That's 4 years of me gallivanting my way around the North East, with a reluctant Simon in tow, showing off the beautiful scenery and indulging in far too many cakes.
This year has been another of important lessons, thrilling firsts and pinch me moments. Here are just some of the highlights!
I got married 8 months ago and little did I know that my love of wedding planning and passion for the North East wedding industry would lead to sharing more wedding content on New Girl in Toon. Despite my days as a bride being over (sob!) I still continue to get asked to review wedding venues and do some freelance wedding writing. I'm overjoyed that I still get to be involved in weddings even though I'm no longer planning my own.
I've had some pretty fantastic travel opportunities this year, getting to explore more of the region and a little further afield whilst staying in some beautiful places. Whether it was travelling just up the road to a luxury B&B in Northumberland or adventuring to Harrogate and Manchester - it's been great to get out and about fulfilling my desire for adventure. I love the UK and am such a strong supporter of more people staying at home and holidaying in our beautiful country.
Supporting local business
I've been involved in two kickstarter/crowdfunder campaigns this year, one for Flat Caps Coffee and one for Simply Cheesecake & Friends. Both were hugely successful and it was such an honour to be asked to help out. If there's one thing I love more than anything else it's supporting local business here in the North East.
I've attempted to take New Girl in Toon back to its basics this year by sharing more guides to the city and inspiration for places to eat and visit. Some of my favourites have been the best cocktails in Newcastle, the best seaside adventures in the North East and my guide to healthy eating and fitness in the North East. Ultimately I want my blog to be somewhere that people can come to get a good picture of the North East and find inspiration for places to visit so I'm planning on creating many more guides this year.
Sneaky Look Launches
There has been an incredible amount of launch nights in Newcastle recently and I've been very fortunate to be able to share so many with you. With new restaurants taking over Eldon Square, the opening of CrossEyes on High Bridge and the long awaited landing of the Fat Hippo loyalty card - it's certainly been a busy year!
So, here's to another 12 months! As always thank you so much for sharing my adventures with me, let's see where the next year takes us!
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