Thursday, 29 December 2016

My year in review: 2016 | The Small Desk

2016 has been the year I grew up, big time. I bought my first house with my partner, got engaged and got promoted. I feel sad that the year has been terrible globally, with a lot of terrible decisions being made, but for me personally, 2016 has been one of the best years of my life.

In this year's 'year in review' I've added a section summarising the cultural activities I've done each month as this year one of my New Year's resolutions is to go to more.

I'm aware this post is very self-indulgent, but I've done one every year since 2014 and I find it very therapeutic, so even if no-one reads this it has still been useful to me.

I hope you've had a great 2016, and if not, I hope 2017 deals you better cards.

Here's my year in review...

January 2016
The year started with me blogging about the photographs from Instagram I was most proud of. I should really have stuck with this theme throughout the year, as at the end of this year I am feeling pretty creatively poor and wish I had put more time into photography.

This month was the 'boyfriend's' birthday. We celebrated with loads of his friends and my friends with dinner and drinks. This was also the month we ramped up the flat viewings and started to take the house hunting very seriously. It's bizarre to me to think at the beginning of this year I was still living in London with awful neighbours.

Culture-wise: we went to the Electric Cinema and to 'The World of Charles and Ray Eames' at the Barbican.

February 2016
In February I entered a writing competition, which I did not win, but I thought could have been the start of my writing career, but unfortunately not. I'll just carry on blogging then!

There was a massive launch and re-brand of the company I work for, which I project managed. It was also the month our neighbours got even worse and I broke down about it.

We celebrated eight years together at a posh Indian restaurant called Trishna.

Culture-wise: I went to the Betty Woodman exhibition at the ICA, and saw the film, Rams.

March 2016
This was the month we had our offer accepted on the house we are now living in. We celebrated by going to a little canteen restaurant in Covent Garden and blinked a lot in disbelief that after eight months of searching we'd finally found the one.

Culture-wise: we went to 'Strange and Familiar' exhibition at the Barbican, I went to see the Filler podcast live, and watched breakdancing in the Royal Festival Hall.

April 2016
April is always the month of birthdays including mine. We celebrated my sister's birthday in Brighton, and mine in a pub for 10 hours. It was one of the best birthday celebrations I've had.

Culture-wise: I went to the Natural History Museum, and saw Macklemore live (best gig ever)!

May 2016
This was the month I got engaged, and got a promotion at work. My partner whisked me off to Bath for the weekend and proposed on top of a hill in Prior Park. It was incredibly emotional and one of the best days of my life so far.

Culture-wise: I watched Eurovision... does that count!? But I mean I did go to Bath... so that probably counts too!

June 2016
We moved into our new house, and left London behind. It was a surreal feeling but one of huge relief. To not have a landlord anymore and to know you own the house you live in is one of the best and most secure feelings you can have in the world. I am eternally grateful to my family for making it happen.

We also went on holiday with my partner's family to Wales and even managed to climb Snowdon, which was ridiculously hard.

Culture-wise: I went to Taste Festival, again does that even count?! See why I need to make this my New Year's resolution!

July 2016
This was the month my partner completed the Prudential 100 mile bike ride. We went to Richmond Park to watch him and then again later on. My parents and I held a banner and cheered him on, I was so proud! Apparently it's Ride Britain next...

Culture-wise: I went to the RA summer show and the new building at the Tate modern.

August 2016
Oh, how I wish it was summer again! We went to Austria with my parents and went on lots of walks, and even swam in a mountain lake. It was such an incredible trip. We also spent a lot of time rowing, like leisure-rowing, not proper rowing, in our new area.

Culture-wise: I went to a Goya exhibition in Austria.

September 2016
This was the month we went on the first long walk in our new area since we moved here in June (only took 3 months!) and where I signed up to Riverford veg boxes – I felt very country this month. I went rowing, swimming and asked my bridesmaids to be my bridesmaids. This is the month we started wedding planning properly.

Culture-wise: I went to the open-air theatre in Regents Park and saw Pride and Prejudice, it was magical.

October 2016
October was when I realised how quickly 2016 had gone, and I said I was looking forward to writing a year in review post, well here I am! It was a busy old month and I did a fair few things, but by far my favourite was having a week off with the fiance to sort the house out.

Culture-wise: I went to the RA's 'Abstract Expressionism' exhibition.

November 2016
November was when work started to get really hard again, but I saw quite a few friends and visited my sister in Manchester. Going back to Manchester (I went to Uni there) was very surreal. I also bought my wedding dress this month!

Culture-wise: I visited the Bedlam exhibition at Wellcome collection, and saw my favourite ballet ever: the Nutcracker.

December 2016
This month I got a bit drunk for the first time in a while when I went to my friend's bottomless prosecco brunch. I've basically spent the entire month celebrating Christmas with work and friends and have 100% made the most of the festive season this year. I'm ready to work now and focus on 2017 goals.

Culture-wise: I watched countless YouTube videos of Sergei Polunin, and am hoping to go to the Barbican before the month is out.

Overall this year I am most thankful for my partner, family and friends, without them none of what I have achieved this year would have been possible.

That's a wrap! How has your year been? Are you looking forward to 2017?

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