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2016... oh what a year!

When we look back on 2016 in future years, without a doubt we will wonder what kind of mockery of time 2016 really was. So many of our idols left us, Trump became president, Brexit happened. It was a trying and emotional year for many. So many people want to forget 2016 ever happened. Not me. 2016 was one of the best years of my life. It was one of the toughest years so far but without doubt it was one of the best.

I want to start 2017 satisfied that I did myself proud in 2016 which is the purpose of this blog. Nostalgia and self indulgence at it's finest! Ha!

Image may contain: mountain and outdoorI made myself a wee list of things that were great about 2016 and it is honestly going to be a struggle to choose a favourite. There are many things that are potential favourites, one of which was the reunion of Lu and Tif after 9 nine years. Not only did I get to see Tif, I got to meet Joe and their families, I met Schonie and her hubby Preston, and of course, I got to catch up with Beau. I spent a week with Tif and in that week she showed me half of Utah. I got to see the snow of Pine Valley, the rusted landscape of Zion National Park, the inversion of Northern Utah!
Image may contain: 4 people, people smilingEvery day of that trip was superb. I met so many wonderful people, saw so many wonderful places of which I had heard multiple stories over the years from Tif and Beau, and I finally got to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing live. It was such a great visit and it was the visit that made me decide that I needed to change my life and that I needed a change of job. You can read about the trip here.
I also got to see Adrian and Chrissie in North Carolina,meet Uisce and Echo, go to a proper college basketball match and meet their lovely pals and I headed to Vegas for a few days. It was amazing.

It has been a dream of mine for many years to hear the MoTab sing. Not only did I get to hear them in the actual Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, I also was afforded the opportunity to listen to them sing in Brussels at Palais des Beaux-Arts. I love music, but the MoTab has an amazing ability to draw all emotion out of me. I cry with each crescendo, I cry with each lamentando, I cry and cry and cry but never out of sadness. Simply out of awe and exhilaration. Brussels was so much fun, so much chocolate, beer, culture, laughter. It was a good three days.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smilingBarcelona was also amazing. I went with my Auntie Vera, the most important woman in my world. It was a brilliant trip. We saw the fountains, Poble Espanyol, some Dali stuff, Parc Guell. Oh it was fabulous, but the highlight was possibly getting stuck in a thunderstorm with Vera. The photos were hilarious!!

There were many other visits throughout the year, home for father's day, home for weddings. I got to travel around Scotland quite a bit too. It was a good year of adventure. Looking for Oor Wullies in Dundee, exploring the sights of Fettercairn, finding ducks in Glasgow. Home was as much fun as abroad.

Image may contain: 4 people, crowd and indoorMusic featured massively this year. I had the fortune to hear so many great artists live and meet so many wonderful people along the way! I heard Richard Ashcroft sing 'Lucky Man' live, I heard Noel Gallagher sing 'Don't Look Back in Anger' and 'Champagne Supernova' live! Iain and I also went to the Courtineers which was great, and I can't wait to see them again in May!
Mark's influence played a huge part on my year musically. I got to see the Temperance movement (Though with my pal Craig), We saw the Avett Brothers in London with Caoimhe, and I got to meet some of the loveliest men there, including his dad. We saw Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, in November and Foy Vance in December. So much music, so much laughter and twirling and so many great introductions!! I also went to see Blue Rose Code who is one of my favourite artists here in Aberdeen, and I look forward to seeing him in Galway in February with Mark and Iain!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, indoorSpeaking of Galway, 2016 saw two crackingly good Galway weddings. Davet and Caoimh in April and Donagh and Maria in October. We also had the Rowse wedding of September 2016 which was a kilt filled banterful day oot. I got to see so much more of my dad this year, including seeing him on father's day. I have a new job which I love even when the going gets tough and as a result I have made so many new friends. One of whom even adopted me for Christmas this year. I also got to spend my birthday with my favourite at the Brew Dog AGM... passionfruit sour beer.... mmmm....

Looking back at 2016, it is easy to think about the bad stuff. There was lots of it. There still is.
But for me, when I think of 2016 I want to think about how much love, music and laughter the year brought. And anyone who reads the life of Lu will tell you , there are three things which I think are important. Love, music and laughter.

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standing and indoorThere were some huge life changes for me this year too. I moved into my own wee flat, started a new job, dabbled in the dating world again for the first time in a long time and in staying in Aberdeen I met some amazing new people. Personally I am excited about what 2017 is going to bring. I am already booked up for some amazing things. Galway with two of my favourite people in February, and getting to see my dad then too. Going to see Foy Vance again in May with Mark, and the Courtineers in Manchester with Iain AND I am returning to Utah for a wee visit too!

So, Happy New Year folks, may you all have a wonderful 2017! xx

My ten lessons from 2016 that I will bring into 2017 are as follows:

1. Music makes everything better. Sing, dance, hum, twirl. It works.
2. Gin is NOT my friend
3. No matter how lonely you can feel, you are never really alone
4. I have no ability as a gardener. All plants in my ownership will die. Slowly.
5. Baileys Haagen Daas can be bought at Sainsburys.
6. Laugh through the tough times. Silliness makes everything easier.
7. When you ring home, remind them that you love them before you hang up. 
8. Keep writing.It along with music makes things better.
9. Keep drinking tea for the same reasons.
10. Be ok to let go when you have to. Trust your feelings.


Go mbeirimid beo an am seo aris!

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