I think we all say this when it gets to the end of another year, but wow I feel as if it has flown by! Yet in some instances I can still recall things that happened at the beginning of the year as if it were yesterday!

It’s been a crazy year when it comes to being a British national; 3 terrorist attacks, weather that has injured and killed people, and, the wonderings and what if’s of Brexit…

My own family has had it’s fair share of difficulties; losing my SuperGran at the ripe old age of 99; just months before her 100th birthday, then not being able to attend her funeral because of a cancelled flight.
And my Dad deciding to smash up his hand, destroying a litre bottle of vodka in the process; oh the shame; a true Scot would have never allowed any alcohol to go to waste!! 😉

I think it’s apt to reflect on the year gone by, and most importantly find the positives of the last 12 months. It’s something to look back on in years to come and reminds you of the better times.

So without further ado, here are my positive reflections on 2017.

  • I was finally matched and began training with my first Guide Dog Ida!
    This little lady has opened up my world to the fun of exploring, travelling the UK and most importantly restored my confidence in myself, of the girl I used to be before my sight loss.
    She matches me in stubbornness, curiosity (OK nosiness) and makes me smile every day.
    I love my little life changer!

sassy touching noes with Ida the guide dog

  • We got a new car, the boot is so big even Gary can lie down in it… It’s a luxury that we can get and afford such things.
  • We’ve had many a road trip, reading audiobooks or singing along terribly to the radio, it’s given me some very treasured memories of 2017.
  • I celebrated my 26th birthday; I dyed my hair blue,went out for yummy food and cocktails and swung through the trees at Go Ape!
  • We attended a family wedding, one of the best times of 2017, there’s nothing better than everyone getting together, laughing, dancing and drinking; and in this particular wedding it was extra epic because it was just like being at a festival. Not only did I get to catch up with family but `I got to see people and chat to faces I haven’t seen in years.
  • We also kind of bombed the wedding when my Mother announced our engagement to the entire family, when he hadn’t even proposed yet!

White gold ring,with purple amethest and diamonds

  • Gary and I had a day of tasting and learning about delicious wines at the Honest Grapes Festival, we learned loads and left roseycheeked!
  • I attended my first official restaurant review for the blog, it didn’t go well but the silver lining was that I got to spend a lovely day with my best friend! 🙂
  • I was nominated for 2 blogging awards, and I am really chuffed that I in the category of inspire. it means so much to be thought of in such a way that people think I’m worthy of being nominated for blogging awards.I appreciate each and every one of you who reads my blog, so thank you for the recognition. I hope I live up to it in 2018.
  • Gary, Ida, myself and a bunch of friends visited the beautiful West Sussex coast and stayed at Butlins Bognor Regis for a few days. We were blessed with beautiful weather, and would definitely visit again. It was extra special because neither I nor Gary had ever been to Butlins before, and it was Ida’s first time at the seaside! Read my blog for what I thought about our experiences and how accessible it was.
  • Gary, Ida and I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tours; we were given a one-on-one tour and we even got to touch THE props used in the films! I was a total fan girl and loved every second of it!!
  • Gary and I celebrated our engagement with our families, throwing not 1 but 2 Engagement Garden Parties! We were blessed with great weather, tasty food and excellent company!
  • We went to the cool travel bloggers meet up in Shoreditch meeting so many wonderful people, drinking wine and eating pizza, topping it off with a stay at the Hoxton Hotel Shoreditch!
  • I went to London for the day, tried on some absolutely gorgeous wedding dresses by the amazing Ian Stewart Bridal, and got filmed doing so… Yes you read that right; i’m going to be on TV!! Being bride-to-be with a disability, the wedding industry isn’t always inclusive of disability and what it means to be beautiful; I was honored to be filmed and put a version of disability not being a barrier to wanting that perfect day. I hope I did it justice; but we’ll have to see how everything comes across when it goes live in Spring 2018.
  • I attended RNIB and took part in the #HowIsee campaign. I was filmed talking about my thoughts and experiences on using a white or coloured cane which was based off my blog post: Bright Vs White: The Cane Debate. I was honoured that RNIB used my blog post as the springboard for this campaign and I was so thrilled to get involved. Check out my squeaky voice here!
  • Through my blog I am hoping to raise awareness and even challenge stereotypes of those who fit the mould of a perfect bride, I feel disability in the wedding industry isn’t talked about often enough and I would like to be part of that change.
  • So I was humbled and blown away by my experience of Eynsham Hall Oxfordshire
    There service and the staff were spectacular and i would highly recommend reading my blog post if you are looking for Wedding venues in the UK.

Eynsham Hall with a blanket of snow covering the grounds

  • My baby sister turned 18 and threw a fabulous Hollywood themed party. Everyone who helped put it together made it look so elegant.
    I had a brilliant time spending it with family, getting tipsy and saying goodbye to my sisters youth.
  • Christmas was spent down in Cornwall with my family, in total there were 9 of us and it really was a fabulous day.
  • A quick trip to Derby for a mini Christmas and New year, lots of laughter and cuddles with my nieces and nephews made the end to the year very special.

And here we are now, the last day of December sitting here writing my reflections on 2017.
I have 2 of my best friends coming to stay, so i’m sure lots of alcohol and laughter will ensue!

I hope 2017 was a good year for you. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and I look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Thank you for all the love, support and encouragement; a happy, healthy and hopeful 2018 to you all!

Much love,
Sassy x

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