2016 review & 2017 goals

2016, 2017, Review, Goals, New Years Resolutions, Aims, Personal
My 26th birthday in London with Laura | My 26th birthday at home with family | Lunch at Ember Yard with Vicky | Birthday trip to Rome | Belated birthday celebrations with Gemma in London | York v Barnet | Mariah’s birthday in London | Bank Holiday with daddy: Barnet v Luton | Mansfield v Barnet | 09/07/60-24/05/16 RIP | Mallorca with Gemma | Work Awards Evening | Mum’s birthday in London | Holiday with mum to La Rioja and Madrid | Gemma’s birthday | Work overnight trip to Civitavecchia | Day in Birmingham with Gemma followed by Halloween with the Uni lot | Christmas Markets in Brussels | Pre-Christmas meal at Le Meridien, Piccadilly

2016 was a year of ups and downs, it was one of the longest and most difficult years of my life and it was a massive struggle. Bloggers are always keen to show the good in everything, but I know my life certainly isn’t rainbows and butterflies. In 2016: I lost friends, I made friends, I re-connected with old friends. I came out of a seven year relationship and found someone else that has made me smile again. I had my heart ripped apart when my daddy died, but I understood the importance of family. I reached my target weight. I fulfilled my quota of five holidays a year. And while I spent a lot of the year crying, I end it smiling and excited for what 2017 will bring.

I set myself four goals last year – so how did I get on?

(1) Take time to relax and unwind in the evenings
This one was semi-successful. I had hoped I’d be able to last one night a week technology-free, but I just couldn’t do it. My sleep pattern isn’t any better either. However, I made more time for myself after work and have tried to look after myself more.

(2) Spend more time with friends
I was lucky enough to see my best friend Gemma five times this year and we even went on holiday together. I also saw my friend Rob for the first (and second!) time in over six years. I caught up with the uni girls for brunch and then Janine’s leaving drinks. I enjoyed meals out with Vicky. And I even double dated with Mariah and Joey.

(3) Reach 200 followers
I won’t say too much about this one. I don’t even have 100 followers on Bloglovin. But I did set up a Facebook page this year. You can follow it, here.

(4) Go to more events/meet ups
I was fortunate enough to be invited to two foodie events this year: Barraka, near Liverpool Street and then Wagamama at Intu Lakeside. I’ve signed up to the #IntuVIB club so hopefully 2017 will hold more opportunities.

And so to next year – what would I like to achieve?

(1) Get fitter
I’d love to start swimming again, once a week. Or running, as I bought a pair of running shoes and have only worn them a handful of times. I would also love to run a 5K.

(2) Save as much as possible
I would love to be able to move out, but there’s no way I’d be able to go it alone. In September 2015, I used most of my savings to buy a brand new car and whilst I managed to save well last year, I’d love to continue or better that.

(3) Apply common sense
This one’s definitely easier said than done. I am nightmare with directions and unfamiliar routes; I panic a lot and get myself in a state; the majority of the time my mouth works faster than my brain. I’m not stupid, I just lack common sense. 

Wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year – and thank you for all the love and support in 2016.

Love, Lucy xx


  1. 2017 will be infinitely better for you. Happy New Year xx

    1. Thank you Hun. Wishing you a Happy New Year too xxx


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