Last year, I wrote a post where I reviewed my year, what I had achieved and what I had done throughout 2017. It’s one of my favourite posts I’ve ever written, and I thought I would do the same again this year. I also thought it would be pretty cool to see how my life has changed in comparison to last year too! I know I said last year that 2017 was big for me… but my gosh, 2018 has been even bigger.

January 2018

Eric and I celebrated 3 years together, doing what we do best… eating a buffet!

My Ulcerative Colitis was still flaring, and I was still steroid dependent, meaning every time the hospital tried to reduce my steroid dosage, my bowels flared right back up.

We had so much snow it actually felt like a proper Winter here in the UK!

February 2018

I experienced my first ever Cat Café, got bit by a cat, and bled all over, typical!

I qualified in Gel Polish application for manicures.

Eric and I had a proper date day in Durham, went sightseeing, and of course, ate a lot of food.

March 2018

I went on my first girls holiday to Magaluf for my friend’s hen party. It was SO much fun, despite being poorly.

April 2018

Eric and I went on our, what seems to be, an annual trip to the Lake District. This time we went to the South of the Lakes. We explored Kendal, Windermere, South Lakes Safari Zoo and The Lakes Aquarium.

I celebrated my 25th birthday with friends and family. We did an escape room, had a good meal, and a night out!

May 2018

A heatwave started here in the UK and we had the nicest Summer ever. I enjoyed beach trips, barbeques, long hikes, waterfalls and picnics. It really was the happiest Summer for me.

My blog turned 1 year old and I was on a blogger panel talking about writing blogs and making vlogs.

I went to see Thirty Seconds to Mars with my brother and it was so bloody incredible I cried.

June 2018

My consultant decided since my Colitis wasn’t improving, I needed to be moved onto a harsher medication which suppresses my immune system, called Azathioprine. But I needed to have vaccines before I started to make sure I’m as safe as possible.

Eric and I went to see Ed Sheeran and it was such a beautiful experience.

I managed to go the 10k walk for Crohn’s & Colitis UK instead of the 5k I did last year and we raised £175.


July 2018

My new medication was making me feel sick and nauseous every day, but my flare had reduced, so I kept pushing through.

Eric and I took part in Newcastle Pride, and I felt so proud to be part of the LGBT community and in a place where we’re far more accepting and understanding of different people.

My friend got married and I was a bridesmaid for the first time as an adult. It was such a gorgeous day.

August 2018

We celebrated Eric’s 27th Birthday with our closest friends.

Eric got a new job with a better wage and better prospects for his future. He’s now a Digital Content Executive.

September 2018

My body final went into REMISSION! Meaning I no longer have inflammation and ulceration in my colon, and I am symptom-free thanks to my medication. I’ll have to be on Azathioprine for life and be immunosuppressed, but it’s so worth it.

After a lot of research, planning and preparation… I started my own business as a Makeup Artist & Beautician!

October 2018

We celebrated our friend’s wedding where Eric was a groomsman. It was a stunning day.

I was lucky enough to celebrate my FAVOURITE holiday of all twice…. Halloween!

November 2018

Eric and I enjoyed Bonfire Night at the Whitley Bay Fireworks Display again.

My Seasonal Affective Disorder hit me hard after such a good summer, and my depression was making day to day life hard. I started a Behaviour Activation Course with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I started making big changes in my life after realising some people aren’t friends, toxic relationships still exist, and that I need to start putting myself first more often.

December 2018

My business is making a profit for the first time since starting it!

It was a hard month with family issues, but we got through it and came out the other side happier.
I decided to put more effort into my YouTube channel and did Vlogmas.

I enjoyed so many festive activities like Beamish, Christmas Markets, Afternoon Tea, the Pantomime and Ice Skating.

I saw in the New Year with friends, feeling hopeful that 2019 will be my year the thrive. 


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful year! I really enjoyed your post.