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2015 seemed as though it’d be difficult to top as it was the year that we bought our first home and spent a month travelling, but 2016 was the year we left our childhood homes behind and moved in together, which as it happens, is the best thing ever. Childhood suddenly ended, for real this time, and we became actual adults. Scary, but exciting. While paying bills, and doing the food shopping and housework isn’t exactly fun, it’s also great, because it means you’re a homeowner, and lucky for me I’m a homeowner with my boyfriend and best friend. Achieving this at twenty-one years old makes me so proud, because although this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it’s exactly the kind of position I’d hoped to be in at this point in my life.

So, what did I do in terms of travel? We went to Switzerland and crammed as much as possible into six days, something of which we seem to be pros at, and we went to Zante where, apart from a crazy quad biking trip, we spent the rest of the time relaxing poolside with unlimited food and cocktails. We had planned to visit a European Christmas market, but unfortunately due to poor organisation, that didn’t happen. That said, we did make it to Bath Christmas market, which turned out to be the perfect, festive location for our first ever Christmas market trip.

Work wise, my role as a Content Executive was made permanent in October, which is a huge highlight of the past twelve months. I took a big risk last year in leaving my job to head in a new direction, and it seems to have paid off. I love what I do and knowing that this is just the beginning is really exciting. Blog-wise, it’s very much still a hobby, but in 2017 I hope to make progress in turning it into something more.

In other news, I have achieved something else pretty huge. Huge for me, anyway. As you may know, I took on The Body Coach’s 90 Day Plan and got exactly the results I’d dreamed of. I lost the weight I hated to look at, I grew physically and mentally stronger, and I learned how to eat in order to be the healthiest, happiest version of myself. That will mean nothing to some people, but it means an awful lot to me. The simple fact that I stuck at something long enough to see it through is a big achievement. Long gone are the days of me sitting miserably, stuffing my face with junk and wishing I could get it together long enough to get in control of my eating habits.

While there are plenty of positives, the year of course came with it’s negatives. With a number of injuries, operations and general health downfalls in the family, things have been stressful, but with all that’s going on in the world, quite frankly I’m just grateful to have everyone around me. Family is worth far more than anything else I could ever own.

So, with 2016 almost done and dusted, what’s next? For once we don’t have any plans for the year ahead, but I’m hopeful that it’ll be another successful year with plenty more in the way of travelling. Whatever else comes our way, I’m sure we’ll embrace with open arms! Let’s see what 2017 has in store for us. Have a Happy New Year everyone! 

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