October is in full swing! And now that we’re in the last phase of the year, it is a great time for me to reflect on the experiences I’ve had and memories shared. By looking back I can start to set my sights on how I want the remainder of 2017 to unfold.
I don’t know about you but hibernation mode has been switched on. The shorter days and cold weather will be the perfect excuse for me to keep my head down and really focus on personal development, self care and generally moving life forward.
This year has been equally bitter sweet. After a turbulent end to 2016, leaving an abusive relationships and saying goodbye to my beloved Bournemouth, to start from rock bottom. I’ve had a chance to find my feet on my own and focus on self growth. This blog has been a true reflection of those ups and downs. And although another year has gone by with me not being as consistent as I’d like with posts, looking back I can cut myself some slack because here’s what I have been up to:
Jamaica – Our first family holiday. Discovering more of my roots and family history. A real learning experience for me and my son and the perfect surroundings to heal.
Sky News Interview – My first experience on Live TV! Telling my true account of how I struggled financially as a single parent, regularly skipping meals so my son didn’t go without.
Refinery 29 U.K Interview – Speaking up about the struggles young parents face when it comes to returning to work as well as trying to juggle childcare and part time work.
The Blogger Market – The nicest day with a close blogging friend. We were in our element with second hand clothes and accessories, taking breaks from shopping to get stuck in with workshops.
Brighton – Earlier this year I met a wonderful human whom I was lucky to share some amazing adventures with this summer. Our first being a day in Brighton. The sun shone, the atmosphere was glorious and it was a perfect excuse to show someone my happy place by the sea.
Volunteering at Oxfam – In early April I finally started volunteering at a local charity shop. I’ve wanted to volunteer for the longest time and found the perfect fit. It’s become part of my weekly routine and my wardrobe has expanded rapidly. I cannot resist a bargain!
Rekindling relationships with family – Growig up I didn’t really have anything to do with my siblings, but as we’ve all gotten older and had families of our own, it’s nice to re-connect and start building those relationships. Even though they’ve always been there, I feel like my family has grown and I feel part of an extensive family tree.
The Shard & Sky Garden – With previously mentioned wonderful human, I planned the nicest day out in London to The Shard for his birthday. We also spontaneously booked a spot in the sky garden in the ‘walkie talkie’ building. The whole day with great views and company was perfect.
THIS photo shoot – I finally met Yossy after sharing the same twitter banter over this summers Love Island. She’s an amazing photographer who I was lucky to shoot with and love seeing her evolve and try new things with her style and edits.
Sweden – Speanding 3 days in Stockholm was my favourite and dare I say highlight of my year so far. Check out the photos in THIS blog post and what I have to say about my new favourite city in the world.
And the newest venture. The beginning of my diploma in Floristry. All my life I’ve struggled to find my purpose but I finally feel like I’ve found my calling in life. Floristry combines my creativity, passion for nature and will allow me to put into action my entrepreneurial spirit. For the first time in a long time, I’m excited for what the future holds, I have so many ideas and am learning new skills every week. Big things are going to happen for me in 2018 I can FEEL it!