Hello My Lovelies,
So we’re very close to the clock hitting 12 am closing 2017 off with a bang, leaving us with a brand new year full of happiness and new adventures. I wanted to have a nice honest look back on 2017 today to celebrate the end of this year. It has been a year full of ups and downs but I am so proud of how far I’ve come with the support of my family and friends.
So let’s start the year off with a trip down to Hull after being invited to a wedding of one of Jays best friends Brad.
I wasn’t confident about this trip and Jay gave me plenty of chances to say no to going because he knew I would struggle with a new place surrounded by people I didn’t know! I am so happy to say that I went and conquered this fear because out of it I have 2 amazing new friends as well as their gorgeous little girl who I can spoil with treats everytime we visit them. I have definitely found some friends for life – Eden, Brad and Isabelle.
During 2017 I lost my best friend Buster, for any of you who know me personally you will know that Buster was my rock. My silent saviour.
People used to call him my shadow because ever since we got him, he was stuck to my side and he was for sure the best judge of character so if he didn’t like anyone … neither would I.
Buster slept on my bed with me at night and when he could no longer get up the stairs we would have sleepovers downstairs, where I would make up a bed for us both on the floor to sleep on so he wasn’t too lonely.
You know that saying ‘like mother like daughter’ I think that’s deffo the same for me and Buster. He was my best friend, my baby and the most beautiful soul. He was very similar to me in many ways, I know that sounds hard to believe but trust me when I say this when I lost him a lost a little part of myself.
It hit me like a brick when we said our goodbyes, it was one of the hardest moments of my life and I have struggled without him. I still hear his paws pitter and patter behind me only hoping to turn and see him but he will forever be in my heart and hopefully, in 2018 I will be getting my tattoo for him!
I celebrated my 21st Birthday with some of my favourite people!
I’ve made new friends and grown close to older friends!
I have been amazingly lucky when it comes to my family. I have a close little family unit who have made me the person that I am today and have supported me through the good and the bad.
My mum and Paul have been the biggest supporters of everything I’ve been trying to achieve with my blog and I’m so grateful for everything they have done for me! They put a roof over my head and they have been one of the biggest influences on me being the women I am today and my god, am I proud of the person I’ve become!
I may have picked up some habits from them like manly burps, having a potty mouth (Conner & Ash this one is thanks to you) and a shit sense of direction.
My mum raised 2 young children alone after losing her husband and from what I remember she did a brilliant job putting up with me and Conner, especially after we had just lost our dad as well.
Although I am so happy that she found someone who loves her and supports her as much as Paul does, he makes her happy and this is all I have ever wanted for my gorgeous Mum.
Most of the people I consider family aren’t necessarily blood-related but my gosh have I been blessed. Everyone mentioned or included in the pictures have had some part in making my life special this year and many years before that!
I tried to include as many people as I could but its already a picture heavy post. So the people who aren’t included in the photos are;
Nanny & Grange
Daniel & Josh
I failed a couple of driving tests this year but I will pass in 2018 and I will finally be able to drive Fernando without L plates!
I have been creating new and improved blog content for Jamies Corner and I have been receiving a lot more PR emails this year. So I’m looking forward to what 2018 has to offer.
I am so grateful to have the most amazing 2 best friends in the world. One I have known since we were tiny little babies and another who funnily enough, we didn’t get on in high school, but we reconnected and I am so grateful that we did because I don’t know what I would do without her now!
I mean Rachel and l have been close for a long time due to our mums being friends since school. Rach and I have a friendship which is 99.9% slagging each other off but I treasure her friendship and I will do until were slagging each other off whilst in our deaths beds. Rach never fails to make me cry laugh and I love that.
I hate to think that Paige and I didn’t speak in High School because we would have had so many more years of memories but so far we have made tons of memories with so many more to create. I would also like to thank you and George for allowing me to be your third wheel whilst Jay is away working.
Paige is such a big inspiration to me, she puts so much passion and heart into her blog/insta content and she helps me day to day with mine. She has supported me since day one and even her family have accepted me.
Both Rach & Paige aren’t just best friends, they’re family, SISTERS in fact and I love them both dearly!
I BECAME AUNTY JAMIE!
So my foster brother Ashley and his partner have just welcomed a gorgeous little boy to the world called Oliver who I am so excited to meet in 2018! Again we may not be blood-related but he is family and always will be, so I will be spoiling my little nephew as much as I can!
My brother Conner received 2 job offers doing something that he loves, just before Christmas within the same week!
Last but of course not least Jay! We have had another amazing year and I still question how I was lucky enough to find someone as caring and loving as Jay … and someone as weird as me. He definitely ticks that box!
With him working away for one of the longest periods of time he has ever been away, it has been difficult but we are currently 1/4 of the way through. On the 2nd January 2018 we will be celebrating 3 years together and what a special 3 years we have had, I am so grateful to have found my soul mate!
Before he was sent away for 6 months we did manage to enjoy a lovely holiday in Portugal, which I am missing loads!
So overall 2017 has been full of ups and downs, but I’ve had a great year full of tears, laughter and new experiences!
I am so so proud of myself for how far I’ve come in this past year and the women I have become.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I loved writing it but did spend half of the time holding back the tears …
Happy New Years Everyone!
Stay Weird … X
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