Sunday, January 01, 2017

Goodbye 2016 | Hello 2017

Twenty-sixteen was a tough year for us all. We lost some extremely prevalent figures, experienced some horrific events all around the world, and we saw some big changes in the world of Politics.

One of the biggest changes in my life this year was my Grandad passing away in March. It was a difficult time for the entire family, and it still is. It was my first real experience of losing somebody, and it was tough. It did, however, bring my family a lot closer together, and I am really thankful for that. I got to spend a lot of time with my Nan, aunts and cousins this year, and I treasure those moments dearly.

But alongside all of the hardship, I also had some really great moments in twenty-sixteen. From seeing some of my favourite country artists live at C2C Festival, to exploring London, Cambridge and Manchester with my Canadian bestie Kelsey and even spending Halloween at Disneyland Paris with lots of new Disney friends. I got a new job, which I'm really enjoying and I passed my driving test. As much as I would consider twenty-sixteen an awful year, I also want to be able to look back and remember all of those wonderful, happy moments, with people that I love.

Twenty-seventeen definitely has some exciting times ahead. So far, I'm off to Disneyland Paris for my twenty-fourth birthday in a couple of weeks, I'm planning on moving to London in a few months (and finally saying goodbye to the three to four hours of commuting a day I currently do) and I've also got a few theatre trips booked, including a trip to see The Addams Family with my bestie Sophie.

I'm not really setting myself any goals for the year, other than reading 52 books. I attempted it in twenty-sixteen and read a grand total of thirty-five, so I'm excited to give it another go. I started a bookstagram, so I'll be sharing my progress on there and on my Goodreads.

I'm excited for the year ahead, and what it'll bring for us all. Let twenty-seventeen be the year of chasing those dreams. Let it be the year of saying yes more. Let it be the year of realising that you're wonderful just the way you are. Let it be a year full of love and happiness.

Here's a goodbye to twenty-sixteen, and a very loving hello to twenty-seventeen.

Sophie xx
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