Year in Review / The Emotional Roller-coaster of 2016

Friday, 30 December 2016

2016 has been an interesting year, to say the least. The most difficult thing about it for me has been to reconcile the fact that – in spite of the world crumbling down around me – my life has actually been pretty great this year. 2016 seems to have been the year that everything in my life clicked into place, and I now feel (for the most part) as though I’m actually a capable, relatively successful adult for the first time. Looking back at my 2016 Hopes & Goals that I posted back in January, I’ve achieved or stuck to all but one of my hopes for the year, the odd-one-out being moving back up North. Sadly, I’m still stuck in Surrey, but with the various other improvements and successes in my life, it may not be the end of the world to have to settle here for now after all.

It’s been one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. I started the year by passing my driving test (finally!) and felt my quality of life dramatically improve, although I still couldn’t wait to leave my job. In May I had a dream come true couple of weeks with my best friend, who I hadn’t seen for five years, and we were lucky enough to be able to visit beautiful places, reminisce and make new memories together again. I also got to visit Madrid and Berlin and finally scratch my travel itch.  And then, of course, in between all of that the Referendum vote happened, and only a day or two before my 25th birthday my hope and faith in the world took a crushing blow only for it to happen, again, in November after the US Presidential Election too. Those are only two of the horrible things to have happened this year, but they were by no means the only ones. 2016 has been a dark year, with no end in sight to the fear and pain felt worldwide.

As far as blogging goes, I’ve had a few ups and downs there too. I was absolutely thrilled when my Twitter follower count surpassed 1k a while back, and I’ve been lucky enough to receive all kinds of exciting products to try from lots of different brands. I also got to go to my first blogger event! I did have a couple of spells where I was unable to post as regularly as I would’ve liked though, and ultimately had to reduce my posts-per-week to just one rather than my previous two. I love blogging, but it’s a tough thing to do when you also work a full time job and want to have time to do other things in your spare time too.

In spite of my own personal successes, 2016 has not been an easy year, and will be one that I remember as the year my heart broke for many to come. But, in the spirit of keeping things somewhat positive, here’s a few of my blog post highlights!

 My Why Go Cruelty Free? post has been super popular ever since I posted it and has received such a positive response!

Back in March we had an amazing time at the Science Museum checking out the Cosmonauts exhibit, and enjoyed a great vegan Japanese meal and some ice cream at Yorica! afterwards.

The day of the Referendum result left me feeling shaken and hurt, and I poured my thoughts into a post about what on Earth my identity even is anymore after this new revelation.  It was one of my most personal and carefully written posts, and the rawest post I’ve published to date.

I’ve written a couple of What I Eat in a Day posts, and they’re something I hope to continue in 2017!

I didn’t manage to write up nearly as many posts of make-up looks as I’d have liked (I simply haven’t had as much time and as good lighting as I would’ve hoped) but I did really love this autumn foliage-inspired eye look I created.

2016 was the year that I actually got really, really into the gym.  I talked a little about my journey from hating exercise to being excited at the thought of headed to the gym in this post.  This wasn’t the most exciting post or one that got me much engagement, but the gym has become such an important part of my life now it’d feel silly to leave it out!

A post about my hopes for the next year will come in January, but for now I’m just trying to reflect on this year and try to focus on the positive things that have happened in my life.  How has 2016 treated you?  Were you lucky enough to meet some of your hopes and goals for this past year?


  1. I'm glad you had an overall good year. That's important! I hope 2017 is even better.

    S .x

    1. Thanks! I hope you have a great 2017 too. :)

  2. I know what you mean - my 2016 was pretty good too but all the terrible things going on around the world? Not so much. I hope you have a wonderful 2017, Steph, Happy New Year! xx



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