It is so much easier to for me to tell a story with pictures. I write as I speak and therefore trying to write anything that is whimsical or packs a punch would take me weeks to put together. I think this is why Instagram is a better place for me than here on the blog. You may have noticed that my captions are short and most of my words can be found, littered with expletives over on Instagram stories.
But as I have you here I might just tell you the tale of 2017. It was my first year full time blogging. I have no idea how to measure success but if a mixture of feeling really happy, spending more time with my family and managing to clear all my debts are anything to go by then I would say it has been a success.
I decided to come off the contraceptive pill as it was making me feel horrendous and I am using a natural form of contraception called Daysy. I have never felt better. My energy levels have increased and, for the most part, I am not that moody girl I had turned into. A downside has been the deterioration of my skin since no longer taking Yasmin (A contraceptive that also helps with breakouts) but I am confident that the positives outweigh the negatives and plan to continue using Daysy into 2018. Alongside hoping to find a cure for my hormonal breakouts.
I am sure you all know we had two new bathrooms fitted and I finally had chance to design a room from start to finish. Which was something I had been dreaming of for a very long time. It took us two years to save the money, which made it even more special. However, living with workmen in the house for 8 weeks was extremely hard for me. As someone who really needs time alone it was completely draining. I wasn’t able to be as present on instagram either because I just felt like a dick storying with Ken and Len in the background. (Fictional names but nice ones all the same) I am so happy with the finished rooms and even happier to have waved goodbye to the workmen.
Towards the end of the year I was tagged in a cryptic message on a Facebook spotted page about how I needed to be found and to get in touch because of some urgent news. It put me in a massive panic where I started playing out scenarios in my head. I concluded that my estranged father who I hadn’t seen in 15 years was definitely dead. Without knowing what to do, I added him on facebook – Jeremy Kyle generation goals. My friendship request was accepted. So it turns out he is not dead but still a dick and still very much estranged. No one ever told me what the urgent news was, so it was just a month of angst for fun.
A real high was at the start of the year when I did my first event with Kate. Which led onto two more events on how to grow your following on instagram. I am so proud that I overcame my nerves and feelings of being inadequate to hold these events. It enabled me to totally be outside of my comfort zone and I bloody made some amazing friends off the back of it!
I am sure I have missed some other amazing highs that this year has had to offer but I have put together some my favourite snaps. Each one telling a story. As always there have been highs and lows but I am just focusing on the good and I have a feeling the more anyone does that then the more good comes their way!
Happy New Year!