Reflecting on 2017

It’s become kind of an annual thing on my blog to do a post at the end of the year, reflecting on everything I’ve done during the year. These are both some of my favourite posts to write and reread later on in the year.

As usual, January was a pretty boring month for me. I spent the first week or so on holiday with my family in the middle of nowhere and the rest of the months seems to be a blur to me. However, one extremely memorable thing that happened towards the end of the month was becoming a ‘Coconut Queen’ – a brand ambassador for the amazing online business ‘Coconut Lane’. I’ve loved working with the company over the course of this year and genuinely love the products they release. Becoming a brand ambassador seriously gave me so much confidence when it came to my blog and made me feel like I was actually getting somewhere with it, rather than just writing for the sake of it.  Make sure you check out their website and use my code emilyrobxrts20 if you’re interested in treating yourself to any of their bits.

February was also a pretty exciting month in terms of my blog, as I successfully completed ‘Blogruary’ (posting every single day during the month of February) to celebrate the second Anniversary of my blog’s launch. It’s crazy how quick those two years have flown and how much I’ve improved in terms of writing, engagement and photography during that time. Being only a matter of months away from my blog’s third birthday, I’m so excited to see how I continue to grow and improve.

In march, I somehow managed to pass my practical driving test the first-time round and I was so bloody proud of myself. I was so nervous on the run up to my test and honestly couldn’t believe I’d passed first time. Since passing I feel like I’ve learnt so much and have become such a more confident driver. Driving is allowing me to be so much more independent and I have to rely on others a lot less.

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I finally got my first car in April after weeks and weeks of search. I’d initially started looking before I took my test but no car seemed to be right for me, either that or the insurance was ridiculous. After driving to numerous sales garages, I finally found the car that was the one for me. Pitbull is by no means perfect (yes, that is my cars name) but I absolutely love it with all my heart (even if it has cost me an absolute fortune in the space of a few months).

June was potentially one of my favourite months of 2017. I turned 18 and had the nicest Birthday, spending time with my family and friends (and drinking several mojitos). Although sitting my A Level exams wasn’t quite as exciting as my birthday, it did mark the end of my two years at sixth form which I couldn’t have been happier about. The day after completing my final exam, I took a trip down to London for the weekend to continue my birthday celebrations and I truly had the best weekend. I absolutely fell in love with London, as it was the first time I’d ever visited the city despite living in the UK for my entire life.

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In July, I visited the beautiful island of Tenerife for my family’s two-week, summer holiday and also completely fell in love with Costa Adeje. I witnessed some of the most beautiful sunsets, got involved with activities I never thought I would but ended up loving (turns out I’m pretty good at archery, even if I do say so myself) and came back with a decent tan. Unsurprisingly, I ended up falling head over heels in love with one of the hotels entertainers (yes, AGAIN).

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After arriving back home from and attempting to get use to living in the cold again, as opposed to 34-degree heat, I was also greeted with A Level results day. Although I didn’t achieve the best results, or the results I had completely been hoping for, the grades I got were still good enough to secure my place at my first choice University to study English Language with Journalism so it was good enough for me. As usual, we celebrated by going bowling and for a meal, and by doing a spot of shopping and spending more than I had intended to.

September started in the best possible way, by taking another trip down to London for a weekend but this time with my two best friends. We visited all of the iconic sites, did a bit too much shopping and even went to see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, which was the major highlight of my weekend and potentially one of my main highlights of 2017. I had the absolute best weekend with the best people and although I was so tired when I got back, it was so beyond worth it.

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I also began my university journey in 2017 and started my first year midway through the month. So far, it seems to be going well and I’m really enjoying it, a lot more than I’d expected to enjoy it that’s for sure.  I’ve made more friends than I thought I would and managed to feel comfortable almost instantly.

It was in November when I really started to get back into blogging again. For several months, I’d been feeling a bit lost when it came to my blog. I didn’t really have a schedule or routine, I was awful at coming up with new post ideas and just had a general lack of motivation. When I started planning and writing my Blogmas posts midway through November, it managed to spark my passion once again. Although coming up with and writing twenty-five posts was pretty stressful, alongside a hell of a lot of uni work, it was so worth it (I hope you’ve enjoyed my Blogmas series).

Over the course of 2017, I’ve took my total posts up to 214 posts and managed to smash a total of 30,000 total views on my blog, by generating almost 18,000 views this year alone. I’ve completed both Blogruary and Blogmas, which are inarguably some of the toughest challenges I’ve faced with my blog to date. Almost three years on, I’m so proud of myself for stick with my little corner of the internet and pushing myself to continue, even when my motivation is at an all time low.

Now that 2017 is almost over (and bloody hell, it’s flown) I’m so excited to see what 2018 has in store for me and my blog and I’m already looking forward to writing my ‘Reflecting on 2018’ post. Thank you so much for your continued support over the course of the year. Every single view, like, comment etc motivates me even more.

Thanks for reading,

Emily X

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