LIFESTYLE | My 2018 in review

So here we are again. We’re about to head into 2019 and so I like to take a look back at my previous year in the tradition of filling in the below quiz. I’ve done it for so many years now that perhaps one day I can print out a whole pile and look back to what my life was like a good ten or so years ago!

Anyway. Here’s to it…

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WHAT DID YOU DO IN 2018 THAT YOU’D NEVER DONE BEFORE?
I travelled alone – as in entirely alone. I know I went to Mexico in 2017 and that was amazing, but although I stayed out there alone for a few days, I flew out as part of a tour. This year, my first time travelling alone wasn’t my choice; my ex bailed on a weekend away like four days beforehand and it was too late to invite anyone else. I had the choice of bailing too or going alone. I went alone. A lot of the time it was really shitty and tough – I was also heartbroken at the time and the nights were the hardest – but there were good times too. Plus I’m proud I did it. The second time was by choice to Copenhagen and was amazing – I knew what to expect and booked into a hostel this time. I also booked an expensive trip without knowing if I would even be able to go but promised myself I would make it happen. Oh and let’s not forget the fact that I tried Burlesque too!

DID YOU KEEP YOUR NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS, AND WILL YOU MAKE MORE FOR NEXT YEAR?
My resolutions were to be happy, be healthy, stay vegan and love more. I failed all of them, ha. 2018 was very much a year of healing but I’m in a really good place now. I don’t think I’ll be making any for next year other than generally just try and be happy and healthy, as usual.

DID ANYONE CLOSE TO YOU GIVE BIRTH?
No.

DID ANYONE CLOSE TO YOU DIE?
No.

WHAT PLACES DID YOU VISIT?
Berlin, Copenhagen, Porto. A weekend away in London too. Fun times.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE IN 2019 THAT YOU LACKED IN 2018?
I would like to do more travelling and save more money/get a better grip on my finances in general.

WHAT DATES FROM 2018 WILL REMAIN ETCHED IN YOUR MEMORY, AND WHY?
Oh gosh. I’ve got a good one and a bad one. I know it sounds horrible but I will always remember my ex dumping me for the second time in the most horrible way and just sitting in my car in Tesco car park crying and hyperventilating with it raining around me because my life had changed in an instant; I’d changed jobs and was in the middle of a move to a new city to be with him and all of a sudden that entire future was snatched away from me. That was a tough one and a total life changer. It was so, so sad but it will probably always remain in my memory to remind me that my ex was a total douche and that I will never go for a douchey guy again or let anyone treat me like that again when I am worth so much more. On a lighter note, I will remember all my travelling – probably the time I sat in a hostel in Copenhagen and genuinely felt that travelling is something I could do long term. And also Boomtown. And kissing a cute boy at Boomtown and realizing there is life after silly ex-boyfriends. Or the 31st of October (yes, Halloween!) where I had the best first date ever and has led to some really great things. Oh! And the day I became a Magazine Editor. I can’t believe I was able to become a Magazine Editor at the age of 28 – go me!

WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT THIS YEAR?
Probably getting over that breakup and moving into my own flat – and actually managing to survive living alone.

WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST FAILURE?
In one sense I’m tempted to say moving back home again but really, although I felt like a failure, it was the right thing to do – I couldn’t afford to live alone in the long run and it wasn’t the best place for me. Moving back home felt like a step backwards, but I’ve often said moving backwards can be blessings in disguise. I’m now saving money, I have a great job and I’m seeing someone really rather lovely – all thanks to moving back home. So maybe going back to my ex (never go back) or not saving enough money.

DID YOU SUFFER ILLNESS OR INJURY?
No, unless you count me having to visit the medical tent at Boomtown for a blister, haha! It was only because I couldn’t find anywhere selling plasters.

WHAT WAS THE BEST THING YOU BOUGHT?
All those plane tickets! And my Boomtown ticket.

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WHO’S BEHAVIOUR MERITED CELEBRATION?
Me! I am so proud of myself for pulling myself through the worst break up I’ve ever had. It got to a point where I really didn’t think I would get through it. Also my friends. Becky and Briony in particular. They were so supportive.

WHO’S BEHAVIOUR MADE YOU APPALLED AND DEPRESSED?
The boy who left me for another girl two weeks before we were due to move to a new city and start a new live together…but in the long run, I’ve ended up happier so y’know, blessings in disguise and all that. It’s almost not even worth wasting breath over anymore.

WHERE DID MOST OF YOUR MONEY GO?
Clothes, travel and that Wish app.

WHAT DID YOU GET REALLY EXCITED ABOUT?
Eh…my future. And future travels.

WHAT SONG WILL ALWAYS REMIND YOU OF 2018?
These Days by Rudimental & featuring Jess Glynne and Macklemore.

COMPARED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR, ARE YOU:

a) happier or sadder? Just about happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. I have gone majorly overboard this Christmas!
c) richer or poorer? Poorer. I’ve been terrible with my money this year.

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D DONE MORE OF?
More travel, more kissing cute boys, more exercise haha.

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D DONE LESS OF?
Less crying and moping about. Jeez, honestly, I would have hated to be one of my friends, I was such an idiot!

HOW DID YOU SPEND CHRISTMAS?
At home.

DID YOU FALL IN LOVE IN 2018?
Not as of yet.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAM?
The Haunting of Hill House. So good. Or I’ve just binge watched You in the space of a day – that show was so disturbing and thought-provoking.

DO YOU HATE ANYONE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HATE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR?
I’m learning to let go of hate. I’ve just lost respect for people.

WHAT WAS THE BEST BOOK YOU READ?
Sarah Knight’s Get Your Sh*t Together.

WHAT MUSIC DID YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT?
The twenty one pilots’ comeback OBVS.

WHAT DID YOU WANT AND GET?
A nutribullet, new hair, wireless headphones.

WHAT DID YOU WANT AND NOT GET?
I think I got everything I wanted!

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE FILM OF THE YEAR?
Ummmm I finally got into the Crimes Against Grinwald movies and loved them both. I can’t believe how long it took me to jump on the bandwagon!

WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR BIRTHDAY, AND HOW OLD WERE YOU?
I was 29 which means I am freakin’ THIRTY NEXT YEAR AND YES I AM FREAKIN THE F*CK OUT. I celebrated at home with a curry and the family, then went out with my friends to see a twenty one pilots tribute band, aha.

WHAT ONE THING WOULD HAVE MADE YOUR YEAR MORE SATISFYING?
Ummm I don’t know really. It was a very mixed year.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL FASHION CONCEPT IN 2018?
Lazy to smart casual and finally more sophisticated.

WHAT KEPT YOU SANE?
The same as always, my friends and music. Oh and the boy who drives all the way to my house just to give me a McFlurry when I’m upset.

WHICH CELEBRITY/PUBLIC FIGURE DID YOU FANCY THE MOST?
Sam Thompson and Tom Hardy.

WHAT POLITICAL ISSUE STIRRED YOU THE MOST?
Hmmm. I’m not even going to mention the dreaded B word.

WHO DID YOU MISS?
My mum.

WHO WAS THE BEST NEW PERSON YOU MET?
My wonderful work wife Nicki!

TELL US A VALUABLE LIFE LESSON YOU LEARNED IN 2018?
Life goes on. If you can’t change something (which often, you can’t), then it’s no use sitting around moping about it. Life bloody goes on.

QUOTE A SONG LYRIC THAT SUMS UP YOUR YEAR?
Probably the entirety of Post Malone’s Better Now. It’s actually creepy just how spot on it was.

So that was a glance at my 2018. Yes, the majority of it was doom and gloom, but I managed to come out the other side! I like doing these quizzes because even though parts might be sad, I think it’s important to show a glimpse of the writer behind the blog. I have bad days as much as everyone and don’t often write about them on the blog and likewise, I think we spend so much time perfecting our lives on Instagram or Facebook that it’s actually refreshing to own up to the bad sh*t too!

How was your 2018? Let me know!

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