2017 – My Year In Review

2017 is coming to a close, the doors of 2018 are starting to open.

Its already that time of year again, dark evenings are making it hard to go on evening adventures, the Christmassy month of December is in full swing and we start looking forward to celebrating the start of 2018. However, I believe it is best to stop, grab a cuppa tea and reflect on the year that has just passed. 2017 has been another year of the highs and lows, so taking the time to understand what has happened this year is important to me. To find out what I enjoyed so I can make it more of a focus for next year.


So many adventures have happened in the year of 2017 it all kicked off with a trip to Disneyland Paris in April that was full of wonderful magic. It was my first adventure abroad in a long time. Even getting to the airport was all part of the excitement. However, with every moment of excitement comes a moment of frustration. I learnt the hard way that not everything goes according to plan. For example, spending a whole day ill in the hotel room was not quite part of my plan… Never mind, these things happen.

This year we spent weekends exploring part of Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. Our weekend exploring the Jurassic Coastline took us to some of the highlights of the Dorset coastline, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. A few weekends later on August Bank Holiday, we were SUPing around the North Devon coastline. Spending time at Saunton Sands beach, which is perfect for some of you surfers out there. Then exploring the coves around Coombe Martin. Again this trip had its complications, Saturday evening in a fast-emptying beach car park the van did not want start. Eventually, after some help from some friendly surfers, we were back on the road. A big lesson was learnt from this. Always remember jump leads!

We finished the longer of our adventures by spending a week exploring Cornwall. Being in Britain means that it rained the whole week so a lot of our activities were indoor based. This was great. It was a chance to go around some of the attractions such as the Eden Project and Falmouth Maritime Museum, that I wouldn’t usually get a chance to look at. The Camel Trail was one of the highlights of this trip. Just cruising along the River Camel, taking in the sites of the estuary. Finding the abandoned boat, now that was cool.

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At the start of August myself and my boyfriend Joe invested in our new favourite bit of adventure kit. Our campervan. We want to spend as much time as possible adventuring and exploring the UK, so by investing in Evie, we are able to just head off on a Friday evening and go away for the weekend. We are currently in the process of getting the campervan converted. You can catch up on our conversion story here: Part 1 and Part 2. I love to go camping and hope next year to do some wild camping, however, having Evie means that everything is already in place, wetsuits and sup boards all packed, its simple and easy to get away on adventures, and it means I have no excuse to get myself outside and enjoy the best the UK has to offer.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Summer 2017 was when I fell in love with stand up paddleboarding. This sport gives me the freedom to explore the sea, canals, lakes and rivers of the UK and where ever else in the world I fancy getting a board out and going for a SUP. What I love is the way you can discover new places you couldn’t usually get to on foot, and the new perspective looking up at the cliffs from the sea.

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Stand up paddleboarding is a versatile sport, you can paddle on still water such as lakes and canals, but also enjoy the water movement in the rivers and on the sea. You can even surf on SUP boards. It is an easy sport to get into with many places all over the UK offering the chance to learn to SUP. My first time on a paddleboard was on our weekend in Dorset at Lulworth Cove. I was pretty terrible and really couldn’t master the balancing act of actually standing on the paddleboard. However, by persevering I am able to confidently paddle and even attempt SUP surfing! Something I didn’t expect to happen. My first experience with paddleboarding is something I will never forget and I cannot wait to see where my board will take me next year.


Mindful Adventures was born in June 2017, starting off as a place to write about whatever came to my mind and share my stories with you. However, it has become so much more. Its become a place for me to share not only my adventures with you but also outdoor lifestyle posts and van life posts too.

It has opened up a whole new world of writing for me to explore and share with you. It also gives me a focus when I am out exploring. I like this purpose as it gets me back into my photography (but with a bit more focus on the GoPro), and gets me to explore new places. Blogging has also introduced me to a wider community too.I have found various groups of bloggers on social media who are very active with blogger chats, sharing fellow bloggers posts and being supportive to one another. This community is what makes blogging so exciting, and I cannot wait to see what happens next year!

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So that’s 2017 summed up into 4 categories. There was so much more that happened too but these have been my main highlights for the year. I am getting excited to start sharing with you some of my plans for 2018. Come back soon to see my blogging aims for 2018 and my adventure goals for 2018.

Don’t forget to comment below and share with me your highlights of 2017.

See you next time and happy adventuring!

Jo x

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