2017 has been a crazy busy year. It’s had it’s ups and downs but overall I feel that 2017 has been a good year for me. I’ve managed to bring The Gluten Free Cheerleader back to life after not being as active over the last few years, I’ve learned some new skills and met some new people. As this blog is mainly a food blog, I don’t post a lot of lifestyle updates so, unless you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you won’t know what I get up to when I’m not eating out. So, just for you, here is a run down of my 2017 highlights.
Learning to Snowboard
This is a biggie for me! My boyfriend has been on at me to start snowboarding almost since we met. Eventually this year I gave it a go. In January we went to Aviemore for a week with our friends and their kids with the hope of some snow. Sadly, we only managed to get out one day and, honestly, I didn’t enjoy it all that much. Still, I persevered and we managed to get another two days out on our boards before the snow disappeared for the season. Over the summer, I took lessons at Snow Factor and completely fell in love with snowboarding. I can’t wait for this season and to get out on my board in the French Alps in March.
Climbing my first Munro
We started doing a bit of walking in the Spring of this year, first tackling the beginning stages of the West Highland Way which are all driving distance from home. One day we set out with a different goal in mind – to climb Ben Lomond, the most southerly Munro. This was a huge achievement for me and I’ll be honest and say that at times I didn’t think I would make it! We got caught in a freak hailstone on our final ascent to the summit and I might have turned back if we hadn’t come so far. It was a really tough day but I was so proud of myself. With this and snowboarding I have really enjoyed being able to share activities and experiences with my boyfriend rather than just going out for dinner or to the cinema.
Disneyland Paris 2017
This was my only trip abroad this year and I was thrilled to spend some time with two of my favourite people from my Disney programme. We had a great time and you can read all about what I ate in my post here. Trip vlog coming soon!
This year I have been lucky enough to travel to London twice to see brand new shows! I went down in February to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and again just last week to see Hamilton – a musical I’ve only been excited about forever. I used to go to London fairly regularly when I was a student – clearly travel and hotels were more affordable back then – and lately I do feel like I really miss those London adventures. It was great to get down for a few days and wander the city, see some shows and do new things. In February I also saw Wicked again, which is my all time favourite musical.
Made in Dagenham with Paisley Musical and Operatic Society
In February I was in an amateur production of Made in Dagenham at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow. I’ve done a few amateur productions before but this was the best one yet. I loved everything about it from the show to the cast to the experience on stage.
In the summer I also took part in Forbidden Broadway with PMOS, and spent an amazing weekend in Peebles this autumn with other members of the society.
Catch our 2018 production of Top Hat at the Kings Theatre in February.
I have worked on the Paisley 2021 bid for the past two years and I can honestly say that this has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I’ve been so lucky to work on a team made up of people from all different backgrounds and experience levels who all brought something unique to the bid. I’ve been privileged to meet and work alongside many members of the local cultural community, and meet the people for whom culture makes a difference to their every day lives. We may have been unsuccessful, but Paisley’s journey is just beginning.
In 2018 I plan to continue the work I’ve put in to the Gluten Free Cheerleader over the last few months. I will have my six year anniversary of my coeliac diagnosis which is just crazy. I can’t believe how things have changed.
I’d love to hear about your 2017 highlights. Please feel free to share any posts in the comments.