2016 hit most as the year of the big scary. It started with a Gorilla and continued making it’s way through many big dogs in the celeb world. We saw more terrorist attacks than I can remember from any year prior to this during my lifetime, the UK decided to make the shitty move of Brexiting and then Trump got voted as prez.
Whilst I can see how that was in fact a really shit year. A lot of people have been sat in the warmth of their home screaming out to the Universe to keep Betty White protected… please do that though Universe if you’re listening.
For me on the other hand, 2016 was one of my best ever yet.
Looking back to January 1st 2016 I was nursing one of the worst hangovers that I have ever had and feeling pretty bleak about the year ahead. It was gonna be another one of those years that just sort of sandwiched the years around it, acted as a step to the next one and nothing to note would really happen.
But then suddenly, and pretty unexpectedly it turned into one of my favourite years ever.
I brunched shit loads.
Not a lot actually makes me happier than filling my body with brunch food and bottomless prosecco. Whilst this has been pretty popular in the states with mimosa’s for quite some time, 2016 saw it becoming much more popular in London.
Check out Villandry for my favourite brunch spot, but if you’re looking to save some money then jump onto Groupon or Wowcher where you will find some great deals that won’t set you back too much.
My boyfriend walked into my life
Aaaaand queue gross, soppyness.
I pretended I was cooler than I am by going to a music festival in Budapest
Sziget has been on my list forever and ever so it was really great to be able to go this year and be able to cross it off with some of my faves. Obvs I got the worst festival flu ever but it was well worth it!
For the first time ever I’ve started getting a’hold of my anxiety by going to CBT
Anxiety has played a roll in my life for as long as I remember. I don’t think it’s something that I’ve actually mentioned on the blog before as you wanna be able to read about a happy go lucky gal that is out there living the dream – but there you go. I have it pretty bad but I’m gliding into 2017 with a better understanding of what it is, and how to tame it.
My best friend had a baby!!!
This is as big and amazing as she was when she was pregnant.
She’s the first of the bunch of us to get pregnant so obviously I’ve been an excited mess.
I saw the neediest, most relatable graffiti in Amsterdam
I hung out with Monkeys
This might have been scary as shit when they wanted to smack me in the head, but it was really pretty great!
I got a new family at a Turban festival in Oslo
Bestie treated me like the Princess I am by taking me to Skygarden
And also jumped in a Timemachine to the 20’s with me
I got to return to Cornwall back to the place where I met my best friend
We had the sunniest, loveliest couple of days exploring and eating in places both old and new to us.
I went back to my home town in Wales for the first time in more years than I care to admit
Walking along one of the same beaches that I’d been to with my gramps many times when I was growing up helped me to feel close to him again.
It was a strange, happy little sad sensation but I know that I can’t leave it that long before going back again!
Mum turned 60
And outdrank the lot of us. My dawwwg.
I got to see this one Ice Skating for the first time
And fight the urge to trip him over and point and laugh at him, even though boyfriends love it when you do cute and fun things like that.
I ate my way around Rome
This is something that I plan on doing for atleast a weekend every single year.
And received the cutest hate mail
I met some of the most amazing people I could have dreamt of meeting
And re-connected with some of the coolest old ones too
I realise that I’m a bit late to the game of rounding up 2016 as we’re already into 2017, but now I’m feeling all emotional, happy and grateful and not ready to let go one of the most collectively hated years in my lifetime – because as I’ve said above, for me, it was my absolute favourite.
Thank you for reading along and being a part of this blog throughout the last year, I appreciate every single one of you that read my rambles, comment, and make it possible for me to get free shit to tell you about every now and again.
I can’t wait to see what happens in 2017, but somehow I feel like it may be drunker, funner and filled with a heck of a lot more adventures.