We currently have just 6 hours left of 2018 and it seems like every blogger and they’re dog are doing a round up of the year. I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon as 2018 has been pretty good to me. I entered 2018 sitting on my own, in my bedroom in a shared student flat in Winchester. I didn’t really have high hopes for the coming year, I just wanted to finish my masters degree.

I thought that I would summarise the year by choosing 18 things that I have loved about 2018. There are so many other great things that have happened over the year but I would end up writing an essay!

1. I’ve completed a whole year of working freelance. My blog has been my main source of income and I am so proud of that. 

2. I’ve been to 5 new countries on my own. I visited Luxembourg in May, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia in June and the the Czech Republic in November. 

3. I’ve been to 8 new cat cafes (Leeds, Newcastle x2, Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava and Prague x2)

4. I met one of my idols, Shirley Manson from Garbage and the rest of the band. I also saw Garbage live three times in the same week and went to Walthamstow to see Shirley Manson do a talk there

5. I bought myself a new camera in May, an Olympus Pen E-PL8 and I have also taught myself how to use Lightroom. I think that my photography has really improved since then.

6. I met Ash, one of my favourite bands from when I was a teenager and I also got to see them play live at HMV in Birmingham.

7. I finished my masters degree. All I have left now is the final submission of my dissertation and I will be able to put the letters ‘MSc’ after my name and hopefully get myself a job.

8. I worked with RedLetterDays and stayed in a gorgeous castle in Yorkshire for a night.

9. I accidentally got the wrong train when I was in Luxembourg and ended up in Belgium. Okay, it’s not exactly a good thing but it’s a funny story for me to tell.

10. I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the second time and I also managed to get tickets to see it for a third time in 2019.

11. I worked with The Ivy in Winchester and had the most amazing three course meal.

12. I went to a pumpkin patch for the first time at Doddington Hall in Lincoln.

13. I visited the real Hundred Acre Wood with Kariss and Haydy. Kariss drove me there as my birthday present, we ate at Pooh Corner and played Pooh Sticks.

14. I worked with Hoar Cross Hall and got to stay in one of their suites, have a massage and use their spa facilities.

15. I spent two nights in Leeds in July in the Queens Hotel. I ate a lot of good food and spent time with some of my favourite girls.

16. I finally visited York and got to eat a delicious three course meal at Turtle Bay.

17. I jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet to raise money for Action for Children. It was the most amazing experience and I would love to do a skydive again.

18. I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful town of Karlovy Vary on a press trip and I had my very first spa experience.

It’s safe to say that 2018 has exceeded my expectations and I’m hoping that 2019 will too.

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11 Comments

  1. January 1, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    I love Ash and Garbage – reminds me of doing my GCSEs (showing my age there) I had tickets to see Garbage in Bristol but had to work *sob*

    Hope 2019 is a fab year for you

  2. January 1, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a great 2018 – I hope 2019 is as much fun!
    C x

  3. January 1, 2019 / 5:21 pm

    Your 2018 was a lot more exciting and go-getting than mine for sure. Hoping you have another amazing year too! Also, if you just want to share your journey to blogging success so I can jump on, that would be great 😉

  4. January 2, 2019 / 12:02 am

    It sounds like such a fab year for you. You’ve seen so many things and visited some amazing places! So jealous about Shirley Manson though, she’s amazing x

  5. January 2, 2019 / 6:51 pm

    What a fantastic year! Congratulations on getting your Masters, and I’m very jealous of you meeting Shirley Manson!

  6. January 2, 2019 / 7:27 pm

    I vaguely remember the band Ash, so it’s cool that you got the chance to see them play live. Sounds like you did a lot of travelling last year!

  7. January 2, 2019 / 9:40 pm

    Thanks for making my 2018 so much fun! Hoping 2019 will be the same, if not better!

  8. January 2, 2019 / 10:45 pm

    Visiting a pumpkin patch looks so fun! In England they are quite hard to find and we don’t make a deal out of visiting them! 🙁 Looks like you had a fun time! 🙂 xx

  9. January 2, 2019 / 11:57 pm

    You’ve done so much this year, reading this post has got me feeling tired. I can’t believe your skydive was in 2018, it seemed like it was ages ago! xo

  10. January 3, 2019 / 9:44 am

    Sounds like you achieved a lot in 2018 – well done on the Masters! x

  11. January 3, 2019 / 9:35 pm

    Wow, you’ve had a great year, I love that you’ve visited 8 cat cafes!!! I think here’s one at Bristol, I should check it out. Well done on your masters!

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