Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had the most amazing time with your family and friends over the holiday season and that you’ve recovered from all the festivities. I also wanted to say a massive thank you for following me into 2019 and I look forward to creating weird and wonderful content for you this year. You’re all amazing and in case you didn’t know, I love you.
So as the title suggests, I had a lot of things to be grateful for last year. In fact, my husband and I have ‘joy jars’ in our house where we collate notes about all great things that happen to us throughout the year. We’ve made it a tradition to open up our joy jars on January 1st and remind ourselves of the things we’d experienced. The most common categories have made it onto my Thankful List below.
What four main things have made it onto your Thankful List of 2018?
1. I’m thankful for travel
This year I’ve had the absolute privilege of travelling to four countries (six if you include England and the UAE).
I spent Christmas and New Years 2017-18 in my Motherland, Ghana, raving it up in Accra and eating as much chinchinga that I could get my mitts on. I know I’m biased but Ghana is definitely one of my top 3 travel destinations. It’s also number 4 on CNN’s top travel destinations of 2019. Get booking!
Equally, The Phillipines is an amazing holiday destination – the pictures actually do it no justice (and the pictures are stu-nning). It is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to and I would go back in a heartbeat.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I documented my Colombian travels on here. Check out all my posts about my month-long solo travel journey below:
I also managed to sneak in a cheeky trip to Oman in the October half term with the hubby. We did the 5 hour drive to Muscat and had an interesting AirBnB experience with a crazy cat lady. But not even she could tarnish the beauty of Oman and I will definitely be returning.
2. I’m thankful for sisterhood
The highlight of my 2018 had to be seeing my sister getting engaged. For those of you who know her, she’s my only sibling and even though we live in different countries, we’re incredibly close. In the 28 years of our sisterhood – which began with her trying to coerce my mum into throwing me into the bin – I have never seen her more happy.
Although I spent most of the summer traipsing round Colombia, my favourite day was actually going ring shopping in London with my brother-in-law-to-be. Priceless. He also included me on the day of the proposal too. He bent the knee in Dubai and failed to mention that Massimo and I would be meeting them for dinner – she almost had a heart attack when I jumped on her from behind!
3. I’m thankful for babies (not my own, don’t get excited!)
Three of my closest friends are pregnant (all with baby girls, interestingly). I’m going to be an aunty in 2019 people! Even though I’m thousands of miles away from some of them, I love them all already. I didn’t even know that was possible. I can’t wait to meet my beautiful girls this year!
Are any of you expecting this year? Let me knowwwww below and congratulations in advance!
4. I’m thankful for social media
Hey, I know I’m not the most consistent or learned person on the net but I have grown so much this year in my knowledge of the digital world. I know I’ve got a looooooong way to go but the fact that I’m producing content at all is a massive deal for me. I feel like I’m using most of my talents on a daily basis and am feeling really fulfilled. What a great way to start the year!
Love you guys, Helen x