Wow, here we are again. January is back and my annual existential crisis has begun… how can another year be over and history already!? While I still have some Christmas spirit left in me, I’m hopeful that 2020 can be the best year yet (let’s just ignore the heart-breaking bush fires and the war Donald Trump has perhaps started) and I’d like to share with you my highs and lows of 2019, and my aims for 2020. Let’s get started, shall we?
2019 IN REVIEW
JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND START OF MARCH:
The first three months of the year are without a doubt my least favourite. I know, you shouldn’t hate any time of the year, but come on? They’re the coldest and most miserable. 2019 was even more tough for me though. My dad underwent a kidney transplant in January and now a year on, the complications of his kidney failure, the surgery and other health related issues continue to cause all our family stress and sadness. But I’ve learnt that over these 12 months, life is 100-percent what you make it, no matter what cards you get dealt. I also moved into my new, gorgeous flat and went to Paris in February – feeling very guilty for leaving my papa – and it turned out to be the best trip I’ve ever been on. The world works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it?
As Spring was starting to show, so did my first and ever so little niece Ada and she was born on March 31st. What a perfect contrast to the start of the year! As the weather started to get better, so did the year looking back at it. April, May and June we enjoyed family members birthdays until heading to the country that had been number one on my travel list ever since I could remember… ITALY. we travelled to Lido Di Jesolo and then to Venice – it was absolutely sensational, but I’ve never felt heat like it. We were walking around Venice in 40 degrees!
After a lovely holiday, I watched as my blog and Instagram page become more popular than ever. I was writing more, posting more and enjoying it just as much as the day I started The Stoker Story. I got invited to cool new restaurant openings and even sent clothes and skincare products. In fact, I was enjoying writing in general – both at work as a copywriter and a blogger. I also took a trip to Norfolk, my hometown. It’s the first time I’ve been back since my grandparents passed away and it really touched my heart and helped my so much mentally.
And last but not least, my favourite three months of the year! October I celebrated my 24th birthday (ew, I’m getting old). I spent it with the people I love most and enjoyed decorating my flat for halloween. I continued to visit the hospital with my dad learning about how we can improve his kidney function. Before I knew it, it was December and this year I made the most of all the Christmas markets – they’re just wonderful aren’t they? in 2019, I managed to go to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool Christmas Markets. Perhaps that’s a little excessive but who cares, it’s Christmas! I spent way too much money, drank too much and ate even more, until it was time to toast as a new year was amongst us. Wow, that went fast, right?
And now it’s January, 2020 and we start the story all over again. For 2020, my main goal is to be more healthy… in both body and mind. For me, that means eating well, excersising more and doing more of what I love. Taking long walks, reading great books and spending time with my loved ones. Oh, and I want to save money – and not just waste it on food. I HAVE FOOD AT HOME is my 2020 mantra.
In terms of The Stoker Story, I want to take everything I’ve learnt handout it on my blog. I want to write about how we can all become better, healthier and more successful people in the hope that our 2020 story will be full of nothing but good times, no matter what comes our way.