I wanted to do a video on this, but to be honest, writing has always been my true passion.
2017, wow. Where do I begin? Everything I have achieved, lost and learned has added so much value to my life. I also wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported my blog, YouTube channel or even a simple follow on social media. Your kind words mean more than you will ever know.
Let me start by saying that my 2017 started off really well. I walked into the year with good health, passing my 2nd year of university, with distinction, (pops collar). I was not expecting 2017 to change my life so dramatically that it in turn changed the way I felt about myself and how I looked at life. I was invited to 2 The Body Shop events, which opened many doors for me and my blogging career. I am so grateful for every company who has reached out to me and I look forward to the events that lie ahead.
Although my year started off well, in April 2017 I came out of a 4 year relationship. This not only made me lose my best friend, but my only friend at the time. I spiraled into a deep, dark place for a while. I refused to go to campus, I would lock myself in my room and I would sulk all day and feel sorry for myself — BORING.
I took this as a learning curve and out of fear and desperation, I plastered signs all over campus looking for a lift club. Little did I know that this would in fact lead me to finding 3 of the best friends I have now. Nicole, Tamzen and Zahraa, you are truly my highlights of 2017.
Then, embarking on something a little bit out of my comfort zone. Tinder. I don’t know how I managed to find this gem of a guy, but I happened to match with a British stud muffin who I still remain friends with to this day. Unfortunately, love was not on the cards for me this year – which I am not mad about. It just means that I had more time to focus on my own goals and most importantly, myself.
Stamp passport – check. For the first time, I spread my wings and traveled to Thailand with my family, which is a memory I will cherish forever. I fell in love with the people, the culture and the food (food poisoning aside, I really hate my stomach sometimes). I got to experience a beach I have never been to, went on a walk in the middle of the night to get souvenirs (which is something you cannot do in Cape Town, because the crime rate is ridiculous) and even went snorkeling with thousands of tropical coloured fish in 3m deep water (I’m 1’54 so you can imagine how terrifying this was for me!). I crossed Krabi, The Phi Phi Islands and another island I really can’t remember the name of off my list and I really cannot wait to go back.
To end off my year, I decided to have my own giveaway in order to grow my channel and really gain a little bit of exposure for my new Instagram which I plan on posting regularly (once I get out of my slump. Ahh January) and plan to use only for reviews. If you like white feeds, my handle is sincerelydeeannetheblog. I ended off my year with 165 followers and 645 subscribers to my channel. I am so grateful for all the support, no matter how small.
I have no idea what this year holds for me, and to be honest it has not started off that well. I am just going to go with the flow and whatever happens, happens. All in God’s timing x