Where I am: my bed
Listening to : Paramore ‘After Laughter’
WHAT A YEAR. Next week marks 3 years since I started sharing my word vomit with the world. It is also my 28th birthday. I seem to have made a tradition for myself in sharing lists around this time of year – normally things I’ve learnt. This year though I am going to share 27 things I loved about being 27; it’s a great way to say goodbye to my 27th year.
I started 27 off the saddest and have ended up the happiest. Life will throw all sorts of things your way but it makes you tougher, it makes you funnier (we all know I’m hilarious) and it makes the good times exponentially more magical.
So here it is, 27 things I loved about being 27.
I SAW PAUL MCCARTNEY AND RINGO STARR IN THE FLESH
I just so happened to be in Leicester square the same time they were. I was going to the theatre, they were there premiering their movie ‘Eight Days a Week’. I had to jump to see them, but I did. Be still my beating heart.
Since 2010 I have wanted to visit this magical city. An old friend had studied there for a year and his tales made me want to go. This year I did. Leanna turned 21, so we made a special trip. Such fun.
ARLO RALPH BOULTER
I FELL IN LOVE WITH MY OTHER 2 NEPHEWS EVEN MORE
Oscar has been the main man since 20/11/2011. He is the best kid, I laugh so much when I’m with him. I could cry with pride at the person he is becoming.
Mason-James – we started the year hating each other. We finished it as best friends. He is the dreamiest little guy.
I WAS VERY BRITISH AND HAD AFTERNOON TEA AT THE RITZ
Momma Sophs asked to go for her birthday so that’s what we did. I was far too common to be allowed in a place like that but I somehow managed to sneak in.
Naughty Norman made it happen last minute. I love that girl and loved that day.
OK LADIES NOW LET’S GET IN FORMATION
Beyonce pt 2. Croke Park, Dublin. Ain’t no party like a Queen B party.
NICK THE TIGER WAS IMMORTALISED ON MY WRIST
Many of you know we lost our boy Nick Lashaway in May 2016. This is my tribute to him.
I HAD A MENTAL BREAKDOWN
I liked this, huh? Well, yes. It gave me clarity, a different outlook and a better direction. As a result of this…
I LEARNT WHO WAS TRULY RIDE-OR-DIE
And who is ‘ride until you do something I don’t like/agree with’
THE BOOK OF MORMON
I’d read the reviews, I’d seen snippets on Youtube but was yet to go. Was it worth the wait? Abso-fuckin-lutely. Hilarious, I laughed from the opening number right through to the finale.
CLIMBED THE 02
Miranda and Stevie had a little day out. Such fun!
I FELT THE LOVE
When I needed it most, even when I didn’t ask for it, I felt the love from my pals. When I felt like I was free-falling and couldn’t find solid ground they were there at the side saying ‘It’s right here’. Biggest shout outs go to Sophie, Leanna, Dalbs, Rachpal and the BFG.
I finally got to go and see my bro and his hoe in their city.
ICE HOCKEY GAME
Y’all know I have lots of friends in the US of A. The only American sport I was really interested in was Ice Hockey. It may have taken 4 years but I finally got to a game. Thanks, Wilf!
I REALISED YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUN AWAY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
What is probably obvious to some was not so to me. I felt very stuck this time last year. Very unhappy with an injured heart. An old dream came back to me and I thought it would change everything. Until I realised it wouldn’t and the dream had changed. I was running away. It’s not necessary.
The most magical day.
DIANE ALICE LORRAINE GOT BOOKFACE
Many of you will not understand the significance of this. It’s HUGE..
I CAME OFF MY HAPPY PILLS
Happy pill free since Aug ’16.
I REDISCOVERED MY LOVE FOR MY WORK
It feels different this time; I’m so much happier. Sure there are still days I want to put my head through a wall but overall it’s all gravy baby.
INDIA WITH MIRANDA AND STEVIE
So this is happening. Our boss authorized us to be off at the same time saying “Please both come back in one piece as I can’t be down two store managers”
Michelle “Oh I’ll be fine but if she pisses me off too much I might sell her for a camel”
FRIENDS AND FOOD
I found those friends that find it acceptable to eat dinner in one place and then go somewhere else for dessert. Hashtag winning. Next time we’re going 3 for 3 – starter, main and dessert at separate places.
If anything is too much effort, delete. This goes for everything from Social Media (see ya, twitter) to friends.
I’ve spoken about this before but this year I made some new pals, ones that I wasn’t looking to make but now I wouldn’t be without them. Big up yourselves.
NICK LASHAWAY DAY
It was magical from start to finish and the most perfect way to remember him, big love to my American Fam for including me. I’m sure he would have been rolling his eyes at all the fuss haha.
The road to self love, and accepting yourself is a long one. I’d been unhappy for a long time. This year I feel like I have accepted myself more. It will no doubt always be a battle for me but I feel like I’ve made my biggest leaps down that road this year.
I LOVE LIFE
For someone that was unhappy for so long this is a big statement to make. 27 will always be the year that I fell back in love with life, I’m excited for the future.
Make the most of every single second. Be nice to people. Never go to bed on an argument and never mix your drinks!!
Thank you to anyone and everyone that has impacted my life in the last year, thank you to those I have learnt from. Thank you to those friends that have been there for the good and the bad, I am lucky enough to call some of the best people on the planet my friends. Thank you all for believing in me and seeing my light when I couldn’t see it myself (Amy Jayne, especially you here. You never stop telling me). I’m not quite sure what I’ve done to deserve you all but I am so grateful. I’m going into 28 with so much joy and gratitude in my heart.
Thanks for the adventures. Thanks for the laughs (Byng, especially you. Please never, ever change)
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
It’s been magic!!