50 Happy Things In 2017

For my last post of 2017, I wanted to write about the things that have made me happy this year. Whilst it hasn't been a year of massive achievements - I'm still in the same job, still living in the same place - I feel like I've done a lot of small things that have brought a smile to my face and that I'm genuinely making progress. So, although it's not the most exciting list in the world, here are 50 things that have made me happy in 2017. Unsurprisingly, an awful lot of them are music-related...
  1. Going to Australia for the second time.
  2. Perth, particularly its awesome bars and restaurants.
  3. The history on offer in Fremantle.
  4. Tasmania and its beautiful scenery.
  5. Hobart - the perfect little compact city, with water, great museums, gorgeous landscapes and excellent wine.
  6. Melbourne, particularly the street art. I still stand by my view that I could live there.
  7. Fussing a baby wombat at a wildlife park in Tasmania.
  8. Watching my AFL team win their first playoff game on the way to the Premiership (go Tiges!)
  9. Seeing Brad Paisley at C2C.
  10. Seeing Zac Brown Band at C2C.
  11. Going to see the Nashville cast at the Royal Albert Hall.
  12. Interviewing Charlie Worsham for Entertainment Focus. It was my first 'big' interview and I was so nervous, but he was so warm and friendly and put me completely at ease. That was the first time I thought I might actually be able to make a go of the music writing thing.
  13. Getting to meet Charlie Worsham four times.
  14. Interviewing Lucie Silvas for Entertainment Focus - she was utterly lovely.
  15. Writing the Strictly Come Dancing recaps for Entertainment Focus, even if it did mean I couldn't go out on Saturday nights for three months...
  16. Getting to be in the Strictly Come Dancing studio audience. (I love my job.)
  17. Seeing Kip Moore at Shepherds Bush Empire.
  18. Seeing Drake White at Shepherds Bush Empire.
  19. Seeing Cadillac Three at Kentish Town Forum.
  20. Seeing Brothers Osborne at Kentish Town Forum and C2C.
  21. Seeing Lindsay Ell at the Borderline - best guitar player I've ever seen.
  22. Seeing Lucie Silvas at C2C, Nashville Meets London and Islington Assembly Hall.
  23. Seeing Maren Morris at Shepherds Bush Empire and C2C.
  24. Seeing Chris Young at C2C.
  25. Seeing Brandy Clark at Union Chapel.
  26. Interviewing Brandy Clark for Entertainment Focus - she was so great to chat to!
  27. Beating my reading goal for the year and reading 61 books.
  28. Getting to hang out with old blogger friends and make some new ones at Katy's garden party.
  29. Going to my first Test cricket match (and England winning, which seems like a distant dream now...)
  30. Going to watch Liverpool play at Anfield for the first time, and crying at You'll Never Walk Alone.
  31. Going to Lisbon and having the most amazing meal at 100 Maneiras.
  32. Spending a day exploring on my own in Lisbon, which is something I wouldn't have been brave enough to do before.
  33. Going to Porto and getting to see the staircase that inspired Hogwarts.
  34. Drinking a port the same age as me by the river in Porto.
  35. Celebrating my 30th birthday with afternoon tea at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool.
  36. Going to Duck &Waffle for breakfast on my birthday.
  37. Finding out I'm going to be an auntie again in April!
  38. Finding some new favourite books, particularly I Capture The Castle.
  39. Improving my photography. I'm not that great yet, but it's a darn sight better than it was last year...
  40. Spending the weekend on my dad's canal boat. (I'm scared of boats, so for me this is kind of a big deal.)
  41. Going to Dandelyan for birthday cocktails with my friends.
  42. Visiting Cambridge at Christmas, which was absolutely magical.
  43. Cleared out the shed and made it into a lovely office, including building a piece of furniture from scratch.
  44. My cats, who always make me happy because they're so adorable.
  45. My lovely husband. I genuinely don't know what I'd do without him sometimes.
  46. Seeing some amazing exhibitions, particularly Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum.
  47. Making some small health changes which have made me feel a lot happier about myself and given me something to build on for next year.
  48. Ran the furthest I ever have (even if I wasn't great at sticking with the actual running...)
  49. Getting to spend a lovely relaxing Christmas with my parents and my husband.
  50. Feeling more confident that I can actually make a go of what I want to achieve going into 2018.
What's made you happy this year?

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