It doesn’t seem 5 minutes go where I was in my friend’s kitchen drinking an espresso martini welcoming the year 2018. I was happy to see the back of 2017 and welcome what would be a whirlwind of a year. It was the year which saw us get married in front of our closest family and friends, the year I’d welcome travel back into my life and see us buy our first home together. It’s been an expensive, crazy year but I’ve loved every moment of it.
Our wedding in March 2018 took the forefront of the year. We spent 18 months planning for the day, and we truly did have a magical day. It was everything I wanted it to be; surrounded by love, good food, good drink and family and friends. All our families were welcoming of each other, and friendship groups collided perfectly. We really are 2 lucky people to have such good people in our lives, and it’s something I really want to take into 2019.
Deciding marriage wasn’t enough adulting for one year, we bought our first house in July 2018. After 2 months of back and forth with the worlds crappiest solicitor, we finally got the keys and spent the latter half of the year making the house our home. We bought it in our favourite village and have settled into a much happier way of life. It’s been a lovely, cosy winter spent in front of the fire, surrounded by candles, cuddled up in a blanket with the dog. For 2019, I’m prioritising sorting out the house; hoping to get our living room how we want it and hopefully start pulling the pennies together for our bathroom renovation.
After a year off in the travel world, 2018 saw the comeback of my favourite document; my trusty passport. I booked a trip to Rome for Mr T’s birthday as it was high on our bucket list, and we fell head over heels for the Italian capital. It captured everything we loved and it was one of my favourite city breaks that I’ve ever been on. After Rome, we went on a family and friend holiday to Benidorm for my Dad’s birthday. It was a booze filled holiday chasing some Winter sun, and it was surprisingly a place that I would go back too. Benidorm Old Town was a hidden gem. We ended the year with a cheeky trip to Dublin with our friends where many a pint of Guinness was drunk. We enjoyed a few trips away in the UK too – I visited Edinburgh for my hen do in February, we escaped to Tewkesbury for our minimoon and returned to Broadstairs for our usual weekend with friends. 2019 will see the year of the honeymoon – not following our original plans – but somewhere where we can lie down for 2 weeks straight.
2018 will be a hard year to beat but I’m excited to live a slower 2019. There’s no real resolutions, except to embrace the feelings of being content and living life as I am. I saw something wonderful on Sophie Cliff‘s Instragram, and it really resonated with me. We really are fine as we are. If people want to strive for something new or different, then that’s cool too but our true magic lies in being ourselves.
So, here is wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I hope the year pans out exactly how you wish and want it to be.