Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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10 Things 2016 Made Me Grateful For.

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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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Goes without saying.

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?


  1. This was a really great list! 2016 for me personally has been my best year yet so I'm very lucky. X


  2. I love this post and am even more in love with that great nail polish color in your photo! I was actually just thinking the other day how thankful I was this year for books. I read some really great works this year and they were such great temporary escapes. Like a little vacation without ever leaving my couch!


    1. Ah thanks Catilin it's one from the Wilko range, I just decided to give it a go but it's the perfect shade for Christmas. Yeah exactly, I definitely want to log off more and read! :) It's so good for the mind!

      Emmie xx

  3. Fantastic list and it seems like 2016 has been a blast for you! Merry Christmas and hope 2017 would be even more of a blessing!

    1. It really has been a good year for me, this was difficult to bring together! I hope you had a great Christmas and all the best for 2017 lovely :) xx

  4. Oh Emmie it's so exciting to now stalk on your page :) This was such a beautiful read I really really enjoyed it. Plus you really touch on points that I think all of us can relate to since this year has been full of it's own trauma, but for mew it is your post that makes me see a bigger light at the end of the tunnel. Helping me too in being grateful for what I have... and not to dwell so much on the horrible things that have passed in recent events. Thank you for sharing!


    1. Thanks for coming on my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. This post was definitely with the mindset of hoping people will feel a bit more positive about 2016 in one way or another :)

      Emmie x

  5. Emmie thanks to great post. It's looks like no 4 is for mine :D ...


  6. Such a great list - despite 2016 being a politically awful year it's good to know life still goes on and we can celebrate our own personal triumphs!

    Char xo || www.memoirsmusings.com

    1. Too right Char, I'm definitely someone who thinks despite it being a tough year there's still enough to be positive about! :)

      Emmie x

  7. I absolutely loved this post! 2016 has been such an awful year mostly, but I'm happy to read some positive thoughts of it too :-)

    ~ Jasmin N

    1. Yes, it's about speaking up about the positives of the year! :D I'm not a fan of the negatives!

  8. I couldn't imagine my life without you now! It's been so great catching up with you and J throughout the year and attending and hosting events together! You've come such a long way this year and I love you for it x

    1. Oh Kirsty, I've just seen this comment you are TOO CUTE! You're honestly one of the best friends I've gained from blogging, you support me like no other and you always keep me positive! :D xxx

  9. This is a great list full of so many positive. My job is sucking my soul out of me at the moment so you've inspired me to start looking for a new career and really get on it again

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

    1. Ah bless you hun, I'm so sorry to hear that I know that it's really crap that was me 12 months ago. If you want to make a change you will and will be far happier in doing so, I promise you! :) xx


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