14 days of blogmas: Reflecting on 2017

January was spent in Antwerp, June spent is Vietnam and finally back to Southampton for the end of the year. It’s been an eventful.

The start of the year I discover my true love of food, wandering around Antwerp food market every Saturday morning literally filled me with so much joy, it was one of my favourite things to do during our time away. It fuelled so many recipe creations as well as flavour combinations.

In May I decided to purchase my own domain and really begin to work at this whole blogging this, I upped my following across all platforms and worked tirelessly to improve the quality of the content for all of you to enjoy.

Bangkok has to be one of the most photographic cities I’ve been to yet

June saw me take the trip of a lifetime to Thailand and Vietnam, two countries I’ve always wanted to explore and this year I managed to do it. 3 weeks, 6 flights, 8 train journeys, 4 coaches and so much walking I feared my feet wouldn’t work anymore.

In July I worked with my first company, Breakfast by Bella, I was so delighted to work with a company I truly believed in. With their support I gained more contacts and went onto work with some amazing businesses from Schwartz and Rombouts to Capsicana and Arapina.

After spending the first 8 months of the year working on my blog and fuelling my love of travelling, moving into my first flat with the other half was a shocking drop back to reality. Coming to terms with the knowledge that I’d spend the next 12 months in this flat in Southampton with hard but after a month or two I realised it was actually incredibly satisfying being in one place and having a solid home.

The last part of the year all mushed into a blur of deadlines, Cath Kidston floral patterns and empty bottles of gin.

If I’ve learnt anything from 2017 it’s just that. All of my dreams and hopes began becoming reality. My blog really began to grow, I’ve become the deputy editor for a women’s magazine, I met some amazing people from all over the world, I travelled to 6 different countries, moved into my first flat with a boy and made a cake in the bake off tent!

2017 has got to be a highlight of the 21 years I’ve been on this planet. Here’s hoping 2018 will be just as good. There are so many exciting things happening including; my first podcast series going live on the 8th of January, graduating university and of course the main biggy going to Australia and New Zealand on a one-way ticket!

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