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2017 In Numbers

150 books read in both paperback and Kindle format

Five published reviews on an external website that also pays me for editorial reviews.

More than 50 blog posts on WordPress before I finally feel like I’ve found my voice and rekindled my love for writing.

Reached my target of 100 followers before the year ends.

Nearly a million pounds worth of robotic technology introduced to Orthopaedics (hello, Mako) at work.

But.

Lost four of my good friends because they have to grab opportunities elsewhere. No matter how happy I am for them, nothing has quite been able to fill the gap they left.

Attempted to leave my current work threetimes before finally realising that I can’t do it because UCLH, for better or worse, is home.

Spent £3000 to finally claim Permanent Residency in the UK after 6 long years of being on a working permit. Next stop: hello, British Citizenship.

Somehow managed to lose 3.5 kilos despite being too busy to train by sticking to a 1200 calorie daily diet.

Two fabulous visits in August from my cousin and my very good friend from New Zealand to help me celebrate 30 fabulous years on this earth.

Wedding bells rang this year as someone who’s been one of my best friends for the past 10 years finally tied the knot.

An epic fairy tale wedding that truly proves that love wins over and over again.

Three fabulous Killers concerts!

My own seven attempts at dating within the last 6months with varied results (blah, boring, no sparks, not enough commitment, too intense too soon, meh).

One month of food trips, brilliant conversation, laugh out loud moments, desserts in Trafalgar Square, Netflix and chill, Winter Wonderland (mulled wine for two please) and holding hands while traipsing through a London that seems to shine even brighter this particular winter season.

365 days of joy, laughter, tears, achievements, failures and the many small moments that make life worth living.

2017 has been a mixed bag of memories but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Happy New Year everyone!

Author:

Extraordinarily ordinary. Nurse. Teacher. Part-time traveller, full-time bookworm and music lover. I incorporate wishes, dreams and being a hopeless romantic with a sense of realism grounded on life experiences. I have yet to fully take off my rose-coloured glassed when it comes to life -despite occasional disappointments - and I prefer to keep it that way. I am in love with London, my adopted city. Every day is a new adventure, a chance to try something new. It has become such a part of who I am that I can't imagine living anywhere else. I am under the illusion that people will actually want to hear what I have to say and if it does turn out to be just an illusion, who cares? I want to put my thoughts out there for anyone to listen. I want to be heard because I have so much to say and I'm going to have fun doing it. I enjoy banter and a good back-and-forth. There is nothing more stimulating for me than an interesting conversation. So feel free to comment, express your opinions and let me know what you think. Let's get the world talking, one blabbaholic at a time.

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