Bring On The New Year | Goodbye 2016

Sunday, 29 January 2017

So I know that it's the 29th of January already, and 2016 seems long gone, but if there's one thing you'll learn about me it's that I'm always late. Always.
2016 was one helluva year. Kylie was spot on when she said it was the year of 'like realising stuff'. I know I definitely realised some stuff. I'm sure a lot of people would agree that overall the year was a bit of a flop with a lot of tragedy in the world. Deaths of celebrity icons seemed daily and not to mention Brexit and Trump.  

For me, 2016 was the year of change and I feel like I've learned so much. Things like doing my GCSEs, deciding to leave sixth form, and even things like going to prom or going away with friends have all taught me things. Although not all positive experiences, I have taken something from them and learnt so much about what type of person I am and how I cope with things. It's so easy to remember and focus on the negatives more than the positives so I thought I would share the highlights of my 2016 as it will be nice to look back on in the future. 

I think the first big thing was turning 16 in March. I'm not someone who likes the fuss of birthdays, (you wouldn't think so looking at the enormous gold number balloons) I spent the day with family and went for out for food. When I was younger I was so excited to grow up but last year I realised that it's not all it's cracked up to be. In all fairness being 16 doesn't mean I'm fully independent, there are still things I can't do, but I feel like I've had more freedom and responsibility. I've had to learn to do certain things by myself and make big decisions for my future and I feel like my outlook on things and who I am has developed. Gone are the days where my biggest responsibility was my tamagotchi. 

Yes, that's a cake of Kanye West's face. I'm a huge yeezy fan.
From the beginning of May to the end of June I had my GCSE exams. It was 2 months of pure stress but looking back now I wish I hadn't put so much pressure on myself. I'm such a worrier but I stressed myself out far more than I needed to. Don't get me wrong, exams are so important but they're not the end of the world. It sounds cliche but they don't define you, there's more to you than just grades and as long as you tried your best that's the main thing. 

June was prom. For months I was adamant that I wasn't going and I only got my dress a few weeks before. I just hated everything about it and was 100% sure that I wasn't going to go until I thought that I'd only get one chance to go to prom so I would regret not being there. I'm so glad I went because it wasn't as bad as I expected and (as much as I hate to admit it) everyone was right and I did enjoy myself. Everyone looked amazing and it was the best way to mark the end of school and exams. (and there was a photobooth, and this girl loves a photobooth.) 

Last year I was lucky enough to go to Centre Parcs with some friends. We were there for 5 days and it was SO much fun. It was really nice to have a mini break and to be surrounded by trees and relaxation for the week. It was my first time away with friends and it's made me look forward to going on trips with them in the future. We did so many activities but my personal fave was the pedalo boating. I expected to hate it because I have an extreme fear of water so I was proud that I didn't chicken out last minute. Another highlight was definitely the waffles. Jeez louise, those waffles.

In July my sister graduated from university; it was such a cool day and we were all so proud of her. She worked so hard and left uni with a really good degree so it was really nice to celebrate all together. We went to my Nan's house, took about 1000 photos, then went for a big family meal. It was one of those milestone occasions that we'll always remember so I'm really happy we took so many pictures to look back on.

Last but not least, in 2016 I became a mum...... well not in the conventional sense. My family surprised me with a kitten in September. I had no idea they were planning it and I'm usually really good at sussing out surprises so I was completely shocked when they brought her home. Her name was originally Nala but we decided that we preferred Lola; she's 6 months old now and she's just the cutest ball of fluff. I've never had a proper pet before other than when I used to keep money spiders in pots, which is bizarre because I'm petrified of spiders. Since having her, my camera roll is full of pictures and videos of Lola; it's literally like having a child. 

So that's my summary of 2016. All in all it's been a busy year with a lot of firsts, milestones and (more importantly) memes. Let's hope that 2017 is even better.

Thanks for reading,
Liv x

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