Can you actually believe that this year is LITERALLY about to end? Like, I swear five minutes ago it was April.
Anyway it wasn’t, January is looming *shudders*, and I wanted to take the opportunity to look back at 2016 for me. It was not my favourite year. In fact, it was chock full of negativity and sh*t and there were genuinely times I could’ve done a Sleeping Beauty and gone to sleep for a good hundred years.
I refuse to sit here and be a negative ninny & moan about what a terrible year I had; I’m embracing, the ‘I don’t lose‘ attitude. I either win or I learn. I feel like you get to a certain age or a point in your life where you’re like…actually, rather than be defeated by that, I’m gonna learn from it – & I’m gonna be better for it. I really believe that. Learning to grow from something negative or horrible can only be good for you – you become stronger.
Plus I made some amazing memories this year & had some wonderful times – so in no chronological order, here are some of my fave pictures from 2016 and the story behind them.
Holiday in Dartmouth, Devon.
Ok there are like a bajillion photos that I love from this holiday, but by far I think this was my favourite day out. We went to a place called Lydford Gorge which is run by the National Trust. It’s like a nature lover’s paradise (YASS) – lots of trees, walks, rivers, wildlife and as you can see ^^ a 30m waterfall called the ‘White Lady’. I just loved it. My little dwarf legs were feeling it the next day, but it was soo worth it.
Working at Hampton Court Palace.
Yup. I worked there ^. I still can’t believe I did. I’ve never felt more lucky or more privileged to be somewhere in my life – & I’ll never forget it. Oh & throw in that I’m a history student and LOVE the Tudors, then you can imagine all the feels. Sadly it was only a temp position, so I don’t work there anymore. But I’ll be back. *Arnold Schwarzenegger impression on point*
Running with my Dad at the London Marathon.
Ok I didn’t actually run the London Marathon persay, I went to watch & cheer my Dad on, who’s run marathons now for a good few years. It makes me incredibly proud and actually a little emotional because I’m so proud of him. I was waiting about 20 minutes from the finish line, and I’d been tracking him on my phone & watching out for him for about an hour, when all of a sudden I saw him! I nearly lost my voice shouting out so that he’d see me, & he did! He’d pulled his calf a little and was really struggling – he came over and squeezed me tight & I told him I loved him. I’m almost crying just talking about this! Anyway *pull it together Katie*, I watched him disappear around a bend and OUT OF NOWHERE (I even shocked myself) I bounded off through the crowds – like literally sprinting along the side of the track – forgetting how unfit I am, til I could see him again. I got to a barrier just as he was about to go past and called out to him. He saw me, I gave him the fattest cuddle & told him he was nearly there.
This photo was just after that moment.
I held a frigging snake.
This is one of about ten photos where I don’t look like I’m sh*tting myself! I completely spontaneously, out of nowhere decided I’d hold a snake when at this fayre thing. I’ve never had a phobia of snakes – spiders have always scared me more – but this was a big deal. I mean look at it.
Though as snakes go, I feel like this one was kinda…pretty? It reminded me of the one used by Britney Spears for ‘Slave 4U’! I feel like this photo means a lot to me because I proved to myself I can be braver than I give myself credit.
Oh & did I mention it wrapped it’s tail around my ankle? Uh-huh.
He makes me proud no matter what he does – but this was such a day. I cried.
…Mostly because those shoes were a killer but obvs because I was proud too. Obvs.
Laughs with my two favourite people.
I bloody love them two. I may as well live with my Grandparents for how much I’m with them! We drink tea in abundance, watch black and white films and talk til the cows come home. & I love it! They’ve really been there for me this year.
Doing more of what I love.
Yep…incase you hadn’t guessed it, I LOVE nature and I LOVE photography. I feel like this is the first year I’ve really taken the time to embrace both and encourage myself to spend more time outdoors. I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again; nature is therapy. & photography captures that.
Days out & weekends away
I’ve been lucky enough to have some amazing days out – if you live near Kent, go & visit Hever Castle. It’s my favourite place in the world & I’ve definitely been about twelve times (I’m just gonna set up camp there at this rate..).
I’ve enjoyed woodland walks, where my boyfriend & I carved our initials into a tree; I had a weekend down the seaside with my best pal where a caterpillar got lost in my cleavage (just don’t); I went strawberry & raspberry picking and got lost in the tallest sunflower field you ever did see! I drank a tad too much rum with my Grandad & woke the neighbours up singing along to the Kinks. I watched starry nights, sunrises and sunsets and I loved it all.
The best times.
There are so many pics I could’ve popped in, but this post is already lengthy enough, and I commend you if you’ve stuck with me this far!!
What are your favourite memories of this year?! Please do comment below, I would love to hear your stories.
Til next time…
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