Welcome to 2019!

2018 has been waved good-bye to, with sweet memories and new lessons learnt, it’s been a good, good year.
I love looking back on posts like this, and reading other people’s highlights of the year just gone, so here’s to reflecting back on the year just passed and welcoming the new year with open arms!


The New Year is a funny little time, full of reflection and potential, it’s strangely emotional and full of nostalgia. We spent our New Years Eve discussing our best memories from 2018, because quite frankly we’ve been blessed and there’s been so many!
I hope your year was just as great, but if not, here’s to a brand new year, full of fresh starts.

2018 was home to new places explored and new memories created

Here are some highlights:

February.. Saw a trip to Dublin with my sister, which you can read more about here.

April.. Saw us jetting off to Alvor, Portugal for a 4 night break where we enjoyed some delicious food, beautiful scenery and a round of crazy golf. We also spent Easter with both my family and Oliver’s in Wales which I love to do every year.

May – Ollie turned twenty, we enjoyed a picnic on the riverbank before the Heaven’s opened and we ran home. We also spent time exploring Nottingham in the sunshine with Ally, who I’m so grateful for meeting!

June/July/AugustOh Summer! Perhaps my fondest memories were created under the Summer sun. We spent the entirety of Summer in Wales, working at a seaside cafe/bar, and spending all our free-time at the beach. June was spent, before beginning work, at the beach day-in day-out. We were blessed with a heat-wave, which is a complete rarity here in the UK, so June truly felt like a Summer vacation – with days spent in swimwear, ocean swims becoming part of our daily routine and lunches enjoyed at beachfront cafes, it was bliss.
We spent time in Abersoch, Wales, over Summer too, where some of my favourite memories were made. One of my favourite memories to date was spent at Portmeirion, we wandered cobbled streets; ate a picnic while bathing in the Summer sun; swam in the ocean and a natural lagoon; ate a Thai curry in the evening sunshine before heading to the beach to watch the sun-set and chat into the night over a bonfire – bliss.
Many days were spent at Blue Lake, walking up waterfalls, riverside picnics, watching sun-sets and lazing on beaches.
What a Summer that was!

September – Early September saw us finishing our Summer jobs and heading back home, but Summer wasn’t over yet. We traveled to Falmouth, Cornwall, in late September to celebrate our second year anniversary and fell well and truly in love with Falmouth.

October – I started my second year of Uni, and turned 21. We traveled, again, to Cornwall in mid-October to celebrate my birthday with the family. I also spent the last weekend of October with two of my favourite girls in Wales, for a weekend of wine and nibbles, with no signal and lots of conversation.. For another Birthday celebration. October also took my pumpkin picking virginity!

November – Bonfire night was enjoyed with Oliver and my brothers, watching the firework display at our local rugby ground, and I got all kinds of excited for Christmas.

December – The month of festivities! December was also the month we finally had confirmation from RMIT Uni in Australia, I found out close to midnight early on in December and jumped in the bath with Oliver to tell him the news, SO so exciting!

December 31st – Was spent with my family and my sister’s friend (hello Emily!), we had a relaxed day and celebrated my Mum’s Birthday with a trip to some Christmas lights in Haughton and a Chinese takeaway, before counting the new year in with a gin in hand and, of course, watching the London Firework display on TV.

I have so much to be grateful for from 2018, new places discovered, new memories made, and new friends made – Charlotte & Ally I’m talking about you here (love you!)
This year has been full of not only year highlights, but lifetime highlights too.. And I anticipate that this year shall be very similar.

So, here we are, 1st January 2019.
I know the new year is a little controversial – rightly so, yes it’s just another day, and of course, any day can bring new potential and new resolutions – but why not see it as another chance to start fresh? To me, the new year is like a blank canvas and we’re only on day one. It’s full of possibility and opportunities, any excuse to better yourself is a good one. So whether you’re into New Years resolutions, or think they’re a pile of garbage, let this year be your year, because why the heck not?!

So here’s to a new year, it’s going to be a good one.

2 Replies to “Welcome to 2019!”

  1. I’m so grateful to have met you too! You and Oliver made me feel so welcome, I felt right at home. It’s so wonderful to have friends across the Atlantic and to have a friend who also loves to blog! It makes staying connected so much easier 🙂 Best wishes to you two in 2019, I cannot wait to see your Australia adventure!

    1. Right back at you! Here’s to 2019 being the best year yet, for the both us, hey!🥂🤸🏼‍♂️ Not too long to wait now, we’ll be on the plane in less than a month -so expect a ton of posts/pics on Aus! Sending so much love your way xx

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