Y’know, the beauty of doing a monthly favourites post every month is being able to go back and find my absolute favourite things that have happened in 2016.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a stinker of a year (I don’t need to go into the reasons why…), but I’m determined to find the diamonds in the rough and hope that you can do the same as we wave goodbye – or stick a middle finger up – to 2017.
So let’s go…
I’ll be honest…the year started slow. My highlight of January legit was rewatching Jessica Jones with my parents. There’s something satisfying about introducing family members to something you love and watching smugly as they enjoy it too.
But yeah… rewatching a great show was the best thing about January. Cringe.
Good ol’ Feb picked it up a gear or two with the good stuff. Deadpool was a particularly memorable cinema trip (for all the right reasons), and booking in my driving test was pretty sweet…terrifying and anxiety inducing, but pretty, pretty sweet.
In March, I took part in The British Heart Foundation’s Dechox, where you give up chocolate for the whole of March. I was, and still am, a bit flummoxed as to how I managed to pull that off.
Aside from that clearly incredible achievement, me and Liam went to see The Book of Mormon and guys – it’s hilarious.
Let’s face it – one of my absolute favourite happenings in 2016 was passing my driving test. I’m not sure how the flip I managed to do it given how much stress learning to drive caused me, but I ruddy passed first time! WHAT.
The end of April was also amazing as we had our brains scrambled by Derren Brown on his Miracle tour.
My most expensive 2016 highlight has to be Nelson, the little red Mini. I was so lucky (and grateful!) that my Dad contributed towards paying for my very first car at the tender age of 26. Nelson has enabled me to be much more independent and to be able to apply for the job I have now…but more on that later!
May also marked my first experience of Free Comic Book Day at our local comic book shop – and yes, I did slip into the trap of buying single issues and I love it.
Ngl, June was just another month. Like another January, where my highlights revolve around watching good TV shows and not a lot else.
I started making the effort to find more time for creative endeavours…needless to say it didn’t last!
July was the month I got suckered in to Pokemon Go. Yep. I know. I’m not even sorry. Well, I am now as let’s face it…it was a complete waste of time.
But it was also the month I watched even more great TV (namely Stranger Things and Band of Brothers) – and best of all, I got a new job!
August was a bit lush, wasn’t it? I got to wear skirts which now feels years ago because this week I’ve had to wear multiple pairs of socks and keep a scarf wrapped round my neck all day.
What made August even more awesome was getting to move back in with Liam ahead of starting my new job in September. I love my parents dearly but it felt good to move out again.
This month was when Dexter the goldendoodle puppy came bounding into my family’s lives – a fluffy cloud of excitement that loves to play pretty much constantly. He’s gorgeous but I do look forward to the days when he calms down a bit!
I also started my current job in September – and it’s been an amazing opportunity to work for a great charity. I’m really enjoying my role, and getting to work alongside dogs is always a plus!
OMG October was when The Walking Dead returned after *that* cliffhanger. TWD has to be the standout show of this year – but maybe I’m biased as they introduced my absolute favourite character from the comics.
At the end of the month to celebrate Halloween, me and Liam went along to Tulley’s Farm with our friend Jack to Shocktober Fest. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it but I actually ended up enjoying it the most!
I’m fairly sure that November was my favourite month in 2016. Mostly because I got insanely spoilt for my birthday – we went to see The Cursed Child, the Harry Potter Studio Tour and stay overnight in a Harry Potter themed hotel room.
I almost couldn’t handle all the nostalgia. In fact, Liam would probably argue that I couldn’t handle it at all given that I cried twice watching The Cursed Child.
As if all this HP excitement wasn’t enough, in November I also discovered a new love… Sainsbury’s TU Clothing. The obsession lives on, pals.
Ofc it goes without saying that Christmas was a highlight – who doesn’t love overindulgence? Celebrating my Mum’s and Liam’s birthdays was also great.
Otherwise, December was suitably quiet and calm… y’know, once the Christmas shopping was all done.
What were your highlights of 2016, or are you just glad to see the back of it?