Wow, 2018. What a year. From start to finish we have had very high ups, very low downs and I have learnt more about myself this year than any other year of my life. For some reason the world has seemed to give me a fair amount of shit this year, but I have come out of it a hell of a lot stronger and actually realising my own strength now so much more. Its only when I look back that I realise just how many situations I have overcome this year and how many big life changes there has been. If you had asked me this time last year to predict what 2018 would bring, I certainly didn’t think that this would be how it is but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Its been a crazy adventure to say the least but the good has definitely outweighed the bad!
Anyway enough of me moaning and onto the positives, and this year has had a hell of a lot of them. Some of the best moments of my life have been within 2018 and there have been so many little positive moments that it was so hard to narrow it down. That being said I think I have got a pretty fab list here and got it down to the top 10 days of my year. Some of these are tiny and some are huge, but the one thing that links them all is that in all of these moments I thought to myself ‘I am so happy right now’. That feeling you get deep inside where you are just genuinely happy and nothing or nobody else matters but the moment. I find that these days always seem to have a lack of photos because I’m too busy enjoying myself, but I hope that you can get across the situations through words and the few photos that I do have from the days. I can’t wait to share this post, it is always my favourite one of the year to write.
I couldn’t possibly put these in an order of best to worst because I honestly couldn’t decide, so I opted to put them in chronological order instead.
If you have been following me for a while you will know that Dublin is my favourite place in the whole world, and if I could spend my whole life in the city I would. I just associate the place with escape from the real world for a few days of luxury and spending quality time with my grandparents… and there is nothing I love more than that. I don’t know how to explain how I feel when I’m in Dublin but I think ‘calm and content’ is the best way to describe it, it is my true definition of happy place and if I had to live anywhere other than England I would make Dublin my home. If you haven’t been you really need to!
This specific day was the day that we flew over, and we spent the whole day just exploring and chilling out. We went to Tiffany and tried on VERY expensive engagement rings just because we could and the guy offered, which was so much fun although I certainly wouldn’t trust myself with a ring of that value! On the night we went to my fave restaurant of all time, and ate my body weight in steak and cocktails, which is always my favourite way to spend an evening. Overall a fab day and a fab start to yet another Dublin trip. If you want to read more about the whole day then click here to be redirected to the post I wrote all about this years Dublin adventure.
The eagle eyed amongst you will have probably noticed the huge gap between the last day and this one, and that is purely because A levels very heavily got in the way. This day was actually the day after I finished my A levels, and it just felt like a huge breath of fresh air. I woke up early because my body was so used to getting up at ridiculous times in the morning, but instead of revising I sat on the floor and did my makeup properly for the first time in nearly a month (as during my a levels I just did the bare minimum so I could spend more time revising)… I loved that I was free and didn’t have the burden of exams constantly on my shoulders. A levels was the biggest thing that happened to me this year and I needed time to process the whirlwind 2 weeks I had, so what better way to do that than going to a stately home in the middle of the countryside? However firstly we went and got the biggest bunch of flowers for our favourite teacher, who helped me so so much over my time at sixth form. I miss her so much now! It as so nice to say a proper goodbye and give her the flowers, although I just wish we could have done more as she deserved so much more than just a bunch of flowers. Then we went onto Sewerby hall, which is a stately home near to where we live. After such an intense few weeks I wanted nothing more than to walk around in the sunshine, see some alpacas and overall just wind down and chill out. It was much needed and was actually one of my favourite summer memories as it really marked the end of sixth form and the start of summer.
I know that I said that I couldn’t pick a favourite, but this one just has to take it as it wasn’t only the best day of 2018, but I can hands down say that it was the best day of my life so far. This was the day of my 18th birthday party, and after months of planning it finally came around and everything couldn’t have gone more smoothly. We had all of my friends and family in one room, with ages ranging from 17 to 90… and it was the first (and probably last) time that I had everyone that means so much to me all in one room. Everyone came together to celebrate and it was absolutely fabulous, people who didn’t know each other at the beginning of the night were all talking and being friends by the end of it, everyone was on the dance floor no matter what age and I spent the whole night just bursting into happy tears because I was so overwhelmed (and so drunk). I was so scared that people would segregate into smaller groups but I couldn’t have been more wrong as the older mixed with the younger, and everyone just got along so well. I still can’t believe that there were nearly 70 people in a room that all meant the world to me, it was a huge whirlwind but it was the best night ever and I’m not sure that anything will ever beat it. We had a pink and sparkly theme, because I wanted to feel like a princess and my god I definitely felt like that. I wish I could just relive the night over and over again, although maybe not the end where I was very poorly from everyone buying me alcohol! Here is the blog post of the night if you want to see more photos and have a more in depth read: click here.
This doesn’t really seem like a very important day on the surface as I didn’t really do anything, but when I was brainstorming for this post this day really springs to mind as something quite personal to me. It wasn’t a grand day out, or a party, or a holiday but it was still a special day as I vividly remembering it being the first day that I felt healthy in months, and that meant more to me than any other grand day out that I could have talked about. I don’t really talk about this much on my blog (as I don’t want to ever seem like I am attention seeking or just wanting sympathy) but a few days before this I had emergency surgery to help a condition that I had been suffering with since the beginning of the year and was really affecting my day to day life. But this day was not like any other day, I still felt a bit unsteady on my feet but I walked to the restaurant from the bar, and I hadn’t been able to walk that distance without pain of months. I can remember feeling so proud of myself! I also got to use my ID for the first time because I hadn’t been out since I turned 18. Looking back I think that this day marks two distinctive halves of the year, and this was the turning point where the year certainly got better.
This is one of them days where nothing much happened but it was just a fab day. I started the day with a coffee with two of my close friends, and me and Emily were going on holiday the next day so we were both so excited. I miss things like coffee afternoons so much now, just going for coffee with your friends is something that you take for granted until your friends are dotted about all over the country! That night Emily came round to my house and we spent the evening packing. Needless to say there were lots of laughs with our bags being overweight and we ended up staying up until 2am just sorting out our bags and rolling around laughing. That being said, without a doubt the most exciting thing to happen this day is winning my very first blog award, which was so exciting. I won the best fashion content at the teenage blog award, and hopefully it won’t be my last award!
This was my favourite day of my holiday to Tenerife (we actually went twice), and that was when we went to Monkey Park. I would recommend it to anyone going to Tenerife on holiday and would be fab for animal lovers of all ages… I would love to go back again! You could feed monkeys from your hand and they actually went on your arms, there were hundreds of guinea pigs roaming around and I also got to get so close to other animals too, such as huge lizards and a tortoise (that seemed pretty oblivious to all the tourists and enjoyed just sitting and watching the world go by). Me and Emily just kept squealing like children at the excitement and it was such a great day seeing all of the animals. A pretty rare experience to say the least! To see more photos of the day, click here to be redirected to the whole post that I wrote.
This was such a fab day, so much so that I titled the blog post I wrote ‘the best day’ as I did genuinely feel so happy for the whole day. It was our full day in Newcastle when we went on a city break for my boyfriends birthday, and we packed so much into the day. Once we had finished something we were moving onto something else equally as exciting, and the day was filled to the brim with all of my favourite things. The sun was shining, we had a good laugh, ate good food and I can remember catching myself smiling for no reason so much of the day, especially during the evening when we were having cocktails at the botanist. Plus I got to cuddle a sausage dog for the morning so I can’t complain at that! I would definitely recommend a trip to Newcastle if you want a uk city break, I think it is overlooked but its such a good weekend away and there is so much to do, we filled 3 days easily.
This day only really involves the evening as I was at university during the day, but the evening was super exciting because we went to get see Matilda in Manchester. You probably don’t know this about me, but I absolutely loved musical theatre and I have done since I was very young. That being said I don’t go to many musicals anymore and this is actually the only one that I have seen this year. I saw Matilda on my 14th birthday (so over 4 years ago!) and I fell in love with it, so when I knew it was coming to Manchester we booked some tickets and off we went. I am always so happy when I’m watching a musical, having a little sing song and escaping the real world to be immersed in a story for a few hours. I particularly love Matilda because the actors are just incredible and the children are so talented, it would have been 6 year old tori’s dream to be in a show like this! We made a night of it and had a meal at Ask beforehand, and overall it was just a lovely night. Best date night ever!
This is a bit of a random one, but was actually one of my fondest (and funniest) memories of the year. This was the night that we had an incredibly spontaneous night out with some of my friends from home, who at the time I hadn’t seen for over 2 months. The original plan was to go for a takeaway and just have a chilled night, which very rapidly turned into a night out in Leeds. It was one of them moments that was made so much better because it was spontaneous, we were all hyper so everything was absolutely hilarious. We didn’t sleep, we all had 9am’s the next day but it was so worth it. Since then, the friends from that night have formed a bit of a squad and we have had more hilarious nights out… heres to even more in 2019!
So this is the last highlight of 2018 and it has to go to the annual Christmas party. You will have seen this recently as it was only about 2 weeks ago (click here for the full post) but what a night. I hadn’t seen lot of my friends since September so being able to all be reunited was just so much fun. It was just like old times and felt like no time had passed, we laughed like old times, caught up with each other and overall just had a great time. I host the annual Christmas house party (this is year 3!) and it is always so much fun, but obviously this year was especially memorable. I miss them all so much and it really started off the month away from university in the best possible way!
So there are my 10 moments of 2018! I think this is one of my favourite posts of the year, I love being able to reminisce and look back on all of the fab memories of the year and pick my top 10 moments… and there are a lot more where they came from! This post has taken me over 2 hours to write but I have loved sitting down to write it and it has been so much fun. As always thank you so much for supporting me, its been a crazy year and I’m so thankful that you could all come along on the journey with me. Heres to 2019 now! What was your favourite moment of the year?