2019: A year in review

As 2019 comes to its close, I have decided to take a look back at the year and highlight the incredible things which were achieved in it, month by month. Like the pre-New Year fireworks that are brightening the night's sky, this is going to be an explosion of positivity, inspiration, and fabulousness.

Obviously these highlights would have been balanced out with life's low-points (please keep this in mind - no-one's life is perfect), but I want to share the best bits with you - I hope you start the new decade with both pizazz and umph, because you deserve it x


Signed, sealed, and with nine months 'til delivery (no, not a miraculous conception, thank God), I received my letter of acceptance from the University of Cambridge! I can't remember whether my interview was in the December or January, but I can remember the sensation of my eyes widening like Bambi and brain whizzing with adrenaline as I checked my emails and saw the unreal message of 'congratulations'.


Two particular highlights for me were 1) the above evening out with my sister for what looks like bubblegum-pink adult slushes (thankfully the flavour was grapefruit, not bubblegum), wherein there was very fun and very necessary girly chats and bonding, and 2) the crazy February snow. I'm lucky to have my family home situated by a farm (not ours, although I wouldn't mind mothering a lamb or two) so the snowy walks were tres (*imagine that that 'e' has a North-West facing accent*) picturesque.


In March I did a number of things, possibly the best of which were re-igniting my baking flair and taking this cute pic.


In April I had the pleasure of staying at Forty Winks, an extraordinary guesthouse in Durham; it is exceptionally unique, with artistic touches in every nook, and undoubtedly it hosts the best views of the city's famous cathedral. I also had the chance to dine at brand new restaurant The Rabbit Hole, a place which is perfect for anyone who loves Asian cuisine.


In May I was very lucky to be invited to a wonderful event hosted by KISS Products at Dakota Hotel in Leeds, before visiting Cambridge to check out the accomodation I would be moving into in four-to-five months (although the photo above is of a shop in Cambridge, rather than my college - you may find it good to know that I am not living in a Jack Wills store). My birthday was also in May.


I visited London in June.


July 2019 was probably one of the best months of my life so far! The first photo is quite simply of three plates of waffles (and me), which were enjoyed by my mum, my sister, and myself, for our first joint treat in so long. Then my sister invited me to the most spontaneous and amazing trip to Wimbledon! We saw both the Williams sisters and Djokovic, and I had a lovely cup of strawberry Pimm's. And then (this really was the most surrealincrediblefantastic month) we went to Italy! From Naples to Sant'Agnello to Sorrento to Positano to Amalfi, it was hothothot and molto beautiful.


A great me-time month. I joined an amazing Marriott gym (I love swimming and I love saunas) and then I got a job working for HSBC, so took a trip to London! Pictured above is my post-work Belgian bun in the Canary Wharf leisure garden.


My mum's birthday month! For my lovely mummy's birthday we had afternoon tea at Redworth Hall.


In October I moved to Cambridge! My Master's degree began.


Living the university life, my November was a combination of working and playing. The above photo was taken on an evening at the Fitzwilliam Museum.


December was really very picturesque. I visited London at the start of the month and met a former Children's Book Laureate, and then I started attending Evensong at King's College Chapel - it's very calming.

Very best wishes for a wonderful new decade, and a very happy 2020 to you! x

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