Looking Back On My 2016

Thursday, 29 December 2016

I love this time of year when I get to reflect on the year that's been and how much things have changed for the better. I've checked off a few more items on my bucket-list and carry around a few more tattoos with me. 2016 has been the year that I've become the best version of myself and really followed what makes me happy. You guys know that I try to always look for positives and even though this year has been crappy on a world-wide scale, I've still enjoyed life as best I could. With a few added surprises that made the year even better.

Here's a mini wrap-up of my pop culture favorites and highlights of the year:

Best Movie: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Best Book: Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Best Album: Suicide Squad Movie Soundtrack

Best Music Artist: 21 Pilots 
 Best TV Series: Teen Wolf, Chuck, Jane the Virgin

Trip to the States

At the end of August, we gathered our saved pennies and headed to the sunny east coast of the USA. I was blown away by how much I enjoyed LA and how much I want to go back. It wasn't just the heat, a magical day at Disneyland, or visiting Hogsmede at TWWOHP (can we talk about frozen butter beer though?) But also unexpected delights like Santa Monica and walking Griffith Park. Not to mention all the healthy foods we don't have here...Seattle was absolutely gorgeous and it makes me want to do a road trip to be among all that beautiful nature for as long as I can. Canada, I'm coming for you soon!

Best year of my fitness journey so far

I've focused a lot of my energy on my health this year, mostly because it keeps me happy. The first half of 2016 was kicking up my gym routine and really training harder. I even took up boxing and my fitness levels went up quicker than I expected. The second half of the year was the tough part and I faced an important decision: do I stay at my gym or leave for something new? I was bored. So, so bored. To the point where I had no motivation to be there. CrossFit came into my life when I so desperately needed a new challenge that would push my limits. I made new friends, found a great coach, and have hit so many PRs in the last few weeks that I feel like Super-Girl. I found my love of lifting this year and it's taken me further I thought it would. I can't tell you how excited I am to see what 2017 holds for me!

Blogging Friends 

When I first entered the blogging community, I found it hard to make friends. There were so many lovely people on Twitter, but it was only during chats that I found the courage to talk to them. This year I've found some amazing people that support me each and every week. When the internet gets a little negative, I know I still have these girls to chat to. 
Lucy, Kelly, Sian, Katie, Lottie, Tania, Dee, and every one of you lovelies that leave me the best comments, thank you for being so awesome!

Getting my full driving license

I know it doesn't seem like a big deal, but it really was a huge achievement to me. I had a bit of panic set in when I realized my restricted license was expiring (in NZ there's three stages to complete as a driver.) I could either renew it and put off the test for another decade, or I could get over my fear and just go for the final driving test. Turns out I had nothing to worry about! I passed easily and it was over in about twenty minutes. Just goes to show that you shouldn't not do something because you are afraid.

Losing Jess

The biggest heart-break this year for our family was saying goodbye to our beloved dog Jessie. Probably the saddest part of the year, but I wanted to include her in this post. She was super-cheeky and knew how to be the princess of the house. I used to give her hugs and she would rest her head on my shoulder to hug me back. I will always miss waking up to her wet nose in the morning, she was an unforgettable part of our family. She's back in her castle now. Will miss that beautiful face forever.

Pushing my comfort zone

This has been one of my biggest life lessons for 2016. "Be braver" has always been on my New Year's resolutions and I've finally made the effort to take more chances. And let me tell you, being bold can really pay off! Even trying new fitness classes or saying yes to more things can do wonders for your confidence. Sometimes it even changes your life for the better. From now on if my gut is telling me to go for it, I have to no matter how anxious I might get. Nothing ever changes if you stay where you are comfortable.

I definitely feel like I'm ending the year on a high note, so much so that I'm struggling to find any resolutions to make. I have my supportive family, great friends, my blog, a gym full of great people, and an amazing new partner by my side. I couldn't ask for more! I already have plans for more adventures in 2017 in the making. 2016 was tough for all of us, but there's a positive for every negative. Never forget to look all the good things. 2017 is going to be a good year, because I will make it so. I'll be sharing tonnes more recipes, motivational posts and fitness tips to help the make the most of your year too. We're in this together!

Have a great New Year everyone! Let me know some 2016 highlights in the comments!
Steph x.


  1. After a rough 2016, I'm hoping to get out there and push my comfort zone for 2017 :)

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2016! :)

    1. You can totally do it! Make 2017 your year to be brave :)
      Steph x.

  2. Your fitness journey has been so inspiring!! Now that life is slowing down a little bit I'm really looking forward to getting my fitness life back on track. I miss working up a sweat!

    I'm so happy you enjoyed your trip over here. Canada is really beautiful! I used to live right on the border so we would go in there all the time. I'm excited for you to see it!

    You've also made me want another tattoo more than ever so that will be one of my 2017 goals for sure!!

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017! 💚

    Katie | www.overthemoony.com

    1. Aw you're so sweet!! Making time for exercise makes such a difference. I hope yo find a routine that works for you :)
      No way! It would have been so cool to live around there, I thought it was truly stunning. Haha I don't know if encouraging tattoos makes me a good or a bad influence, but I can't wait to see what you get up to in 2017! Thanks for be so amazing and supportive last year :D
      Steph x.

  3. Sounds like a lovely year in general tho sorry about your gorgeous dog :(. Btw is the photo of the books in your LA trip from The Last Bookstore? That's on my must list for my honeymoon there next year (apart from Disney and HP of course!) Have a great 2017! :) x

    1. Aw thank you, she was a cutie. Yes! We visited the store on our first day in LA. Had to tick it off the Bucket-List! I hope you have an amazing honeymoon :)
      Steph x.