Farewell 2016…

As another year draws to a close today, I wanted to share one last post with you all for 2016, a year that was a crazy whirlwind of travel, adventure and change for me. This day last year, I was newly married, fresh out of wedding planning, and looking for a new way to occupy all my spare time now that my days weren’t being spent researching wedding themes on Pinterest and buying up half of Etsy for the big day.

If you’ve read my blog introduction, you’ll already know this information. But for those of you who are not familiar with my story, then allow me to rehash…

Blogging was something I had done before and loved. I missed writing for myself desperately, and I also knew there was a chance my job would be changing, so in order to give myself a new creative outlet, this day last year, on 31st December 2015, I decided it was time to return to one of my first loves, writing, and set up this little blog, Simply Sorcha.

I didn’t know the direction Simply Sorcha would take, I didn’t even know what I was going to write about, but I knew I wanted to write. Since that day I’ve shared almost every day of my 2016 journey with you all, from my wedding photos, my travels and adventures, my beauty loves and loathes, my good days and bad.

2016 was such an incredible year, it had some tough moments like being made redundant from my job and closing a chapter on an incredible journey in a company I loved, but it was also a year of new adventure and discovery with the year of the holiday. I’m sure many of you are familiar with our year of the holiday plan by now, we started out 2016 with a plan to visit as many new places as we possibly could and I think it’s pretty safe to say we achieved our goal.

The year of the holiday was a huge success consisting of 25 destinations, 22 flights, 13 weeks, 9 countries and 3 continents, all within one year. We visited Paris, Rome, Kerry, Ibiza, London (twice), Marbella, Cork, Ubud, the Gili Islands, Seminyak, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, Rockhampton, Fraser Island, Noosa, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Surfer’s Paradise, Byron Bay, Port Macquarie, Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok, Ko Lanta, Dubai, and of course, home to Dublin.

We saw some beautiful places, met some incredible people (weird and wonderful), stayed in some amazing hotels (and some questionable ones!), but most of all, we did it together. And we laughed every step of the way. I still have posts to share on my travels, and they will be up early in the new year for those interested.

All in all, it will be hard to top 2016 but already we know it’s going to be an exciting year of new beginnings. I’m starting a new job in a few weeks, Dave is celebrating a big birthday, and most importantly of all, I’ll be continuing my blogging journey.

As the year of the holiday and blogging successfully for one year challenges are both officially over now, it’s time to create a new challenge for myself for 2017. This one is far less extravagant than the year of the holiday (which I’m sure our bank balance will be happy about), and is essentially a blogging challenge as opposed to a life challenge. It is beauty related, and focusses on just one thing, my favourite makeup product of all the makeup products, lipstick.

More will be revealed tomorrow, when day one of my 2017 challenge begins, but for now I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year, and all the best of health, happiness, love and success for 2017.

Special thanks to all the amazing bloggers I’ve met this year, the events I’ve been invited to and attended, the blog posts that have inspired me, and all the new friends I’ve made through Simply Sorcha. And to all my readers all over the world, I hope you keep coming along for the ride!

Here’s to a wonderful 2017 for us all.

Sorcha x

Resolution Time

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In keeping with all things New Year, it’s time to write my list of New Year’s resolutions. I know I’m a little late to the party, but better late than never eh?!

I wouldn’t say I have the best track record when it comes to keeping New Year’s resolutions or goals that I set for myself, I always have the best intentions but one thing leads to another throughout the year and more often than not, resolutions get forgotten. Yes there are the old reliables that appear on my list every year such as losing weight, getting fitter, managing to squeeze into those size 10 jeans that have been sitting in my wardrobe for the past five years… But let’s call a spade a spade here, they aren’t much craic as resolutions go, so this year I’m focusing on positivity.

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For 2016, I’ve decided my resolutions are all going to be things I REALLY want to do and I’ve narrowed it down to four, achievable goals. Would I say no to having a body like Beyoncé? Of course not! But while I’m waiting for that to happen, I’m going to push on with these:

1. Write More

Tick! Well, this blog is the first step and you all know by now I’m so nervous I might pee my pants. But I’m writing, and that’s a helluva lot more than I was doing five days ago.

2. Experience the Year of the Holiday

Ahhh the Year of the Holiday. This is something a good friend told me about before I got married. A couple she knew spent their first year of marriage travelling to all the places they wanted to see before they settled down, bought a house and started on the baby making. I told Dave about it not long before we tied the knot and we both agreed we had to jump on board that bandwagon and have some fun before it’s time for the serious stuff.

With that in mind, we plan on spending the next year visiting new places we’ve never been (or been to together) while also revisiting some of our old favorites near and far. The list is a work in progress, but I think you’ll agree there’s plenty to get us started! We’re currently at twelve locations and counting:

  • Paris
  • Ibiza
  • Rome
  • London
  • New York
  • Nashville
  • Kerry
  • Bali
  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • Thailand
  • Washington DC

Now let’s be honest, unless we win the lotto sometime soon, we’re most likely not going to get to all of those places in the next twelve months and we also have to try squeeze it all in, in between work and real life. But our flights to Paris are booked and I’m hoping I’ll have our Ibiza and Rome flights boxed off shortly too. Yippee!

3. Buy Something Fabulous I Can’t Afford

I’ve had my eye on a new Chanel quilted lambskin flip bag for quite some time now and I think this year is the time to purchase (but shh, don’t tell Dave!).

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4. Worry Less

I’m a divil for the worrying but this year I’m making a conscious effort not to sweat the small stuff. I’m not gonna lie, this could be a toughy as each year brings its own stress. But hopefully I’ll be so busy writing and having fun travelling that I won’t have time to worry!

So there we go folks. It’ll be a challenge but I’m moving full steam ahead.

Have you any fun New Year’s resolutions for 2016?

Sorcha x