Highlights of the Best Year Yet

I think everybody’s New Year Posts are going to start off with the same “I can’t believe it’s nearly 2018” – but can you actually believe that it’s nearly 2018? I say it every year but life really does go too quick, and every year seems to be getting better and better yet shorter and shorter. But I don’t think I’ve ever looked back on a year with the feeling that I couldn’t top it. 

2017 has been very special for me. So many positive things have happened for me this year, and going into 2018, things can only get better (I find it hard to believe I’m posting this in Sydney). If you’d have told me that this time last year I would’ve laughed in your face… I guess I’m finally starting to tick things off my bucket list with many more places to see and things to do over the course of this year. But not only has travel become a huge part of my year, I’ve graduated, I’ve met someone, I started driving after four years, I got the best grades I ever have done and overall, I’ve been the happiest I’ve ever been.

The Highlights

Graduating

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After spending four years at university, graduating this year felt like a huuuuge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I enjoyed university but it did get to the point where I was counting down the days until my last exam. No longer having to worry about exams, assignments and deadlines and being able to be free to do whatever I want (travel), felt like a long way away this time last year through the stress of my dissertation, but I can now say I’m a graduate!

Love, Love, Love

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I’ll keep this short and sweet to avoid the cringe… But starting a relationship with Jack has to be the highlight of my year (lol). We’re currently in Sydney together and as you read this, we are sat in a gorgeous hotel in Sydney, about to start the year together at the Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks. I’m now a believer of the best things in life come when you least expect it!

Places 

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I started the year off in Funchal, Madeira and I’m ending it in Sydney, Australia. In between I’ve seen Dundee, stayed in a gorgeous lodge in Cropton, spent two weeks in Kefalonia, Greece and spent a week in a cute cottage in the Lakes. One of the things I’ve promised myself as I’ve got older is to travel more, and with many more plans for 2018, things are becoming even more exciting. The Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays are up there with travel musts, followed by New Zealand towards the end of the year.

Started the Bucket List

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And finally, priorities on my bucket list are finally being ticked off. I’ve been in Australia for just over 7 weeks now and although travelling to Australia is at the top of the list, tomorrow is the night of the Sydney fireworks. The Sydney New Year fireworks have been nothing but a dream for as long as I can remember, and I know I’ll probably miss the majority of them due to the floods of tears I’ll be shedding (of happiness), but I’ve never felt so fortunate or overwhelmed to say that I’ve seen the Sydney fireworks.

I guess it’s been a busy year and it definitely hasn’t been perfect, but 2017 has been one of my most memorable years to date, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Happiness is definitely key, I’ve done more of things that make me happy and I’ve made sacrifices in order to find myself a bit more and figure out what I ultimately want to do in the future now I’m a graduate.

But before I ramble on any longer, I hope you all have the best new year and weekend! I’m expecting a lot out of this blog over 2018, and I’m excited to share everything with you!

Happy New Year x

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