A Look Back on 2018

Before I begin, I’d like to say a Happy New Year to you all and I hope 2019 is bringing you all of the joy that you deserve! Secondly, I apologise for not being active and for not posting for most of the month, but I needed to take some time away from writing and my blog before settling into a routine for the year!

As 2019 is underway, I thought I’d take a little trip back through the last year and reminisce on all of my favourite moments. I wanted to do this to remind my self of all of the wonderful things that happened and to focus on the positives moments that I was lucky enough to have.

I found, for me, that 2018 was an ok year. It definitely had its ‘downs’ and my ‘ups’ seemed to be more about people, which was rather nice. I realised how much family means to me and that I had become a bit too enthralled in a materialistic world since starting my blog but with 2019 being a fresh start I’ve decided to step out of my comfort zone and spend more time enjoying what I love to do.

In this post, I want to look back on some wonderful events that happened throughout the year and I can’t wait to share them all with you.

Dad’s 50th

My Dad turned the big 5-0 last year (Sorry, Dad!) It was probably the first big event of the year for the family so we made sure to put on a party that everyone enjoyed.

Remembering it, it was filled with happiness as we’d invited loads of friends and family for Dad and had a massive gathering in our house filled with music, laughter and a few cans of cider!

What was great about it was that people came that we hadn’t seen in a while so to have everyone together was just a real big bonus.

Meeting the Irish

In March, my parents and I took my boyfriend over to Belfast to meet the Irish side (my mother’s side) of my family. It’s fair to say that he was just as nervous meeting these as he had been 2 years earlier meeting my Mum and Dad.

His only concern on the flight was “But what if I don’t understand them?” I tried reassuring him by saying it’s just going to be like talking to Mum. He calmed down a bit after that!

The trip itself was wonderful as we managed to meet up with most members of our family, and we even had time to show Ben some of our favourite places in and around Belfast too.

(By the way, he ended up really enjoying the trip and could understand them perfectly fine… well, sort of.)

Graduation

So, I never thought I’d be able to say this but I actually graduated from university last Summer. Personally, I had quite a rough final year as I was getting quite bad stress and anxiety levels,  but luckily I managed to get through it with the help of the people and support around me.

Looking back on it, graduating is probably one of the proudest things I’ve ever achieved and being able to say that I’ve come out with a degree is amazing after all the work I put into it!

It was a definite personal high for me!

Turning 21

Turning 21 was quite a big milestone for me. For some reason, I thought I’d be so much more along with my life than what I actually am. I’d never put it into perspective that I’d have only just finished uni but since it’s all happened I’ve decided to just take my time and see what life has in store for me.

On the day itself, I spent it was close friends and family because I’ve never liked the idea of throwing a massive party. Everyone I wanted there was there and I couldn’t have asked for a happier day.

Croatia

One of THE best holidays of my life. If you’re debating whether or not to go to Croatia, I am urging you too!

This country is beautiful. The people are friendly, the food is amazing and the views are out of this world. The holiday itself was a surprise trip for my 21st birthday and I am so thankful to my boyfriend for planning it all.

He booked everything from the flights to where we stayed and I’m telling you now, it was all perfect. We stayed in a little town called Cavtat, which was only a 20-minute boat taxi away from Dubrovnik, and we had the best time there. We were able to watch Croatia in the finals of the World Cup and visit all of the places where Game of Thrones filmed too.

The holiday itself was the best experience of my life!

I’ve written a post all about this holiday that you can find here if you’d like to read more about it!

I’m still trying to get my head around the fact that it’s now 2019, but I’m looking forward to what this year will bring but also to enjoy all of the things I have planned for it already.

I’m so happy to be back and ready to take on 2019 with a ton of ideas and goals to hit. Being away has really helped me put my life into perspective and made me realise that I need to work hard at the things I enjoy!

I hope the new year brings love, light and kindness to everyone and that everything you’d like comes to pass!

Lots of Love X

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