I feel like 2016 is a year for a lot of people that is ready to swept well under the carpet and forgotten about. We've had a lot to deal with; deaths, politics (we won't go into a conversation about America's next president or what happened when the UK voted on whether to leave the EU or not) and there has been a lot of cruelty and hurt in these 12 months.. However, on a personal note 2016 has been such a good year for me, both personally and professionally. It definitely encourages me to do as much of a enthusiastic punch in the air as John Bender does in the final scenes of The Breakfast Club, one of my favourite films.

I love reflecting on another year passing, I recently read through the post I wrote 12 months ago and wow haven't things altered for me too much, they've just become more settled and content with everything that surrounds me.

Later in 2016 Katie Brennan created a #TodayImGrateful hashtag on Twitter, I was filled with so much joy from reading what other people wrote and it inspired this year's reflection post. So with no further or do I'd like to share with you 10 Things 2016 Made Me Grateful For.

1. MY MAN
I only refer to Jordan occasionally on this blog even when he is a huge part of my life that often goes without being recognised. Jordan has made 2016 one of our best years together, he fully supports everything that I do and this year has brought us many wonderful memories together.

2. BLOGGING FRIENDS
One of the most rewarding and most thankful things I have gained from blogging is the friendships and boy hasn't 2016 been an amazing year for that. I now have women in my life who I refer to as friends, women who motivate me to work hard and to not let extra baggage get me down. I have loved the countless friendships I've created in 2016,



3. MY SECONDARY SCHOOL JOB
At the beginning of 2016 I was in probably one of the most degrading job positions I have ever been in and quite frankly the place suffocated me of taking up opportunities and getting a decent night's sleep. I applied for jobs that felt so out of my reach, so when I was given a chance to become a Secondary School Teaching Assistant I jumped at the chance (quite literally, as I started 4 days after getting the green light!) It has been one of the most challenging job roles but one of the most rewarding and I've never been so settled into a job and one that works so well around my blog.

4. SOCIAL MEDIA 
Social Media can easily consume your free time and being able to find it easy to switch off is something I have become grateful for during 2016. However, social media helps me to keep in contact with those that aren't so close to me since university or leaving a job.

5. BLOGGING
2016 has been an incredible year for my blog. I feel like I've really come into my own this year, establishing the content I wanted to write and giving it 100%, I'm now writing more regularly, working witaleppoh theatres and establishing myself as a Culture + Lifestyle Blogger. Some of my writing was even published in a theatre's programme, woohoo!

6. BOOKS
There's no better escape than a good read and whilst I probably haven't read most of the books I would have liked to during 2016 it hasn't half motivated me for 2017. There's been no better feeling than getting in from a day at work, getting curled up on the sofa and escaping into my latest read for an hour or so. I'd like to do more of it in 2017 and hope to be consistent with it.

7. ROUTINE
With a new job came a new routine I needed to adjust to. Despite my days now starting at 5.30am, the working day finishes at 3 so I get home and still have the evening to do whatever I want at my leisure. I feel like this new routine has massively affected my motivation and the growth in my blog this year. I have been able to do so much more and I am grateful for it.

8. SHELTER
Watching everything in Aleppo unfold and being so aware of things that happen in the world as much as they do so close to home has made me appreciate having shelter. I am so grateful to have a roof over my head, central heating and clean clothes to wear.

9.  FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Goes without saying.

10. WEEKENDS
With this new routine comes finishing work on Friday and having weekends to do at my wish. I absolutely love weekends and filling them with lots of things to do or spending them on the sofa reading books and watching films. I feel loads more happier now I have weekends to look ahead to.

Why not tell me about some things 2016 has made you grateful for?

thanks for reading,