Sunday, 7 January 2018

A 2017 Round Up.

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Happy New Year. And just like that, in the blink of an eye, another year has passed. I'm a little late with this but I can't quite believe it's 2018 and how quickly the years seem to fly by as you get older. Nothing groundbreaking happened for me in 2017 - I haven't got engaged, I haven't bought my own house and I am most definitely not pregnant. I am, however, happy, content and healthy which made 2017 a fantastic year. It was about spending time with the people who are most important to me, working on myself and enjoying adventures in new countries. Here's my round up and highlights of 2017.

HOW 2017 MEASURED UP FOR ME IN RELATION TO MY GOALS:

So, I decided to break tradition last year and write a reflective post which included setting myself some little goals for 2017 (something I don't normally do, you can read about this further in my 2017 goals and why I don't like reflecting post). Here's an update on how I managed to get on with them:

Blog 

Reach 6K followers on Twitter, 1K on Bloglovin' and 1K on Pinterest sort of, 1 out of 3 isn't bad, right? I managed to exceed my goal in growing my Pinterest account and finished the year on 5, 139 followers with the site driving a generous amount of traffic to my blog. I was so pleased with this growth, I only changed a few small things and I've written a post with some tips on how I did this - How to Grow Your Pinterest Followers by 3, 000 in 12 Weeks. Bloglovin' was dead for me but it seems that people are using this less to find and read new blogs and Twitter was a pretty slow burner too. While growing your followers is great, this year has really reinforced that engagement over followers is more important to me. You could have all the followers in the world but what's the point if you don't take the time to engage with them?

Increase engagement with bloggers I'd like to think that I've improved on this, my blogger friendships with Becky and Issy have continued to flourish, we speak daily and I'm not actually sure how I coped without them in my life. While there are a fair few mean girls in the blogging community, there are also so many supportive, uplifting people and I couldn't be more grateful for their friendship. I also shared, liked, retweeted and engaged with several bloggers on Twitter and supported as much as I possibly could.

Work with one brand I love definitely achieved this one, I was lucky enough to collaborate with Urban Decay in August when they rebranded their iconic All Nighter Setting Spray.  I was so excited when the email dropped into my inbox; I'm over here in my tiny corner of the internet with my little blog that I write as a hobby. It's something that you don't think will ever happen to you and I was so grateful for the opportunity.

Use my blog as a platform to discuss important issues in a blog sense, I've completely failed at this one because I've pretty much failed at producing any amount of blog content in 2017 as a whole. Twitter, however, is a completely different story - while it's (sadly) not been something that everyone has appreciated, I started to talk about white privilege, thin privilege, class privilege and feminism to name a few and will continue to do so to raise awareness. It's important and I feel really passionate about these topics.

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Career 

Complete the elite management programme I've ticked this one off! I proudly graduated from the management programme at work on 14th December 2017. As mentioned in my 2017 post, it was a tough course with a high percentage of people dropping out, but I made it through! We celebrated in a posh London bar and were presented with our certificates by the Managing Director. I'm really excited for more responsibility and the next stage in my career in 2018.

Work less 100% fail. If anything, I've worked more hours this year than I've ever worked before. I love my job, it's stressful and the hours are long. I've accepted that I will never work a 9-5 or have a work/life balance in the industry that I work in, so the only alternative would be to find a new job if  I want to work less hours.

Lifestyle 

Self care I left 2017 feeling the most mentally healthy that I've felt in years. I took time to look after myself this year, there's still a long way to go and I could definitely do more, but small changes really made a difference - reading more books, pamper sessions, better sleep pattern, bubble baths, talking about problems, spending time with people I actually care about and learning to accept change.

Continue to travel We managed to squeeze in three trips this year (one more than we initially planned for!) - Belgium, Sweden and Latvia and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. I'm in my element when I'm travelling. I adore exploring new places and taking a break from the chaos that is day to day life. Hopefully, I will be lucky enough to tick off a few more travel destinations this year too.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 

Attended a posh ball. Visited Belgium. Had afternoon tea in Manchester. Saw Take That Live. Had a mini hen do for my best friend. Celebrated my best friend getting married. Enjoyed two spa days. Travelled to Stockholm. Danced at an open air 80s night. Memory Walk for Alzheimer's Society. Fusion Festival in Liverpool. Experienced an outdoor cinema. Dressed up for a day at the races. Taken a trip to Riga.

Happy New Year, I hope everyone has a fabulous 2018! 

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  1. Ahhh what an amazing year you had! Congratulations on working with Urban Decay, and amazing job on Pinterest! Belgium, Sweden and Latvia sound amazing!
    Happy New Year, I hope 2018 is brilliant for you!
    Hels xx
    www.thehelsproject.com

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  2. 3 trips, graduation (congratulations!!!), mental health, working with UD... nice nice! congrats on all of these. and it looks like 2017 was pretty good to you :D
    I hope you'll continue like that in 2018 too :D

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