In May I passed my driving test (on the second attempt), and I was so proud. It meant no more money being spent on driving lessons - thank god - and I'd finally caught up with my little sister. In July I got insured on my boyfriend's car and now I'm a fully qualified driver with so much more independence than I had this time last year.
June saw me hit 24, and I'm actually pretty okay with how the first six months of this has gone. My boyfriend took me down to my sister's for the weekend as a surprise for my birthday and it's honestly the best present he could have given me. We also hosted our first ever party: a barbecue to celebrate my dad's and my birthdays, and it felt so incredible to have lots of family over in the new house.
I celebrated on 17th June with my first 5K as an adult, and I'm beyond proud to say that I raised just over £900 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust by doing it. This was an incredible sum and I'm so grateful to everyone who donated, and the race has me genuinely overcome with emotion to think of the difference that money could make to a truly worthy cause.
July was time for a mini-break to Devon with my boyfriend's family. This was our only holiday this year, and whilst it was a fab three days' away, we're definitely planning on doing some more holidaying next year.
August meant it was time for my sister's 22nd birthday. We took a trip to Leamington Spa, where we used to live together for a little while. We went to our favourite takeout place, did some shopping and drank some genuinely tasty juices. I'll always have a soft spot for Leam in my heart and going back was something I'm so glad we did.
I got to be the proudest sister in September when she graduated. We took a trip down to Plymouth and had a glorious night out to celebrate all her hard work! I totally welled up during the graduation ceremony and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
October saw my sister move in briefly and move back out again, but in that time we carved pumpkins, baked, sorted out my life and I loved every moment of it.
November was the hardest month of the year for me, but I joined the gym, rediscovering a long-forgotten love for exercise. It's something I'm going to continue with in 2019, and I really needed this when I started.