53 Things Which Happened In 2017

53 Things Which Happened In 2017

2017 has been a pretty crazy year in that a lot feels like it’s happened but nothing huge has happened. I say it year after year but I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone and I’m still in amazement that the year’s complete. Looking back there’s so much I had hoped to do such as losing weight and moving jobs but I’m not getting too hung up on those things as life just happens.

Taking a quick look at my 2017 goals I achieved six of my goals, although one is open to interpretation. These were going out of the country at least five times (I actually managed 9 trips), I went to at least three theatre shows (Dead Funny, Motown, and Aladdin), I got up blog up to a DA of 35 and thankfully it stayed there at the end of the year, I stayed fully organised with my blog, I didn’t neglect anyone I cared about and I wasn’t afraid to tell people how I really felt, I’m over just telling people what they might want to hear.

The three main things which I totally failed to do in 2017 were losing at least two stone, but I am back at Slimming World properly so this will happen asap, I didn’t get my PADI qualification as time just flew by so much and it hasn’t been my number one priority, and finally I didn’t experience Go Ape which is annoying as every single year I say I’m going to go then it never happens.

Here are 53 things which happened to me in 2017:

  1. Me and my boyfriend started the year off right with a trip to the Stars Wars Identity exhibition
  2. I turned 27 right near the beginning of the year. The thought of heading towards my thirties is filling me with a little dread but if the years as half as good as this one has been I don’t mind
  3. I spent the first birthday of many with my boyfriend and he made me feel so special
  4. I almost managed to stay awake for the whole of a Lord of the Rings marathon at the Prince Charles cinema at the end of January
  5. We celebrated our first Valentines Day together and he took me to a very nice fancy restaurant. Sometimes it is nice to dress up every now and then
  6. I went to Amsterdam in February with a friend to explore the city and see The Weeknd
    Amsterdam Canal Me
  7. I had my first airport lounge experience thanks to Aspire and it has changed how I look at airports
  8. I had my first experience of the Gin Festival at the Tobacco Docks, it was such a fun day and I found my new favourite gin (Tinker)
  9. For my boyfriends birthday, we had our first overnight stay away together where I whisked him off for a quick trip to Paris
  10. I gave my boyfriend a key to my flat which although it was a little early it just felt completely right and was a very practical thing to do too
  11. I bought some new furniture in my flat including some shelving/ storage for my living room and a new wardrobe and it’s amazing how much difference it has made to my flat
  12. I bought my new car in late February and I now own a 2017 Renault Clio Dynamique S Nav
  13. My best friends hen party was in March a few months before her big day but it was so great to celebrate with her from nights out to spa treatments
  14. I headed on my first Trek America tour in April to Hawaii and it was such a dream come true trip
    Belfast GOT Sword
  15. A few days later me and my boyfriend took a trip to Belfast to spend the May Bank Holiday
  16. I managed a few days of relaxing in Crete in early May which was much needed
  17. Slamdunk Festival was a stand out weekend for me with such a good line up, so much so that I headed to both Birmingham and London shows
  18. I headed to the Wedding Reception of two friends in between Slamdunk shows in Reading and it was such a lovely evening
  19. Me and my friend went to Paris to catch two amazing shows in June and I had such a nice trip
  20. Download Festival happened in June and it was a really good year this time around with so many great bands
  21. I had my first experience of the Board Games Expo in June and it was great to see another side to my boyfriend’s hobbies alongside falling in love with Mansions of Madness
  22. I went to the Film and TV Convention this year and it was so great especially the talks we went to with Alan Tudyk, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Christoper Lloyd
    Liverpool Liver Building
  23. I headed to Liverpool with my parents for a family weekend away and it was such a lovely trip and I fell in love with the city a bit more
  24. I finally got round to seeing Aladdin at the theatre and it was such a great show
  25. I got to see one of my best friends’ get married in an incredible weekend of festivities in July and it was such an honour to part of the experience
  26. I had a lovely overnight stay in Bournemouth in July where I got to see the beachfront and explore nearby Compton Acres
  27. I went to the Spirit of Tiki Rum Festival in July and while it did rain a bit we tried some lovely cocktails over the afternoon
  28. I began growing my fringe out at the end of Summer and while it’s been a longer process than I would have liked I am so happy with the change in how I look without it
  29. I ticked off two bucket list London items in one day in August doing an open bus tour and river cruise in the city
  30. I managed to transform my flat’s balcony where we fitted fake grass to the floor for more of an outdoor feel and I bought a beautiful Ratan sofa so we can relax out there alongside some decorative items
    London Bus Tour
  31. I finally got around to getting a media kit created by the lovely Kirsty Leanne and I couldn’t be happier with it
  32. I had my first full spa weekend stay in August when me and my best friend went to Oxford for a weekend of relaxaiton
  33. Over Bank Holiday weekend I had a lovely long weekend in Blackpool where I also got to see Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff
  34. I managed to get tickets and sort out a trip to see Alice’s Adventures Underground at the Waterloo Vaults and it didn’t disappoint
  35. I was featured in a blog post with Expedia about hotels in Paris which you can read here
  36. I had a lovely weekend away exploring Prague with my best friend in September
  37. In October I headed to the Tower of London with my boyfriend for an explore around a tourist attraction I really should have been to before 2017
  38. I was invited on my very first press trip to Ischia in early October and it was such an amazing experience and the island is stunning
    Ischia 5 Star Hotel Grounds
  39. I went to my very first Comic Con convention over the Halloween weekend and I even cosplayed as Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas
  40. I collaborated with Snozone in Milton Keynes and had a fun day learning how to indoor ski
  41. I finally upgraded my phone and have now joined the Apple side and I couldn’t be happier with my iPhone 8 Plus
  42. I bought a brand new sofa for my flat and I couldn’t be happier with the way it now all looks
  43. November saw me and my boyfriend celebrate our first anniversary and he bought me the cutest thoughtful present
  44. For our anniversary we headed to Italy for 8 relaxing days exploring Venice and Rome
  45. I headed to my very first blogging event in November with Holiday Extras and I managed to catch up and meet some lovely people alongside being featured on the brands website
    Reindeer at the Birmingham Christmas Market
  46. I headed to three shows by Good Charlotte across the first weekend in December and made a weekend out of managing to head to the Birmingham Christmas Market alongside getting my first glimpse of Manchester.
  47. I ticked off going to the Greenwich Observatory from my bucket list in December and it was such an interesting trip
  48. In December I went to the EMP Bloggers Christmas Event and met a group of the nicest girls who I have spoken to online for quite a while now
  49. I had a string of amazing brands collaborate with me on my Christmas gift guides and I am so happy with how they came out
  50. I started back at Slimming World at the beginning of December and had managed to lose half a stone before Christmas
  51. Star Wars came out in December and I was super cool and went to the midnight showing
  52. I had my first collaboration for New York confirmed in December and I am so happy to start on with my trip
  53. After working really hard on my blog all year I grew it to a DA of 35. Now I know a lot of people don’t look/ care about numbers but for me, it’s a good indicator of my progress


  1. January 6, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    A busy, nice year. The one that stands out: welcome to the iPhone crew:) good choice hehe

  2. January 7, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    You’ve done a lot this past year! Hopefully 2018 will see more amazing things happening! x

  3. January 7, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    Your year sounds amazing! It must have been incredible to write all of the incredible things you’ve experienced this year. Good to see you visited my hometown of Belfast too 🙂

  4. January 7, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    30 doesn’t have to be scary. If I’m honest I think it was one of my favourite years, it’s all about mindset and if you’re happy with where you are in life as you reach that milestone.

  5. January 7, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Such a busy year for you, you did so much and achieved so much. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for you

  6. January 7, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    Wow you did so much. Not sure I can think of as many for my year. Good luck at slimming world and for your qualification x

  7. January 7, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    I love this post – and I can;t even begin to tell you how jealous I am that you got to see Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff ha! It looks like you had an insanely busy year and achieved a lot 🙂

  8. January 8, 2018 / 3:11 am

    Such a lovely day to look back. I started doing mine by looking through photos and I only got to May haha Need to continue that!

  9. January 8, 2018 / 7:44 am

    Sounds like you accomplished a lot in a year. I really need to look back over my year and see what happened- I was pregnant for most of it and fear I spent a lot slouching on the sofa watching Netflix!


  10. January 8, 2018 / 10:42 am

    What a fab year you had! I also went to Amsterdam – but v jealous about Hawaii, that’s definitely on my wish list and I need to make it happen! Have a great 2018 filled with similiarly wonderfully memorable activities…

  11. January 8, 2018 / 11:53 am

    You had an amazing 2017 I can only hope that 2018 is even better and even greater for you! Heres to another year full of love, laughter and success!


  12. January 8, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Wow, it sounds like you had a very busy and exciting 2017! I hope 2018 is equally as brilliant!

  13. January 8, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Well done on achieving so many of your objectives. It’s great to look back on a year, and you’ve achieved so much, and especially done a lot of awesome travelling, which is really impressive.

  14. January 8, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    Wow! What a year! I am in awe you made it out of the country so much. I hope you have a fab 2018.

  15. Thena Franssen
    January 9, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    Love your list. I literally laughed out loud at your “almost” staying awake during the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I hear ya…i can’t make it through, either!

  16. January 9, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    What a fab year! You were definitely busy. So many great adventures with different destinations and festivals. Hope your 2018 is just as exciting.

  17. January 11, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had some wonderful trips! I love your attitude – you are so right now to sweat the things you didn’t quite achieve. It doesn’t matter! More important are the things you DID do! Sounds like you had a great year, overall!

  18. January 11, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Looks like you’ve had an awesome year! Well done for making the switch to iPhone, best choice I ever made!! Xxx

  19. January 12, 2018 / 12:52 am

    I am dying to do Trek America, jealous! Would you do another route?

  20. January 12, 2018 / 9:22 am

    Wow! What an amazing year you have had 🙂 hope you can make 2018 as amazing!

  21. January 12, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    Oh wow you had a busy year. I felt like a needed a nap just reading how busy you were. Reading this has made me more determined to travel a little bit more this year. Hope your 2018 is just, if not more exciting x

  22. January 12, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Oh my that is a full year!! You fitted loads in and I am super impressed. Well done on the increase in DA and all the lovely blogging things you got to do in 2017 I hope 2018 is as good to you x

  23. January 12, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Wow Rhian, you’ve achieved so much. You should be incredibly proud of yourself. Hopefully this year is just as good for you x

  24. January 13, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    Wow that’s quite the list and quite the year, hope you’re enjoying your new car! Thanks for sharing xx

  25. January 14, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Going to Amsterdam must have been amazing! You really did have a fantastic year didn’t you? I hope you have an even better 2018 & do so many more amazing things.

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