My year in pictures

New Year is a time for new beginnings and looking forward. But before jumping into the next chapter, it is important to recognise your achievements from the previous one.

With all the noise and hype of social medial, it is easy for us to get lost in what everybody else is doing and forget what we have to be proud of.

Start your 2019 on a high by taking time out to reflect on the past 12 months and celebrate your own victories.

Find yourself comparing? Why not focus on how you can build upon your own goals next time around. Then work on implementing the changes that will bring you closer towards achieving them.

I like to think of each year as a collection of memories and in the lead up to new year, there’s nothing better than pulling them all together and looking back on old photos.

Last year was a varied one for me  – not only in terms of travel, but career and personal life too. And by breaking it down, I get to acknowledge each one.

Why not try it yourself – via a blog post, a diary entry or even as a list on your phone? Create a record of your favourite moments over the last year and all you have achieved.

To start us off, here are my favourites as I look back on my 2018.

January: Becoming a fully fledged journalist

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News Associates fast-track class of 2018
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… and new friends

February: Volunteering in Zambia

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Volunteering in Zambia
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Team leader training in Mukalashi, Zambia
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… and our lovely bunch of volunteers at training in Kabwe, Zambia
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My host family in Kafalulu, Zambia
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Learning how cook breakfast on brazier coals – oats with water and milk powder mm!

April: Investing in a Zambian start up

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Supporting these guys in Chibombo, Zambia

May: Blog rebrand

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… cue LauraWanderland

June: Summer picnics and BBQs

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Catching up with old friends from my dancing days
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Uni sisterhood – picnicking at Regent’s Park

July: World Cup

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Watching England in the World Cup semi-finals at British Summertime festival

August: Girls’ ‘reset’ holiday to Croatia

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Southend airport
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Falling in love with Dubrovnik old town, Crotia
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Joining the party on Hvar island, Croatia
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Finally getting to see Plitvice Lakes and national park, Croatia 
… all with this one

First solo concert

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Braving it alone and making new friends at Sonus festival, Pag island, Croatia

First bestie to turn 30. Yikes!

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Exploring York city centre with the gang
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Our Air bnb birthday pad in York
Hanging out with the gang in York

September: First pal to get hitched, in León

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My friend got married! León, Spain

October: Exploring northern Spain

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Road trippin’ – enough said. Astorga, Spain

November: Concerts

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Florence and the Machine ❤ at the London O2 
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The Royal Albert Hall

December: Christmas treats

Brighton visits – #welovebrighton
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A Christmassy afternoon tea with my journalism girls
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And ending the year here… Christmas with my family. Herne Bay, Kent

So why not give it a go? Make a list of your favourite moments from 2018. Be thankful. And getting cracking on making 2019 the most awesome year yet.

Laura x

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