2016 was weird. I'm not just talking about Brexit, Trump, ISIS, the weekly celebrity death or exploding phones, but on a personal level it, was weird too.
Things got off to a strange start. My first day back at work for the year resulted in finding that three of guys I worked with had been made redundant.
This, of course, got me thinking about what was next, what would I be doing at the same time in 2017. Though, being the same old me, I didn't do anything about it. I feebly "started job hunting" and spruced up my CV, but didn't really make much of a go of anything.
Six months later, I found myself in the same position as these three - I was called into work and told that I was being made redundant, alongside my other two colleagues. I'd just booked a holiday and bought a new car, so suffice to say it was a little bit of a panic. Not only that, I lost my grandad the very same week.
Thankfully I was given a lucky break, and exactly two weeks later, I started a new job. I went from working with 4 other people, to being in a team of 13, in a company of over 200. I've met loads of amazing new people, made some great friends, and have been working in a exciting company since. Plus, they flew the whole company (UK & US offices) to Lisbon for a getaway, which was awesome.
Now, it's January again. I went back to work and wasn't given any bad news, my friends around me still have their jobs, so things are already off to a better start.
Looking back on 2016 it's super easy just to see the negatives, and I think I put way too much focus on the bad things last year. I let the things I love slip. I stopped taking half as many photos, lost my passion for photography and pretty much stopped sharing the photos I did take. In turn, precious memories have been shoved on hard drives and archived away.
There were so many great days in 2016. I spent a fair chunk of time doing my favourite thing, exploring with Amy.
We've had mini road trips in Elsie (she's our 10-year-old, unreliable, pain-in-the-ass, convertible Peugeot). We've had fantastic trips abroad to Malta, Paris and Amsterdam, as well as great days out closer to home, exploring the area around us.
Amy is my best friend. She's also my girlfriend, adventure buddy and life coach. She's always there when I need her, and is especially good at giving me the kick up the arse I so often need. She's always saying how I have commitment issues when it comes to my 'projects' (I do) so I figured it's time to prove her wrong.
So why am I waffling on about last year? Why am I writing about how I've wasted time taking photos which never saw the light of day? Why am I telling you I want to prove Amy wrong?
Yep. 2017 is why. 2017 is going to be a great year. I'm going to do more, see more and be better. I'm going to stop saying no, stop making excuses and make it the best I can make it.
I'm also going to post on this here blog once a week. That's 52 posts across the year. 52 posts with photos & memories. 52 posts to look back on in 2018. 52 posts to look back on in 10 years time. 52 posts to show the ups, the downs. The all arounds. 52 posts I can use to focus in on what I love.
I'm not making this blog public right now. I think I will when the time is right, but not yet! If you're reading this, either you're really lucky (or creepy), or I've changed my mind, said screw it and this is public.