12 highlights from 2017

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Søren Kierkegaard

The end of the year is a super chance to reflect on what has happened and it has been a good year for so many reasons. Here are a few of mine; hope you have some good memories to take away too.

Music

It was a year of great music, with some fantastic album launches (NF’s Perception being my most played) and being able to attend some super live concerts. The highlight seeing a Jon Foreman solo show and the full experience Switchfoot performing in London. No voice either time, but once in a lifetime experiences.

Running

Clubs Champs 10 Mile bronze in January, 50th parkrun in February, 100 miles in March, first half marathon in May, Five laps of Spitfire and Man of the Month in July, and nomination for most improved runner of the year to crown it off. But more than that the community of runners has been awesome to be a part of.

#SWYMiversary

SWYM (South West Youth Ministries) was the organisation I trained with and this year celebrated 20 years. They put on a weekend of celebrations including a celebration in Exeter’s Great Hall. It was lovely catching up with familiar faces and reconnecting with others.

Cinema

I went to the cinema more times this year than any previous and saw some super films. Logan, Lego Batman, A Monster Calls are all up there but the highlight was the ending of the Apes trilogy – War of the Planets of the Apes. Didn’t expect to cry during a monkey movie!

The Zoo

I love ZSL and admire the work they do greatly. I became a fellow at the end of last year and took advantage bringing friends to celebrate birthdays and fitting in a few after work walks. This year I also completed the Dear Zoo adventure twice with the little cousins – lots of fun! Really has become my peaceful place.

#Scotland17

My tour around Scotland was a huge highlight to the year and though it took a lot of planning I loved exploring just a bit of what the neighbours up north have to offer. Lots of firsts including sea kayaking, the islands of Orkney, photographing an orca. Immense! The highlight as ever was seeing friends there. It is so good to spend time with such amazing people.

The Gathering

October half term was all about the Gathering; last year in beautiful Geneva, this year in beautiful Brum! An incredible 4 days of prayer, praise, worship and fellowship. Such an encouragement to gather with my 24/7 family.

Hillsong Conference

Hillsong always sets me up for the summer and this year was wonderful. I made new friends, heard some insanely good messages and sung very loudly! Next year – There is More!

Christmas

Two sets of snow, much yummy food, carols, movies and barrel loads of laughter. I even got along to the Hillsong Carols event I’ve wanted to attend since moving here! Being poorly and having dental surgery couldn’t take away from the enjoyment of this season with family and friends.

Easter Travels

I decided to visit the South West for a couple of weeks to catch up with some friends and explore a few places. This included my first ever trip to Stonehenge and a parkrun PB at Minehead and a lovely few days in Exmouth with gorgeous people. To be repeated I am sure!

Work

I think it may be the first time I have ever included my job on this list. It’s not always easy but I love the main part of it. I have especially valued those I work with, I love the team and our walking a Half Marathon together mid year was a highlight. The less said about camping incidents and the squirrel the better though…

Northampton

I got to be a handsome prince a panto (who thought that would ever happen?!) and witnessed an incredible game of rugby between the Saints and Stade Francais – best sporting event I will ever experience live! Plus it is always good to share Chinese/Indian food with family.

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