When trapped between that odd phase after Christmas but not quite the new year, its safe to say that most of us begin to look back and reflect on how the past twelve months treated us. For me 2017 was a crazy whirlwind of a year. As cliche as it sounds, I feel as though I achieved so much this year and I truly found myself.
It wasn’t all a bunch of highs though. A small scare at the start of the year really opened my eyes to how I should be thankful each and every day. Although I felt extremely low and scared in those weeks, I think the experience taught me a huge amount. Since then I have made a conscious effort to take a moment each day to feel grateful: grateful for my health and well being, grateful for my relationship and family, grateful I have a job I love and this year grateful I was able to run a house giving us a home over our heads.
I know I have a lot to feel extremely fortunate for, my gratitude for which has definitely made me a happier, better person this year. I intend to carry this forward with me and improve on it even more in 2018.
2017 was an extremely busy year and I am so proud of what I managed to achieve and all the exceptional memories we managed to make along the way.
Continued Taking Trips and Exploring.
Regardless of how busy our lives get, we always make an effort to take trips out exploring the new and old – be it day trips or trips away. We took two trips away this year: a city break to Edinburgh and a summer holiday to Sorrento. Although both the trips were very different in nature, there is always a similar theme occurring wherever we seem to go: a lot of exploring by foot. The plus side apart from racking a few steps up is that it always feels like we see so much. I love that. We also discovered brand new places on our very doorstep – beautiful Tonbridge Wells in our own county and a bit of the South around Bognor Regis.
Moved In Together.
Even in the very early days of our relationship we spoke about living together so moving in felt like such a natural step for us. Of course, it came with a lot of stress and challenges. We worked extremely hard for a solid two weeks so we could move in as soon as we could. I did so much DIY and 100% put in all the hours under the sun. It was hard work but naturally the outcome in the end was worth it.
Then we had to learn to actually live together: no easy task for any couple. Its true what they all say, that as much as you think you know someone you never really do until you live together. Living together is an enormous test of a relationship and I think we have done exceptionally well this year settling in to our new life together.
Found True Happiness.
For the first time I can honestly say in 2017 I was the happiest I have ever been. Things fell into place at exactly the right time and I’ve really discovered who I am this year. My new life has made me feel extremely content. And if we can’t call that an achievement then I don’t know what we can.
The icing on the cake to round of an already fantastic year was of course becoming engaged in October. I could not think of a more perfect way to round 2017 off and promise an equally exciting 2018 for us…