I also made a lot of great memories this year. Daniel and I celebrated our fourth anniversary, went on our first holiday, booked our second one for early next year, and are already planning our third one - which will hopefully be overseas!
I feel so much more in control and calm about the future now that I know what the next few years have in store for us. Plus, I feel more motivated than ever to work hard and achieve my goals so that we can live truly fulfilled lives and know that we never settled for less.
I created a lot of content this year that I love, and a lot that I know I could have done better, but it's those posts that I will have learnt the most from in the end. I have already made so many plans with myself on how I want my blog to be in the future, and how I would like to come across to the world, but for this post I am just going to focus on the parts that I am already happy with. So, here are 10 posts from 2017 that I put a lot of love and work into, and that were met with great feedback as a result.
1. Little Known Side Effects of Anxiety.
This is my most popular post - and pin on Pinterest - to date. This post has been in my top five most viewed posts of the week every single week since it went up. It felt really good to open up about some of the issues I struggle with, and I hope to do more of that in the new year.
2. Three Ways I Brought Happiness Into My Life.
This post marked quite a personal development for myself. Writing it made me really reflect on how my life had changed over time, and to take note of what decisions that I made had the biggest impact on my overall happiness - whether I realised it at the time or not.
3. Sushi Cupcakes for International Sushi Day.
Unlike my multi-talented boyfriend, I am not someone who can look at something and instantly recreate it, and that's something that gets me down quite a lot. I hate putting time and effort into something - and having a very specific end result in mind - and being left with someone really disappointing, but this recipe was not one of those moments.
Whilst it may not be the most difficult recipe out there, it really marked the beginning of me trying completely new things in the kitchen, and gave me a passion for creating that I never knew I had.
4. It's Okay, You Still Have Time.
I haven't had many life-altering revelations in my life, but this post was inspired by one of those moments that I had this year. I was born a worrier and that's never going to go away, but I did manage to stop and realise at one point this year that I still have so much time to achieve all of my dreams.
I have my entire life to travel the world, read a million books, get married, buy a house, have my own pets, and anything else I decide I want to do. Once I realised this, my life - and my mind- calmed down, and I was able to live in the moment a whole lot more.
5. Pink Sugar Heart Attack: Fairy Floss-Filled Cupcakes.
These gorgeous and delicious treats were my very first original recipe that I posted on this blog, and I was overwhelmed by the response they got. They instantly became one of my most popular posts of all time, and that really motivated me to come up with more recipes of my own.
It also helped me realise that the things I loved throughout my childhood - such as Sailor Moon and Pokemon - are some of the things I am most passionate about, so I should embrace my still child-like heart and let myself be inspired by those things. Whilst I promise you that this won't become a geek or pop culture blog, I can guarantee that a few of my favourite cartoons will pop up from time to time.
6. DIY Donut Christmas Tree Skirt.
This post was an instant life-changer for me. It challenged me, it inspired me, and it made me realise that I actually can do anything I put my mind to. Aside from being my second most popular post of all time and one of my favourite things in my entire house, it also motivated me to go bigger and do better in all my future blog content, particularly in the DIY section. I can picture myself in the future with a successful blog that I am immensely proud of, and I know I'll be able to look back at this project and know that it was the fuel that sparked my creative fire.
7. I'm The Happiest I've Ever Been - And I Want To Talk About It!
This post was inspired by another revelation that I had, although this one wasn't as positive as it was inspired by the fact that other people aren't always happy that you're happy. I will always see the best in people, that's just who I am, so it really took me by surprise when I realised there were people out there who could look at someone that's happy, and try to take that away, or prove that it wasn't real. While that was kind of a sad moment, it made me appreciate the fact that I no longer saw another person's happiness as a threat or competition. All I can do is live the best life I can, and not let anyone else's bitterness affect my happiness.
8. SpongeBob SquarePants Quote Sugar Cookies.
I had to include this post as I just had so much fun making these cookies. Plain sugar cookies are one of my favourite treats as they are so good dipped in tea, but I also loved the fact that I could watch endless episode of SpongeBob and say that I was doing research for a post 😂 As it says in my Instagram bio, I am a child at heart, and although I was made to grow up quickly in many ways, there's some things from my childhood that I refuse to let go of - and light-hearted cartoons are one of those things! I have a job, do my own washing, and read classic literature novels so I think I'm enough of an adult for my age, now let me watch my cartoons!
9. To Those Without Mothers on Mother's Day.
Moving out of home and cutting my mother out of my life was the best decision I have ever made. Every single aspect of my life - and my mental health - has improved every day since then, and I am extremely content knowing that she will never be a part of my life again. But, as happy as I am with that decision, Mother's Day makes me feel a lot of emotions.
I feel sad that I wasn't granted the angelic, best friend kind of mother that others were. I feel angry that she still thinks I'm the one in the wrong because I stopped giving her all my money to support her alcohol dependency so that I could pay her bills instead (????). I feel annoyed at all the people who say things like "but she's your mum!", knowing that they didn't have to live through what I lived through. This post was about me accepting all those feelings for what they were, and knowing that I would take them over her any day of the year. Since then, I have found that simply acknowledging your feelings really helps to lessen them and move on. I have now come to terms that I will never have what so many others have, but I still have plenty of amazing women in my life, and I am extremely lucky to know them.
10. First Blogging Birthday: What I've Learned So Far.
My blog officially turned one back in August! Despite wanting to have my own blog or website since I first saw The Perfect Man back in 2005, I didn't get the courage to start it until last year (that was probably a good thing though, considering I was only nine when I saw that movie, so my blog would have been pretty bad 😂). Whilst I wish I had started sooner when the industry wasn't so over-saturated, I also know that I chose a really good time to start.
I was in the best head space I had ever been in, and I was living a life that I had complete control over, which meant I could have complete control over my blog too. I learned a lot in my first year of blogging - and I've already learned a lot more since my blog turned one, which I have noted down for next year's birthday post - and I am so happy that I finally took the leap and started this blog. It is one of the best things to ever happen to me.
2017 has been quite a year, but I have much, much, much higher expectations for 2018. I want to continue growing as a person and a blogger so much so that I can barely remember what it felt like to be the person I am now.
I want to prove myself, to to challenge myself, and to surprise myself as much as possible - but, most importantly, I want to fill 2018 with even more love and laughter than all the years before it. Here's to a wonderful new year.
Until next time,