What a year.
As I'm trying to plan what I'm about to write, I realised that I've never really personally reviewed the year I've had. I tend to just keep moving forward, which I guess is good in a sense, but remembering your achievements and accomplishments is something you should always do. To jog my memory, I'm actually going through the photos on my phone - my memory is terrible. So, like any terrible resume, here are some of my 2016 achievements in bullet point form (just kidding - bullet points are awesome).
I went on a holiday
Okay, this might not seem like a big deal to some, but before I went to The Whitsundays earlier this year, I hadn't been on a proper get-on-a-plane holiday in over 5 years. I plan to change that in 2017 - watch this space. Visiting the Great Barrier Reef after over a decade really opened my eyes to the reality of our world. What was once an explosion of sealife and colour was now sparser and bleached. Although it is still magnificent, to know what it used to be is sobering. Even so, I would definitely go back again and again. To see the posts from that trip, click here, here and here.
This year, I reached 16,000 followers. It doesn't sound like much when you compare that number to other bloggers, but to me, that's huge. One of the reasons I started this whole thing was to share my thoughts and connect with like-minded individuals. You all have given me that opportunity, and for that, I cannot thank you enough. I hope to keep growing day by day and see where this path takes me.
I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to collaborate with brands that I love. To name a few: Glassons, Sudio Sweden, Elliatt/BC, and Lychee Rose. I am truly so grateful for these opportunities!
I saw snow for the first time
And, my god, it was fluffy! It was everything I hoped it would be. I went to Perisher in September and learned a few things: it can still snow in September (no matter how many people reply with, "Will there still be snow?!" when you tell them you're going), snowboarding is a hell of a lot of fun (when you're not stuck in a scary AF snow cloud), and, Perisher in Spring doesn't require a snow jacket.
Our friendship held together through thick and thin this year. Although there were some rough periods, I am so glad that some of the most important people in my life and still right here with me. They inspire me to do more, to be more. They constantly encourage me to be the best version of myself. Who could ask for more?
Some claim that they have one person who is their rock. I have many. And these two, above, are some of the strongest.
Five years and counting
Yep, five and a half years I have been with this guy. The guy that is always too tall (or as he puts it, I'm too short) for the photos I take. The guy who takes a thousand (no joke) photos of me every other weekend for me then to only select about 10 to 15 shots and post a quarter of them on Instagram.
My gaming buddy, my photographer, my top shelf grabber, my roach killer, my taxi driver, my shield, my love.
A friend came back
Even if it was just for a bit. For one day, I got to see one of my closest friends again after being away for about a year and a half. London sounds great and whatever, but Sydney's where it's at, right?! (come back to me!)
It was so great getting to listen to all the stories she had, all the experiences she went through. It gave me motivation to set a goal to save enough money to give myself the gap year I never had to travel the entire world and experience all different cultures.