How was 2018 for me?

Although it might be a little early to write my yearly wrap-up post, time has become such a valuable resource to me lately.

I’ve been rubbish at writing on this blog as work has been so hectic, and since I’m in the mood and sat snuggled in bed (with a sick bug sadly!), I thought I should make the most of having a moment to write it all down and actually take a look at the year I’ve had.

So, 2018 eh? That went quick!

In some ways, this will be one of those years that I will absolutely never forget. I travelled to amazing places, I married the love of my life, I began a job at a place that I ADORE – but it wasn’t without its challenges.

We moved out of our house and back in with Luke’s mum, we lost our darling kitten Buzz and I certainly had more than one career meltdown this year (as you shall see…)

So here’s how 2018 went for me:

January

I kicked off my New Year at one of our friend’s houses, playing board games, drinking prosecco and generally just enjoying a really chilled one with Luke and his friends. I’ve never been the biggest fan of New Year’s Eve (it’s overrated) so I’m hoping to do something similar this year and keep it relaxed!

The first few weeks in January were pretty uneventful, with the need to get back to work, the gym and also I was doing amazingly at writing this blog at that point!

A few weeks into 2018 however, I bundled myself into my little car and drove myself all the way to the Cotswold’s for my friend Tashaa’s 25th birthday!

I’m still wishing that I could start January with another little spa-break because this was SO needed after the busiest Christmas ever. It was such a great start to the year to be out of the busy city and away with all my best girls – plus, you can’t go wrong with a massage and a 4-course dinner being brought to you eh?

I also tried snails for the first time that weekend (I was trying to be adventurous for the new year!) and it was honestly the biggest regret of my life. DO NOT EAT THEM THEY ARE VILE.

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February

Feb was filled with friends, fun and a hella lot of time spent exploring London. I went to an event hosted by Grace Victory at LUSH (and met her! They always say don’t meet your idols, but she was just as fab and amazing in real life!) – I spent a lot of time snuggled up with Luke and the cats, and this was also the month that I started to fall out of love with my job that I’d been at for nearly 2-years.

I knew that moment had been bound to arrive eventually, but a manager was beginning to make my working life unbearable, so Feb was also the month that I began my job hunt for a change of scene and a PR job. (It only took another month or two to realise I hate working in PR lmao – but you gotta try these things I guess)

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March

In March I handed in my notice – and started the final countdown until I picked up with a new agency in Chesham (only a 10-minute drive from our house)

I did my final live event with Formative (my previous agency) in Berlin and live-tweeted at an annual energy conference (oh the fun never stops eh?) – however, I did meet Professor Yuval Harari, which was very exciting for an absolute book nerd like myself.

Luke and I spent some time in Windsor together, exploring the city – and we also dared to test the bounds of our relationship and played a lot of monopoly in the colder weeks!

March was the last of the snow in England, but I definitely made the most of being tucked up in the warm!

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April

In April, my family and I had a million and one different plans. We took a trip to Centre Parcs, we went to Ronnie Scott’s and we had the Beauty and the Beast afternoon tea in Kensington. Plus, I ticked off a live concert for the first time this year as I saw George Ezra with my work wife… (he was ASTOUNDINGLY good)

After that though, April turned into the worst month EVER. After a smashingly wonderful start to the year, there aren’t a whole lot of pictures of this month – as it was the month that we realised our little baby Buzz cat was actually a whole lot more unwell than we had anticipated.

After his energy levels continued to drop and he became more sad and fatigued, we found out that his kidneys were failing – and we would need to cover him for surgery that cost upwards of 6,000 pounds.

I also started at my new job (on the day we found out about Buzz) so it meant the transition away from everything familiar, the career move, the fact the cat was so unwell and also the financial strain of his vet bills, meant that this month was a lot more mentally challenging than any I’ve had in a long time.

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May

In May I turned 24!! (EEEK when did I get so much older?!) We started really buckling down on the wedding planning, and Buzz came home from the hospital! I went to Brighton for an SEO conference with my new job, and Luke and I took a trip to Henley (didn’t realise we’d done so much exploring around Buckinghamshire this year) and drank A LOT of ciders in the sunshine.

We watched Eurovision with friends (except I got so drunk I fell asleep and missed most of it) and I also seemed to invest a lot of time and energy into Star Wars related things, as we went to see Solo in Notting Hill and we also did the VR Star Wars experience in Stratford. I would 100% recommend this one, it was absolutely phenomenal.

The only slight downside to the start of summer was the new job that I’d started. I had almost immediately realised that this job was going to be a poor fit for me, plus I really didn’t like PR as it turned out (being awkward on the phone is defo a downside to this career hah!) – so it meant that I was feeling slightly misplaced and unsettled there.

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June

In June we made the most of the English heatwave and Luke and I went on so many walks in the fields behind our house, I’ve actually lost count of how many photos I have of that!

I spent a lot of time with my family and took my parents to their first escape room experience. We didn’t get out in time, but only because my dad got claustrophobic and we had to sound the emergency alarm lmao…

I also went to my first opera with my aunt, uncle and grandma – which was actually pretty good (for how dull I thought it might be!) and I filled most of my working weeks with trying to teach myself as much as possible, and praying that the job would get somewhat better!

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July

In July a load of our friends seemed to get engaged, so I ended up drinking prosecco at parties nearly every bloody weekend!

July was also the month that I made two big life changes. Firstly, I went vegan – which meant that I spent a lot of time reading the back of packages and cooking bizarre and disastrous meals in our kitchen! The other big decision was that I had decided enough was enough with my job.

I had really given it a shot, spoken to many people about it and decided that it just wasn’t the career path for me. I missed working in social media, so I spent most of my evenings after work frantically applying to as many places as possible.

At the end of July, a miracle happened and I was emailed and invited for an interview at Cancer Research UK!!!

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August

In August I started the job of my dreams at CRUK as a social media officer, and almost immediately after starting, I headed up to Edinburgh with my best girls to check out the Fringe festival.

We basically spent the few days we were there eating, drinking and cramming in as many shows as we possibly could (some better than others ha!)

I’d never been to Scotland before, but since my bestie’s family is Scottish she was able to show us around and make sure we got a taste of everything we could.

I came back from Edinburgh with the worst case of fringe flu, however, so spent the next few days dying in bed. Dramatic? Me? Nah…

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September

In September my bridesmaids had arranged a tropically themed hen-party! My uni friends, my sixth form friends and all the other people in-between showed up, and we had the best time at my parent’s house playing stupid games, drinking and dancing and doing quizzes all about me ha! Followed by an adventure into London and a club-night out that I lasted approx an hour into!

I also saw Hamilton in the West-End (best show EVER) and ended up singing along to it for the entirety of the rest of the month.

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October

October was the saddest and hardest month of my this year, and definitely included one of the worst days of my life. After Buzz’s surgery, he had seemed to pick up a bit, but he began to decline again soon afterwards. We had to make the most difficult decision of our lives, but it wasn’t fair to keep putting him through pain and sadness just because we wanted to keep him, so Luke and I sat with him as he went to sleep. It was horrible, painful and I cried so much I thought my chest was going to explode – but with Luke’s support we made it through. It’s still going to be the thing that puts a downer on this year for me – but I still feel so lucky that we got the time that we did with that little boy! He was truly the most fantastic little guy you could have ever met!

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November

In November, in stark contrast to October, I had the best day of my entire life. It was the day that we’d been planning and building up to for over a year – our wedding day!

I’ve written a little blog post here if you want more detailed info about the day – but it was honestly so SO wonderful.

Following the wedding, we flew off to Thailand for 11 nights for our honeymoon. It was such a fantastic adventure with my favourite person in the world – and I honestly couldn’t have wished for a better month.

We chilled out, ate amazing food, fed elephants, went snorkelling… and so so much more! Definitely a place for everyone’s travel bucket list!

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December

And now here we are! As Christmas is just around the corner, I’m starting to become chockablock with deadlines, office parties, seeing family and friends and generally filling my year with as much as I can! I ADORE and love my new job more than words can explain, and I’m loving having a husband and being married even more!

December has been a fun one, aside from getting horrendously sick this week – so, I guess with that it’s time to start looking forward to a brand new year with 2019!

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I’m hoping for a bit more of a stable one next year (perhaps I’ll actually stick with one job!) –  but knowing Luke and myself far too well, I’m sure it will turn into one of those years where we end up moving cities (potentially happening eeek), taking some mad holidays and perhaps even more exciting plans that I’ll keep secret for now.

See ya soon for my 2019 resolutions post!

Rach

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