2018; the year the whole nation thought it was coming home, Harry Kane became a national treasure, Southern rail still didn’t get their shit together and Theresa May’s dance moves were a hot topic.

Also; the year I turned 21 *still not an adult*, I received another promotion at work, celebrated 18 year long friendships, made some incredible new friendships and felt healthy, happy and content for the first time in a good few years.

I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone, but here I am sat writing this post at 10:37pm on the 30th December, the penultimate eve of 2018 looking back at the last 12 months. *I in fact finished writing this last night on the 02nd January*

I feel like this year I have really found my feet. I am more confident in my own mind than ever before and I’m settled in my relationships with friends and family.

I wouldn’t say 2018 has been one full of amazing adventures and travel, but more so a year of stability and routine, which came at a time of need and I’m particularly grateful for this. I did also make some amazing memories. I spent a fair few weekends exploring London – somewhere I absolutely love being, other than Brighton, and feel it’s my home from home. I visited the Isle of Wight with my boyfriends family and fell in love with the views and idyllic countryside scenes. We had the best summer of sunshine and of course the nation went crazy for the football, I spent many summer weekends on the beach and in the garden with friends and family. I also went on the most amazing family holiday to Fuerteventura and spent the whole time laughing, relaxing and eating.

Decemeber came around so quickly, it was like Christmas had arrived unannounced, but I can’t explain just how much I enjoyed the build up to Christmas and doing all things festive. I have such a love for this time of year as everything is much cosier, people are so much happier and kinder and everything has fairy lights wrapped around it, what’s not to love? Finally, the last highlight of my year was spending Christmas day with my nearest and dearest; my Dad has been a police man and worked shifts all my life, but he retired from the force this September so this was the first year in a very long time that he was able to be home for all of the Christmas period.

I share so much love and respect for all people and their families who work within public services, without them the nation would fall apart and they sacrifice so much to do their duty, they deserve much more gratitude and appreciation than they receive.

Now, with regards to my blogging and Instagram journey this year, I have really found my style in all areas – in my fashion, shooting style, writing style and I have a much clearer idea of the content I’m aiming to create. However, 2018 hasn’t been a year of consistency over here on the blog and that’s something I’m going to work really hard to change in 2019. I absolutely adore writing and sharing my ideas, thoughts and opinions. I want to get back to posting on my blog weekly! (Surely, if I write it on here for you all to see, I’ll have to stick to it?!)

I am so excited for 2019 and everything that is to come, be it the challenges, the lows and the highs. The first thing on my to-do list is to start my bullet journal and get content planning and organising. Secondly, get organised for our first trip of the year – I’m heading to Amsterdam with my other half and our friends and I cannot wait! Thirdly, I’m full steam ahead with planning our trip to Bali in June; two weeks of exploring and adventure!

I’d love to know what you’re thankful for from the year 2018 and what you’re excited for in the year ahead. Let me know in the comments below!

Speak soon,

Em x

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