12 Things That I Loved About 2017

12 Things That I Loved About 2017

The last twelve months have been a rollercoaster to say the least. When I first sat down to write this post I couldn’t help but focus on the lows & initially thought that my year had been pretty ‘meh’. But on reflection, I realised that there were some amazing highlights and so many things that I loved about 2017.

The Banter Brigade

Not only was 2017 the year that the Banter Brigade was born, it was also the year that we went on not one, not two but three city breaks together. Getting to see the beautiful sights of Edinburgh, Belfast & Budapest with three of my favourite gals was amazing. I can’t wait for more adventures, many a banter and all of the seshs that 2018 will bring.

Passing My Driving Test

I only went and passed my bloody driving test didn’t I?! Honestly I can’t even begin to explain how much of a relief it is! Yes it’s better late than never but I’m just so flipping proud of myself. When I first started driving the day that I’d have a lesson would be written off because I’d got myself so worked up with nerves & now here I am. I feel like the biggest weight has been lifted off of my shoulders!

Confidence

2017 was the year that I took Oh So Mint to another level. My confidence has grown massively over the past 6 months & I feel like I’m finally starting to believe in myself. I’ve started to work with brands on both my blog and my Instagram & I’ve recently worked on my first sponsored blog post (which you can read here). I’ve got a list of ideas as long as my arm & I feel so inspired right now. I honestly can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for Oh So Mint.

The Year Of Friendship

I feel like 2017 was the year of friendship for me. I made so many memories with some of my oldest friends & feel so lucky to have them in my life. On another note, I made some of the BEST friends through this wonderful online world & I’m incredibly thankful to each and every one of them. Those absolute gems are definitely one of the very best things to come out of 2017.

Surprises

I decided to have a small gathering (sesh) with close friends at the Minter-Monk abode for my birthday in March. Little did I know that Joe and my parents had been plotting behind my back for my clan to come down and surprise me. Spending my birthday with all (bar my brother Jonah who sadly had to work) of my favourite people in one room was just amazing. Not to mention my Dad reenacting the Gavin & Stacey episode when Bryn shouts “Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!” at Gwyn’s surprise Barn dance – pinnacle life moment right there.

Upping My Game

Over the past year I’ve really been trying to up my game when it comes to taking photos. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still got a lot to learn but I feel like I’m making progress (slowly but surely).

My Beautiful Best Boy

Speaking of photos, one of my favourite things to come out of 2017 are the photos that I managed to get of my beautiful best boy Romeo. Losing him honestly broke my heart and I miss him every day but I’m so thankful to have the memories & photos of him that I do. It’s the little things like that that I will always treasure.

Le Monk

Unfortunately Joe & I didn’t get to go away together, but that didn’t stop us going on adventures. Our day out at Hampton Court for my birthday and our trip to Kew Gardens for our anniversary always make me smile whenever I think of them. But (forgive me… soppy incoming) I loved the little things with the Le Monk. Spending another year together in our home, watching Game of Thrones & Peaky Blinders together, picking our Christmas tree together as it started to snow, to name but a few. Basically, he’s alright.

The Clan

Spending quality time with my clan, both the Minters and the Monks. I’m so grateful to have the most amazing, supportive people around me who never fail to make me smile.

That Time My Living Room Was Projected Onto A Wall In Ikea

One of the biggest highlights of the year definitely has to be seeing a photo of my living room projected onto a wall in Ikea as I was leaving after a shopping trip with my friend Madison. I had no idea about it & it honestly blew my mind.

Project House To Home

I know I’m a bit of a broken record about it, but I’m so happy with the progress that we have made with the flat. We’ve still got a way to go (damn you money/ time) but it’s really starting to come together. In 2018 I plan to get a wiggle on & finally finish decorating as there are some exciting things in store at the Minter-Monk abode. Watch this space!

Taking A Leap Of Faith

I took a leap of faith and got a new job. Yep I left Mammoth after 3 years there and will be starting a new job in Marketing in January. As sad as I am to have left behind some absolute gemstones, I’m so so SO excited to start this next chapter. Here’s to fresh starts & new adventures.

What did you love about 2017?

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  • congats on passing the driving test! ain’t no stopping you now!!

    2017 was definitely a year of friendship for me too, i moved jobs and made so many new friends which has been amazing.

    gotta ask…why was your living room projected in ikea?! thats sounds amazing!

    wishing you all the best for 2018 lovely xxxx

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • Thank you so much Katie! It’s honestly been such a relief.

      Aaaah that’s so lovely to hear! I hope 2018 brings more wonderful people into your life & that you get every happiness that your heart desires.

      Well, they asked me if they could repost it onto their social media, which I agreed to. Nothing ever came of it so I assumed that they’d changed their mind. Next thing I know I’m walking out of Ikea with my friend & it’s projected onto a wall in the store! Was completely mad.

      Happy 2018 lovely xxx

  • awh what a lovely, uplifting post. Focusing on the positives is so effective and I’m so happy you shared it as its offered me a lovely start to the morning. Happy 2018 xoxo

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

    • Thank you so much for reading & for your lovely comment Eloise, really means a lot! So glad you enjoyed the post – it’s so important to try & focus on the positive & let the negatives be a driving force to want bigger and better things. Happy 2018 to you too lovely xxx

  • Nadia

    Love your 2017 reflections, Chelsea! 2017 sounds like it was a fab year for you, love. So proud of you for all your achievements!!! You’re doing so great!! And, girl, the driving test!!!! Go you!! That’s something I’m going to face this year and I’m a bit terrified but also excited 😀
    Here’s to 2018, the best year yet 🙂
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

    • So sorry for the late reply Nadia! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, really means a lot. 2017 was a great year for me & I’m excited to see what 2018 brings. Aaaah so exciting to hear about your driving test. Wishing you all the luck in the world. Here’s to 2018 xxx