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2017 rewind

2017 rewind

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well and had an amazing Christmas and New Year!

Can you believe it is 2018!! When I was younger, the days always seemed to drag and in some ways, I often wished the days away.  Now I am older, it is as if I blinked and a whole year has gone! This year especially, I have found myself reflecting on the past year more than I normally would.  When writing about it now, I think this could be for many reasons.  One, because I am older now so I feel time is more important and two, because 2017 was such as whirlwind of events both good and bad. Today I thought it would be fun to have a little reflect on 2017 and share it with you. I won’t bore you with ALL of my 2017 memories, as I’m sure you all know I can be a bit of a rambler and that would go on for a while haha! But here are some key moments that happened to me in 2017.

2017 began in Portsmouth dressed in an old lady nighty, with my hair in curlers and all my Doncaster family.  Don’t panic – it was fancy dress, I didn’t choose to enter the new year dressed like an OAP.  But it was pretty hilarious seeing my dad and uncles dressed as old ladies and my baby cousin with a dicky bow on!  That is one thing I loved about 2017, having a laugh with my family as much as possible and I hope to do the same this year.  We even got the amazing news on Christmas Day that we are getting a new addition to the family as my Auntie is pregnant!  Can’t wait to meet my new baby cousin this year.

Christmas with my crazy family! No idea what my dad is doing in this pic haha!

Last year has also been full of amazing memories with my friends.  From clubbing, flat parties, cake fights, photo shoots and surprise trips to Cadbury World I have loved looking back at all the crazy photos.

Cheerleading was also such an amazing memory from 2017. It was the year of uniforms, competitions and, of course, TOUR! From partying and laughing to coming first in my first ever competition, I can’t believe how much I have enjoyed this new sport and how many new and amazing friends I have made along the way. I even went up into full extension (cheer term meaning the bases lift the flyer above their head) on the beach of sunny Spain.


Freshers are tennis balls!








2017 was also the year my friends and I moved into our first student house.  I must admit this time of year between September and November was very hard and I did find myself feeling very very homesick after spending a long time at home during the summer.  But it was during this time I realised family and friends are only a phone call away and true friends will always be there when I need them.  I also learned my grandad was becoming rather ill with Parkinson’s disease.  It is never a nice thing to hear that a family member is getting ill but it was so lovely to see him at Christmas and hopefully his medication will help him to see me graduate in 2019 and much more!

Come December 2017 and things were really picking up. Our cheerleading routine was well and truly underway and I got a first in my first second year assignment!  I was also beginning to get interviews for a new job. I couldn’t believe how fast things were going. Next thing I know it’s 2018!

So far, it’s been an amazing year.  I now have a new job as Assistant Events Co-ordinator at Bordesley Park Wedding Venue – crazy, I know! I also bought my own car, a little Ford Fiesta named Ben. I have done my exams and am ready for second semester.

Here’s to another amazing year. I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Jessica x




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