2015, to put it bluntly, has been crap. It’s been absolute rubbish both personally and globally. There’s been a lot of tears, a lot of uncertainty and a lot of self-doubt. In the wider world, there’s been a lot of tragedy and a lot of heart-break and the closer the end of the year came, the more and more I heard about how 2015 wasn’t a great year for a lot of people. However, it wasn’t all bad and there was some lovely moments so today I’m going to turn my frown upside down and talk about some of my favourite things that happened last year.
The Lake District: Last year I went on my first proper holiday with my boyfriend to Cumbria and The Lake District and it was just incredible. I love holidaying in the UK and it has so much more to offer than what we think. The Lake District is truly, truly stunning and I loved exploring and making memories there.
Raising Money for Charity: I try and do something to raise money for charity every year – I figure when we’re so lucky and have so much, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t do our bit and give back. Me and a bunch of bloggers raised £200 for Readathon Hospitals, a charity that provides books and readings to seriously ill children in hospital.
Spending my Birthday at the Zoo: You all know I love the zoo and this year, me and my boyfriend went to Whipsnade ZSL Zoo and had a fantastic day. Whipsnade is my absolute favourite zoo because it’s so big that you can drive around it. The enclosures are incredible, they have a steam train, a safari and they take their frickin elephants for a walk around the grounds!
Spending the Afternoon Photographing the Typhoons: This is a weird one but my boyfriend originally lives near the RAF base in Conningsby and we were extremely lucky one afternoon to head down there when all the planes were coming in and out and we spent a really nice afternoon taking photos of the planes. We met another photographer there, who was a professional and I’ll always remember when he asked me about my photos and I said, “I’m no photographer, I just like taking photos”, him replying with, “Rubbish, if you’ve got a camera, then you’re a photographer”. He showed us some of his photos which were incredible. I so wish I’d got his email or website!
My Bestie Came to Visit: As most of you know, my best friend is Lynsey James, blogger and author who I met on Twitter on Christmas Day 2 years ago after a brief chat about Paul O’Grady’s, ‘For The Love of Dogs’ programme. She lives at the other end of the country to me, so it’s obviously not easy to see each other and unlike most best friends, we can’t just meet up whenever we fancy so it’s always great to spend time with her.
Being Nominated for Blog of the Year at the Lovestories Awards: I didn’t win, but it was such an honour to be nominated for this amongst so many incredible bloggers and author whom I deeply admire and look up to. It was such a shock and that’s not me being modest! An achievement I am very proud of and one that I’m sure will give me a lot of blogging motivation into the new year.