Why bacon drinks, Stevie Wonder and running helped define my 2016 and the plans I’ve got for 2017…

Despite the news being full of political turmoil, celebrity death and tragedy I’ve got a bit of a confession to make…

I had a pretty decent 2016.

I got to sit at Charles Darwins old desk (although I’m not sure I was meant to!) and visited a bunch of great English Heritage sites.

I had my first bacon bloody Mary (sounds better than it tastes!) and had some Duck and Waffle.

I got the opportunity to speak at loads of different events across the country.

I realised that my youngest, Sophie, loves a set of museum headphones and shouting out seemingly random words from museum audio descriptions!

I ran a decent amount including participating in both the Great North and Great South run…

I got to visit some new places…Antwerp, Hertogenbosch, Budapest and Barcelona as well as revisiting Amsterdam and Brussels.

Charlotte, Sophie and I went to London Comic Con in April…only to be told in October by Charlotte that she now wanted to start going on her own!

I got to play on the pitch at Upton Park (although obviously my lack of skill means that I’m using the word ‘play’ in it’s broadest sense).

Continuing on a football related theme I also went to my last match at Upton Park, my first West Ham match at the Olympic stadium and my first visit to the Nou Camp (where I saw Messi score two and Suarez bagging a hat trick!)

I walked one hundred kilometres non stop in just over a day to raise some cash for guide dogs.

I went to a Gelato festival…and ate way too much frozen desert. (thanks, in part, to this guy!)

I took my first trip (ever) to the British museum.

I got to see Stevie Wonder live!

I went to the proms…and got the chance to see a play in Shakespeare’s Globe for the first time ever!

I continued to build the business

I popped up on the radio a few times

I got locked up for a good cause.

I read and reviewed 53 books.

I had a great Christmas with family in Scotland.

but most of all…

I got to spend loads of time with the people I love!

However now 2016 is over I’m now thinking about what I want to do in 2017. Here’s my list…

A lot more running including my first Marathon (eeek!) in Paris.

I’m intending to publish my second book.

I’ve got some decent sized plans for the business in 2017.

I’ve got some plans to be more grateful in 2017. More generous. More Kind.

I’ve definitely doing a bit more travelling including Greece and hopefully a visit to the Arctic circle.

I’m also going to continue to take some of the chances life often randomly serves up!

but most of all…

I’m also intend to continue to spend a bunch of time with the people I love!

So, that’s what I’ve been up in 2016 and what I’m going to be doing in 2017.

What did you get up to in 2016? and what plans have you got for 2017?

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