2017 Reflection || A Year In Review

If you haven’t already noticed January is a time for a spot of reflection on ByBusby. I thought it was about time to look at 2017 as a whole & look back on my achievements & the moments I’ve loved. Be prepared for lots of flashback photos of my year along with a lot of good vibes.

year in review2017 reflection - memory flatlayMoments I’m proud of

To kick off with I have to talk about the things I’m proud of achieving. It hasn’t been a year of immense change but I’ve made a few that have made me happier in the long run. Firstly I started working full time & said goodbye to 4hr shifts. It was a big deal for me because I needed to get my act together so I could start saving to move out.

That obviously leads me onto how proud I am that I finally stopped spending & started saving. Gone are the pointless purchases & now I have a little nest egg to put towards bigger things. This also meant that I could finally get my breast augmentation which was a huge deal. Considering how long I was debating it, all it took was a few months of strict saving to put a deposit down. Plus I can officially say I paid the full cost off before the end of the year!

I’m also proud of myself for letting things go. It may sound simple but this year is the first year in a long time I haven’t spent worrying about pointless things & instead I’ve been investing my time wisely. No longer am I wrapped up in petty drama or surrounded by people who aren’t good for my health. I’ve taken steps to ensure I’m at my happiest.

2017 reflection - download 2017 reflection- download Favourite experiences

In reflection 2017 has been a year full of new experiences. I’ve really spent my time enjoying things & creating new memories. Firstly me & Jacob had our first holiday together which was wonderful. Poland was beautiful & we went at such a good time. The weather was lush & we did so many things (read more here). I definitely want to continue exploring Europe this year.

Even though we didn’t travel much, we did squeeze in lots of events; download was a big highlight because it felt like such a relaxed break away. Relaxing may not be your first thought when it comes to a festival but we really enjoyed sunning ourselves in the field listening to the main stage. Of course we got to see some really great bands too but the contrast to my first download expierence made it such a highlight for me.

Finally I had to give Kate Nash a mention because her Made of bricks tour was amazing. It honestly couldn’t have been better & even though we were a little skeptical at first it passed all our expectations. The album itself isn’t always upbeat but the whole gig was truly exciting. Kate made the whole album fun & it just made the teenager it me come to life.

2017 reflection- Kate Nash 2017 reflection - Kate NashBlog achievements

In all honesty I think 2017 has been the year for ByBusby. I’ve invested a lot more time & actual money into creating content that I’m proud of. I’ve rebranded twice; once from Busby beauty & fashion (what a mouthful) then moving over to self hosted WordPress & I’m finally at a place I’m happy with.

Over this year I’ve really invested in my content. I’m no longer putting out any content that could be deemed fillers & I’ve written about things that interested me. Sometimes that’s fashion which I’ve always leaned towards but mainly it’s lifestyle posts that express who I am. Some of my favourite posts fall under that category & I’m loving the photos I’ve created alongside my posts this year.

Some of my favourite posts include; Blogger who help bloggers, The importance of mental health days, Is there room for new bloggers, It’s time to say thank you, Living with high functioning mental health &  Three cliffs bay.

I’ve also been able to venture into working with brands a little more even though this is something I need to invest more time in this year. I’ve focused on cruelty free companies & been able to create content that’s more me. I’m proud to have been contacted by bigger brands like boots & even been asked to feature in a BBC3 video (even though I couldn’t make the shoot). I feels like I’m being recognised for my hard work & I couldn’t be prouder of that.

2017 reflection - Wales scene 2017 reflection - blog flatlayBloggers I’m happy to have discovered

Not only have I invested more time in ByBusby I’ve also invested more time in the blogosphere. I’ve connected with soo many new bloggers through twitter & I spend more time reading blogs. I really upped my blogging game by looking at other bloggers & using their knowledge their are happy to share.

Throughout the year I made new friendships & I’ve learnt so much more through connecting with the blogosphere. I couldn’t recommend engaging with the community more. A few bloggers I have to mention are; Maria J, Holly (thekittyluxe), Jemma (Dorkface), Robyn (midnightandlace), Gemma (mummyinthemadhouse) & Louise (formidablejoy).

There’s many more bloggers who’s content I’ve loved or I’ve connected with but if I carried on this post would never end!

2017 reflection - couple photoOn reflection this year has been a turning point for me; I’ve put in the hard work to create a life that makes me happy. Looking back makes you realise what you’ve achieved & I’m pretty proud of what I’ve done in 2017. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. What was your highlight of 2017?

Shelley xx

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2017 reflection


    • shelley
      January 10, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      Thankyou! it’s definitely worth looking into even for a weekend, so affordable to! x

  1. January 10, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Sounds like you achieved so much in the space of year. I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for you x

    • shelley
      January 10, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      It’s crazy looking back & realising how much you’ve done! Thankyou x

  2. Emma
    January 11, 2018 / 9:02 am

    It’s so good to look back and remember all you’ve achieved. Well done on saving! I really need to save a bit more this year, although I didn’t do too badly last year considering we also got married x

    • shelley
      January 11, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Exactly, I was surprised looking back how much I’d done. Ah a wedding will definitely drain your savings. My savings haven’t been great but definitely better than previous. I didn’t need to save more this year though x

  3. January 11, 2018 / 9:59 am

    It sounds like you had a great 2017. I hope 2018 is bigger and better!

    • shelley
      January 11, 2018 / 5:07 pm


  4. January 11, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Looks like 2017 was an amazing year for you and you defintely achieved so much 😊

    • shelley
      January 12, 2018 / 10:31 am

      thank you!!

  5. January 15, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Oh my, thanks for the shout out my lovely! You should have told me! Sounds like you’ve had a really great year and well done for learning to let the little thing’s go more. That’s my NYE resolution for 2018 now I think! xx

    • shelley
      January 16, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      It’s okay; I didn’t tag bloggers this time round! It was definitely a year of learning! it’s so refreshing because my life is so drama free! xx

  6. January 22, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    Lovely couple, and blog rebranding is always hard! Your blog is lovely, and I hope 2018 treats you well!

    • shelley
      January 23, 2018 / 6:28 pm

      thank you!! glad you like it & I hope 2018 treats you well too.

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