The Highs & Lows of 2017

What a difference a year can make! From the smallest details to momentous milestones, each year is chock-full of change and lessons to be learned. With 2018 almost upon us, I wanted to look back on the last twelve months and reflect on the best – and worst – parts of the year gone by.

The Highs

Becoming a homeowner

Let’s start with the biggest news of all this year – I bought my first ever flat! At 25-years-old, I secured a mortgage and moved into my very own place on Friday 16th June. I absolutely love having a flat to call my own and finally got that coveted corner couch I’ve always wanted! All that’s left to do is spruce up the paint and replace the bathroom flooring, then it’ll be perfect. Oh, and get a pet of some sort!

Going on holiday

I was fortunate enough to jet off a couple of times this year. The first was to Munich in April with my Mum. It was our first time visiting the city and we had a great time sightseeing, despite the weather having other ideas – it even snowed on our last day! The next was to Menorca in September with both my parents. Fortunately, there was no snow there, but we did have a couple of cloudy days with thunderstorms. Still, it was great to get away for a break this year.

Getting a new job

I’ve kept this fairly under wraps on here, but I’m proud to say I’ve landed a brand-new job! After two years at my previous job, I decided it was time for a change. It was a difficult decision, as I’ve grown close to many of my colleagues and enjoy the perks on offer. But, the lure of a new challenge – and a fresh start – was too hard to resist. I start on Monday 8th January and can’t wait to see what this opportunity has in store! My new workplace even sent me a welcome pack with little tokens and messages inside, which was such a lovely gesture.

Blogging more often

I set myself a goal this year to blog more regularly, which it’s fair to say I’ve achieved! I even wrote a post on my blogging past, present and future, which looked at where I was, where I am and where I want to be with my blog. I managed to write my happiness round-up (nearly!) every week, which was difficult to keep up but definitely worthwhile. I also gave Blogmas a go this year, which taught me that daily blogging is so hard – huge respect to anyone who manages it! I’m not sure what lies in store for Reviews & Ramblings next year, but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved to date.

Going to gigs

In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of music and going to gigs. This year was a pretty great one for seeing some of my favourite bands live. I saw my teenage obsession Avenged Sevenfold in January, rocked out to Rob Zombie in June, supported my boys Young Guns in September, watched my top played Spotify artist Alter Bridge in October, raved to The Prodigy in December and, of course, danced to my favourite band of all time Paramore in June too. Here’s to more gigs in 2018!

The Lows

Injuring my ankle

After successfully completing Dry January, February got off to the worst start imaginable – I fell off a treadmill at the gym and tore ligaments in the ankle. I had to take my first ever trip to A&E by myself and was confined to crutches for the rest of the month. I also got my first sick note for work, as the pain and swelling was horrendous if I didn’t keep my ankle elevated throughout the day. The NHS didn’t offer me physio, so it took me a few months to go to a private clinic. Unfortunately, I left it a bit too late and my ankle hasn’t healed properly, which means it’s still painful when I go up and down stairs or try to run.

Putting on weight

Unsurprisingly, my injury put a stop to my gym routine… But, it also seemed to drain every ounce of motivation from me, too. I’m ending 2017 with the lowest body confidence I’ve had in years, as I’ve watched the scales go up and up, despite my efforts to stop it. It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with body image all my life, but for the sake of my physical – and mental – health, I need to take drastic steps to lose weight in 2018.

Giving up on dating

Maybe this belongs in the highs, but my futile attempts at finding a man get me down more often than not. For the first time in ages, I deleted every single dating app from my phone and haven’t been tempted to get them back for three months. It may not sound like a long time, but believe me, it is when you’ve been in the dating game as long as I have. I reached my wit’s end with dating this year and have taken a break for my own good.

Thankfully, I’ve had more ups than downs this year and I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store. From starting my new job to being a bridesmaid at one of my best friend’s wedding in September, I’ve got plenty to look forward to! I hope your year was a good one and 2018 brings you all the health and happiness you deserve.

Until next time,
Donna x

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