My ‘Best of 2016’

This year I have experienced some of the best times and the memories that surround them I will treasure for life.

When scrolling back through the moments I was lucky enough to capture on camera, I realised that even the simplistic, day-to-day life kind of days actually formed some of my most loved memories – those where I have felt the happiest and simply content.

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Feeling comfortable enough to be myself, spending quality time with those who mean the most and taking each day as it comes is what I will carry with me from 2016. I have realised that not everything will go the way I want or imagine it to, but this is also not necessarily a bad thing. I learned that it is okay to be anxious, but to worry myself almost to the point of self-destruction is a waste of time and energy. I have always believed that everything turns out the way it is supposed to even when I cannot immediately see the reasoning behind it.

I’m excited to live the moments that are still to come, in the places I am supposed to be, with the people I am supposed to be with. Here’s to 2017!

SP x

 

6th January 2016

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13th April 2016

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8th May 2016

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22nd May 2016

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17th June 2016

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30th June 2016


 7th July 2016 

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23rd July 2016

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31st July 2016

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13th August 2016


15th & 16th August 2016


19th & 20th August 2016

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28th August 2016

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18th September 2016


15th October 2016


5th November 2016

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19th November 2016


28th November 2016

…The day I became a fiancée!

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29th November 2016

…My 23rd Birthday 🙂

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Am I missing something?

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Over the past few years I would occasionally experience a feeling that my life was lacking something. This is without wanting to sound ungrateful, as I have everything I need and more. I just felt as if something was missing and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It’s a tough journey to ‘adult life’ and it can be a bit overwhelming at times. The feeling when a number of life challenges are all thrown at you at once likes to make a regular appearance!

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I recently figured out that what I have been missing in my life is a creative outlet. As an adult, it is up to you to realise what it is you are good at and what it is you enjoy; whether it be a sport/hobby/art or something else. I realised that nobody is going to push you to try new things or get involved like they did when you were growing up. Once the school years have been left behind it is pretty much up to you to keep that spark of creativity within you alight. No one will force you to find something you are passionate about and keep at it.

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This is where I am now. I have decided that my creative outlet is blogging as I find it is the perfect way to document my life and travel diaries, thoughts and feelings, photographs…etc. I wouldn’t say I am the most creative person in the world but I have always enjoyed writing and having my own little creative spot on the internet (throwback to the Piczo website days… circa 2006?!) – blogging is appealing to me because no one is being forced to read it, unless they wanted to.

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I hope that anyone who reads my blog posts feels welcome to do so and enjoys them, but at the same time I am creating them for myself to look back on in the future, so it doesn’t really matter how many are paying attention. I think for a lot of people nowadays their happiness almost correlates with the amount of ‘likes’ they get on social media and the acceptance or approval they feel as a result.

Personally, I think it is so much more important to get to a place where, if you stripped all of that away, you feel content with just being you and living the life that makes you happy.

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SP  x

A Beautiful Day in Bath

Bath, Somerset

Saturday 15th October 2016

We sometimes feel the urge to explore this planet known as Earth. We’ll book a mini-break or a dream holiday and then the weeks that would normally fly by seem to drag. You find yourself telling people how the next break ‘couldn’t come soon enough’! Even a day trip can be enough to quench a thirst for adventure.

Mart and I decided upon a day trip to Bath- only a couple of hours drive from our home in Exeter.  We parked the car and started to wander towards the city centre in the autumn sunshine.

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Our first stop was Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House. I opted for a cup of tea and a cinnamon butter bun, which was pretty much the size of my face… But wow, Sally Lunn’s buns are basically the best. I highly recommend the trip to Bath if only for a taste of those buns!

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That cinnamon butter though! I’m already looking forward to returning…

We spent the next few hours strolling around and (mostly window) shopping. I treated myself to some pricey make-up in Space NK and a couple of cheap winter jumpers in Primarni… it’s all about that balance… ha! Then we made our way towards Bath Abbey and Pulteney Weir.

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Apparently it’s weird to take a posed photo, so above left is what we ended up with. I swear he doesn’t always look at me like I’m an idiot… (it’s usually the other way around, lol)

It was approaching the end of the day so we headed back to the car via the Royal Crescent. I visited Bath with my family when I was younger and this is the part I remember well – the architecture is amazing!

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We carried on through Royal Victoria Park and sat down for a few minutes to appreciate the beauty. Too often our focus is what we are missing out on and we fail to notice the amazing things we already have right on our doorstep!

It was a day well spent in beautiful Bath – we’ll definitely be visiting again soon.

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SP x