2017 in Review

At this time of year there are so many reviews of the year gone by. I have seen a lot of people doing this on Instagram stories which is a first considering the Story feature is still relatively new. It may seem like boasting but many people have also documented the struggles that they have faced in the past year also. I think this is commendable as too often Social Media features only the happy, positive moments and never the negative. It also makes people more relative too. I found humor in Fashion Director of Instagram’s New Year resolution to floss more often, something which I’m sure we can all relate to.

2017 was as always a busy, quick year for me. This year was especially key to me as it was the year in which I would turn 30. Part of the reason why I started this blog was due to this. I though it would be a good way to document the year which would be a pretty big milestone in my life and also as a creative project to make sure I documented events and special occasions in a more permanent way. Initially I got into the swing of things and made regular updates to my blog however as the year went on and the more busy I became with different things going on the less I began to document special and important events on my blog. With that being said I have recently picked things up again and intend to continue with this through 2018. I thought it would be nice to highlight and document some of my personal highlights of 2017.

Travel

One of the many things I enjoy doing is travelling. In 2017 it was my aim to visit as many places as I could within and outside of the UK. To start the year off I visited Florence and Pisa both within the same long weekend. In January I was a bit skeptical of the weather however it was perfect weather for sightseeing. I did manage to do a blog post on this trip which I have linked if you click on the word Florence and Pisa above. Next on the list was New York. Having visited the Big Apple before this time I decided to break up my trip with a visit to the Jersey Shore, Asbury Park to be exact. This was the perfect beach trip out of the city and a chance to see and explore somewhere new. Itching to go away again I took the Eurostar to Paris for the weekend. Any excuse to visit this magical city and I am there! Having fallen in love with Paris after spending celebrating New Year there in 2015 I was desperate to go back and explore the city further. I always like to visit a new city within the UK and this year was no exception with spending the August bank holiday weekend in Cardiff. What made this trip even more fun was that we drover there out of London, who doesn’t love a road trip? Also the fact that the city was celebrating Pride that weekend! September was the ultimate month for travelling for me as this was the month I was turning 30! To start the celebrations I visited Barcelona for my friend’s Hen weekend followed by a trip to Berlin for Lollapalooza festival. I didn’t stop there as upon arriving home from Berlin I shortly left to fly to Miami with a trip to Nassau in between. I definitely clocked up some air miles in September especially as my return Business Class flight stopped off in Frankfurt en route to Edinburgh. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to document these later trips of the year as of course there just wasn’t enough time to. Not forgetting an odd trip to my home town of Glasgow in between all of the above. Here’s hoping 2018 brings the same amount of travelling.

Friends and Family

How can I not mention friends and family. This past year I have became closer to already good friends and also welcomed new members to my family. Friends and family are important to me and I think when living from your home city for a while you really find out which friendships can last the distance. Whilst I may not see some friends a whole lot I always know I can pick up with them from where we left off. Living in London makes seeing friends hard but I felt that in 2017 I made a particular effort to see certain friends which definitely brought us closer. I also had lots of celebrations such as important Birthdays and my best friends Wedding. I also made some new friendships through Social Media this year too. Although we may have not met in person I really do feel that I have made some sort of connection through supporting key people who I have met through Social Media. Here’s to making more new friends and strengthening relationships in 2018.

Turning 30

In case you don’t already know 2017 was the year that I turned 30. Just as well I’m comfortable with my age as I am clearly not trying to hide it. I didn’t give turning 30 much thought other than how I was going to celebrate it. Clearly I had my priorities right and celebrate it I did indeed. No panic was ensued and no mid life crisis happened and I think that this was due to actually feeling content with where I am in my life at the moment. I’m on the property ladder which most people panic about and I have a secure job what is there to worry about? I’m not much of a worrier any way and of course my life isn’t perfect but at the same time it’s not terrible either. Of course there are health and lifestyle choices that I could improve on but for the best part I am healthy and happy. For me turning 30 I thought more about where I want to be in the next year in regards to my career and personal life other than worrying about what I had or hadn’t achieved.

2018

Clearly you can see from the amount of words that I have written that I am really passionate about travelling of which I intend to do more of in 2018. I also wish to explore new passions of mine such as photography. For Christmas last year I got a Sony A6000 mirror-less camera which to be honest I haven’t taken off the auto settings. I definitely plan on finding out how to use it properly to capture all my important moments of 2018. At the beginning of 2017 I set myself some personal goals which I have yet to review however I will certainly be doing this going in to 2018. Here’s hoping that 2018 brings lots of new and exciting opportunities.

 

2 Comments

  1. January 14, 2018 / 5:30 am

    That’s such a nice outlook in life, Paul. I wish I could be less of a worrier too! Hope your 2018 is a blast!

  2. favethingsbypaulsmith
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    January 14, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Thank you. I know but we are human after all. Best wishes in 2018!

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