… or at least, Happy New Year in advance! 🤗 🎊 🥂 🎉

Okay, so I figured I’d better write this post before I get knee deep in champagne, prosecco, gin and whatever else the driver from Amazon delivers (I went really lazy this year – didn’t even leave the house to go shopping).

I don’t even know what I was planning on saying in this post. I definitely know I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for an amazing year! That’s a given… but that being said, I’ll say it anyway! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your support, comments and kind words mean so much and I can’t tell you how grateful we are.

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Here’s the thing about blogging – so much of it is done on your own, in quiet rooms, lonesome and far away from the people you’re talking to so reading every single comment, on every single platform is what brings the whole experience full circle.

A conversation isn’t just you talking to yourself – it goes both ways and so we really appreciate everything so much more than most people would think or imagine. It’s just so validating to hear other people’s thoughts and know you’re not alone in this crazy obsession with travelling the world! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Oh, one more thing I was going to do quickly before I sign off and get ready to see in the New Year was to drop a few things I’ve learnt this year. Granted some of this might be obvious (I feel even the obvious stuff needs to be re-learnt from time to time) but I know learning some this has helped me throughout the year so who knows, it just might help you or someone else you know. Anyway, enough caveating from my end – here goes. 🙂

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1.) Boredom is not a bad thing. People sometimes think it’s important to always be busy and to have plans to see the world but there’s something to be said for downtime. In it’s moments like this that brilliant ideas are born, necessary admin in your life is handled and that you sometimes are able to take a step back and full direct your energy where it matters. Embrace downtime more.

2.) Opinions can’t define you. Just because someone somewhere says the sky is green doesn’t make it green – the same way someone saying you’re not good enough doesn’t make it through.

3.) Persevere. When you’re working hard on something you believe in, persevere. When people tell you your ideas are crappy but you know that there’s something special in them, persevere. Push through all the bullsh*t that gets thrown at you. I say this because this year alone, I’ve seen far too many people after years or “No”s,  rejections and choosing to persevere, finally achieve the goals that people never thought possible for them. Something the difference between success and failure is that perseverance.

4.) Carrying on in the same theme –  A “No” isn’t always the end of the story. It’s not always this disappointing “finish line”. Sometimes, a “No” is just a brick wall – what you need to do to scale that wall is build a ladder. Have the patience and self-belief to build that ladder and scale that brick wall.

5.) Learn to put yourself in other people’s shoes. Like literally think – “What is going through their heads right now and how would I react if that was me?”. It’s one of the most basic things to do and yet it something most of us don’t do instinctively (our instinct is always to look after ourselves). Taking in a different perspective doesn’t have to change yours, it will, however, make you a much more well-rounded individual and approach problems in ways most people wouldn’t

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Okay, I could go on and on about this stuff but I’m just gonna stop here! Thank you once again for all your help and support this year! Happy New Year to you, your friends and family! Here’s to 2018!!! 🍾🥂

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