2018 Review

Hello! Remember me? Long time no speak.

It’s been a while since my last blog post (actually pretty much a year!) where I mentioned all the exciting things happening this year, and then promptly disappeared into oblivion. Truth is, since that post, I hit the ground running and never really stopped to take a breather. I’ve achieved and experienced a lot this year and I’m leaving 2018 an entirely different person to the woman who entered it.

But as I sit in my bed on the last day of 2018 I’ve realised that although this was a year that I’d waited for what felt like a very time for, I’m not sorry to see it go because it lived up to every expectation. It was without a doubt, the biggest year of my life so far. Now I feel ready for anything.

So let’s take a look at some of my favourite and life defining moments of 2018:


  • We got married!

  • Our honeymoon was the perfect way to unwind after such a busy few years of planning. And my waistband has never been the same since.
  • Visited the Isle of Wight and Dorset for the first time, and I know I’ll be back!
  • We moved in our own little place, a tiny cottage in the countryside, at the end of August and it’s just perfect.
  • Making our house a home with seasonal decorations.
  • It was the hottest summer of our lives that pretty much ended the day after our wedding. We were so lucky that the weather held out for us.
  • Receiving a ‘thank you’ for the wedding gift that you didn’t mean to give when you find out that someone became pregnant as a result of your wedding.
  • Fell in love with writing again at the latter end of the year and feeling more inspired to continue some of my old projects.
  • Celebrated my Hen Do at Tewin Bury Farm for afternoon tea and then at Grendon Lakes with my best gal pals for a weekend of glamping!
  • I travelled abroad with work for the first time.
  • Got a new Filofax to replace the one I lost so I can feel organised again.
  • Went to the Ritz for afternoon tea.
  • In September, I completed Jury Service. It was so interesting and experiencing a real life courtroom was quite an eye opener.
  • My little sister moved to university – which means that I started university five years ago!
  • Celebrated Autumn the way it should be celebrated, going to my first ever pumpkin patch.
  • Got very into the new reality TV show, The Circle, which opened up important conversations about safety and authenticity online.
  • Since we got married, Joel and I have cooked many wonderful meals together which I hope we will continue into next year.
  • My migraines hit an all new high and I finally went to the doctor’s about it. I’ve not had a headache as bad since.
  • Two spa days which have made me realise that I need to book more massages!
  • We introduced our rescue gerbil to our pair. The introduction went so much better than we thought and they are now all the best of friends.
  • Our little hamster, Womble, passed away in September. He was over two years old! I love this photograph I took of him.
  • Experienced some big changes at work that are setting me up for an exciting 2019 with more responsibility in marketing.
  • A pay rise!
  • Went to our first ever restaurant press night for delicious food.
  • Many, many exceptional food adventures including an eight course tasting menu in the Isle of Wight and a magnificent Lobster Themidor at Rick Stein’s in Padstow.
  • More pints of cider than I can count – and discovering Sheppy’s, my new favourite!
  • Been asked several times if I’m pregnant yet… nope, I’ve just put on a little bit of extra baggage!
  • Relived my childhood on Joel’s PS4 with Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon.
  • We celebrated our first Christmas as Mr and Mrs Mitchell, and proved that we are now indeed adults because I gave Joel a toolkit and he gave me a slow cooker!
  • My first ever real Christmas tree that was far too big for our house but we made it work!

And there you have it, a whistle stop tour of my 2018! Creating this list has made me realise that it really was a great year. I’m hoping that you’ll be hearing a lot more from me in 2019, I’m feeling more inspired than ever to get writing.

What made your 2018 memorable?

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