Goodbye 2017, you won’t be missed, but even in the worst of years …

Good riddance to 2017 and Happy New Year. Usually, I’d be eager to join in and write a list of ten things we won’t miss about 2017; however, my list of shit things that have happened this year would be short and incredibly painful. So instead, I thought I’d try to be positive and write the things I feel grateful for:

  • My family
  • Finding the right words when I needed to 
  • My best friend for always understanding me, always taking me in the right way and always knowing when I’m joking
  • Living in a proper house with stairs, garden, fire and a bath
  • Living near the countryside and within walking distance of the Old White Beare pub 
  • Being able to get jobs with wonderful colleagues, even if I can’t always keep them for long, or do them justice 
  • Having made freelance work viable for at least three months
  • Friends who invite me to stay and mean it 
  • Friends who send messages to make sure I’m ok
  • Friends who hate people, but are some of the best people I know
  • Malaga – pleased I take friends’ advice and try new places
  • Holidays in Norfolk, Whitby, Brighton, Southampton and trips to York
  • Finding an Italian meetup group in Ilkley, lovely people, great Italian food and the discovery that I speak better Italian in Yorkshire
  • Having a work’s Christmas do even though I haven’t worked there for nearly ten years
  • People who can make good martinis
  • Jonathan Pie for being the right sort of shouty 
  • Twitter peeps who make me smile – Very British Problems, We Want Plates, Frankie Boyle, David Schneider, Marian Keynes and Susan Calman 
  • Guilty TV pleasures: Strictly, Gogglebox, Masterchef, Big Little Lies – which I managed to be obsessed by even though I don’t have a television. 

 

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Countryside walks close to my home

 

 

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Cosy fires at the Old White Beare, Norwood Green

 

 

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Beautiful Whitby

 

6 comments

  1. I’m so sorry 2017 was so hurtful for you, but so happy for you where you’re living now. What a beautiful part of the world! And to be able to work with lovely people is such a blessing. I hope 2018 will bring you lots of joy, love and luck. Thank you for posting on your blog. It always makes my day. Best wishes!

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