I think writing one of these posts gives you a good chance to reflect on what you have done or achieved in the last year. These are a few of my favourite moments of 2016 and some of the things I'm proud of achieving.

Started To Save For A House

This has felt like a long time coming but Laura and I have started to put money away for a house deposit. It feels like such a big step towards getting our own place and it will be great to carry this on this year. I find myself looking at so many home things that I will want to buy. And this includes power tools because, of course, this is a necessity to have when you own your own house. We had our own flat in uni which was amazing, but this was only temporary and it's felt so long since we moved out

Started My Dream Job

When I was in uni I knew where I wanted to work and set myself on achieving this goal. It took a lot of preparation and the application process was over a number of months which included some very stressed nights. At some points I did wonder whether I would even have a chance at getting in, thinking why would they pick me. I kept at it and it paid off, I found out I had got onto the graduate scheme back at the start of 2016 and actually started the job last September. Having a higher paid salaried job benefits me more than part time shift work I used to do, but I genuinely love what I'm doing and I can definitely see myself having a long career here. I have a much better routine now with more sociable hours rather than working until late evening, which has definitely helped as even though I work full-time hours, I feel more relaxed overall.

Developing My Blog

I've started to post much more consistently in 2016 and I have seen an improvement in both my photography and content. I've started to do a few more review posts which I was happy with, and actually reviewed a couple of food places which I really enjoyed doing. I finally decided to treat myself to a paid blog design which has made my blog look much more professional and I am so happy with how it looks now. I had my own blog goals to achieve by the end of the year which I also revisited to see what I'd achieved.

What I Did

Amazingly, Laura won a holiday to Los Angeles so we had a great time back in April last year. I never thought I'd get to go to America until I was much older so this was certainly a highlight. We also went to V Fest down in Chelmsford which was our first festival together. It was such a great weekend of music and the weather actually held up fairly well for a festival. A sunny weekend camping down in Shell Island was a nice break away from technology and was time to just relax and enjoy the outdoors. I was fun to just chill out in the sun, do a bit of kayaking and do something a bit different. Laura and I also went on a couple of city breaks, one to Birmingham when we went to Cadbury World and learnt about the chocolate we all know and love. The last trip away we had was down to London to experience it at Christmas time. Going down there at Christmas is something we'd both wanted to do for a while, so explored around and went to Winter Wonderland which I would definitely recommend.