2016...I'm done with you now

As its the start of a new year and the start of a new chapter for me. I wanted to share with you guys some of the things that made up my 2016. I really want this blog to be about sharing parts of my life as well as fashion and beauty related pieces. So what better way to get to know a bit more about me than delving into whats been happening in my life lately...

2016 was meant to be the year of change. The year things were going to really happen. When it struck new years I was so happy for the things I had planned for the year ahead, so hopeful and so excited to see it all plan out. As the year went on I soon realized that the year wasn't going to go the way I had hoped. Sure a lot of good still came from this year but the big things I had planned to do, some didn't quite follow through. 

The family did get that little big bigger again this year though, so that was the best part. Another girl to add to the clan in fact, once again boys are outnumbered. Little Rosie Belle joined the family and she is turning into one little character let me tell you. I love her to pieces, love all my little cousins so much it's unreal. 

Another year, another concert checked off the list. This time this one wasn't planned. My mum and dad had surprised me and my sister with tickets as a Christmas present to go see Little Mix. Not the best concert I've been to, but at least I can now say I've seen them live. We did get tickets to go see Selena Gomez Revival tour as well, but unfortunately she took ill and had to cancel her tour. So hopefully if she ever decides to come back to Scotland we can get to finally see her. 

Birthdays were a big thing in my family this year. My dad turning 60 this year was a big thing, we got to have an excuse for a party which is always fun. My brother had a big birthday this year too turning 30. Which just made me realize how much quicker 30 is creeping up on me. 18 months is not a big enough gap from my next big milestone if you ask me. So the top picture was me wakening up realizing I turned 28 that day, not happy one bit. 

2016 was the year I failed and passed my driving test. Which now when I think back is a pretty cool achievement for one year. I have been trying to learn to drive for the past 5 years on and off. So in 2015 I finally built up the courage to get driving lessons and really go for it. As soon as I started I just wanted to pass my test as quick as I could, I soon discovered it's not as simple as that. As it probably took me longer to get the urge to take my theory test more than anything. If I didn't put that off so long I might have passed sooner, but you never know. Everything happens at the time it's supposed to. So it was July I think I took the actual driving test for the first time, which I failed because of the parking manouvre. So I kept going at it, really focusing and by the Oct of the same year I had passed with only one minor. Which I still can't believe I am sitting here today with a full drivers licence, even when I go out driving without my dad or an instructor I still can't believe it. I have waited so long to finally be able to drive, it has been something I have wanted so bad that I didn't think it was ever going to happen for me. Just goes to show keep at it and work hard, you'll get there in the end. 

This was the year I could not have been more prouder of my baby sister. She actually managed to achieve something in her life that she thought was never possible. That makes me so proud and happy to see her so happy, studying makeup artistry, something that she has now discovered she loves that she wants to make it her career. I get to enjoy her learning all her new skills and proving everyone wrong that ever doubted her...oh and get free make overs at the same time. BONUS!

I had a few 1st's in 2016 too actually. Like first time ever getting to eat strawberries dipped in chocolate, first time trying out acrylic nails (which i am now obsessed with). Getting attacked by a wasps nest which hurts as much as I thought it might have, and not something I EVER want to experience again. And carving my first pumpkin. Growing up we never got pumpkins, it was always turnips. So this year me and my sister decided we were going to get pumpkins and do halloween properly. I love the whole thing, can't wait to do it all again. So some stupid little 1st's but I love all the little simple things that I have never done before and now can say I have. 

Can't have a year without a bunch of selfies now. If your loving your hair, makeup or look that day or just feeling good about yourself, I see no shame in taking a selfie or two and posting it for the world to see. What ever makes you feel good. Also I've realised from this I have an addiction to snapchat I think. Be sure to add me: samhen.88

OMG! Football once again another year took over my life. Probably even more than the first two years I started going. Another year being a season ticket holder, another year of exciting, dramatic ups and downs. I got my first official Dundee United merchandise I guess, a scarf anyway. I didn't own anything united before that and now I get to go to the games feeling and looking like a proper football fan, what better it's bright pink so it's still girly at the same time. I was caught up in the big fan protest outside the stadium after one of the matches last year, in the paper and everything. Will never forget that day ever, what an atmosphere. And I even made it on to the shop window with my dad and sister in a picture from one of the games for the official season poster of 16/17. But another year of unforgettable games spent with my brother and sister, and you know what the more I go the more I actually love it. Shhh...I still only really go for the hot players. 

Last summer I got to spend 10 days in the most poshest and fanciest caravan I have ever stayed in, in my life. I have always went on caravan holidays and as the years have gone on we have slowly upgraded to nicer ones each year. But our caravan we hired for our holidays was something else. Right at the beach, wakening up to the sound of the sea, the view of the beach right over the veranda was just bliss. One thing I love is being at the beach, it is my favorite place in the world to be at a nice sandy beach. I got to live right at one twice out of the year. Late night walks along the beach, swans everywhere, feeling the sand on my feet, running in the water as far as I could, loved it. When I was away on holiday I got to experience ladies night at the races for the first time. This was my first ever time seeing horse racing in person, putting on a bet. It was so much fun when you have actually put a bet on a race. The whole experience of getting to get dressed up, going for drinks, standing at the finish line as the horses speed past was so cool. 

So 2016 when I look back did have a lot of good things to take away from it. I did pass my driving test, start the final year of my university business course. Experience a few things for the first time and got to spend a lot more time with family. There was some bad mixed in which was a big part of making up my year. All that I can do now is go on with 2017 and achieve what I didn't get to in 2016. xo

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