I know it's not just me that finds this time of year reflective. Looking back on the past year as we dive into a fresh new one, full of brand new opportunities and lasting memories to make.

I started off 2018 heading into my last year of being in my twenties and feeling rather sorry for myself. I spent part of my birthday back in Devon with my mum and the rest of it in Cardiff with my best friend and his boyfriend. Whilst there I got to see Paramore (my favs!) for the third time.

During February and March, I took some well needed time away from work to try and heal myself back to better health. At this point, I finally started having weekly CBT sessions. I'd been waiting for an appointment that suited my work schedule since October - that's 5 months of waiting! Until my manager told me to just get any available appointment and we'd work it out. It was one of the most challenging things I went through this year but it had the biggest payoff in the long run.

In April I got probably my most favourite tattoo, inspired by Drag Race and a quote that always stuck with me.
When you're dealing with people judging what you do, you just have to let it roll off like water off a duck's back.

May started off with an early summer so of course, it meant all the ice cream and beach trips.

Mid-June was something I'd been looking forward to all year. After waiting over 340 days since buying the tickets, I finally got to see Ed Sheeran at Wembley with one of my besties. It was my first stadium gig and I loved every minute of it. We also spent far too much many shopping in central London that day but it's gotta be done.

In July I got to see one of my best girlies who was in the UK for the first time in a couple of years so that was lush to have a well overdue catchup - besides the sweltering heat.

September came with a couple of weeks holiday and I spent the time surrounded by my best friends, making the best memories. Numerous rounds of Top Golf, a road trip to Brighton and heading to Hammersmith to sit in the rain for 8 hours to see Halsey. It was worth every minute of waiting!

I think I spent most of October hibernating away from the world but I did meet someone who fast became my absolute favourite person. He's far too good to me and I still don't know what I did to deserve him.

The last few months have been a bit of a blur, mainly consisting of working and doing my best to keep warm. A few days before Christmas I lost my oldest kitty, after having him for nearly 20 years. To say I was devastated would be an understatement.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the next twelve months bring and making the absolute most out of them. I spent so long living for other people that for once I'm putting myself first and living my best life.


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