2016- What. A. Year. Never have I known a year boast so many fantastic highs and devastating lows, personal achievements and challenging hurdles- as well as so many scary worldly goings on that it's sometimes almost unfathomable to wrap my tiny head around them. It's not easy tapping into everything that's gone on during this year (we've seen plenty in the news and online)- so I won't try and summarise it in a fleeting sentence. All I do know is that it's made me realise how fortunate I've been. How it's so (more than ever), important to look out for others, support people where you can and ultimately try and make an effort to understand and learn- because I'm pretty sure that's how change begins.

Anyway, I won't try and summarise everything in one chunky paragraph- but instead I've broken my year down a little (more so as a personal momento of the last 12 months)- as it's always wonderful being able to come back and see what I actually managed to tick off and what went on (especially as I first did this in 2012, which is very surreal to look back on)! Anyway- let me take this moment (before I end up typing up a serious storm) to say thank you. I have had more support this year than I could have ever have hoped for- and have honestly achieved more than I could have ever have dreamt of when I first started this (which I always think is so important to remember when in the comparison trap)! Anyway. Thank you. You're the best. (I mean it). Anyway, on with the show (or ginormous essay)!

Life: So- LIFE. What did it hold in 2016? Apart from plenty of pals, travel and lots of blogging (which I'll definitely natter more about in a mo)- I definitely felt marginally more grown up this year. Most importantly I FINALLY passed my driving test! It was my main goal for this year, and after learning for well over a year (and then my instructor retiring)- I booked myself an intensive course and got down to business- THE RELIEF. This gal also got herself her first tattoo (hopefully the first of a...couple), saved up and up (so next year things can get REALLY GROWN UP) and also saw The Last Shadow Puppets with Rebecca after about one hundred years of fangirling. It was well and truly worth the wait.

Blogging & Youtube: In terms of the internets, it's been a pretty big and surreal year for me. Let's start with the. big. one. This year I was signed to the agency of my dreams, Storm (!!!), which I never in a million years imagined could happen (and still can't). This was all down to my friend Estée, who I properly 'befriended' this year and am constantly amazed and impressed by her kindness, success and determination and her support has been endlessly appreciated. On top of that I was also the face of a brand (!!!) and spotted my mug in several mags with Trollbeads which was so exciting. I also went to the BAFTA's, slightly stalked Colin Firth at the Bridget Jones premiere and got an awesome online magazine feature with Joe for Atlas magazine too. Now, in terms of YouTube, it's been a funny year. I still don't quite know my place, and I'm thinking (cough, hoping) next year may be slightly different. I've felt the pressure of comparison a great deal this year- and although I know I shouldn't (in fact, nobody should)- it's been a learning curve into what and where I really want my channel to go and how to me, success definitely isn't measured by numbers (it took a while folks, trust me)- which I think is only ever a positive thing.

People: Speaking of friends, this year I've been lucky enough to get to know and make some new ones, as well as cherish some of my bests and older pals too. It's been a busy non-stop year and I know I can be quite a tricky friend to pin down (and reply to texts)- so knowing who is, and will always be there (with the patience of saints) has been so important- and really taught me the value of special pals. On top of that I also had my first ever grown up friend wedding with some of my main ladies (and hen do)- which was amazing (kudos, Caz) and realised how ruddy lucky I am to have a certain Joe in my life- who is without a doubt, the biggest support and someone who understands my weird and wonderful job inside out so is always there for everything. I could not do it without him. I was also lucky enough to go on holiday with my family to New York, which was one of the most special trips in a looong time. Being able to switch off a little bit, decompress and laugh ourselves silly was wonderful and I am so lucky to have such a special family too.

Travel: Last but not least, travel. And OMG. being able to visit everywhere from Kenya to Australia is more than I could have ever have wished for. I genuinely cannot believe how fortunate I've been to see so much of the world this year (and I'm still not sure how I wangled so much into the year too). From going on safari, which was absolutely unreal (especially with the company of lovely Lucy)- seeing Australia with Joe (with a whole heap of posts coming in the New Year), ticking off more of Europe (including falling in love with Copenhagen) and heading back to the Big Apple and Disneyland- it's all been a surreal, exciting whirlwind. On top of that, I also managed to tick off a little more of the U.K (namely by falling hard for Manchester and doing a piece for Glamour in Glasgow)- and hope to add to that even more in 2017- fingers crossed!

If you've read this far, then MY GOODNESS I salute you. Thank you so much for your patience and have a VERY happy, healthy and wonderful 2017. Go get 'em tiger.

x
2016- What. A. Year. Never have I known a year boast so many fantastic highs and devastating lows, personal achievements and challenging hurdles- as well as so many scary worldly goings on that it's sometimes almost unfathomable to wrap my tiny head around them. It's not easy tapping into everything that's gone on during this year (we've seen plenty in the news and online)- so I won't try and summarise it in a fleeting sentence. All I do know is that it's made me realise how fortunate I've been. How it's so (more than ever), important to look out for others, support people where you can and ultimately try and make an effort to understand and learn- because I'm pretty sure that's how change begins.

Anyway, I won't try and summarise everything in one chunky paragraph- but instead I've broken my year down a little (more so as a personal momento of the last 12 months)- as it's always wonderful being able to come back and see what I actually managed to tick off and what went on (especially as I first did this in 2012, which is very surreal to look back on)! Anyway- let me take this moment (before I end up typing up a serious storm) to say thank you. I have had more support this year than I could have ever have hoped for- and have honestly achieved more than I could have ever have dreamt of when I first started this (which I always think is so important to remember when in the comparison trap)! Anyway. Thank you. You're the best. (I mean it). Anyway, on with the show (or ginormous essay)!

Life: So- LIFE. What did it hold in 2016? Apart from plenty of pals, travel and lots of blogging (which I'll definitely natter more about in a mo)- I definitely felt marginally more grown up this year. Most importantly I FINALLY passed my driving test! It was my main goal for this year, and after learning for well over a year (and then my instructor retiring)- I booked myself an intensive course and got down to business- THE RELIEF. This gal also got herself her first tattoo (hopefully the first of a...couple), saved up and up (so next year things can get REALLY GROWN UP) and also saw The Last Shadow Puppets with Rebecca after about one hundred years of fangirling. It was well and truly worth the wait.

Blogging & Youtube: In terms of the internets, it's been a pretty big and surreal year for me. Let's start with the. big. one. This year I was signed to the agency of my dreams, Storm (!!!), which I never in a million years imagined could happen (and still can't). This was all down to my friend Estée, who I properly 'befriended' this year and am constantly amazed and impressed by her kindness, success and determination and her support has been endlessly appreciated. On top of that I was also the face of a brand (!!!) and spotted my mug in several mags with Trollbeads which was so exciting. I also went to the BAFTA's, slightly stalked Colin Firth at the Bridget Jones premiere and got an awesome online magazine feature with Joe for Atlas magazine too. Now, in terms of YouTube, it's been a funny year. I still don't quite know my place, and I'm thinking (cough, hoping) next year may be slightly different. I've felt the pressure of comparison a great deal this year- and although I know I shouldn't (in fact, nobody should)- it's been a learning curve into what and where I really want my channel to go and how to me, success definitely isn't measured by numbers (it took a while folks, trust me)- which I think is only ever a positive thing.

People: Speaking of friends, this year I've been lucky enough to get to know and make some new ones, as well as cherish some of my bests and older pals too. It's been a busy non-stop year and I know I can be quite a tricky friend to pin down (and reply to texts)- so knowing who is, and will always be there (with the patience of saints) has been so important- and really taught me the value of special pals. On top of that I also had my first ever grown up friend wedding with some of my main ladies (and hen do)- which was amazing (kudos, Caz) and realised how ruddy lucky I am to have a certain Joe in my life- who is without a doubt, the biggest support and someone who understands my weird and wonderful job inside out so is always there for everything. I could not do it without him. I was also lucky enough to go on holiday with my family to New York, which was one of the most special trips in a looong time. Being able to switch off a little bit, decompress and laugh ourselves silly was wonderful and I am so lucky to have such a special family too.

Travel: Last but not least, travel. And OMG. being able to visit everywhere from Kenya to Australia is more than I could have ever have wished for. I genuinely cannot believe how fortunate I've been to see so much of the world this year (and I'm still not sure how I wangled so much into the year too). From going on safari, which was absolutely unreal (especially with the company of lovely Lucy)- seeing Australia with Joe (with a whole heap of posts coming in the New Year), ticking off more of Europe (including falling in love with Copenhagen) and heading back to the Big Apple and Disneyland- it's all been a surreal, exciting whirlwind. On top of that, I also managed to tick off a little more of the U.K (namely by falling hard for Manchester and doing a piece for Glamour in Glasgow)- and hope to add to that even more in 2017- fingers crossed!

If you've read this far, then MY GOODNESS I salute you. Thank you so much for your patience and have a VERY happy, healthy and wonderful 2017. Go get 'em tiger.

x

34 comments:

  1. I loved reading this post!

    So lovely :) And I wish you all the best in 2017

    Heather x www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

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  2. Aww congratulations on all the amazing achievements! Especially the driving licence and getting signed on to Storm - so cool! :) Looking forward to reading and loving your blog next year too x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  3. I'm SO happy for all that you've accomplished this year, Liv! You are truly a wonderful lady and you deserve every good thing that comes your way. I'm sure 2017 will be even better (for you, and hopefully, for all of us)!
    Kisses from Brazil xx www.tatyannagois.com

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  4. wow, what a year you've had! All the best for 2017 and I look forward to hearing about your adventures!

    http://turnedintotreasure.blogspot.com.au

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  5. Amazing year, Liv! Thanks for sharing, it's been fun joining in! :) xxx

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  6. I adore these round up posts every year! Well done you for all you've achieved. I've been a reader for a few years now and I'm so excited to see what 2017 has in store too!

    Josie x

    www.aprettypostit.blogspot.com

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  7. i was smiling through this whole post. 2016 has been definitely a crazy one particularly so on the worldly happenings which i think i keep on getting too caught up on so this post has really helped remind me how personally fortunate and lucky i have been. loved your shared memories. happy new year!

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

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  8. That's wonderful Olivia! Can't wait to follow you around 2017 as well, you are always very inspiring! Happy New Year!
    Sandra xx

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  9. It sounds like you have had an amazing year! x

    www.luxestyle.co.uk

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  10. Nice post dear ;)

    www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  11. Aww Olivia you've had such an incredible year! I absolutely adore your blog and I can't wait to see what content you make in 2017 <3

    Lynnsay x
    www.sartorialscot.com

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  12. It sounds like you had a pretty amazing year! You accomplished so much! I know what it feels to have a rollercoaster of a year, that's for sure. Don't let the negative outshine the positive. That is easier said that done, but looking back on the year and all of the great things that happened is a good way to remain thankful for everything we are blessed with.

    Brittany | thechicette.com

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  13. You've had an amazing year and you deserve it! Wishing you all the best in 2017 too xx
    Zoe | floral and feather

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  14. So jealous of all the travelling you got to do - that's my goal for 2017! In 2016, I also passed my driving test at long last (trust me, I know what a relief it is!) and got my first tattoo! x

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  15. You really have had a spectacular year liv! I cannot believe all the opportunities you've had with the blog and congratulations with being signed to storm! I am so intensely jealous of all the travelling, I plan to do so much in the next 2 years! I look forward to what 2017 brings you, Happy New Year lovely
    http://www.pagefromsbeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I'm glad you had an amazing 2016! I love your blog and youtube channel x♥

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  17. Sounds like you've had a fabulous year, and I've absolutely adored seeing all your travels - I'm dying to go to giraffe manor!

    The Little Things | Louise x

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  18. Congrats on being signed to Storm! You got to do so many cool things, hope the awesome opportunities keep coming in 2017!

    Belle in Black and White

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  19. Beautiful post Olivia!! Hope you the best 2017! kisses:D

    https://laurasavenue.blogspot.de/

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  20. Oh my goodness! So much has happened in 2016. I loved reading your yearly summary and wanted to say that your writing is beautiful. Wishing you the best for 2017.

    www.nnyley.com

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  21. A lovely read as always! I've always loved the style of your blog and it's been awesome watching it develop.

    www.englishgirlinnewyork.org

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  22. Your travels sound amazing! Happy New Year Olivia <3

    LEXI LIKES

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  23. great pictures of everything you did during 2016.

    lu | Coco&Louis

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  24. yours was the first blog I ever read and I've loved seeing it grow and grow! you've done some amazing things this year and you're a real inspiration! hope 2017 brings even more incredible things for you!
    Rose and Weston x

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  25. Wow, well done on an amazing year darling! Hope everything falls into place for you and with your youtube in the new year! xxx
    franceskayleigh.com

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  26. Love you Liv!!!! I cannot wait to see what 2017 brings you :) Keep up all the hard work and always remember not to put too much pressure on yourself! Be happy, laugh and live!

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  27. Oh my, what a year! Here's to an even better 2017 <3
    XXX

    Harriet Pattison | A Fashion Blog

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  28. You've had such an amazing year, my love! I hope this year is just as full of love, fun and adventures xxx

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  29. Fab post Liv! Just wanted to say that I love your YouTube channel as I think it is quite different to a lot out there, so don't change it too much!! Steph xx
    www.stephstyle.com

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  30. Honestly Liv, you are doing and continue to do so amazingly well - I've always admired your blog and style and how everyone gravitates to you because you work bloody hard. Despire feelings of comparison, you really rock, seriously rock and I can't wait to see what you do in 2017.

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  31. LOVE this Liv, I am always so inspired by you and your incredible, beautiful content! You deserve ALL the success and adventure, here's more of it in 2017! Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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  32. I've loved following all of this with you throughout the year - and to see it all compressed into this post shows how much you have done! Your blog is a wonderful place and so beautiful - can't wait to see what you have in store for 2017!

    Caroline

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  33. OMG LIV! Your year was SO fantastic! I can't say I'm not jealous, but I'm very happy for you either way ;)
    I feel like 2016 was also the year I'm finally dealing with all sorts of grown up things (from my first proper job to credit card debts). Is it something about turning 24, do you think?

    Happy new year, Liv!

    P.S: is it ever a possibility that you and I become friends too? :')

    Alive as Always

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  34. This post was so inspiring! I'm so happy 2016 brought you so many good things. Can't wait to see what you have in stock for 2017!! x

    Margaux / www.bonjourwhite.com

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