My End of the Year – 2017

Done this now for 5 years straight. You could call it my end of the year blog tradition. Basically, it’s a quiz and discusses how the last 12 months have gone. So buckle up kids and get ready for the ride. Are you ready for my end of the year 2017 quiz?

It that time of the year again. An annual tradition where I do my end of the year quiz. Are you ready for it?

Here’s are links to previous years.

2016 | 2015 | 2014 |2013 | 2012


  1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?

Become fully my own boss, no longer working for other people. Fully took up full-time blogging.

  1. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?

Kind off, I did lose half a stone and almost drop a dress size. So that’s a result. It will be the same again, lose another half a stone and get down to my desire dress size, I want to fit into my clothes again.

  1. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No, I can’t think of anyone.

  1. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank god!

  1. What countries did you visit?

Nowhere, just had loads of little mini breaks in the UK.

  1. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2018?

More money and more travel. And also to be more superficial – more spa break.

  1. What dates from 2017 will remain etched in your memory, and why?

Umm I suppose going to Oxford for the first time was pretty cool, also that was also the first time I went anywhere on my own.

  1. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finally, being my own boss and realizing the dream of blogging full-time.

  1. What was your biggest failure?

Not paying off my credit card, I’ve been pretty crap at that this year – oops.

  1. Did you suffer illness or injury?

A minor kidney infection, but none really.

  1. What was the best thing you bought?

Mode control for PlayStation 4 VR, new lenses for my camera and some gorgeous Lindy Bop dresses.

  1. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage, clothes, foods, bills and general life stuff.

  1. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Nothing really, umm that’s pretty sad now I think about it.

  1. What song will always remind you of 2017?

Only one song has stuck out to me. As it has been pretty much a crap year for music, don’t you think so? I don’t know, I’m racking my brain and I can only think of this song:

  1. Compared to this time last year, are you:
  2. a) happier or sadder?

A lot happier.

  1. b) Thinner or fatter?


  1. c) richer or poorer?

Poorer, I don’t even want to look at my bank statement at the moment.

  1. What do you wish you’d done more of?

More photography and a little more oversea mini trips.

  1. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Shopped less, I spent waaay to much this year on clothes.

  1. Did you fall in love in 2017?

Yes, Richard Nuttall

  1. What was your favourite TV program?

Stranger Things, Black Mirror and Outlander.

  1. What was the best book you read?

I left a lot of book un-finished. A lot of book I’ve chosen this year, just wasn’t that interesting to read or was no very well written.


  1. What was your favorite film of this year?

I can’t think of a favorite film, but the most rubbish film of the year is Blade Runner 2049. I know I’m going to upset people, but my god that was a dull film. Visually stunning, but so boring.

  1. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Don’t want to say, and I didn’t do very much at all, just went to my favorite restaurant (Chiquito Mexican Restaurant and Bar) and drank cocktail with my hubby. The sort of thing I tend to do every year.

  1. What kept you sane?

My husband and my phone.

  1. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Sam Heughan who plays Jamie in Outlander. Hubba Hubba. Richard tease me whenever I watch Outlander as he knows I’m only watching it for the topless chest shot.

  1. Who did you miss?

No one.

  1. Who was the best new person you met?

Lauretta from Home & Horizon. For starter she has been very patience with me when I bombard her with questions on travel blogging. And I always enjoy out little twitter chat and how we don’t actually tweet anything – we just use gifs with each other. Love it.


end of the year 2017 quiz


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  • From one outlander fan to another – Happy New Year!! Great post xx

  • Laura Jane
    December 31, 2017

    Wow, I love this feature… sounds like you have had an amazing year! This is such a great tool to see what you have achieved and what you need to work on for the coming year.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica Manelis
    December 31, 2017

    Fun post! I did an end of year post as well, but this was my first year ( especially since I just started blogging seriously this year)

  • Fronie
    December 31, 2017

    What a great way to engage with your followers and let them in on your year. I’m also planning to do more photography this year. (That’s the plan). Good luck on 2018! Happy New Year!

  • Sylvia
    December 31, 2017

    Wow…this is a great practice and I enjoyed the whole post. I should think of doing this too on my blog. Thanks for sharing

  • Ashleigh
    January 1, 2018

    Love question threads like these. Have a great New Year!

  • Diana
    January 1, 2018

    Great post..I love this feature… sounds like you have had an amazing year!

  • Kariette
    January 1, 2018

    Great Post. Happy New Year

  • Roger
    January 1, 2018

    Great list to go through. I enjoyed checking each one. Thanks for sharing

  • Rose
    January 1, 2018

    I like the questions of the year. It’s a nice way to reflect and jog that memory. The questions are so unique that it covers a lot of different areas! Kudos to you for keeping it off after all these years.

  • Hollybee
    January 1, 2018

    Oh I love this! Great post and Happy New Year!

  • Shannon Dewease
    January 1, 2018

    How creative! I bet it is a lot of fun to go back and read your previous years interviews. Kudos and Happy New Year!

  • Nikki
    January 1, 2018

    It sounds like 2017 was a really successful year for you, congratulations on taking the leap into full-time blogging! That’s so exciting! Happy new year, I hope it’s all you dream it to be! Nikki x

  • Cristina
    January 1, 2018

    This is a great idea to see how each year was different! Mini-breaks in the UK are also the way forward, my next one is in March!

  • Rabiya anwar
    January 1, 2018

    Great post Anna. Happy New Year !

  • Dalene
    January 1, 2018

    I’m happy for you, your 2017 sure sounded prosperous especially that you became a full-time blogger! That’s inspiring…all the very best this 2018 too.

  • Ana De- Jesus
    January 1, 2018

    Happy New Year Lovely hope you have an amazing 2018! It is so wonderful that you had the courage to start blogging full time and as someone who has done it herself isn’t it such a liberating feeling? x

  • Anna Nuttall
    January 1, 2018

    Happy New Year Ana, Yup I totally agreed. xx

  • Laura Dove
    January 1, 2018

    Happy new year. I love this idea, it sounds as though you had a great year. Well done you on becoming your own boss,!

  • Bianca
    January 2, 2018

    I hope I can be my own boss this year. I just recently found my passion in writing beauty blogs a few months ago. This is a fun and sweet blog entry of yours. And we have the same things that keep us sane – husband and phone (and my Sims haha). Enjoy 2018!

  • Dustin
    January 2, 2018

    This is a cool way to recap the year. It’s nice you’ve been doing it a few years now. Sounds like an easy way to look back and reminisce.

  • Erika Ravnsborg
    January 2, 2018

    Those are really good questions. Things to think about for sure.

  • Joline
    January 2, 2018

    Looks like you had a great year Anna! Wish you all the best for 2018. And more Jamie Fraser, of course 🙂

  • Nayna Kanabar
    January 2, 2018

    .Happy New Year, I hope 2018 brings you lots of new opportunities and travelling adventures.

  • Sachin Kumar
    January 3, 2018

    Year 2017 seems to be very great for you. Wish you great success and adventure this year too. Happy new year 2018.

  • jhilmil
    January 3, 2018

    Great, I’m so happy that you became your own boss, coz, I too started full time blogging this year leaving aside my full time paid job. Hope 2018 brings in lots of great news and assignments for you.

  • Esperanza Scotto
    January 3, 2018

    What a great way to reflect on the year! Loved learning a bit about you! I hope you have a wonderful new year <3

  • Katie
    January 4, 2018

    Congratulations on blogging full time! That’s an awesome accomplishment. Best of luck in 2018, can’t wait to read more from you this year!

  • Eloise
    January 4, 2018

    I love this idea of answering questions to reflect back on the year as well as what to look forward to and goals you have for the 2018… Happy that you fell in love and that you blog full time and can be your own boss. I wish you nothing but luck in 2018, keep achieving!

  • MsDdah
    January 4, 2018

    Love it. Very different, reflective and easy to read. Thank you!

  • Stephanie Sherlock
    January 4, 2018

    This is a nice way to reflect on your year and use the reflection as a way to set the pace for the next year or in this case 2018. I am wishing you a year full of travel and adventure. Try planning some mini escapes, day trips or short weekend jaunts. You can find a way to travel inexpensively, you just have to prioritize it. One of the great ways my family use to save money traveling when we were kids that I still do today is toting an ice chest, packing a pic nic lunch and making sandwiches along the way. Treat yourself to a delicious desert out and you won’t feel like you missed out on a thing. Wishing you the best 2018 has to offer.

  • Anna Nuttall
    January 4, 2018

    Thank you for your kind comments. xx

  • Sarmistha Goswami
    January 4, 2018

    I loved this post and congratulations on taking up blogging as a full time job! It feels great right? Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Renata Green
    January 5, 2018

    This is a very fun and inspiring tradition! Of course while reading your answers, I asked – and answered myself the same things.
    Although I have no idea how much a stone is, I congratulate you on that achievement since it seems to have a major impact on your life (and on the clothes shopping, too 😉 ).
    Hope you can fulfill your wish of travelling more in 2018 – all the best!

  • Anna Nuttall
    January 5, 2018

    Thank you, Renata, I’m working on the other half now 😉 xx

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