The end of 2018 is fast approaching…who would have thought it. As we get ready to welcome in a new year I have taken the time to reflect on what a year its been for me. When I look back on the past year, it at times feels like 2018 has flashed by so quickly but other times it has gone by so slow. Just like with any years it has had its ups and downs, but I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I’d lying if I didn’t say I’d be happy to see the back of 2018 and welcome in a new fresh year but it hasn’t been all bad and forgettable.
There’s been some amazing memories and moments that I will cherish for years and years to come. Those memories are what I want to remember 2018 by and not let the negativity cast a shadow over them.
For blogmas today, I wanted to go through my favourite moments of 2018, it’s always fun and nice to go back down memory lane and look back on the year you’ll be leaving behind.
Visiting New York
It’s always been a dream of mine to visit America let alone New York so when the idea that visiting New York was a possibility this year then I couldn’t not take it. Even though I researched a lot before booking the trip it did end up being a bit of a spare of the moment decision. Even to this day I still can’t believe I got to go and looking through photos doesn’t make it seem any more true. It was definitely a holiday of a lifetime and a dream come true. I can’t wait to go back at some point and explore the city more…maybe when it isn’t so humid or bloody blisteringly hot though! Visiting New York was definitely an eye opener and made me realise that photos of places are just that…a snapshot of what it’s actually like. If you want to read more about my trip to New York, I wrote a few blog posts about it so just click here and here.
I’ll admit it right now…I was very late to the Friends party. I only got round to watching all 10 seasons this year but they didn’t stop me booking tickets to the latest Friends Fest event. I had to add this into my favourite moments of 2018 because I enjoyed myself so much, more than I thought I would. Having only just watched Friends everything was still so fresh in my mind and I loved seeing so much to do with it at such a cool event. I’ll definitely be going back again next year and would highly recommend going if you’re even remotely a fan of the TV show. If you want to know more about my day at Friends Fest I wrote a blog post all about it, just click here.
Shawn Mendes Live
If you know me at all then you’d probably have guessed that this would make the list. Having become a fan of Shawn Mendes last year I knew I had to see him live at some point. When it was announced that the Canadian singer would be headlining a festival in Norwich I couldn’t help but book tickets just to see him. I’m so glad I did as it was without doubt one of the best days in 2018! I haven’t experience pure joy and happiness like I did that night, singing my heart out and having the time of my life. It was the first time I’d seen him live and I knew it wouldn’t be the last. He brings this amazing electric energy to the stage and just engages with the crowd so much, it was awesome to watch. Also the fact the man can sing like he’s been sent from heaven and has the most amazing songs just meant it was even better. Got to love that high quality photo I’ve got of him…
It finally happened, the holiday to Bath that was meant to go ahead in March but due to the heavy snowfall got pushed back to the end of the year. I’m so glad it did end up happening in October instead because I had the most wonderful time exploring what Bath had to offer. It’s such a lovely place with so much to explore and it’s hold so many nice memories for me. If you want to see what I go up to when I visited Bath please click here.
Hampton Court Flower Show with my Nan
My Nan for as long as I could remember has always had a big interest in flowers and if it was up to her there would be no limit on buying them unfortunately her small garden stops that. When thinking of what to buy her for her birthday I couldn’t help but treat her to a day at the Hampton Court Flower Show, somewhere she’s always wanted to go. Even though we ended up going in the middle of our summer heatwave it was so lovely to spend a day with my Nan admiring the wonderful floral displays in the grounds of such an iconic landmark. I’d highly recommend going to Hampton Court Flower Show if you’re interested.
Cover Up Tattoo
It came time to cover up a tattoo I’d grown to hate over the years not because my feelings towards the band in question but because it was so badly done and didn’t represent the meaning behind it anymore. I finally got my rubbishy done Enter Shikari tattoo covered up with a beautiful delicate peony that I’m absolutely in love with. This had to make my favourite moments of 2018 because I no longer had a tattoo I was ashamed of to show and it completely changed my view on how I want my sleeve to go. You can read in more detail about my cover up tattoo in a blog post I’ve written recently by clicking here.
2018 was definitely the year I decided to explore a lot more. I ended up visiting so many different places that I’m so glad of it. For my birthday I ended up exploring Canterbury which is a place I have always wanted to visit and heard good things about. Admittedly going in the height of a heatwave wasn’t the best idea, I still had a lovely time experiencing all that Canterbury has to offer. It also has a really nice variety of shops on offer which makes it a brilliant place for a shopping trip too. I love the mix of the modern and historical architecture within Canterbury, it adds this kind of quirk to the place that makes it so appealing to visitors.
Turns out 2018 had a lot more highs than lows and I’m so glad about that…it’ll make remembering this year so much better. Onwards and upwards to 2019 and hopefully to a year full of many more awesome memories.
What about your favourite moments of 2018? Set aside some time to reflect on your 2018 and what you’ll remember it by.
Until next time,
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