Wow! 2018 has definitely been a journey and a half. Although seeming to be the quickest year of my entire life, it has been jam packed with amazing memories, incredible people and a lot of adult decision making. I cannot believe I managed to do so much in one year, but I’m so happy I did.
Although at times being in my worst state of mind, I think it is always healthy to look back and reflect on the good things that happened in the year, because there will always be something that despite the negative, you found great pleasure in doing. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions and I have lost and gained a lot throughout the journey. However, here’s a recap of the best bits of my year and the things that made this year worthwhile (and of course the amazing people introduced into my life, you know who you are!)
My dad kindly gifted my mum and I tickets to go see our favourite band 30 Seconds To Mars (OMG)! After listening to their music religiously since 2012 and seeing them live for the first time in 2013, we knew we had to see them as soon as they returned to Scotland.
We booked to stay in the Hilton Hotel which has a window view of The River Clyde and the STV new building! And conveniently is right beside the SSE Hydro, perfect! We spent the day in Glasgow city centre… mostly shopping, but of course exploring and taking photos because some of the buildings are spectacular. It’s fair to say we enjoyed the concert immensely and can’t wait until the next time. I love sharing an interest so passionately with my mum and be able to spend the time with her when the concerts come around. As I am getting older I find myself doing more and more out with my house and find it difficult to spend quality time with my parents, hence why I appreciate the mutual interest so much.
April is the month in which I took a HUGE step out of my comfort zone and decided to meet with someone who I’d met during working online and had been talking with (and liked) every day for over a year and a half. I am now happily in a relationship with the most amazing person ever. Finding someone who brings out the best sides of you and is always supportive of any decision you make is a blessing. A guy I can be myself around and goof around with. Someone who is there for every single one of my problems no matter how small. Over the course of the year he has helped me face many of my fears and change almost every aspect of my life to make sure I’m the happiest I can be, it’s a long and difficult journey but i’m giving it everything I can. Comparing my state of mind and happiness between March this year and now, 8 months later, I can say that there is a visible difference in the kind of person that I am. I am a happier and more confident individual (Still not perfect but I’m getting there). I am now travelling to different countries, going out and doing different things every weekend instead of staying indoors and living my young years to the fullest and most importantly; having fun. I can’t wait for the coming years and being able to make many memories together, something which is very important to me.
Just incase you read this; I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for me and how you have helped me see sense, I will have to return the favour sometime. Thank you <3
Paris, the city of love and romance. I can confirm that is it indeed the beautiful city it claims to be and does not disappoint. When my boyfriend brought Paris up in conversation whilst looking at possible holiday destinations, I couldn’t have been more happy. We booked the holiday and prepared for a romantic weekend away in sunny Paris.
The Eiffel Tower in all its glory!
The construction of the Eiffel Tower started back in 1887 and was completed 2 years later. It was originally built as a centrepiece of the Exposition Universelle, designed to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. During our visit to the Eiffel Tower we took a tour bus which gave us a brief history of the tower and we found out that it was actually supposed to be taken down shortly after construction, but funnily enough it drew a lot of attention and ended up being a must see for tourists, meaning it was bound to stay put. Look at it now many many years later!
This was by far my favourite attraction in Paris and I can’t wait until I return to explore even more and hopefully next time try some traditional French food and not just Mcdonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner… oops. I also think I would like to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower too, maybe a trek and a half but it would sure be worth it.
Now onto my first ever sunny holiday! (yes my first EVER) Me, my boyfriend Thomas, his parents, his aunt and uncle and his sister Stephanie along with her boyfriend Joseph set off on a trip to Las Americas, Tenerife where we got to chill out and not have any worries for seven days!
As i’ve never been on a sunny holiday I was a bit skeptical about being in the sun because personally I find it so difficult and can’t quite handle a bit of heat. However I was pleasantly surprised when I found it perfectly fine.
We stayed in the Spring Hotel Vulcano, just a short walk from the sea side! On arrival we were greeted with a glass of Prosecco and instantly made to feel welcome, never have I ever experienced such an amazing service or came across such polite people. The hotel was embellished by plants and greenery; what a beautiful view.
Before going on holiday, Thomas and I had decided to book a Zodiak rental and Parascending, which was something I was adamant on doing when we went away. We walked for about 45 minutes along the coastline of Las Americas and Costa Adeje before arriving and meeting our instructor who was taking us out Parascending. First things first we went out on our boat, Thomas of course taking control and being the driver of the boat whilst I got to sit at the front and pretend I was in a film.. although sounding glamorous I was actually getting thrown about the place like crazy and couldn’t keep myself in my seat for the full hour! Safe to say I much preferred when the boat was stationary! Then of course came the Parascending, we headed out on a different boat with two other duos waiting to do the same thing. Parascending beats anything I’ve ever done by a million miles, the view was incredible, the sea seemed never ending and the view of the entire island was a view to die for.
|Yes, that is us! Away up in the sky with that incredible view behind us.
The final holiday we had this year was to Amsterdam!
Out of the two city breaks I have had this year, Amsterdam was the best one. It really matches the pictures, everything is so beautiful and retro and It’s so ME! Everywhere I went I was taking pictures, I had Instagrams for days!
We didn’t really do anything specific in Amsterdam, it was more just a weekend away to visit a country that was at the top of my bucket list. But if anyone asks I will always recommend Amsterdam as the top place to visit if you are looking for a weekend away. There is always stuff to do and things to see and the streets seem endless. Every building has a different shape, design and colour and it’s just so put together.
Overall Reflection And Goals For The New Year
There are two major things that this year has taught me and I am in great belief that these are the things that will change my life completely and make next year and the coming years the best years of my life. One of these lessons is to say yes to more things, even if it is not something you think you would like or it is completely out of your comfort zone – just do it. You never know when that opportunity will come back to you, if it even does at all, so it is always a good idea to just say yes. A few things I have done this year I would never have done this time last year so I know for certain that I am doing the correct thing. Meeting up with my current boyfriend Thomas was a huge step out of my comfort zone for me, I had never had a boyfriend before because I just wasn’t interested in dating someone who wasn’t respectful and kind and in general just like me, but after talking for so long and saying no too many times I just realised that I was pushing something so amazing away from me simply because I was scared. I will sit here now and tell myself that it is the best thing I have done this year as I have found someone who is a blessing to have around me. I also said yes to going on holiday, yes I know that sounds strange but I have so many worries and thoughts in my head when it comes to going away somewhere without a parent being there, but I trusted the fact that my boyfriend had travelled before and knew exactly what he was doing…. and of course wouldn’t think I was being ridiculous to be scared of airports! I know it doesn’t seem like the biggest of things to back up the point I’m trying to make, but myself and many other people have probably spoken about the same thing, taking any opportunity you can and living every moment to the fullest because at some point in your life it’ll be too late.
Another major thing this year has taught me is that your job is not worth ruining your mental and physical health for. I should’ve learned this much earlier in my job and listened to everyone around me telling me it was the wrong thing, but I failed the see the problems my job was causing me. When a job is so physically draining you do nothing but work and sleep and still struggle to get out of bed, it’s unhealthy. When a job causes you to be anxious and extremely depressed and not want to leave your house, has you crying at everything and in general being in the worst mood, again it’s unhealthy. Never in my life have I experienced something so draining and negative and had no idea how to get out of it. But the answer all along was simple.. quit! Which is what I have done, I believe that personally it is the push I need to be able to move on and do something new. I’m overjoyed with the idea of starting 2019 fresh and being able to get back into the things that my old job made me lose interest in. I can’t wait to find a new job and get into the swing of a structured routine and of course have my blog running on the side for a bit of fun. If you aren’t happy with something in life, change it! No point in continuing something if it is only going to make you unhappy.
2019 for me will be a year of thinking about myself and making sure I’m happy, I’m going to get a new job in an office somewhere learning and building my skills and making new friends to share memories with. I’m going to push myself to do things I wouldn’t have done this year and become the best version of myself. I’m going to focus on having a healthy mind and lifestyle, because it’s extremely important to do so. My year will be filled with fun and happiness, surrounded by the people I love the most! 2019 will be a year to remember.
I want to thank everyone who has came into my life this year and helped me get through the toughest of times and been by my side without fail, whilst also making it the funniest and most amazing journey. You all know who you are <3
With all that being said I hope that everyone has had an amazing year! I hope the new year brings you happiness and laughter and you make the best memories ever!