July was a monster of a month with several long weekends, my epic hen do and a water fight with a 5-year old.
As we get closer and closer to the wedding, the months seem to fly by in a blur of family time, wedmin and barbecues. Not that I’m complaining…
May flew by in a whirlwind which saw me galavanting in Milan for work, spending all of my spare time with my family and celebrating a lot of birthdays. Let’s have a little look back at the highlights shall we.
April’s been a funny old month that has come and gone so quickly, I’m not even sure I paused for a breath. I’ve had highs and lows, battled my anxiety and IBS and not really stopped for a break. I’ve also had some amazing highs, noted below, because I’m taking a moment to pat myself on the back for making it through the shit storm.
I am a massive photo addict. I’m that person that won’t let you cut the cake until I’ve snapped it, my bunny can’t eat a carrot without having my phone in her face, and I even take photos of old photos, just so I can have a digital copy that’s easy to access. It’s safe to say that my phone is crammed, and today I’m sharing some of my favourite highlights.
2016 for me, has been a whopper of a year. I’ve had some fabulous highs but also shared some family lows. It’s been a strange one and one that I’m ready to put behind me and start afresh in 2017. Before that happens though, I’ve taken a stab at rounding up my best bits.
This weekend I got my arts and crafts vibe on and finally made the DIY photo frame that I’ve been meaning to for ages.
Now I’m nearing the landmark that is 30, I feel a helluva lot more myself than I ever have before. I feel like I’ve finally sussed things out. I’m settled and pretty happy with where I am in life. I know roughly what my next steps are and where I’m headed, so figured now is as good a time as any to share some things that I wished I’d known, or just listened to, in my teens.
Have at it…
Trust your gut more, if something feels wrong it probably is. Don’t spend an eternity questioning yourself. You will always know in yourself whether something feels right or wrong, trust it and roll with it.
I spent a really long time with a guy who wasn’t right for me in so many ways. My confidence got completely squashed but sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to appreciate how good it feels to climb back up to the top.
Always look after your health and body. Over the years I’ve had numerous problems and operations on my tonsils and throat, I’ve struggled with my IBS and migraines. I’m finally aware of what my body needs and what I need to do in order to stay healthy and keep my symptoms at bay.
Spend as much time with friends and family as possible. Cherish every moment because one day you’ll appreciate everything they do for you and you don’t want that to happen too late.
Don’t worry so much about your appearance. Beauty is skin deep. If you want a doughnut, eat the doughnut. If you want a bikini body, put a bikini on your body. Nobody is meant to look like the airbrushed models in magazines, nor should you want to. Embrace you, love every curve, dimple ad scar you were given. Each tells a story and each makes you different, which is a good thing. Heck, even Chrissy Teigen has stretchies.
You don’t need to map your life out or worry about where you’re going. You’ll get there. Your route might not always be direct and sometimes you might have to take two steps back in order to take one forward but all the hard slog will be worth it in the end.
I also asked my closest girl friends what they’d tell their younger selves. They said the following…
“OMG I hated being a teenager. You could not pay me all the money in the world to be a teenager again! I would say that things will turn out OK. You will experience new things and meet some incredible people growing up, so don’t get so caught up in school. Always have an open mind and study hard. Most of all take life on the chin and learn from your mistakes. People will always criticise every action you do, that will never change, so don’t worry about it.”
“It gets better. And don’t get so caught up with boys, that will all happen eventually, just enjoy being a kid.”
Got any tips of your own? Drop them in the comments below and I’ll add them to the post.
Sometimes it’s nice to just let the pictures do the talking. These are a couple of snaps I took from my Christmas in Devon overlooking Dartmoor…
I take so many pictures that it always seems a shame to keep them hidden away on my phone rather than share the ones I love on my blog.
That day, overlooking the beautiful Moors in Devon, I definitely cleaned out my cobwebs from 2014 and said goodbye to the losers who I left behind.
Seeing as it’s the last day of 2014, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane, rounding up my best bits from the last year. This year has been jam packed, from weddings to buying our first place to some more personal achievements, like finally feeling like I have my IBS under control.
Grab a cuppa and get comfy…
We Bought Our First Place
This has to be the most exciting, financially draining and commitment-heavy thing I’ve ever done. We had already lived together for over two years and worked extremely hard to save all our pennies for our dream home and this September, we finally got it. I’m now obsessed with homeware and decking our little maisonette out. Coming home from work to your own place is literally the best feeling ever.
All the Weddings
This year I’ve been lucky enough to see five friends get married. Wedding season started in February with one of my oldest besties tying the knot, and ended with my gorgeous little cousin marrying her wife in the most beautiful ceremony in October. Now I’m an emotional kinda gal, so I’ve pretty much spent the whole year in tears, weddings really get me.
This is always a highlight for me as I get to hang out with Al and my ex-work wife for a long weekend listening to good music, eating all the food and drinking all the cider. I fully embrace festival chic by not washing and generally not brushing my hair, I’m all about going back to nature.
Got My Hair Chopped
So this one is a little more vain than the others but sod it, I’m including it. In August, way before Lauren Conrad got the chop, my trusty hairdresser lopped all my hair off into a long graduated bob. This requires more maintenance in terms of getting it cut more regularly but I’m fine with that, I’ve gotta keep the greys at bay anyway. It’s actually a little shorter than this right now and I’m loving it. It’s so much easier to style and is definitely more me. Whatever that means.
There Will Be Babies Next Year – Just Not Mine
Two of them in fact, from two of my besties and I couldn’t be more excited. And that’s all I’ll share with you on that.
Finally Getting My IBS Locked Down
I felt brave enough to start posting about my IBS this year (check it out here) and have received so many nice tweets and messages of encouragement. I swear by the FODMAP diet which has helped buckle down the foods I can eat and also leave behind. I’ve also been able to trial Symprove, a new type of live bacteria which helps prepare the gut for food and have been blogging about my journey. Actually, after completing my initial 12 week trial, I have a big post up my sleeve.
Best Christmas Ever
This Christmas was the BEST Christmas ever! Fact. I am a big kid at heart and get so excited on Christmas Eve that I can’t ever sleep and always wake up early – it was 5am this year. We spent Christmas Day with Al’s family, before heading down to Devon on Boxing Day to be with mine, and then finishing yesterday with a late Christmas with my dad and sister. There is nothing I love more than family time and this Christmas has been crammed full of it.
Getting My First Pair of Louboutins
When I unwrapped my Christmas prezzie from Al this year I was in absolute shock. I was not expecting to receive a pair of Louboutins at all and was completely overwhelmed. Without revealing too much – there will of course be a post dedicated to them in their full glory – they’re animal print wedges.
Thanks for sharing them all with me and here’s to the next year. Roll on 2015.