Well, well, well – HAPPY NEW YEAR to one and all!!! I can’t believe 2018 is upon us, I feel as though I blinked and somehow managed to fast forward through most of 2017 in a haze!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break, or as they say in the US, a wonderful holiday break! I flew back to London in mid December and got to spend the weeks before and after Christmas with friends and family. I’m so grateful I work for a company that allows me the flexibility to work out of any office and from home whenever needed, which made my Christmas travel much easier.
I can’t tell you how good it was to catch up with everyone back at home! I packed a hell of a lot in during my trip – seeing my best friends gorgeous new house and getting introduced to her two even more gorgeous fluffball kittens, meeting two new beautiful babies, catching up with loads of friends and work colleagues and of course helping (albeit not very much) with the all important Christmas preparations and spending Christmas Day with my mad, crazy family!
Here’s a few photos from my trip:
It was slightly harder to say goodbye this time around after such a fabulous time with everyone – especially as I was leaving on the 29th December. I booked my flights a couple of months ago and as I knew I’d need to be back at work on the 2nd I very sensibly decided at the time it wouldn’t be great to fly home hungover on the 1st! Obviously once I was home, all I wanted to do was spend New Years Eve with my nearest and dearest! Lesson to self for this year! I had a lovely New Years Eve back in New York with some new friends. Nothing too wild but it was nice to see in 2018 with some bubbles!
I’m not really one for making New Year resolutions – I guess I feel that you should make a resolution or a personal commitment at any point during the year depending on what’s going on in your life at the time. Instead what I prefer to do, generally snuggled up indoors one evening with a glass of wine (I never do dry January either, urgh!), is to reflect on the past year – what I was grateful for, what I achieved, what I didn’t quite achieve and what I learnt about myself.
Over the past couple years I’ve definitely done a lot of growing and although there were some tough times, I’m actually really grateful for some of the lessons I learned and for the person I think I’m growing into (we’re never completely finished versions of ourselves are we?!) today as a result. I don’t spend a ton of time doing this but it’s definitely been useful and interesting to see how the year’s ended and where I’ve ended up! Something I feel strongly about doing is taking stock of everything I’m grateful for and sending out a little ‘thank you’ to the universe for everything that’s come my way!
2017 was a complete rollercoaster for me! This time last year I had just moved into my new flat – after selling my old one which I had shared with my ex. I felt happy and settled personally, and really ready to put my foot down at work. I had no idea that in little less than three months time I would be offered a job in New York and the chance to move halfway across the world and live somewhere I have always dreamed about!
So if I’ve learned anything from my past experiences, it’s not to plan anything too much or too far in advance! Having a couple of goals or an idea of the general direction you want to go in is great but it’s so important to be open to – and ready for – whatever opportunities and madness life throws at you! Here’s to whatever 2018 has in store!
What are you most looking forward to this year?!