, loudly applauded a busker for his beautiful song, and finished it with a steak dinner and good friends.
Spent a Sunday just going on a random local adventure with my favourite person. Visited a church I’d always seen on the train, took a photo every hour no matter what we were doing, and completed it blissfully with a roast dinner and movie night.
Moved to the most beautiful town in the country.
Had lunch with my dad on his visit back from Canada. He imparted wise words that will stay with me forever.
Enjoyed a spa weekend with my favourite person.
Ate strawberries and drank wine while watching the sunset with my favourite person.
Went to see Coldplay at Wembley with my friend Jess. I almost lost my voice screaming out all the songs, but it was well worth it.
Spent a Sunday in London with my cousin. Tasted my first Wagamama’s and got far too excited about the wine vending machines.
Family holiday to Gran Canaria.
Spent a school night in London and dined at Wahaca with my favourite person.
Attended a talk by Hallie Rubenhold at Peterborough Library about women in the Georgian era. I’m such a history nerd.
Took my sister-in-law Hayley for afternoon tea for her birthday.
Had a day off with my favourite person. We had a lay-in, enjoyed lunch in the sunshine and baked a cake together.
Attended the Live Smart Guardian Masterclass with my favourite person. We both found it inspirational and exhilarating. And spent all night talking about what we had learned from it, and what plans we were going to make.
Spent a weekend with my favourite person. Enjoying the simple pleasures of cooking breakfast together, reading books in the sunshine and exploring my beautiful town.
Acted like a big kid at the Rutland Water Aqua Park with team Datify. The wetsuits may have been the most disgusting thing I’ve ever worn, but pretending we were on Total Wipe Out caused near drowning due to laughter.
Had a big family BBQ for my mum and sister-in-laws birthdays.
Visited the Fine Food Market with my favourite person, and gorged ourselves on all the delicacies we could fit it!
Cooked up a cheese and steak feast for my friend Kelly. We spent the evening indulging in good food and deep conversations.
My cousin Clare stayed for the entire weekend. We visited family, basked in the sunshine with a cold glass of wine in hand, and spent a gorgeous summer evening at my favourite local Turkish restaurant.
Spent an evening with my big brother Simon and my cousin Clare, eating Chinese and watching the Jungle Book.
Had a total foodie Sunday with my favourite person. Treating ourselves to an afternoon tea after a long country walk, and then cooking up a roast in the evening.
Met-up with my friend Jess for lunch and shopping.
Went on holiday to Scotland with my favourite person. Spending our days in front of log fires, and our evenings in the hot tub was total bliss. We ended the week on a high as three shooting stars interrupted our star gazing.
Volunteered at STEMfest Peterborough. It was great to be part of the first event and encourage young women to explore all the exciting potential of STEM.
Climbed the O2 with my favourite person and my cousin Clare and her partner. It’s a lot harder than it looks, especially after a heavy night.
Watched Bridget Jones’ Baby with my friend Jess. British humour is my favourite!
Attended the Burghley House Spooky Tours with team Datify and almost died of a heart attack. I forgot what a total chicken I was – never again.
Helped kickstart Anxy Magazine. Built on creating awareness, and supporting those with mental health issues, I’m so pleased that I got to help invest some money into a project that can help so many.
Attended a ‘Meet the Media’ event with team Datify, and then finished our evening walking around the Wellcome Museum.
Went to Cyprus with my cousin Clare. We drank too much, ate too much and almost adopted three stray cats. What more could you ask for from a weekend away?
Had a wonderful birthday thanks to my loved ones.
Had dinner at my friends Chris and Shane’s with my favourite person. They always make the tastiest dinners, as well as offer up tantalising conversation.
Took my nephews bowling and for dinner. I look like a hobbit standing next to them but at least I almost won at bowling.
Went Ski-ing for my little brother Jacob’s birthday. It felt like the first time since forever that we’d hung out just us, and it was so much fun.
Surprised a friend at her 30th.
Christmas shenanigans with all my favourite people.
Overall, despite the chaos and the trauma, my 2016 wasn’t all bad. In fact, not just because of the numerous afternoon tea’s, but it was actually quite sweet.
I don’t really do resolutions as I’m a firm believer you should just say yes to doing the things you enjoy. So here’s to another year of abundance, and hoping it includes even more cake!
Happy New Year.