Turning 27 | A Reflection of 2017

We've had our first week in 2018 now, and everything is beginning to settle down a little. Christmas and New Year are over, and while it took a little time to adjust back in to normality, I'd say we're pretty much there. In one weeks time I'll be turning 27. I always complain about how early in the year my birthday is. No one is in the celebratory spirit anymore - everyone's practically bankrupt and on a health kick. I know, I know, it could be worse. And actually, there is something nice about age-ing up just as we're getting settled in to the New Year. It's a great time to look back at the year and think ahead too.

Keswick. January 2017. We started off the year spending a week in the lakes for my 26th birthday. 

Brighton. February 2017.

You Me At Six - Manchester Academy. March 2017.

Cheadle. April 2017

Reddish Farm. April 2017

Bramhall Park, Woodbank Park and Goyt Valley. May 2017.

This is the first every birthday that I've actually thought 'oh crap' at realising how old I will be turning. It felt like two minutes ago since I was 18, had no responsibility and spent most weekends sticking to a floor in a club in an outfit I wouldn't even dream of wearing these days. Now 9 years on, I prefer to spend my weekends surrounded by candles and fairy lights, wearing something 10x more comfier and 10x less sexy, drinking a good gin. I also enjoy a game of banana-grams or rummy. Yes that makes me sound far older than my years, but hey, I've found my happy place and I won't apologise for it. That doesn't mean to say I don't still go out, but it's much less often now and that's definitely by choice.

Stockport Beer Festival. June 2017.

Thanet Well. June 2017.
Bowscale Tarn. June 2017.

Alderley Edge. July 2017.
Manchester. August 2017.

Knutsford. August 2017.
Gareths 27th. August 2017.

The past few years have involved some serious grown up activities. 3 years ago I moved away from my home town, 2 years ago my boyfriend and I made our first step on to the property ladder and bought our very first home. 2017 has had it's own grown up milestone to celebrate too. We got engaged! After 10 years together my boyfriend must have finally made his mind up that he does indeed actually like me (or admitted defeat to being stuck with me) and popped the question in Venice after a week of exploring Italy. If you want to read about that trip and the proposal in more detail you can check out my posts here, here and here).

Of course, the trip it's self was such a huge thing to happen this past year. My dream destination has been Italy for as long as I can remember. For years I've lusted after the idea of eating gelato by The Trevi at night, wandering around the Duomo and staring out at Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo, getting lost in the back streets of Venice and of course, eating way too much delicious Italian cuisine. To be able to say I've done those things this past year, that's a dream come true and I couldn't feel more blessed.

Rome. September 2017.

Rome. September 2017.

Florence. September 2017.

Florence. September 2017.

Venice. September 2017.
Venice. September 2017.

We also booked our Wedding venue this year. It was so much fun going to look around the places and to book our venue and set a date has felt so surreal.  Now that we're in 2018, I can officially say that we're getting married next year, and that's so exciting!

In the last few weeks of the year, I applied to a new job that I honestly didn't think I would be able to get. But just a few days before Christmas I received the phone call and accepted the job! While I'm still waiting to find out my official start date, I'm thrilled to be starting 2018 by taking a step up the career ladder.

Engagement Celebrations. October 2017.

Peak District. October 2017.

Halloween 2017.

Brighton. November 2017.

Christmas. 2017.

New Years. 2017.

While the last year certainly hasn't been an easy ride and it's definitely had it's low points too, it's nice to look back on the big, happy moments and be thankful that my 26th year on the Earth was a pretty decent one.

- Adel xx


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