Wow – another year bites the dust!
I literally cannot believe how quickly this one has passed.
When I was a kid, my mum once said to me ‘the older you get, the quicker time seems to pass’. And oh boy, was she right!
I’m sure before we know it there will be another one completed within a blink of an eye.
2017 definitely had its ups and downs but all in all it was an amazing year and I have made some wonderful memories.
It started off with a challenge for me: in January I found out that I would be made redundant towards the end if February (for the third time in a row… like… seriously dude?!) so I had to start looking for a new job.
Probably not an easy situation for anyone, but even more challenging when you’re living in a country without your family to fall back on – so it was a very stressful and nerve racking time for me.
Everything ended up well in 2017 though, and I would love to share some of my favourite memories of the year with you here:
1. My birthday weekend
I remember that I would be so excited about my birthday when I was a kid – isn’t it amazing how thrilled you can be about this day as a child? – and whilst I still love treating myself to a good time, I don’t make a massive deal out of my birthdays anymore (I’ve probably just had to many of them ;))
My special day in 2017 was a very special one however as my mum and aunt had decided to come visit me in London for the long weekend (yes I am blessed enough to be born at the end of August;)). And as if that wasn’t enough to make it amazing, my best friend Nicole and her boyfriend Alex spontaneously decided to join them – despite only just having been in London in April.
So it was full house for me! And whilst it was also exhausting (I’m getting old ha!) it was one of the best times I’ve had this year.
I finally got to go to a wonderfully sunny Notthing Hill carnival, had an amazing birthday brunch with my favourite people and rounded off the long weekend with a visit to Kew Gardens, which I had been dying to visit for a long time already.
It couldn’t have been more perfect!
2. Our trip to Portugal
Would you believe it if I told you that I hadn’t been on a proper holiday since 2007? Well, it’s true! But I broke that spell in 2017 😉
Why I hadn’t been on a holiday for such a long time is a long story – and a story for another time. I’m sure you can imagine that I was super thrilled to finally get on a plane for a few days in sunny Portugal.
I had actually visited Portugal before: in 2005 as part of the teenager summer camp near Lisbon. In 2017 the original plan was to go the Algarve with a group of friends for Tom’s 30th birthday, but Nick and me extended our trip and added a visit to Lisbon (well technically two visits ;))
It was great to see so many places again that I remembered from 2005 – though I have to admit that I had different holiday goals at the age of 17, so a lot of the places seemed new to me, haha
Both the time in Lisbon as well as the time spent at the villa on the Algarve with our friends were absolutely phenomenal! And would you believe that I managed to not even get sunburnt once? It must be a vegan super power – bright-skinned as I am 😉
3. Starting a new job
After my redundancy from my previous job, I was blessed to have the opportunity to join the Mr Organic team in March 2017 as their Marketing Executive.
I had been wanting to work in Marketing for a while – coming from a creative background and an analytical mind that loves Excel, statistics, and numbers in general, a marketing job was my ideal fit as it combines both in a perfect blend. It was not easy to find a job offer that fit with my ethics and was happy to hire me on the basis of my photography degree and blogging experience.
I, therefore, appreciated it even more that the team at Mr Organic saw my potential and let me join them. And what a lovely bunch of people – we have made some wonderful memories together in 2017. Be it the countless deliciously cooked vegan lunches outside in the sun, trade shows, or trips to Glasgow and Brighton – I’m happy to be part of the team!
4. Meeting wonderful people
I have been lucky to meet so many wonderful and like-minded people at blogger events this year. It has been great to connect over shared interests and a few of these wonderful people have become great friends in 2017.
5. Old faces, new faces, old places, new places
It’s always great to go and see new places, but also wonderful to visit known places again. I was blessed to get around the UK and Europe quite a bit in 2017 with plenty of short trips – both work-related and non-work-related.
It’s even better when you can see a friend again that you have dearly missed!
In November I finally ticked one place off my bucket list: Vienna! And guess what: it was already Christmas market time there, so two list ticks in one go 😉
My London friend Laura had moved back to Austria in the summer of 2016 and it was great to see her again & re-live our wonderful brunches and escapades 🙂
2017, thank you for being so wonderful to me!
2018: I’m ready for you!