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Goodbye Until 2018! (And 2017 Highlights)

Hello everyone! Today is my last day of posting until the 2nd of January 2018. Though it will probably take me until well into February to stop writing “2017” instead. Tomorrow, Sam, Harold and I are hopping into the car bright and early in the morning and heading down to the Cotswolds for our Christmas adventure. 

It’ll be a long drive so wish us luck! 

We’ll be holing up with friends and aside from skyping my family and watching films, it will be an internet free zone, so I’m signing off Rhyme & Ribbons for the next week and a half.

I want to wish all of my readers and their friends and families a very, very happy holiday and that they end 2017 in a spectacularly wonderful way, in whatever fashion that they desire. I also want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time to read my site and for any comments, tweets, or emails that I’ve gotten this year. I absolutely love hearing from readers and they sincerely mean a lot to me. 

2017 in Review

2017 has been a great year for my personal life. The world has been on fire, so it’ll probably go down in history as a terrible year, but Sam and I kicked off 2017 by going on our postponed honeymoon to Thailand. You can read all my Thailand posts, if you missed them. 

Then my ticket date for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” finally rolled around, and I’d gotten to see a show that I had been looking forward to for about a year and a half. 

I celebrated my 29th birthday and loved every minute of it, and 2017 will have been the last year spent fully in my twenties, which is slightly odd to think. 

I traveled to so many new places, and the vast majority of them I visited alone. This year I went to: 

Thailand 
Gdansk, Poland
Dublin, Ireland
Hebden Bridge 
Haworth
Masham
Benidorm, Spain
Copenhagen , Denmark
Manchester
Glasgow, Scotland
Berlin , Germany 
Bratislava, Slovakia 
Derbyshire
(and finishing off with my final trip of the year to the Cotswolds)

I walked the Yorkshire of the Brontes, I read over 125 books, far surpassing my Goodreads challenge and I hosted the Bake Off Bake Along yet again. I’ve worked with some brands that I’ve long admired, I’ve been given countless opportunities because of this space and I’ve met some lovely bloggers because of it.

I started both vlogging and a newsletter and I hope I continue to grow both of those mediums in 2018. I had my first instagram picture to get over 1000 likes this year.

The most read posts that I wrote in 2017 were: 

Learning from Negative Emotions 
10 Best Coffee Shops in York
Welcoming Harold in to the Family
Down with Diet Culture
My Favourite Blogs to Read
Wedding Anniversary 
50 Random Facts About Me
Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet
Why I’m Training to Be a Doula
Looking Back at 1 Year in York
An Introduction to Slow-Living

I’ve done a lot of yoga and I ran the Great North Run this year, and surpassed my charity fundraising goal. 

I’ve embarked on a new career path and will be finishing up the last of my required doula training in 2018. 

But perhaps the biggest change this year was welcoming that little nugget of joy, the little sausage that doesn’t quit, Harold, into my life. And whilst having a dog (and especially a puppy) can be a lot of hard work, and frustration, the joy that Harold has brought me is endless. I call him my fur baby and I’m not even ashamed of it. 

What’s been the highlight of your year? 

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  • great year! happy holidays!x

  • RosieBaillie

    It looks like you’ve had a great year, hope you all have a nice, relaxing break. I only started following your blog two or three months ago, and I think I’ve missed out on most of those popular posts, so I’ll have a little look at those.

    • I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. And thank you so much for starting to follow along this year! x

  • Have a happy holiday season and best wishes for the new year!

  • You have had the most fantastic year – just look at that list! I cannot wait to see what 2018 holds for you all, and it makes me so happy to follow along every step of the way! Merry Christmas lovely! Alice xxx

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    • Ah thanks, Alice! I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas and New Year, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll get up to in 2018! xx

  • Oh wow, Amanda. What a year you’ve had and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for you and your family! Merry Christmas and I look forward to reading your blog in the new year! Emma xo

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  • Sounds like such a fabulous year! Looking forward to all your adventures in 2018! x

  • Kourtney Reece

    That sounds like an amazing 2017 if you ask me. I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing all of your pictures. That is kind of what inspired me to start my blog. My highlight this year was graduating, finally. Now I can do more traveling, reading, writing, and just trying things that I have wanted to do. Hopefully, my blog will be up and running next year. I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year and I can’t wait to see all of your posts for 2018. =)
    Kourtney x

    • Thanks Kourtney! I can’t wait to read your blog. Have a very, very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! xx

  • It sounds like you’ve had an amazing year, and your Cotswolds trip sounds wonderful! Congratulations again on the Great North Run and on all your reading, I’m so impressed! My highlight this year was unsurprisingly my wedding, and also just being able to watch Dougie grow so much over the last year, it’s been amazing.
    Can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2018, you blog and instagram always bring a smile πŸ™‚
    Hels xx

    • Thanks Helen! You too! When we got married, it was the highlight of my year too, so that’s totally understandable. Hope you you all have a wonderful Christmas! xxx

  • Wow, your year has been amazing!

    The highlhighlight of my year was probably my sister’s wedding- and that wasn’t even my celebration. Honestly 2017 hasn’t been great for me. Next year can only be better…

  • I don’t think I can quite just pick one best thing about 2017 either…

    Cheers to 2018!

  • 2017 was so good to you! Enjoy your Christmas with friends, looking forward to reading your posts in 2018 πŸ™‚

  • Merry Christmas to you lovely and a happy new year!
    Looking forward to following you into 2018! xxx

  • it sounds like 2017 has been a really good year for you and hopefully 2018 will be even better! hope you’re having the loveliest christmas time! xx

  • What a fabulous year Amanda! You’ve accomplished so much, so much travel too that’s so exciting, and Harold obviously! πŸ˜€ Wishing you an amazing 2018!

  • Sounds like you had an excellent year! I just read your Dublin post, and am glad you enjoyed your time there. I enjoy seeing other people visiting the country I know so well. I hope next year treats you as well πŸ™‚ x

  • Sounds like you have had a wonderful, exciting year and I hope your Christmas has been a relaxing one!

    I am so impressed that you read over 100 books! Amazing! I really want to read more in 2018, i get quite distracted by the internet but getting into a good book is blissful! I definitely want to read a classic in 2018, any you can recommend to get me started?

    • Oh just a tough question – I’d maybe pick something like “Jane Eyre” as one of your first classics of 2018? Have a very very happy new year! x

  • Zara

    Happy New Year Amanda! Hope you had a lovely holiday and I can’t wait to read more of your adventures in 2018! xx