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2016: A Year in Review

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What a year.

 

As I'm trying to plan what I'm about to write, I realised that I've never really personally reviewed the year I've had. I tend to just keep moving forward, which I guess is good in a sense, but remembering your achievements and accomplishments is something you should always do. To jog my memory, I'm actually going through the photos on my phone - my memory is terrible. So, like any terrible resume, here are some of my 2016 achievements in bullet point form (just kidding - bullet points are awesome).

 

2016 Achievements

 

I went on a holiday

Okay, this might not seem like a big deal to some, but before I went to The Whitsundays earlier this year, I hadn't been on a proper get-on-a-plane holiday in over 5 years. I plan to change that in 2017 - watch this space. Visiting the Great Barrier Reef after over a decade really opened my eyes to the reality of our world. What was once an explosion of sealife and colour was now sparser and bleached. Although it is still magnificent, to know what it used to be is sobering. Even so, I would definitely go back again and again. To see the posts from that trip, click here, here and here.

 

Instagram

This year, I reached 16,000 followers. It doesn't sound like much when you compare that number to other bloggers, but to me, that's huge. One of the reasons I started this whole thing was to share my thoughts and connect with like-minded individuals. You all have given me that opportunity, and for that, I cannot thank you enough. I hope to keep growing day by day and see where this path takes me.

 

Collaborations

I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to collaborate with brands that I love. To name a few: Glassons, Sudio Sweden, Elliatt/BC, and Lychee Rose. I am truly so grateful for these opportunities!

 

I saw snow for the first time

And, my god, it was fluffy! It was everything I hoped it would be. I went to Perisher in September and learned a few things: it can still snow in September (no matter how many people reply with, "Will there still be snow?!" when you tell them you're going), snowboarding is a hell of a lot of fun (when you're not stuck in a scary AF snow cloud), and, Perisher in Spring doesn't require a snow jacket.

Like glue

Our friendship held together through thick and thin this year. Although there were some rough periods, I am so glad that some of the most important people in my life and still right here with me. They inspire me to do more, to be more. They constantly encourage me to be the best version of myself. Who could ask for more?

 

Some claim that they have one person who is their rock. I have many. And these two, above, are some of the strongest.

Five years and counting

Yep, five and a half years I have been with this guy. The guy that is always too tall (or as he puts it, I'm too short) for the photos I take. The guy who takes a thousand (no joke) photos of me every other weekend for me then to only select about 10 to 15 shots and post a quarter of them on Instagram.

 

My gaming buddy, my photographer, my top shelf grabber, my roach killer, my taxi driver, my shield, my love.

A friend came back

Even if it was just for a bit. For one day, I got to see one of my closest friends again after being away for about a year and a half. London sounds great and whatever, but Sydney's where it's at, right?! (come back to me!)

 

It was so great getting to listen to all the stories she had, all the experiences she went through. It gave me motivation to set a goal to save enough money to give myself the gap year I never had to travel the entire world and experience all different cultures.

Every year inevitably has its ups and downs. All we can do is learn from our mistakes and give the next year our best. I hope you all have a great NYE - stay safe! See you on the other side.

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2016: Memories

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  • Just discovered your blog, your photos are amazing! Have a happy new year!
    Kelly xx
    http://www.anneinthedollhouse.com/

  • Sounds like you had an amazing year! Upsetting that I’ve only recently started following you, however I’m looking forward to your content for next year! Congratulations on you and your boyfriend hitting that 5year mark, congrats on your collaborations and keep up the great work babe x

    Millie x
    http://www.queenmillie.blogspot.com

  • lovely photos
    Nice http://www.melodyjacob.com/

  • What an amazing year! Hope your 2017 is Just as amazing!

    xo| Cindy
    http://www.boringclothes.com

  • pennyanddash

    Looks like you had an amazing year! Here’s to wishing you all the best in 2017 🙂

    http://www.pennyanddash.com

  • Happy new year 2017! This is such a great 2016 review, wish you a wonderful year!
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com
    Instagram @grace_njio

  • Love this “look back”! Such great photos 🙂 Congrats on 16k this year! Definitely worth celebrating!
    Vanessa
    http://www.theretropenguin.com

    • tnightdream

      Thanks so much!!

  • Siffat Haider

    2016 sounds like it was an amazing year for you – congrats on the amazing collaborations, I love Glassons!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

  • missgetaway

    Sounds like you’ve had an absolutely amazing year. And 16k on Instagram – that IS huge! May 2017 be even better for you 🙂

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • Didier Young

    16K is still a pretty great achieve. Congratulations! You’ve had a wonderful 2016 and i’m sure 2017 will be even better!

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

  • Love everything about this post! So cute!
    Love, Hadasah Love
    http://www.styletolove.com | Instagram @hadasahlove

  • Belle melange

    What a wonderful year for you! Love the pics!

    http://bellemelange.net/

  • These are some great memories to have from last year. It was an odd year, I think I feel a lot of people are more excited to have gone through it, with solid foundations to get to this one. All the best for the new year and I look forward to keeping up with your story!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  • Congratulations on all your achievements! We had a couple of same things! I saw snow for the first time as well in Mt Kosciusko and worked with Sudio Sweden 🙂 All the best for 2017!
    Hope you have a darling day gorgeous!
    Much Love, Karen
    [stylesmorgasbord] [bloglovin’]

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Aaw that sounds like a very cool year! Congrats to your followers and great collabs! And I hope you liked the snow 🙂 I wish you all the very best for the new year!
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

  • Carina Vardie

    Seems like you had a beautiful year. Glad you finally went on a proper vacation and saw snow for the first time. Also, congrats on your Instagram achievement!

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

  • It seems like you have such a great year!! 16000 followers is a lot, congratulations 🙂

    http://www.blossomikebana.com

  • Amy

    Beautiful photos, and such wonderful accomplishments in the past year!! 2016 was so good to you – hope this new year is even better!! Love your blog layout also : )

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

  • Seems like you have such a great year. And Beautiful photos. 🙂

    http://www.selestyme.com

    • tnightdream

      Thank you much Chayanika!

  • Vivi Low

    Fabulous year 2016 and i’m sure there’s a greater year ahead

    Vivian
    http://www.wisteriavoyage.com

    • tnightdream

      Thank you! I hope you have a great 2017!

  • awww babe!! what an amazing year its been for you!!! Loved meeting you at fashion week and hope to run into your beautiful self again soon!!! to the most amazing 2017!!! xxx

    • tnightdream

      Loved meeting you too!! I just adore your energy and that megawatt smile of yours! Cheers!

  • I just saw snow for the first time this past week! Loved the post and hope you have a great 2017!

    Lisa Linh
    @bylisalinh
    https://www.bylisalinh.com/blog/2017/1/7/saving-time-costs-money