20 Accomplishments of 2017

I stole this idea from my best uni pal Chloe, although her list consists of 25 things. I thought surely it will be easy to think of 25 things, but it’s really not, so I had to stop at 20. 2017 wasn’t a great year for me, I hated most of it, so it will be really nice to look back at the things that did go well for me, instead of dwelling on the bad. Why don’t you also give this a go on your own blog? You can then pingback to mine.


  1. I guess the most major accomplishment of 2017 was graduating uni. Not just for the fact of graduating, but also the fact I stuck it out. I honestly hated university and am so glad to be out of education now. Due to the fact I travelled there and back, it was a daily three hour journey for me, but moving there was not an option. I get really bad homesickness, so chose a university close to where I live. Unfortunately Bath Spa was the closest university to me that actually did the course I wanted to take.
  2. Leading on from the first accomplishment, I actually went to my graduation and although it was completely boring and I wouldn’t do it again, I did it due to the fact it was a once in a lifetime experience. One reason I didn’t actually want to go in the first place was an immense fear of falling over on stage. But hey, not falling over on stage ended up an accomplishment for me!
  3. My favourite subject in my final year of uni was Writing for Young People. My lecturer was so supportive of me and I managed to write the basis of a story called ‘Goldilocks’ which I’m still working on now. I was so happy finishing this module with a first.
  4. I knew I’d been putting on weight and I kept telling myself and everyone around me that I didn’t care, it wasn’t MUCH weight and Tom still loved me irrelevant, but when I got my graduation photos in the post, I saw how big I really had become. I wasn’t happy and it actually caused me to break down and finally admit this. Although it was horrible at the time, it gave me the push to work on losing weight and so I started going to Slimming World.
  5. One major issue for me that was not great for my weight was my love of Coke (not the drug kind, but the fizzy drink.) I’d buy boxes of 30 and drink one can a day. It was like an addiction; I genuinely couldn’t go a day without one. By the time I started Slimming World, I was on two a day, sometimes three. I tried to switch to Diet Coke, Pepsi Max and Diet Pepsi, but I didn’t particularly enjoy drinking any of them and they did not ease my cravings. I have since managed to convert to Coke Zero, which is the no sugar version of Coke and so although I still drink a can or two of this a day, it has no effect on my weight.
  6. In November I actually managed to to reach a massive weight loss of a stone! Although my goal is to get to 9 and a half stone which is 3 more stone away, I am already a quarter of the way there.
  7. I also got nominated for Miss Slinky just before Christmas. This is a Slimming World competition which is to showcase the people who have grown the most in confidence since starting their weight loss journey. Although I didn’t win the whole competition, I actually won against the other nominees in the group.
  8. Although Tom and I have been on holiday with my mum and my sister, we have never been away just us two (unless you count staying in the same country.) We actually went on a shopping trip one day and came back with a holiday booked for Italy. We haven’t been yet though, as it’s booked for October 18.
  9. Since being a child, I’ve always loved painting. Growing up, whilst every other girl in my class wanted to be a singer or an actress, I wanted to be a vet who painted pictures of the animals that had to be put down, as presents for their owners. I never pursued this after realising that it was pretty impossible to be a vet with a fear of needles and blood, but after years of failing to draw and use acrylic paints, I have taken up watercolour painting, which I actually seem to have a knack for.
  10. Before finishing university, my self-employed friend was wanting to fire her current virtual assistant, but obviously needed a replacement. Knowing I was due to graduate pretty soon, she asked me to take over. I now work from home as her virtual assistant which I love and is a perfect job for me.
  11. When I first started out selling on Etsy, I tried selling handmade cards. After not a single card sale, I removed them from my shop. At the end of 2017 I decided to give them another go by making some new ones, as well as putting back up my old ones, but I reworked the titles, tags and descriptions. Since this, my cards are actually selling really well!
  12. I know this is probably quite unusual but I don’t have any friends from school that I’ve kept in contact with. I have one majorly close one from college, but she was always the one to make the effort with me. I’m just not a very sociable person, so I easily lose contact with people. I’m much more of a homebody. After meeting two amazing girls at uni, I knew that I had to make an effort to keep them both around, especially due to the fact of distance between us all. I have made effort with them and met up with them both since finishing uni.
  13. I put a goal of 20 books on Goodreads to read in 2017 and managed to surpass that goal with a total of… (drumroll)… 27 books!
  14. A new favourite band of mine is an American rock group called PVRIS. I also have a total major crush on the singer, Lynn Gunn. I was so happy when they came to England to perform and one of their tour venues was in the closest city to me. As you guessed, I totally had to be there, and so I saw my new favourite band live for the first time.
  15. Another band I got to see live was Young Guns, but I didn’t just listen to them live, I actually MET them, as you can see in my collage of photos.
  16. I gave myself a goal of reaching 100 sales in my jewellery shop by the end of 2017 and although at times I thought I would never reach it, I actually did. In fact, I ended the year on 114 sales!
  17. My favourite book is called ‘Paper Butterflies’ by the author Lisa Heathfield and actually the inspiration behind the book I’m writing now.  After seeing the amazing review I gave for this book, I was approached to read and review her next book ‘Flight of a Starling’. Just as amazing as the other book.
  18. Not only did I get to read the book for free, I tweeted Lisa on Heathfield afterwards with my review of the book and she tweeted me back!
  19. After two years of having pink hair, I dyed my hair blue, which I’d been wanting to do for a long time. Although I’m not 100% happy with it and hope to go back to pink soon, I’m glad I did it.
  20. When I left university, I didn’t think it was possible for me to travel alone on a train again. I’ve had anxiety for a few years now but it’s gradually got worse and worse, to the point I hardly leave the house now. I made the decision to push myself and travelled on the train alone all the way to Bath. It was hard, but was a major accomplishment for me that I pushed past my mental health issues.

New Music

This isn’t new music in general and may not even be new music to you, but I have only recently came across these bands and they are now the newest additions to my playlists. I even have gig tickets booked to see two of them live this year!

Recommended song to listen to: White Noise

Young Guns
Recommended song to listen to: Rising Up

Don Broco
Recommended song to listen to: Money Power Fame

Hands Like Houses
Recommended song to listen to: Colourblind


15 Gift Ideas for Men

I can buy for women. My mum’s birthday – easy! Sister’s birthday – easy! Friend’s birthday – easy! Boyfriend’s birthday – no clue and the same goes for my dad too! I have spent the time to compile this list for anyone who is in the same boat as me and for myself in the future too! Because no matter how many years go by, buying for men never gets any easier.

  1. Chocolate – Sometimes I mix things up a bit by buying flavoured fudge, or a box of biscuits instead, but chocolate is usually a safe bet when it comes to men. Found out last year that my partner’s stepdad is diabetic, so he is now my biggest struggle when it comes to buying gifts.
  2. Games Console – If they don’t already have all the latest ones going. My boyfriend is a big gamer and the only chance I would have to get him a games console, is if one of his current ones broke.
  3. A Personalised Mouse Mat – Linking to the games console theme. I got my partner one with his gamer name on, although I haven’t seen it since…
  4. A Watch – Unfortunately for me my boyfriend doesn’t wear one and my dad has a very specific taste in watches, but most of my girl friends have bought their partners a watch at some point.
  5. Clothes – If you’re not 100% sure on their clothing taste, then don’t bother, otherwise it will end up in the back of the wardrobe, never to be seen again. I found out my boyfriend’s sizes by checking the labels on his clothes whilst he was in the shower (just a tip there!) Though I will admit that I accidently bought my dad the same pair of slippers for two years running – doh!
  6. Alcohol – The salted caramel vodka I bought my dad went down a treat this year. I wouldn’t bother with my partner though, as he has a stack of alcohol in the corner of his bedroom, that grows bigger each year. Alcohol is usually another safe bet, just like chocolate.
  7. Cologne – Although men do have different tastes – some more expensive than others. I checked out my boyfriend’s cologne by scoping his room for it, whilst he was in the shower (yes, once again) but I wouldn’t dare get any for my uncle, with his expensive taste. If you can’t afford cologne, what about their favourite body spray or shower gel?
  8. Cheeseboard and Cheese – Or maybe it’s just my dad who would appreciate this?
  9. A Keyring – I got my dad one for his birthday. It said ‘this daddy belongs to’ and then had all the names of his children on it. He really liked it! I also got him one when my nan died of a picture of her face etched into the metal, because I’m just that sentimental.
  10. A Boxset – my dad loves Black Sails and my partner loves The Walking Dead. Although I lent my partner one of my own boxsets three years ago and he’s only just given it back to me, without even watching it; I guess The Vampire Diaries isn’t for everyone.
  11. A Drone – Seriously though, what guy hasn’t imagined flying one of those? Or maybe the men I know are just strange…
  12. A Car – Yeah I doubt any of you will buy a car for your man, but we all know what men and their cars are like. On a serious note you could always get them accessories for their car: car air freshner, seatbelt covers, steering wheel cover, a car cleaning kit etc or if you’re really short on money, you can clean their car for them. SURPRISE!
  13. Books – if they’re into reading of course. My dad loves books, but my boyfriend hasn’t read one for years and I can’t think of a present that he’d hate more.
  14. Cuff links – Although I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen the ones I bought my partner last year since he received them…
  15. A Leather Flask – you could even get it personalised for them. I haven’t bought one of these before, so will keep this in mind to get my dad!