In an effort to blog more, I wanted to breakdown my monthly Hayley Lately posts into weekly segments. Each week I will share some happy moments: what I’ve been blogging, reading, watching and doing in beautiful Vancouver. Let’s just call it my weekly gratitude journal.
♦ Christmas: This year was actually the first Christmas I have spent alone, but I actually didn’t mind. I opened my presents via Skype on Christmas Eve, I went for a long walk through the snow on Christmas Day, and I watched some classic Christmas movies. I may have been alone but I didn’t feel lonely, which is always what is most important.
♦ All the books: Man, did I finish a few books in the past couple of weeks! This also meant I officially read 51 books in 2017. I kind of don’t know how, but I am challenging myself to read 50 again this year. There was Nothing More, a good YA book. Next was What Light, which was Christmas-themed but a bit too lame for me. I then finished Shay Mitchell’s book (from Pretty Little Liars), Bliss. I did like that this book featured Vancouver, and it did take readers on quite a worldwide journey. Finally, I decided to read Bridget Jones’ Baby. But now I need to watch the movie.
♦ All the favourites: I decided to do a big post listing all of my favourite things from the past year. This includes favourite posts, TV shows, travels and bloggers. Find it here.
♦ Party time: I went to two different Christmas parties in the past fortnight. The first was with my friends, where we did a Secret Santa gift exchange, played games and ate a lot of delicious food. The second was for the Christmas Market I was working at non-stop in December. It was great to enjoy a drink with new friends and relax after a hectic month.
♦ Celebrity sighting #2: Two celebrity sightings in one month? I guess I am hanging/working at the right places. I thought I saw an actor while working at Rogers Arena. After doing some Wikipedia research, I was correct. I saw Josh Segarra. I know him from Chicago P.D., but apparently he is currently on Arrow, which is filmed in Vancouver. Just who will I see in 2017?!
♦ Another snow day: We got more snow on both Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. As I went for a walk yesterday I thought that on the first day of 2016 I was walking in the sun at Bondi Beach. A year later I was walking in the snow in Vancouver. A lot can change in one year.
♦ 2017 goals: I am not really one to write resolutions, but I do have goals I want to achieve in 2017. Specifically, I want to learn more about social media, I want to grow my freelance writing business and I want to push myself out of my comfort zone more. May this year be about saying yes.
Not a bad Christmas Day view
This week sees me booking some travel (!!), hanging with my friends and relaxing.