It’s that awkward time between Christmas and New Year where we’re either:
1. Feeling like beached whales because we ate a few hundred mince pies too many;
2. Googling local gym memberships to try and shift some of that sugar-weight;
3. Lamenting on the sad fact that Christmas is over;
4. Reflecting on the past year and planning for the next one;
5. Just wondering who we even are and what we’re doing with life.
Or perhaps you’re a combination of all of the above. I’m currently at number 4 with a little bit of 1 thrown in. It’s getting significantly easier for vegans to easily access tasty treats (vegan Christmas tiffin? Oh hell yes).
Anyway, what I like about this time of year is that it’s a natural opportunity to reflect on the year just gone, and think about what we’d like to achieve in the new year. So, I thought a nice thing to do would be to look back over 2019 and make a list of the things that made me happy. It’s a chance to reflect, and it’s just a nice thing to do, isn’t it? Here we go…
Writing the first draft of a novel. By far one of the greatest achievements of my life, writing a rom-com has been a rollercoaster; I’ve questioned my writing ability more times than I care to mention, but guess what? I bloody did it. And actually, despite the self-doubt, I’ve really enjoyed it!
Spending my birthday in a cosy Airbnb in Malvern with Luke.
Organising and delivering a games afternoon for my department at work, complete with a giant game of Rock, Paper, Scissors; a Big Fat Quiz; a vehicle-building challenge; Guess the Baby; and more snacks than you can shake a stick at.
Buying a house, moving into it, and making it our lovely home!
Developing an interest in interior design. I’ve been reading interiors blogs, researching Scandinavian design, photographing the entirity of IKEA when we go to pick up frames and veggie meatballs, watching renovation shows, and browsing paint colours, and I’ve really been enjoying it.
Building an idea for a business I’m hoping to launch in 2020.
Attending the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in London, and watching Dame Kelly Holmes give an inspirational speech.
My little niece, Clara, being born.
Going to watch some of the best in women’s tennis at the Nature Valley Classic, and seeing Ash Barty become World Number 1.
Exploring the stunning Lake Garda, in Italy.
Surprising my brother for his birthday and going to a Comedy Club with him, his girlfriend, and Luke.
Discovering Rhythm 108 chocolate bars. Vegans – you can find them in Sainsbury’s and they’re excellent.
Reading. I’ve been making sure I carve out time for reading this year, and it’s definitely had a positive impact on my wellbeing.
Watching Mindy Kaling’s take on Four Weddings and a Funeral. It’s nothing like the classic British film, it’s a limited TV series. It’s a light-hearted watch, which I really recommend if you’re a rom-com fan.
Drinking coffee. 2019 has been the Year of Coffee for me. I had my first sip in December last year when I drank an espresso in Riga, and this year I’ve had lattes, Americanos, flat whites, and cappucinos. This weekend we even bought a milk frother!
Enjoying the Harry Potter Studio Tour. If you can, go – it’s magical!
Getting into the Christmas spirit by visiting Edinburgh in early December. You can read all about that, here, if you’re interested!
Snuggling up in our cosy lounge and watching cheesy Netflix films.
So tell me, what would be on your 2019 list?