Sunday, December 25

- Waving Goodbye to 2016 & Welcoming 2017...


*cue annoyingly overplayed song*

...but in all seriousness, I hope you're all having a lovely day however you're choosing to spend it. As much as I'm grateful for gifts received and how much I love a good snoop at what others got, I feel the best gift of all is getting to relax with loved ones and having time off work (because, old). Consider my brain truly switched off... and it feels great!

If you've been reading my blog from the start (thank you!) you would have noticed the obvious: my blogging schedule has been somewhat pants this year. I don't typically reflect on things too much at the end of each year, but have found myself to be doing so this time round.
I've realised 2016, for me, has been about finding my feet. It's been the first whole year I've spent living in London and working full-time. When I compare my life to this time last year I feel I've progressed a lot but all of my achievements have been offline and, as a result, my blog suffered (lol dramatic? me?).

What I mean is, I got myself into a routine and ensured I had the right balance between staring at screens and spending time offline. I started to cook more (and even bake!). I upped my fitness game and managed to stick to it with weekly (sometimes twice a week!) rock climbing and spinning. 2016 was the year I signed up to the gym...and enjoyed it (thanks to Rob being my personal trainer)! Next on the list is to go swimming more often and do more park runs.

Just as I got personal goals sorted and felt ready to spend more time online, life got even more hectic. Have I been feeling festive this year? Well, I was. And then I decided to get a new job and move house (to a completely different part of London).

I've managed to land a role I'm super excited about at a company I'm even more excited about, but, boy, was it tough. There were endless stages, all whilst packing my life into boxes plastic bags - not exactly an Instagrammable life.

I usually cringe at the whole 'new year, new start' palava, but I really feel like I'm entering a new chapter of my life with 2017 around the corner. I can't wait to make our house all homely, to learn things at my new job, and get my routine back, and this time, hopefully, one that doesn't abandon blogging. I'm going to remain realistic but believe me, I'm going to do my best.

2016 was about finding my feet. I now feel ready to walk/climb the path...


  1. Love this post - it's so amazing see you doing so well and a huge congrats on the new job and the move! :) I'm hoping to find my feet a bit more in 2017, as I feel I've been all over the place this year! Hope you have a wonderful new year xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  2. It sounds like you've had a really great 2016! I'm glad your new job and move went well too :) I hope 2017 is an amazing year too! I hope to start cooking and baking more next year! xx

  3. I also cringe so bad at the whole new year new me rubbish but I'm excited about a new start too xx

  4. Haha, I have to agree with the whole "new year, new me" shenanigans. As I've grown older I'm loathed the concept more and more. xD BUT, I DO have some goals I want to achieve next year, and I must admit that I'm looking forward to *hopefully* the fresh start that 2017 brings. Good luck to you!

    xo E

  5. Awww sweetie pie <3 CONGRATULATIONS on the new job! You deserve it & I am so proud of you! :) and secondly I cannot wait to see you in the new year! ❤️

    Serene || I am Serene L ||

  6. I love your new blog layout! Good luck in 2017! Sounds like you have plenty of new starts to look forward too.

    Corinne x

  7. Sounds mental moving house and getting a new job all right before christmas! Hope it goes well for you and I hope you had a lovely Christmas!
    Amy xx

  8. Amazing post dear! I love to switch my brain off sometimes too! Happy New Year!

    I'm following you on GFC :)

  9. It sounds like you've had a really busy 2016! I hope you're enjoying your new job and I hope you have a wonderful 2017! xx


  10. It sounds like a a really busy year. I hope that your 2017 is busy, but full of love and happiness! x
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  11. i just follow your blog
    nice work
    Greetings from Greece.

  12. You've achieved a lot this last year Karen, and by the sounds of it, 2017 is shaping up quite nicely too! Love the new blog design by the way! x

    Kate Louise Blogs / Wonderbra Giveaway

  13. It sounds like you had a very positive 2016 and here's to a very Happy New Year ahead :)

    Don't worry about your schedule lovely lady, blog when you can we are always happy when a post comes out :) The most important thing is to enjoy your blog as after all it's your own personal space on the internet!

    HAPPY 2017!

    Laura xo

  14. Loving the new blog design, I hope that the move and new job go really well and wishing you an amazing 2017 Lucy x

  15. im so glad you are doing well good luck with the new job & move x