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I cannot believe it is Christmas Eve! It feels like just yesterday I was opening Day 1 on my Advent calendar! Speaking of Advent calendars -
A nice way (or picture) to end the Advent calendar on. Right, let's get Christmas Eve started!
I've exercised, painted my nails, done blogging photo's and now I'm watching the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special before I pop out to a family friend's house for the evening. See you later!

P A G E  359

I hope you all have a fabulous and exciting day opening presents and eating until you bloat! Let's get downstairs and open some presents!
I'm really very pleased with that! I was expecting to see one little chip off one of my nails! Right, I need to do my neb's and exercise, jeez, a CFer's work never stops -
It's quite sad I know, but it needs to be done.
Somebody else wants to wish you all a merry Christmas -
He's so lush, he never leaves my side, but I won't let him anywhere near me when I'm eating my Christmas dinner in a bit, he's not eating any chicken I have on my plate!
It's Christmas dinner time, see ya!

P A G E  360
It's Boxing Day and there's only one thing on my mind - football. Also online sales. Wait, that's two things. I can't find the energy to get out of bed this morning, but I'm hungry, I want food, let's get up!

Hmm, I don't think this is going to work. I'd need to do about 3 marathons and climb the Brecon Beacons to burn off what I ate yesterday. Ah well, the extra little weight will do me good, the dietitian down the hospital would be proud.
I've finished exercising and now I'm trying in vain to find a place for my Christmas presents. They are literally being stuffed in every nook and cranny I can find. Right, I've freed up a draw, ooh!
Aww! This has made my day! I thought I'd lost this, all the time it was in the drawn below my mattress. Time to flick through what autographs I did pick up in Magic Kingdom.
Like I said earlier, today is about football, time to keep an eye on Liverpool vs Newcastle, see you in 90!
*Update - a 4-0 win and we're ix points clear at the top of the table. Ooh it's getting exciting!
I need to go and get ready cause I'm off to a Boxing Day party, I already know what I'm wearing, that's how boring my life has become, I'm planning outfits in advance.
I completely forgot I had this top! I'm surprised cause it's leopard print and it's all I seem to wear right now. Right, let's go and party!

P A G E  361
It's about time I got up but somebody else has done the job of being my alarm clock for me -

And do you know what forced me out of bed? When he dribbled on my pillow. Thanks Charl, it's well appreciated.
I had a lovely night last night, filled with lots of food, laughter and good conversation, and the odd game of charades. I stayed out for most of the game as I'm absolutely shit at charades.
I rarely have a picture with my Mam as she hates having her picture taken, maybe the Strongbow gave her some oomph to put herself in front of the camera.
Ooh it's all kicked off in the social media world!
They better change it! Oh, saying that, it's gone back to normal. Instagram putting a tweet claiming it was a bug that changed the way we look at our timelines. Hmm, I've got a feeling somebody's telling porkies.

P A G E  362
It's 11am and I've been to the GP, done my nebs and been on the roof of my house (don't ask!), now I need to hoover my car out as it's bogging. Plus wash the outside of it. Hmm, I hate washing my car. 
I do like doing this at the end of each year, I'm quite keen to see which photo's have done the best over the past 12 months.
After a quiet day, I'm about to watch a film which I wish I'd seen in the cinema MONTHS ago -
Ooh this is going to be fun! I don't have the best singing voice in the world, but sod it, it's Mamma Mia!

P A G E  363
'Dancing Queen, feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah!' I literally woke up singing that this morning. As you can probably tell, after watching Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, I have Abba songs floating round in my head right now.

It was amazing, would definitely recommend even if you're not an Abba fan! Well, luckily I am an Abba fan cause I was brought u to be one. My Mam is a super fan, as the songs were coming and going through the film, she was telling me which album each song was from. Like I said, she's a super fan.
After a day of writing and washing my hair (well it didn't take all day, but you know) it's time for the huge game of the day, come on Liverpool!
*Update - a 5-1 win! GET IN!
A brilliant way to end of 2018. Hopefully 2019 will bring big things for Liverpool Football Club.

P A G E  364

The little sod! I had to get up anyway, I've kind of overslept and I have lots to do before half past 12 so I better get a move on!
I bloody hates parking over Spytty on a Sunday afternoon, every driver, including myself to be fair, is an arsehole. However, this Costa hot chocolate made the fuss of parking worth it -
I feel quite full after that hot chocolate, time to get home and watch this film -
I've seen this film about 23 times, today was the 23rd time I cried at the end of the film.

P A G E  365
Well, this is it! My Story of 2018 is now complete! I have really enjoyed writing this diary and it's definitely something I will be looking back on in the future. I hope you all have a wonderful 2019 and I hope you yourselves will come back to this series!

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P A G E  358  Happy Christmas Eve everyone! ♥️πŸ™ŒπŸ»☺️πŸŽ„ pic.twitter.com/ABI2GrixsL — Lucy Taylor (@LucyMaryTaylor) December 24, 2018 I cannot bel…

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This will be my last 'Blog Reads' post of 2018! Here are my favourite posts from December (be prepared for a few Christmas themed posts to be named):

1) 4 Blogging Mistakes I'm Always Making | The Curvaceous Vegan
I'm definitely a blogger who has and still is making mistakes. Blogging is something that is always changing. Whether it's a new way to edit photo's or what writing style draws more readers in, there's always a new trend. All the points that Amie has listed are mistakes I have most certainly made, especially the 'Forgetting why I started in the first place' point. I do forget why I started in the first place when I'm constantly looking at numbers, statistics, views and likes. Which is awful and a little embarrassing. A great post Amie!

I've been trying to smash the festive flatlay since the beginning of December, but all to no avail. That was until I read this post. I absolutely love Rebecca's photo's anyway, but the ones for this post are bang on! I love the idea of the little bells and the star confetti. Rebecca gives some ideas on where to buy Christmas props from and how to use them effectively. I definitely got a lot of tips from reading this post, thank you Rebecca!

3) Cutting Down my Consumerism at Christmas | Sinead Kathryn
I'm exactly like Sinead whilst Christmas shopping, I'm looking for the other person but always seem to be looking for myself as well! In the past, I have been very sneaky and bought something for someone else but kept it for myself because I loved it so much! Sinead has become more sensible like myself this year by watching what she's spending during the time of shopping. I'm not going to look at everything I feel the need to buy it just because someone I know will like it. It's just a waste of money. Like Sinead says, let's focus on spending time with the people we love rather than spending lots of money!

4) 24 Important Life Lessons | EmTalks
I'm loving all these life lessons Em has learnt along the way! Let's face it, we've al made mistakes and learnt lessons from them or a life event has changed our lives and we've learnt something from that. The one lesson Em wrote, which I have taken a lot from was this one - "If I lower my expectations of others, I won't get as hurt". I can certainly take this lesson and practice it in my life. I'm one who hopes too much and puts all my eggs in one basket. I'm aiming to change all that in 2019. I loved this post. Em could write a post about the best way to use plastic bin bags and I'd still read it!

I am someone who never knows when to stop, whether it's knowing when to shut my mouth or when to stop working. However, after reading Anna's post, I feel highly motivated to give myself some time away from things now! One thing I am well overdue to do is to do a digital detox, like Anna has suggested. This is one I struggle to do because I do get drawn to social media very easily, but I do put my phone away and put it on silent when I am with my friends and family as I think quality time with my loved ones is so much more important.

6) On Overcoming Fear + Embracing Change | Thirteen Thoughts
Fear is within us all. I fear spiders, needles and lorries (ok, that one might just be me!) but the only person who can change this is, wait for it, YOU. I love how Paula says that failure is our biggest fear, because it's absolutely bang on. Failure is something we all dread! Also 'what if' has got be a phrase I use on a daily basis. We should not regret anything we do in life, simple as. A great read!

Let me know your favourite blog posts of this month!

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