Reflecting on 2016

Roughly this time last year I uploaded my ‘reflecting on 2015’ post and it went down a treat. I mentioned in that post that I could look back on it when I’m older and remember the events of that year, however just months later I found myself scrolling down to find it and flick through it. It’s one that makes me smile a lot which is why I was so keen to do a repeat for this year and it may just manage to top the last. It certainly has been one to remember.

Again, January was a bit of a blur for me. What with it being just after the Christmas and New Year festivities and then being thrown right back it sixth form, I can imagine it will have been a blur for a lot of people. February was, on the other hand, a very special month for me as I celebrated my one-year blogger anniversary. Although I may still be absolutely teeny tiny in relation to others in the blogging community, I’m so proud of what I managed to achieve within my first year. Even just maintaining my blog and not giving up with it was a shock for me. Right now, I’m super close to my two-year anniversary so expect a celebratory post coming your way soon!

With the beginning of May brought the beginning of my AS Level exams, which certainly is not something I will want to remember in the future years. However, May did bring one positive thing with it which was managing to meet YouTube star Oli White on his ‘Generation Next’ book tour in Newcastle. My friend, my sister and I were super excited on the run up to the day and the actual day was no exception. It was so amazing to meet Oli after watching his videos every week. Make sure you check out my post of the full day here.

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What a month June was! It all kick started on the 2nd of June when we met potentially one of my favourite people on this earth, Caspar Lee while on his ‘Caspar Lee’ book tour with his mom, Emily. It was such a surreal day and I used it as the excuse to celebrate my Birthday a few days early.

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And then came the date of my actual Birthday on the 5th. Although I didn’t do anything too special, I had a lovely day with friends and family and even went out for my first ever unofficial driving lesson, which turned out to be a bit of a disaster. Thankfully, I officially started actual driving lessons towards the end of the month, which went a lot more successfully. The following day, myself and two of my best friends went bowling and for a meal (unsurprisingly pizza) in order to continue the celebrations.

Perhaps one of the most exciting things that happened in June and throughout the whole of 2016 was seeing Beyoncé on the first date of her UK leg of the ‘Formation’ world tour. I wrote a full blog post on the whole event which you can read here if you haven’t already.

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July was also kicked off in the best way possible, meeting the one and only Olly Murs on his ‘You Don’t Know Love’ radio tour. I have always loved Olly’s music and seeing him perform live in concert is always a pleasure. He was such a genuinely lovely person who I feel privileged to have met. Read more about the event in my full post.

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Just like every month in 2016, July seemed to fly over with the click of a finger. Before I knew it, my first year of sixth form was over and I was jetting off on my two weeks’ summer holiday to Sa Coma in Majorca. As mentioned in my post all about the trip, I never really get excited for summer holidays as not much changes every year, however I couldn’t be more relieved when I finally stepped off that bus and into the hotel lobby. It was jam-packed with days lounging by the pool, joining in on a range of activities, plenty of mojitos, endless hours dancing the night away, dressing up as the hotel’s mascot on several occasions and one too many hours spent falling in love with one of the barmen (typical Emily).

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Although the first half of August felt like a dream, as soon as we got back to the UK I was snapped back into reality – back to cold, miserable England, back to work and soon back to sixth form. Before I officially returned to my 13th year in education, I had to collect my AS results from the exams I had sat in the summer – a day I had been dreading and trying my best to forget about since I walked out of my final exam. Luckily, I had passed all of my subjects meaning I had done enough to continue to Year 13, although I’m hoping to improve on my results next summer in my A2 exams (but I’ve got plenty of time to worry about those).

October turned out to be quite a busy month for me. Near the beginning of the month I (somehow managed to) pass my car theory test, meaning I’m now one step closer to being able to drive officially, yet still a million miles away.

Similarly to 2015, this year I met so many amazing people again, making me realise exactly how lucky and privileged I am to be able to frequently meet people who inspire me or have positive influences on my life. In October, I was reunited with Joe and Caspar on their ‘Hit the Road USA’ promotional tour in Newcastle, which turned out to be one of my absolute favourite nights of the entire year. Meeting the boys, as well as seeing sneak previews of their new movie and watching them take part in live challenges left me on what felt like a never-ending buzz for days after. I am so grateful for incredible opportunities like this.

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In November, I was lucky enough to receive not one, not two, but three University offers! After such a stressful experience creating my application and getting it sent off, I couldn’t have been more relieved. I just hope next summer I’m able to get the required grades to confirm my place.

One of the most exciting things about the end of the year was preparing for Christmas and getting into the festive spirit (way too early). This involved creating my perfect Christmas playlist in October and hanging up Christmas decorations in my room in November.

December meant that I got to do so many festive things like decorate the rest of the house, collect and wrap presents and even the not-so-normal joy of dressing up as elf for work (which I enjoyed way too much). On the build up to the big day, I couldn’t act more like a child if I tried!

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Despite all of the shit that happened in the world in 2016, it’s been mostly, a great year for me personally. I’m so lucky to have spent it with my amazing family and the best friends I could ever ask for, while doing things that I love and making amazing memories. I had so many amazing opportunities to meet some amazing people, which I couldn’t be more grateful for. I can only hope that 2017 will bring me even more happiness.

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To you reading this, I hope 2016 has been good to you too and that 2017 tops your expectations. Thank you for your continuous support, I am so excited for everything to come in 2017 and I’ve even already began planning and writing posts ready for the new year to roll around. As always, thank you so much for reading this post. Make sure you’re always caught up by following my blog, my twitter and my Instagram.

Emily X

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