I loved seeing everyone’s ‘A Year in Review’ on their Instastories towards the end of 2017, as I’ve been doing these for the last few years here on my blog as a way for me to look back and reflect on the past year. However, seeing as it’s already mid-January, I’m a little late to the party in getting this post up.
That’s because my 2017 ended with Jason and I finally finding a place and moving in New Year’s Eve! The last couple of weeks have been an absolute whirlwind, but we’re slowly getting all settled in and I finally had the time to sit down and put together this post. I also decided to call this year’s post ‘A Year in Review’ instead of my usual ‘A Year in Pictures’, as I think it just sounds better.
Anyways, get comfortable because here we go!
I wanted to start off talking about the end of April/beginning of May, as it was a really emotional time for me. I had officially completed my undergrad, which was a huge accomplishment for me, and I felt on top of the world. And just a few days later, I was off to the Dominican Republic for a much needed vacation to relax and celebrate.
However, while I was in the Dominican, my cat, Sweeney, got incredibly sick. Coming home to a weak, lethargic and unrecognizable cat in just one week was an absolute shock and completely heartbreaking for me. After a ton of tests, he was diagnosed with anemia—which was caused by a parasite—and he was also diagnosed with diabetes and FIV. Between the vet visits, all the tests we had done and everything we had to get for him, I racked up a ton of money in vet bills, which put a lot of stress on me financially. I ended up setting up a GoFundMe page, which showed me how amazing and generous people can be in a time of need—I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am to those who donated! I also am extremely thankful for my mom, who’s my absolute rock, and of course, thankful for Sweeney getting back to his happy and healthy self.
Here are some photos of him from the last few months!
Feeling like I needed a little getaway, Jason and I took a road trip to Owen Sound over the May long weekend to check out the numerous waterfalls in Grey County. Seeing all the beautiful waterfalls, whilst being surrounded by nature and breathing in the fresh air, was just what I needed.
June was a very exciting month, as it meant convocation! It felt unreal to graduate from one of the world’s most prestigious universities with honours and it was honestly just one of the happiest, proudest, and most wondrous days of my life.
Also in June, Jason’s dad married his longtime partner, and I was so happy to be a part of their special day!
Fast forward to the end of July, which is when I left my job of almost 7 years, which was both liberating and terrifying. Liberating because even though it was a job that had been so good to me, and one which I had learned and grown so much from, it had ran its course and it was time to cut the cord. Terrifying because I had been there for so long and because I have always had a job ever since I was 16, so it meant I was unemployed for the first time in my life. No longer having an income coming in was definitely scary, but it also really taught me how to become smarter with my money. It also made me a lot less materialistic, as I am definitely guilty of years of purchasing material items I don’t need in order to fill a temporary happiness. That has also been hugely liberating to breakaway from.
Over the summer, Jason and I spent quite a few weekends up north, camping at Algonquin and staying at friend’s cottages. I absolutely love being up north.
I also went to Elora Quarry for the first time ever!
In August, my best friend got married, and I couldn’t have been more honoured to be a part of her special day. This was my first time being a bridesmaid, so I was super nervous, but I was also so excited to be able to stand next to her when she said “I do”!
And just one month before that, one of my other best friends got engaged in Italy! Which means I get to be a bridesmaid again—I can’t wait to stand beside another amazing woman on her big day!
End of August was another emotional time for me, as we said goodbye to our home of almost 18 years, as my parents wanted to downsize and they also wanted to move out of our hometown. It definitely took some getting use to, but my parents are so happy in their new home.
In September, I volunteered at TIFF again (I opted out last year), and this year I worked with Industry. I scored free tickets to an advanced screening of the film Three Christs, which my mom and I went to, and Jason and I also got free tickets for the North American premiere of Brawl in Cell Block 99.
Other highlights from this year include:
Going to Niagara Falls twice—first, in July for Jenn’s bachelorette (which was hilarious and so much fun), and then with Jason for a belated anniversary (we’ve gone to Niagara the previous two years in the fall, so it’s sort of become tradition).
I also saw exhibits at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
I also got to see my third Banksy in person!
I saw some wicked shows.
I also attended a few blogger events, and I hope I get the opportunity to attend more in 2018! I attended the Revlon ColorStay All Day Event at The Loft at Baro. Gigi Gorgeous was there, and it was such a fun event. I also got to go to the NYX Cosmetics Canada Supernatural Event at The Stirling Room. Lots of food, drinks, and I got my aura read, which was both cool and insanely accurate. I also attended a High Tea and Press Event at the Globe and Mail Centre with Maye Musk and Lisa Corbo, which was so lovely and intimate. It was put together in honour of the highly anticipated charity fashion show, which is held for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
In terms of my blog, I am over the moon with how many amazing brands I had the opportunity to work with this year! One of the biggest highlights was definitely being contacted by the PR team for Live Clean, as Live Clean is one of my favourite brands, which I’ve used and loved for years.
Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to grow my Instagram following as much as I had hoped this year. I feel like my account is at a bit of a standstill at the moment—no growth and steadily losing followers. I know a lot of people feel the same and are upset with the Instagram algorithm, which is really frustrating and discouraging. However, I seriously love my blog (which also got a much needed facelift this year!), and I love writing and creating content on here. At the end of the day, whether 5 people read my blog or 500, as long as I am satisfied with what I am putting out, then I’m happy! Having real people (other than my mom) read my blog and tell me they love it is just a wonderful bonus!
And there you have it, my ‘Year in Review’ for 2017! Hats off to you reading this if you actually made it the end. I hope your 2018 is treating you well so far and here’s to making 2018 the best year yet!