2017 Was a Bit Full-on

My 2017 Instagram Best 9 (slightly edited to remove a duplicate...)

In a nutshell, 2017 was (probably?) the best year I’ve had in a very long time. Which, of course, has sent me into a guilt spiral because I can’t seem to make myself believe that I deserve nice things. On a personal level, the year wasn’t a cakewalk by any means, not to mention that the world in general feels very much like a darker and more scary place than ever. I’ve felt like most of the good stuff happened under a looming black cloud.

Still, a lot happened in 2017.  Inspired by Laura Jane Williams, here’s my year in one long, dizzying list.

In 2017, I…

  • cleaned my oven for the first time. It was gross.
  • got a loft ladder installed (that I’m too scared to climb.)
  • did a two writing courses.
  • got a gym subscription.
  • cancelled a gym subscription.
  • had a smear test.
  • saw Phil Collins live in Hyde Park. (Review: Better than you’d expect.)
  • made time to see my sister and niece every month.
  • did an intense(ish) course of driving lessons.
  • sweated through my pants and trousers during every driving lesson.
  • cried in several driving lessons.
  • passed my driving test first time, much to everyone’s surprise. Especially my instructor’s.
  • went for afternoon tea.
  • developed more coping mechanisms for my fear of escalators.
  • didn’t always manage to tackle every escalator.
  • had to ask strangers for help on escalators when I had no other choice. (The HORROR.)
  • submitted my first tax return.
  • made my husband come to a drag show.
  • planned and did a wedding.
  • went on a narrowboat with friends.
  • did my first postal vote.
  • was extremely bratty and chose the biggest suite in the hotel for our wedding night. IT WAS HUGE.
  • kept my freelance career going.
  • went for a week in the sun with my new husband.
  • drank at a swim-up bar for the first time.
  • confronted a man who made a rude comment about my size while I showered next to the hotel pool. (Clearly assuming that I didn’t speak English.)
  • bought my first car.
  • went to McDonald’s on a date.
  • became a wife.
  • didn’t change my name.
  • went viral.
  • had business meetings.
  • wrote a blog for the Huffington Post.
  • appeared on a podcast.
  • went to the cinema alone.
  • enrolled at a local college.
  • made fused glass jewellery.
  • signed up for another glass course in 2018.
  • cried every day.
  • had an incredible Thanksgiving dinner cooked by a friend.
  • got a big new client.
  • listened to Shannon’s ‘Give Me Tonight’ more than any other song.
  • held my new tiny baby niece, Ivy.
  • bought two Christmas themed dresses.
  • bought a large number of dresses, actually.
  • felt safe.
  • felt lucky.
  • felt loved.
  • felt like myself.

What does 2018 hold? A few good things are already lined up; some freelance jobs, a second glass course at college and new nephew should be arriving in the spring.
Through necessity, I’ve been a bit selfish with my time this year, but in 2018 I will be doing more to help other people, especially in my local community.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, I’d like to wish you a very happy New Year. I really hope that 2018 brings us all some joyful surprises.

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