2017 Looking Back, 2018 Moving Forward

2017 I’m not going to lie you were a shit year. My health was turned upside down and at the end, my best friend in the whole world was put to sleep after 10 years. Looking back I struggle to think of good things that happened. Obviously, I know good things happened the bad just push those to the back of my mind. I spent the whole of 2017 seeing nurses, doctors, consultants and specialists. It was all for the best but I would have rather not done it. Losing my dog was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever been through in my life. It’s been nearly 3 months now and I still miss Benson every day and I will continue to miss him for the rest of my life, I don’t cry anymore. Instead, I get up in the morning, look at his picture and say hello and at the end of the night I do the same but say goodnight, it helps. Peggy my cat has been great, making us all laugh and doing naughty things she shouldn’t do, but it’s needed, she’s amazing.

The pictures I’ve chosen for this post don’t really go but I was happy. These were taken in Cuba in December and I felt content for the first time in 2017. I was comfortable. I wasn’t stressed and I wasn’t hurting too much, but that was because I was taking it easy and resting.


2018 Please, please, please, please be better. Help me get this chronic illness under control. Help me be more positive. I really want this to be my year. I want to succeed in blogging, I want to succeed in my job, I just want everything to get better. I’ve been telling myself that I will be more positive. Even though at the moment life isn’t great I’m going to make it the best I can be. I have the most amazing boyfriend and family and cat. My life isn’t shit. I need to take more time out to focus on me. I want to look after myself better, maybe start doing yoga or meditation at home. I want to read more. I want to start bullet journaling. I want to travel. I want to improve my photography. I just want to become a better person and just be me.

In a few days, I want to figure out some goals for this year, nothing too complicated just simple ones that I can work towards.

Laura x


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  • Reply Marianne Sophia

    Thanks for sharing this honest post. Honestly 2017 was a hard year for me too. I can only hope 2018 is kinder for us. Wishing you all the happiness!

    Much love,
    Marianne x https://mariannesophia.com

    January 13, 2018 at 10:32 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      I’m sorry that you had a rubbish 2017. Here’s to an amazing 2018 for the both of us xxx

      January 14, 2018 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Melissa - Memories and Mishaps

    I hope 2018 is a better year for you. Sending lots of luck and happiness your way!

    Melissa x | http://www.memoriesandmishapsblog.wordpress.com

    January 15, 2018 at 4:06 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      Thank you! You too x

      January 16, 2018 at 5:41 am
  • Reply Jenna

    Such an honest post! I hope you have an amazing year, you deserve it! 🙂
    Jenna <3
    Follow me back? The Chic Cupcake

    January 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      Thank you xx

      February 4, 2018 at 7:04 am
  • Reply Samantha

    Im new to your posts but am enjoying reading them .
    I also suffer wirh various chronic health conditions and it helps knowing I’m not alone .
    I wish you every happiness and blessings .
    Sorry to hear about your dog .
    Many blessings .

    February 12, 2018 at 6:50 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      Hi Samantha. Sorry to hear that you suffer with chronic illness too, wishing you all the best xxx

      February 13, 2018 at 5:24 am
  • Reply Kate

    Having a chronic illness is shit! Hope things improve for you in 2018/2019

    Kate xx

    June 19, 2018 at 8:45 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      Thanks, Kate!

      I’ll get there eventually, it’s a work in process xx

      June 20, 2018 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Nora

    I know it sounds cliche – but just be positive, smile at the bad things as much as you can, think of them as in the past and focus on the good of the present. You can do it this year! <3

    August 1, 2018 at 3:01 pm
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