The end of 2017 was celebrated with my best friend, large amounts of champagne and rounded off with a huge portion of chips. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect end to what has been an emotionally draining, yet emotionally rewarding, year. 2017 saw tears…LOTS of tears, both happy and sad. It also saw a whole lot of laughter and joy that I can only put down to the lovely people I have in my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I handle certain situations and I have to say, I think I’ve kicked ass this year!!
There are many things I wish I had done, or hadn’t done. But each tiny moment pieced together to make the whirlwind of crazy that was my 2017.
It’s been a pretty hard year emotionally for me.
I’ve had my heart broken; I’ve had to learn to pick up the pieces and glue them back together. I’ve struggled severely with home sickness. I’ve doubted myself when I should have believed in myself. I’ve started new things and failed (I mean, just look at my Blogmas attempt!!). I’ve worked hard and received no reward. My kindness has been taken for weakness. I’ve felt insecure. I’ve taken risks that haven’t paid off. I’ve struggled in discovering who I am and what path I should take. I’ve had to make ‘adult’ decisions that I’m definitely not ready to have made.
But, I’ve also lived. I’ve made so many memories that will stay with me for a very long time. I’ve travelled with my friends. I’ve revisited a dream role of mine. I’ve sang my heart out to hundreds of people. I’ve watched my friends grow and achieve things that make me so proud to call them friends. I’ve pretty much watched every single series on Netflix (yes, I am classing that as an achievement). I’ve dabbled in this thing called ‘adulting’, but the jury is still out on that one. I’ve put time into improving my blog and have been rewarded by a growing following. I’ve learnt the value of having true and honest friends that will always have your back no matter what. I’ve met some of my absolute, honest-to-God idols. I’ve thrived in environments that (excuse my language) scared the living shit out of me at first glance…and second.
My New Year’s Resolution is to keep growing. Not in the physical sense (that ship has most definitely sailed) but emotionally and mentally. I want to be challenged, I want to challenge. I want to fail just so I can get back up and try again. I want to laugh so hard my sides feel like they’re splitting apart and my heart feels like it might escape my chest. I want to achieve things I never thought possible. I want to be surrounded by so much love and positivity that I won’t remember the last time I cried.
I want 2018 to be my year.
Lots of love,
For me, a huge part of Christmas is being snuggled up watching festive films with my family and friends. I will literally watch anything Christmas related that is on TV – films especially – so I have a wide range of them that I love to watch. However, I thought it would be cute to try and compile a list of my top five festive picks for you – I hope you enjoy…
Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
At number 5, I had to include a childhood favourite. My Nan used to have Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas on video (yes, video) and each year, my brothers and I would sit and watch it on repeat throughout the Christmas period. The film is split into various different festive-themed storylines focusing on Mickey Mouse and all of his friends. Honestly, I still watch the film every year as it brings back cute memories of my childhood and makes me feel super nostalgic – also, it’s a pretty decent film!!
I feel like there is nothing better than a family-friendly animated film at Christmas. As Christmas films go, Arthur Christmas is pretty new compared to some of my other classic faves. However, this film is arguably the most ‘Christmassy’ of my list. It focuses on Arthur, Santa’s youngest son, as he journeys to deliver presents to the singular child that has been forgotten one year. This film is so feel-good and in an amazing turn of events IS NOW ON NETFLIX!!!!! I love watching it with my little brothers, snuggled up on the sofa with cosy blankets and a huge mug of hot chocolate – it really gets me into the festive spirit.
An absolute rom-com festive classic. This film makes me feel so warm and Christmassy…it may have something to do with my emotional love affair with Jude Law. I absolutely adore the plot-line (an English woman and an American woman switch houses over the Christmas period and both fall in love) and could watch this film twice in the same day. All four of the leads are incredible – this really is a film that will make you laugh and cry.
When this film first came out, I immediately knew I was going to love it. There is something so simple about the plot – essentially a slightly grumpy teacher is trying to put on a nativity show – yet it works perfectly. The children are adorable and Martin Freeman is hilarious. I think it’s the authenticity and relatable nature of this film that really makes it so heart-warming. I unashamedly know all of the words to all of the songs and sing them loud and proud whenever I’m watching. This is a definite multiple watch during the festive season!!
Aaaaaand here it is: my all-time favourite festive film is…LOVE ACTUALLY!! I honestly love every single thing about this movie; from the actors to the all of the interwoven plot lines. I’m totally in love with Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister and also am obsessed with the gospel choir at Keira Knightly’s wedding. This is such a feel-good modern classic and I watch it around 20 times each year – I can pretty much quote it word for word now!!
So those are my top festive film picks – did any of yours make the list? Or did I miss off your favourite?
Lots of love,