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Friday, 15 December 2017

Reflecting on my 2017 Goals

 2017 has truly been a whirlwind of a year. I've changed jobs, moved house and treated myself to a new car, as well as exploring four new countries! At the beginning of the year, I set myself a couple of goals so I thought I'd have a look back at them and see which goals I can tick off!


Travel somewhere with one of my best friends from uni, Mary. We've been saying we're going to do this for three years now so 2017 is the day it will happen! No matter where we go we will have the best time I'm sure. Mary and I travelled to Stockholm in May and had such a fun long weekend! We're hoping to go to Copenhagen soon...

Finally buy a light-box and focus a bit more on my photography! I found it very frustrating last year, but only time will tell if I can improve it a little. I did buy a lightbox, but I certainly haven't focused more on my photography.

Rent, or buy (if we miraculously find a house!) a place to call our own. We're excited to be moving out but also so grateful to my parents for putting up with us for nearly two years! It's definitely the next step for us to take and I am so looking forward to it. Dan and I moved into a little one bed house at the beginning of the year, and we're still loving being together!

Go to at least three new different places: maybe even a new continent! I love exploring the world and seeing new places so this is another year to go continue to do so. I'd love to visit Germany or Poland this year! I visited four new countries, and another city in Spain! One of the new countries I visited was Poland as well which was incredible.

Learn a new skill. Learning a language, or a bit more about SEO would be great. I'm hopefully going to be able to have a bit more time to do so as well so that's exciting! Technically, I'm not sure I can count this but I've had to learn lots of new skills with my new job which has been exciting. I'm really enjoying it so far.

A very generic one, but I want to get a bit more active! I really enjoy swimming but memberships are so expensive. I want to find something that gets my heart pumping without spending too much money! A definite FAIL!

Keep up with my gratitude journal; I have been doing this for two years now and really helps me to focus on the good. Especially on bad days! I actually decided to stop writing in my gratitude journal this year because it stopped being beneficial for me. I'm still aware of being grateful but no longer feel the need to write these things down daily!

2017 has been a year of change for me, and I've loved it. I've seen some incredible places in the world, settled into my new job and house - I'm excited for what this next year will bring.

Did you set yourself any goals for 2017?
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Saturday, 9 December 2017

2017 in Travel

2017, much like 2016, has been good to me in terms of travel. I've visited four new countries (Poland, Sweden, Luxembourg and Czechia) and seen more of Europe. It's safe to say that I've made the most of living 15 minutes away from Stansted airport.

Our first trip of the year was Warsaw in April. I loved the Polish capital city, and was so excited to finally visit Poland after wanting to visit for years. It's a different city to ones I've visited before, with picturesque streets in close proximity to sky scrapers but it had a nice vibe to it. The food was good, and we had such a lovely couple of days exploring. If you're looking for an affordable city break, Warsaw is one to go to!


In May I went away twice. My first tip was to Valencia with Dan. Valencia is a pretty city, but it definitely wasn't my favourite of the Spanish cities I've been to. It was perfect for a sunny break in May, and if you've been to Madrid or Barcelona and are looking for another place to visit in Spain, Valencia is worth adding to your list.


A few days later I was jetting off to Stockholm with my friend Mary. I fell in love with the capital of Sweden, it's such a cool city to visit. It was lovely to be so close to the water all the time, and there is so much to see in Stockholm. Museum island is definitely worth a visit. Stockholm surprised me, and in a really pleasant way. I'd love to explore more of Sweden in the future!


My first trip in August was to Luxembourg with my mum. I'm not sure I'll ever go to a city as beautiful as Luxembourg - it truly was a fairy tale village. It's quite a small city, but we spent three lovely days there. We could have easily taken a trip out of the city centre but we stayed at a lovely hotel with a spa and pool so decided to have a bit of a restful time as well.


Prague was my final trip abroad this year. I went for four days with my dad, and we had a lovely time exploring the Czech capital! We walked miles, and saw some beautiful views across Prague. It was a much bigger city than I thought and there was so much to see. Prague was a very beautiful city, and I feel like whilst we saw so much, we only scratched the surface!


I've had such a fun time this year exploring more of Europe. There are so many different and vibrant cities, and I'm looking forward to exploring further in the future.

Where did you travel to in 2017?
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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Meet Beau

 A couple of weeks ago I was sat at work on my lunch break, and my mum sends across a picture of the handsome chap below. After a very quick phone call, mum was heading to Wood Green Animal Shelter to visit him, and about three weeks later he is happily settled at home with my parents!

Huge thanks to Georgia from Mapped Out for these pictures!

We are all pretty smitten with this lovely chap. Whilst I no longer live at home, I have been really enjoying visiting our playful Beau! It is so funny to watch when he is in a playful mood, as he chases his ball around the living room at such a fast speed. At the moment, he isn't a massive fan of cuddles but he is getting more used to being around people and he apparently sits in whichever room my parents are working in at home which is nice.



Wood Green animal shelter opened in 1924, and now has three locations in Heydon, London and Godmanchester. I have to say how impressed I was by the shelter in Heydon when we visited Beau. Each cat had such a huge amount of space, and you could tell that the people working there genuinely cared about the cats. Beau was sadly abandoned when he was younger, and spent a bit of time as a stray before being taken in by another family. Unfortunately, he didn't get on with their cat and so ended up at Wood Green.

Thankfully Beau's story has a happy ending! My parents are so pleased with how Beau is settling in, and it's so nice that they have been able to give this lovely cat a new home. If you live near one of the centres and are looking for a cat yourself, I'd really recommend visiting the centre.

Do you have any pets?

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