2017 highlights reel

I'd be the first to admit that 2017 was not my year and whilst there may be a lot I'm glad to see the back of, there were also some pretty amazing highlights. I did and achieved a lot of things I never thought I would, and consequently have some pretty fabulous moments to look back on.

Chances are you won't be as interested in recounting them as I am, so I'll keep it short and snappy, but I wanted to write this blog post so I could look back on it and remember some of the best bits of what was otherwise a year I'd rather forget! There were so many amazing blogger events I was lucky enough to get invited to, and I met some amazing and inspiring people along the way; I feel quite sure this blog post could go on for a very long time, but I'll keep it to 17 moments purely because it was 2017, you know...

In no particular order:

  1. I was invited by IntuChapelfield to go to the races at Great Yarmouth; not only was it my first time at the races, but it was great to get to know the team at Chapelfield! I've worked with them since and met with them for Christmas cocktails and I can't wait to see what opportunities 2018 brings! 
  2. Harv and I went away for the first time in years. Buying and redecorating a house is expensive business, it turns out, and Bruges is beautiful... 
  3. March of 2017 brought with it Norwich Fashion Week and I was lucky enough to go to several amazing shows this year. If I had to pick just one show of the week, my personal highlight was the Hair and Makeup Show; so much effort had been made by local salons to style each model to a particular theme and I loved it. Drama and elegance rolled into one; would ten out of ten recommend. 
  4. We finished our garden, and finished decorating every room in the house. 
  5. I had my first shoot with a professional photographer. Not going to lie, I was pretty terrified beforehand, but it was so much fun and I can't wait to do it again sometime.
  6. My birthday! My family came up to Norfolk again and we just had a lovely walk on the beach and some great food at The Pigs in Edgefield. There's honestly not much more I could ever ask for! 
  7. I quit my job, and spent the first part of the afternoon sipping Prosecco at the Rooftop Gardens in the sun, followed by an evening spent in the garden eating pizza and drinking more Prosecco. I remember feeling all of the emotions (I cried and smiled probably in almost equal measure) but it's a very happy memory to look back on.
  8. We bought our first nice car and I'm still just as in love with it today as I was back then. 
  9. We spent a gorgeous day in the sun on the broads with some really good friends on 23rd August; one of those days I'll always look back on with a rosy glow I think. 
  10. I was invited by McDonald's to go behind the scenes at my local restaurant and make my own Big Mac. Having been a long time lover of the Big Mac, this was, in the least dramatic sense of the phrase, a bit of a dream come true for me, and proof that hard work does eventually pay off! 
  11. My dad whisked me and Harvey, my sister and some other family off to London for dinner at The Ivy. The food was exquisite and followed up by going to see An American In Paris; the whole day was completely perfect and an experience I would very much like to repeat at some point. 
  12. The Norfolk and Norwich festival hit the city in early summer, and I was very kindly invited to see some of the shows. I don't think I'll ever forget how I felt watching Casus Circus perform Driftwood in the Spiegeltent; it was honestly terrifying and exhilarating in equal measure. 
  13. Harvey's birthday BBQ brought with it some of the best sunshine of the summer; although I was inside for a lot of it, it was a great afternoon/evening and everyone seemed so happy albeit a little sunburnt! 
  14. Continuing with the theme of parties, the Christmas party was another highlight; to be honest, the Christmas party is always a highlight for me, so this one was a no brainer. 
  15. I know I've already mentioned finishing the house, but decorating the kitchen was a labour of love. It's the second time we'd decorated it since moving in as we weren't happy with it the first time round, and challenging and time-consuming as it was to cover all the worktops in marble sticky back plastic, it looks ten times better for the effort we put into it. Hopefully we will love this one for a lot longer than the last! 
  16. Harvey graduated! I couldn't be prouder. 
  17. And finally, Christmas. Once again this year I did the rounds and spent god knows how many hours travelling, although not as the designated driver this year thanks to my sister and Harvey. That did mean I got to spend time with lots of different family members on the day and with Harvey's family on Christmas eve so it was definitely worth it, but I'm thinking I'd just love to have a quiet Christmas with Harvey this year, shift-permitting, of course. 

Thanks for the memories 2017. 2018 we're coming for you!

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