As we enjoy the penultimate evening of 2018 I thought I would write a little blog recapping some of the amazing things I have experienced this year which have been inspired by having this list. I feel as though I haven’t had much going on to write about the last couple of months but it is probably good to have a little breather as I have had so many amazing times over the year.
Firstly January – We began the year in January by moving into our new home. We had lived at the flat for over 4 years and although the location was amazing, it was time to move into a house with a garden just outside of Norwich. It is lovely. A great location for dog walks and not too far from the city to get into if we need. Almost a year on we are very settled and happy here.
In February I went to watch Cirque Du Soleil at the Royal Albert hall. If you have never seen one of these shows – go!
I attended my first ever rugby game watching England play Wales at Twickenham. It was actually a great day and since I have been back to watch another.
Then in March I took a trip to Cape Verde with a friend for a week in the sun.
I also visited Chewton Glen for a Spa day with my Auntie. It was amazing and such a treat. I am so pleased she suggested it for one of my activities and it certainly lived up to expectations. We even had a trip back there in May, for an overnight stay as we enjoyed it so much.
March also saw us hire a motor home and take a trip down to beautiful Cornwall. It was somewhere I had always wanted to visit and being in the motor home allowed us the freedom of travelling all around the coastline and being able to see so much of the county. It was great fun and such a fun way to holiday.
Then came April and an excuse to enjoy many celebrations as I turned 30. And one of my tasks as to hold a 30th birthday party so obviously I did. It was amazing and having all my friends and family there in the same room was the best thing. There were also many other celebrations. A night away in Cambridge, dinner with friends and a posh family lunch. Lets just say I was truly spoilt.
May meant one thing, Chelsea Flower Show! Every year I mean to get tickets and every year for some reason I miss it. But this year I was going, no matter what. It was brilliant. So much to see and a really lovely day out.
And I also took a trip to Palma for a few days away with one of my besties.
Then in June I had a few treats, one was to see Ed Sheeran (not on my list but it was amazing), I went to see my very first opera at the Royal Opera House which I loved, and I also fed baby lambs too ticking off another thing from my list.
July I spent a lovely day out with 4 of my good friends (we met through having cancer) getting dressed up and enjoying a day out in London with Afternoon tea at Claridges. Everything was wonderful and it was such a treat for us all.
Then in August came the biggest and best surprise. Brad proposed! It was very romantic, the ring is gorgeous and I am loving being able to call him my fiance. It was the last day of a lovely weeks holiday spending time with family on their yacht around Corsica. Since being back the wedding planning has taken over and I cannot wait for out wedding day.
But amongst the wedding planning I did manage to get to Barcelona with some friends for a few days to explore the beautiful city. It was a great place to visit.
September, myself and my friend Oa had an unexpected day out with Chris Evans at the Goodwood revival with less than 24 hours notice. It was a brilliant day with VIP access, yummy champagne fulled lunch and great company. It was all very last minute but it was very worth it as we even got the chance to ride around the track in an old Jaguar.
And I popped over to Paris with my sister for a bit of sight seeing.
I also took to horseback for the first time in years having an afternoon at Squirrel Wood Equestrian centre. We spent the afternoon learning all about the horses and how they are looked after and we also rode a horse which was far more fun than I had imagined (I thought I would be terrified). I hope to go back and do more in 2019.
And we held an engagement party to celebrate our news.
I took part in the Keeping Breast More than just fashion show again in October, strutting my stuff on the catwalk in some beautiful clothes with many other amazing women.
And stayed in a Italian Villa for a week with my family to celebrate my Grandma turning 90.
And lastly for the year my ultimate dream seeing Strictly Come Dancing being filmed live came true and not only did I see the show being filmed, I was able to meet many of the dancers and celebrities. It was better than I ever imagined.
So as you can see my year has been busy, amazing and above all fun. It has been special to have made so many memories with some of my lovely friends and family and I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings. I already have some booked in the diary but I have many more tasks on my list to complete.
May 2019 also bring you lots of excitement.