2017 is nearly over, who would have thought? It just seemed like this year zipped right past us and we are already gearing ourselves up for 2018!! Before the new year takes place, I decided to sit down and write this post, reflecting on ten happy memories from 2017!
1-Moving to Vancouver
Myself and Jack rekindled our love and moved to Vancouver in August of 2017, certainly topping the list of happy memories from 2017. Canada was always a country that appealed to both of us with its accredited outdoor living and a general chilled out lifestyle. We tossed between moving to Toronto or Vancouver, with Vancouver coming out the winner (we are still suckers for its mountain views to this day).
Moving to Vancouver was a relatively stress-free move considering the last country I lived was Thailand and for jack, Stockholm. There is something about an English-speaking country that makes settling in is that bit easier. Overall, we have been really enjoying life in Vancouver and excited to see what 2018 holds for us here. Stay tuned!
2 – Securing my first digital marketing job
Most of you know that I have dabbled in many different jobs around the world. I am a firm believer in – You never know till you try it, hence how I racked up my extensive resume. This year however, I decided it was time to take my career firmly into my hands and finally figure out what the hell I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Turns out its going to be, the vast and ever evolving world of digital marketing. Honestly, I’m ecstatic about my choice.
See how I leaped into the digital marketing world below:
- I took a 3-month hands on diploma course in digital marketing from the Fitzwilliam Institute in Dublin. You may find this hard to believe but I turned down a masters in Scotland/Spain to take the three-month diploma instead. Yes, go on, call me crazy. The diploma, however was the better choice for me as it was a fast-tracked way to get my foot in the door. It offered a three-month internship with some of the leading digital marketing/PR companies in Dublin.
- I was very strategic when choosing which company I would do my internship with. The criteria being the following:
- A global company, so my experience would be recognized worldwide.
- An up and coming digital company – they didn’t have to be the “leading” digital company, but I wanted a company that was slowly makes waves in the digital space.
- A fun work culture where I would be working on a portfolio of exciting world-class brands.
- I carried out two digital marketing internships in Dublin, two is always better than one right! The first was with Havas and the second was with Edelman. Luckily for me, I now work for Edelman in their Vancouver office. If I was to offer one piece of advice for those choosing an internship, choose wisely, you never know where that choice might take you in the world.
3-My brother got married
I still can’t quite believe it! Another one of my happiest memories from 2017 is watching my brother marry one of my all-time favourite girls. You sort of panic when you get into your late 20’s and all your friends and your only sibling start to get hitched– does this mean I had to start adulting now too?. Aidan and Anita prove that getting married doesn’t mean you turn into a boring couple once the ring goes on the finger – they are two of the most fun people know. Couples goals, if there ever was!
4-My friend Maria got married
One of the hardest parts of travelling is missing those once in a lifetime moment like friends getting married or having babies. So, when I got to be a part of my friends, Maria and Kieran’s big day, it was a pretty special moment for me. Like the one of a kind people they are, their wedding was anything but traditional which I adored.
The ceremony was held in a gazebo, with Kieran even serenading Maria via singsong. Who knew he could even sing?. For the after party there was none other than a silent disco, which I can only say is true Maria and Kieran style.
5-I learned how to be a florist
Even just writing that heading gave me a giggle. But yes, learning how to be a florist is a skill I never thought I’d be putting to my name. While I’ve never really been a flower lover, surprisingly enough creating a bouquet of fresh flowers is quite a rewarding experience. While I can’t say I’ll ever leave the world of digital marketing to pursue a floral decorating business, it’s good to know I can take my hand to a floral arrangement should someone need an emergency bouquet of flowers.
6-Going on an all-girls road trip in the Balkans
What’s a month without some travel, let alone a year? Having little to no money to fund this trip, I still managed an awesome 3-week trip around Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina with the girls. This was also the first time I had gone on a road trip in Europe, where we rented our own car and didn’t have to take public transport. The highlights of this trip for me were Plitvice Lakes and experiencing snow in northern Montenegro while the sun shined in the city.
7-Exploring the city of Dublin
I always say it, but you don’t often appreciate what’s on your own home soil. So, when I was home in Ireland for a year doing my diploma, I took every single opportunity to explore the very best of Dublin. Here are just some of highlights.
Some of my favourite walk/hikes and scenery spotting opportunities are The Bray to Greystones walk, Howth and Glendalough. My favourite restaurant/chill out spot has got to be The Dog House in Howth. I really hope Vancouver opens a location where you can get cake in bed, pretty essential really!
8-Spending quality time with my family
I began this never-ending travel endeavor in 2011 so getting to spend the most part of 2017 in Ireland with my family was a nice change of scenery. Every weekend I would come down from Dublin to spend as much time with my family as possible and it’s these quality moments with family I miss the most when I am away.
9- Making money online
Making money online for the first time is both a happy and unhappy memory from 2017. To help fund my time living in Dublin and my move to Vancouver, i started to work from my laptop. It was weirdly addictive and started to consume my life, which is never good. I was juggling teaching English online to students from the UAE and writing content for some well-known travel bloggers who run their own content company. The upside to working from your laptop is choosing your own hours and casually doing the job in your PJs. The downside is the money isn’t too hectic when you start out and you are constantly wondering where the next penny is coming from.
10-Experiencng new things for the first time
There is nothing quite like that feeling of excitement and discovery when you experience things for the first time. I always tend to seek out new and unique experience when I can and here are some of my favourites from 2017:
Experiencing Drum Circle in Vancouver. Watching the sun go down with hundreds of bongo drumming music loving hippies on the beach was a first for me.
Experiencing a nudist beach for the first time. A clothing optional beach has long been on my radar to try and thanks to Wreck Beach here in Vancouver, I managed to tick that one off the list(thought it was best to not share an image of this exerience, for obivious reasons)
So there you have my reflection on ten happy memories from 2017. What happy memories come to mind for you this year? Share them in the comments below.