Happy New Year! I know we’re a few days into the year and a more organized person might have had this post up on the first or even the 31 but ah well here we are. Before I dive in to 2018 content I wanted to take some time to step back and look at 2017, both personally and from a blogging standpoint and give you a recap.
2017 was one of the most stable years I’ve had in a long time. I moved in to a new apartment last January and haven’t moved since, which is basically a miracle in my life. But it was also a year of big change. I started out the year very fresh in my job (had only been there for a month and a half when 2017 rolled around), didn’t have many friends in the city, had no idea what I’m doing.
But somehow I’m ending the year still loving my job and constantly finding areas to grow, traveling more for work and personally and I made a ton of new friends in the city to boot. It’s incredibly hard to live in a new place where you don’t have as many friends. It’s easy to look back at a place you used to be and say it’s better because everyone stayed there. But if you really really give your new place and new life a shot it could turn out even better.
P.S. I still have no idea what I’m doing.
I kicked off the year in Florida with a few days on the beach. Then followed it up by spending lots of my time with my partner going to the Chihuly exhibit (which we still talk about obsessively) and celebrating his birthday that will definitely be one for the books. Over on the blog I shared a whopping 19 posts including beauty tips from a Sephora employee, a post all about my anxiety, and all the places I wanted to travel in 2017 (didn’t get to all of them, but did go to some I never expected).
My blog dove fully into a theme this month all about Valentine’s – I even changed my colour scheme to pink. But most of these posts had been put together in February and scheduled because I was in Miami with work. Miami was an amazing trip where I had a chance to travel professionally for the first time and make lots of friends in the process. I kept up my insane blogging schedule with 17 posts including one interviewing my three closest galentines and my partner for Valentines. I also shared some of my Oscar predictions ahead of my own Oscar party and I’ll be repeating both of those this year.
Two big milestones are in March. First of all it’s the month of my birth which I only mention approximately 100000 times. This was my most low key birthday on record. I went to Ottawa to celebrate with some of my friends ahead of the day but celebrated the actual day just with a nice dinner and some trivia with two close friends and my partner. Nothing big. March 2017 also marked the one year mark for my blog and I shared all of my thoughts on the process – on my blog of course. This was also the month where I kicked off the year of many mini-road trip vacations. My partner and I escaped to a beautiful cabin in the Ottawa Valley for one night where we nearly froze to death in the night but it sure was beautiful.
I started to feel a bit cabin fevery after so many months of cold and was more than ready for warmth – or convincing myself it was warm. I spent the month baking up a storm and surrounding myself with flowers. Things kicked off with my dear friend Raye coming to stay for the weekend when I made her walk across the entire city and eat all of the amazing things we came across. Also got really into posing in some cool new spring outfits in front of Toronto’s fancy walls. My mom and I spent Easter weekend together and ventured to Niagara for brunch and some wine tasting which was amazing – probably my favourite Easter ever. Then somehow still managed to squeeze in going to High Park for the cherry blossoms and got in two baseball games before the end of the month.
May was an incredibly dreary month. It rained basically every day, it was incredibly exciting when it stopped raining. Everything was flooded Lake Ontario (The Great Lake, Toronto is on for those who aren’t from around here) was at its highest levels in years and the island flooded, Montreal was basically underwater, parts of Quebec had to call in the National Guard. At the end of the month I went to Ottawa to be with my friends for the tulip festival (the biggest outside of the Netherlands) and capped everything off with a Weeknd concert where Drake and Future surprised the crowd. Who do I think I am? On the blog I talked about how sick I am of being asked when I’m getting married.
Then suddenly it’s summer! June was slam packed with friends. I had a few come and stay with me for a few days in Toronto then I flew across the country to Yellowknife to go visit my friend Rowan who was up there for the summer. It was such an amazing place, I never thought I’d go but I was completely head over heels for it. You should go too. Oh yeah and I went to a Great Gatsby party where our friend won best costume for the entire event. Then it was off to Ottawa again…
Where else was I going to spend Canada’s 150th birthday? Of course in our capital city. It rained of course because that’s all it did in 2017… rain. I got to be a part of that amazing special day, right there on the Hill and hear Prince Charles speak in person which was all pretty cool. Then went back to Toronto for a few days before heading on the most amazing road trip with my partner across the East Coast of the US.
So continues the summer of travel… for August long weekend my closest friends and I, along with my partner headed to Quebec City for a few days and are already dying to go back. Then I finished the month with my two favourites coming for one big long epic sleepover including a fair, the Harry Potter bar, matching pajamas and boat rides.
There’s not too much record online of how I spent my September but luckily I’ve been taking my one second a day so I could go back and tell you I did so many different things that month including hitting up TIFF for a few movies, playing dodgeball for work?, welcoming a few friends back to the city, going to Jays games and a comedy festival… and actually working out a lot.
October was all about fall – I got deep into fall. Everything was orange, there were pumpkins and fallen leaves everywhere and I made everyone get into it. I had two thanksgiving dinners with my family and even fit in a ferris wheel ride. Then Halloween rolled around and I finally got the chance to be Daphne which I’ve wanted to do for years and years.
Then I basically devoted my life to Christmas, I had so much excitement and cheer in me for the season that I managed to get all of my Christmas shopping done by the end of the month. My partner also got his first official law job in Toronto so we’ll be closer together soon. Also on a personal note – Taylor Swift’s new album came out which was big for me. Oh and I went back to Ottawa again to celebrate Christmas a bit early
I spent the month taking a well deserved break. First it was insanely busy with prep for Christmas and packing, finishing up work, etc. I also had three Christmas parties back to back in an amazingly fun weekend that I hope to repeat. Many polaroids were taken, memories made. Christmas was lovely and filled with snow, followed by lots of eating and drinking and reading and spending time with family. The best way to end a year.
As far as the blog goes it was covered in gift guides all month. You can check out all of the past ones and any future under the gift guide tab here.
That’s basically it! I have some posts cued up on resolutions for the next week. How was your 2017?
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