My favourite moments of 2017

My favourite moments of 2017

Not to start out on a low note, but 2017 hasn’t been easy. Both personally and for the world in general. But then again, life isn’t easy. It’s always going to throw things at you and you can either lay down and avoid it but never move forwards, or power through.

I choose to power through.

In a move completely unlike me, I want to focus on the positives. As it’s the first day of December, I’d like to dedicate a post to looking back at the incredible things that have happened to me in 2017.

All in all, it was a bloody good year.

A new relationship

Well isn’t this just the best damn couples photo you’ve ever seen in your sweet little lives?

I’m sorry we can’t all be blessed with such a photogenic face.

Now I know they say relationships don’t complete you, and that you can’t truly love someone until you love yourself. I just think those people haven’t found the right person. But I know I have.

I’m complete without him. But he makes my life better. More importantly, he makes me a better person. Nick brings out the best in me (obviously not in looks, judging by the photo below) and makes me strive to be and do more. We get on like a house on fire. Yeah, sometimes we have our ups and downs but what couple doesn’t? And it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with some quality time together and friendly sass.

I can honestly say, hand on my heart, that I’ve found the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. And you can be damn sure I’m looking forwards to the rest of it. Thank you for coming into my life.

Starting this blog

Writing is always something I’ve loved to do. I have a Journalism degree and I write for a living, but setting up my own blog was always a goal. Thanks to Nick, this year it became a reality. Not only did he provide practical support like helping me set up the site and doing work in the back end (oo-er), but also emotional support to keep writing even when it seems like no one reads it. Except you mum – cheers.

While EIB is still getting off the ground, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made so far. With a full time job, a little family to look after, a new house to do up and generally a life to lead (ha), it’s hard to keep everything going to a high standard. I applaud all the other bloggers out there juggling families, jobs, commutes and life – you’re all doing amazing, sweetie.

I’ve got big plans for EIB; I can’t wait to introduce more interiors posts as we create the house of our dreams from scratch, and sooner or later Nick will have to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and tell his side of the story.

Watch this space.

Buying a house

What? You didn’t already know this? I’m not surprised. If you so fancy, you can pop back and read the super quick life update…

As you can see from the picture below, it’s not exactly in a liveable state. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but it’s a challenge we’re ready to face. We’re aiming to be in by February / March 2018 and have until then to turn this shell of a house into the gorgeous rustic-style country cottage of our dreams.

Essentially we’re starting from scratch, and there’s a lot of hard work to be done before we can get onto the fun stuff like colour schemes and furniture. But I tell you what, I’m thoroughly looking forward to taking a crowbar to that old fireplace.

New friends

Ooh, friends. *thumbs up*

I’ve never had many friends. I know, shocker, right? I used to have loads, too many in fact, but it’s only as you get older that you realise quality is far far better than quantity when it comes to friendships. In college I had a group of around 20+ mates in a big group, but they didn’t really care about you when it came to crunch time.

But now, largely thanks to my new relationship, I have been lucky enough to make new friendships too. One of these has become one of the closest I’ve ever had in the shortest space of time. I’m pretty sure we’re in contact at least once a day. And the boys are best friends, too. It’s like a weird little happy ending.

So before this gets super cheesy and I probably start tearing up, I’m grateful for the new friends I’ve made and appreciate them more with every moaning rant they endure.


A new life…

2017 has brought several new things with it, and on top of it is starting a new job, new city and living a new apartment with new people around me.

I love my new job – it’s the step forward I’ve been waiting for – and I love my tiny flat with the rabbits. And I love the new people in my life. There’s not much else to say, except that I’m so grateful for it all. I’m so incredibly grateful for the “old” people in my life too, like my mum, dad, sister, grandparents and extended family. Suzanne and co from And Ruby Makes Four, and Emily – I don’t know what I’d do without these amazing friends in my life. They continue to love and support me no matter what. Cheers, guys.

… And living it

Can you believe I’d never been to a nightclub? Unless you count the emo club in Wigan that did under 17s nights on a Thursday complete with mosh pit and foam fight. And can you believe I’d never done a shot? My little sister was mortified but I took it upon myself to start doing new things.

I know life isn’t all about going out every night and drinking till you’re paralytic, but even going out with girl friends and having a few drinks was something I’d never done. Until now. Although I’d take a club playing cheesy 90s music and jam cocktails over a rave any night.

Come on, 2018. Let’s be havin’ ya.

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