It’s the end of the year…as we know it!!!

Well hello there. I’m speaking to ye on this the last few days of 2017. And, what a blast this year has been!? I think 2017 has been one of my better years in terms of all the good things (let’s ignore the bad parts shall we?). Tbh I probably say this about every year ever but my memory is atrocious..2016 was thing? Whattt? Sure it’s not all been plain sailing – I finished the first year of A Levels and started the impossibly even more scary and stressful second year, I’ve applied to unveristy (basically signing myself up to ยฃ50,000+ worth of debt – have fun with that future Em!), I turned 18 and many other things happened along the way.

I thought I’d do a little summary of my year, ’cause that’s what bloggers do, right? And I’ve even come up with ~fancy~ headings (that are really just rubbish) for each section. Yup, really stepping up my blogging game here ๐Ÿ˜Ž (jk, maybe next year?)

Places I travelled

Let’s start with travel, not because I travelled a lot or very far this year (what do you MEAN the fridge isn’t a foreign country!?!) but I love exploring new places, no matter how far away or (un)exotic they maybe!

I can’t remember the first place that I travelled to this year, but it could possibly be my trip to Portsmouth to visit my sister at uni in the spring. That was fun, but exhausting, 8 hours on various trains really takes it out of you! Of course, I’ve visited Portsmouth several other times this year, and each time we go to pick up/drop off my sister we spend some time exploring the city – this year we went to the historic dockyard and saw the fancy new aircraft carrier, HMS Elizabeth, which is HUGE.

I also went to Marseille with college – my first trip to France! It was such a fun trip, and I loved the city (though not so much the buses ๐Ÿ˜‚).

Other places I’ve explored this year include Southampton and Exeter as I went to uni open days there, Cardiff for a geography trip (which was really cool because we went in the Welsh government building and…so much #geogbanter) and Bath, which I visited for the first time with my friend in the summer – it’s such a beautiful city!

I also went to London twice this year, I hadn’t been for a couple of years and I couldn’t really remember it so I was very excited to go. We visited cousins and went to watch the World Para-athletics Championships at the Olympic Park. My sister and I loved London so much as soon as we came home we booked tickets to go back a few weeks later. That was the first time we’d travelled that far without our parents so it was quite an interesting experience! (We didn’t get lost…much).

Finally I spent a week in Yorkshire visiting family, which was so relaxing and brought back so many memories of visiting as a child. I went to Leeds festival with my sister and died several times whilst watching some of my favourite bands.  

Book of the year

I haven’t read a great deal of books this year as college and other things have got in the way. But! I did read To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time, and surprisingly really enjoyed it, so I think that’s got to be my favourite book I’ve read in 2017 (despite it being released many years ago – I don’t think I read any 2017 releases oops).

Film of the year

It’s got to beeeeeee…Paddington 2! It’s just such a funny and heart-warming film ๐Ÿ˜ and you can’t NOT love it??

Favourite memories

This section is a bit random, but y’know sometimes you just have some random memories that really stand out. I have done a lot more with my friends this year than previous years which has been great, from pumkin-carving, to screaming out 80s songs and dancing on the beach in the rain (don’t ask), going to comic con and meeting two of the original Doctor Who’s, holding a funeral for a watermelon, movie days, and just general sixth form banter and laughing for hours about who knows what. I love my friends and I couldn’t be more grateful for being able to spend 2017 with them. 

Plus, I’ve got to express my love for the blogosphere too right? This year I celebrated my first/second blogoversary (I’ve lost track because I confused myself by changing blogs several times) and I’ve met so many new bloggers as well as strengthening friendships with those I’ve known for longer. Watching musicals with the amazing Unicorn Squard 2.0 and collabing with L for Blogmas have definitely been highlights, and I hope next year I can make more bloggy memories. 

Things I’ve learned

Well, hopefully I’ve learnt a lot more about the subjects I’m studying, but mostly I feel like I’ve really learnt a lot more about myself this year. I feel much more comfortable being me, and I feel like I’m starting to figure out who I am, as stupid as that sounds. I’ve gained a lot of confidence since starting college in general, so it’s safe to say I’m much less shy than I was this time last year. I’ve also learnt that there are people around me who care about me and will support me when I need them to by actually opening up to people, so y’know, that’s good. 

On a lighter note, I’ve learnt that you have to use a lot more semi-permanent hair dye than you think for it to survive more than one wash (I dyed my hair blue a few weeks ago, incase you’re wondering!) ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’ve also figured out some sort of direction that I want my life to take me in (that was rubbish English sorry). I realised back in the spring that languages really are my passion and that I want to study them at uni, alongside politics. I’m not quite sure what I want to do post-uni, but that’s a long way away! I would like to live in France for a bit though (mainly just to have fresh, authentic baguettes whenever I want ๐Ÿ˜‰). 

So yeah, a lot has happened this year! I think that’s most of the highlights I can remember, although there were probably many other good memories too. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit about my past year, and I’d love to hear some of your favourite memories in the comments!

I guess I’ll be signing out for 2017 (unless inspiration strikes in the last few days) so thank you for following my journey over the past year, and a happy new year to you all! ๐ŸŽ‰