A Half Year Review 2017
I’ve re-written this post so many times now, but the reality is – I just can’t quite believe we are already half way through the year. I’ve been so wrapped up in waiting for things to happen, weddings, holidays, major birthdays, that before I knew it half a year has already passed us by.
The older I get, the more apparent it is that life isn’t going to slow down any time soon. So I wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on some of the things that have happened over the past six months. Reading through some of the goals I set myself at the start of the year, both personally and for The Little Things.
What feels like a lifetime ago now, I welcomed in 2017 in the small town of Bisbee in Arizona, USA. It’s strange to think this was the first time in my life I wasn’t at home in the UK for New Year, but it was certainly an experience! Dancing with a cowboy and walking home under the stars surrounded by mountains.
Back in the UK and returning to work, I got back into the swing of things and enjoyed catching up with friends and celebrating Galentines Day together.
Shortly after, I celebrated turning 24 and took some time re-discovering my home city of Edinburgh and living life through a tourists eyes.
Fast forward to Easter already and I celebrated one year of working for my current agency. It’s been a whirlwind getting here but I haven’t been happier in my job in a long time. Compared to this time last year where I was struggling with depression and at an all time low. I couldn’t quite believe just how different things were a year apart.
Making the most of the beautiful weather, and stepping out of my comfort zone, I took part in a photoshoot with my friend Kyle. They’re some of my favourite photographs and I’m so proud to have such a talented friend.
I attended my first ever hen do for my friend Laura, and felt like all of a sudden I had hit peak wedding and engagement years. There’s only more to come from here!
I also stepped massively out of my comfort zone once again, and attended my first ever travel networking event alone.
As part of my goal to spend more time exploring the UK with use of my 19-25 railcard whilst it still lasts, I planned some trips away. I headed to both St. Andrews and Newcastle for a day each of exploring. It was lovely to get away from Edinburgh for a while and enjoy wandering wherever my feet took me.
Here we are mid-way through July reflecting on the past six months, it’s easy to see how quickly this year is passing us by. My parents came to visit for a week in Edinburgh where I took some time off work to explore Glasgow with them.
Me and Luke also enjoyed our first date night in what felt like months together. Attending the astronomy evening at Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory for a night of learning about the universe and stars, making us feel very small indeed.
Finally, after SO many years of talking about doing it. I started up my own Etsy shop, Brand Bee. It’s still very much in the works, but I’ll be offering branding services for bloggers. Everything from brand workshops, branding, media kits and more. Watch this space!
Back at the start of 2017, I shared a post about my blogging goals for the year ahead. I wanted to grow my Instagram following to at least 2K, at the moment I’m on 1.6K so definitely getting there! You can follow me here.
I’m closer to my Bloglovin goals of 1.5K followers, currently sitting at 1.1K I’m optimistic I’m going to reach it in the next six months.
I’ve worked on some great new brand collaborations, and I’ve definitely taken my networking to the next level.
There are so many exciting things coming up for the rest of the year. I’m so excited to see what else these next six months bring. Not only will we be attending two weddings, but we are also going on holiday to Northern Ireland, touring along the North Coast 500 route around Scotland, and we are even off to Iceland in late November.
How are you doing with your 2017 goals? I hope these first six months have been good to you!