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Year of Esther, a six month update

October 14, 2019

This year I was inspired by the very lovely, super creative, and wonderfully supportive Claire from claireabellemakes.com to start my very own #YearOfEsther.

I’ve followed Claire for a while and after reading the Year of Claire updates on her blog, I completely fell in love with the concept. The timing was perfect, my little world had just been turned upside down and I found myself in a brand new position – much more of my time became my own to decide exactly how I wanted to spend it.

So what better way to do that than to dedicate an entire year to myself!? I’m pretty proud of everything I’ve achieved in the last few months, the adventures I’ve been on, and the lessons I’ve learnt, so I wanted to take a moment to reflect and give you a little update on what I’ve been up to.

I spent some well-needed R&R time with my best friend at a spa

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Spent the last day of my 24th year with my best friend at a spa drinking Prosecco, I wouldn’t have it any other way 💫💖✨

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Amongst the chatting, swimming, and Prosecco drinking I had my first ever Dry Flotation Bed treatment. I had absolutely no idea what to expect but it was incredibly relaxing. The treatment involved lying on a water bed in the dark in a room complete with nature sounds and relaxing smells, and you wake up feeling like you’ve had a magical eight-hour nap. The treatment is only 20 minutes!

I visited Edinburgh for the first time

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Edinburgh day two, let’s do this! 💃🏻🙌🏼🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (P.S, I need a mirror this big in my life) #yearofesther #whatestherwears #estherruthwyse

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My fabulous family planned a surprise trip for us to head up to Edinburgh. It was the first time I’d visited the city and I absolutely LOVED it. The atmosphere was vibrant, the people were smiley, and the stack of pancakes I ate was dreamy. A well-needed trip for all of us.

I spent some time alone

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And that’s a wrap on another F A B U L O U S weekend 💃🏻🙌🏼 it’s been especially lovely to have the extra day off today! 💖 my weekend has been full to the brim with family and friends time but also very importantly time to myself 💫 I’ve read books 📚, cooked myself good food 🍳, meditated 🧘‍♀️, worked on my blog 💻, watched sex and the city 🌃 (ofc), and tonight I took myself on a little cinema date! 🍿 I saw Aladdin and absolutely LOVED it! 🙌🏼🔮 have you seen it? 💫 I hope you’ve had a gorgeous long weekend, I’m off to enjoy this bubbly situation and get my head ready for the new week 🛀 sending all the good vibes to you all tonight 💫💖✨#yearofesther

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I started Ballet classes again

I’ve always been pretty happy with my own company, but only in the last few months have I learnt to fully appreciate it and actually really enjoy it. My bestie went away for a long weekend and asked if I’d house sit. Having the space to be with my thoughts, binge watch some telly and eat a mountain of fajitas was a real treat. The bath was pretty spectacular too.
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From age four to 18 I took weekly Ballet classes. I have so much to thank Ballet for; strength, grace, rhythm, posture, and a pretty good waist line (if I do say so myself). I’ve recently taken up ballet classes again and it’s been bloody wonderful. I can escape screens for an hour and focus on the movements, the music is relaxing and it really helps to calm my mind. It’s also such good exercise – I’m often limping around for a couple of days after the class!

I spent a weekend with nature

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Absolute peace ☀️ I strongly believe that laughter is the best type of therapy and this weekend I’ve laughed until I’ve cried and nearly peed 😂🙌🏼 there is something so amazing about packing up and escaping into the countryside, I had no idea how stunning the Cotswolds was! 😍🏕🏞 how was your weekend? 💫 I hope you’ve been able to make the most of the sunshine! ☀️🌻 that’s another experience ticked off in #yearofesther…what’s next?! 💃🏻💫💖✨

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I’ve never known three girls more in need of escaping reality to spend a weekend in the countryside than myself and the two babes I spent a couple of nights in the Cotswolds with. I mean it when I say we laughed from start to finish and being literally surrounded by nature did wonders for the mind. The cabin was absolutely adorable and waking up to this view was so special.

I celebrated Newcastle style

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Cheers to the freakin’ weekend, I’ll drink to that 🥂💃🏻 I’ve just realised that after today I’ll have completed my final five day week until MID AUGUST 😍🙌🏼 I’m so excited for a summer full of adventure – that’s my Friday motivation! 🌻 have a fab Friday babes! 💫💖✨#yearofesther

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Newcastle has a very special place in my heart. I studied up there for university and so have a lot of my family members. I met friends for life up there and made memories I’ll never forget. Back in June one of my best friends (and now housemate!) Amy turned 25 and we spent the weekend up in Newcastle celebrating. We danced until 4am and obviously ended the night eating cheesy chips…is there any other way?

I joined a Choir and performed for the first time

Esther a choir

One of the best things I’ve done over the last few months is explore my hobbies, one of them being singing. I joined Vocal Remix, a pop choir in Cambridge and have been absolutely loving it. Every Monday evening I go a long and we sing a selection of songs (usually 100% feel good) in preparation for performances. My first performance was a charity event in Cambridge, the sun was shining, the song choices were fab, and it was all round a gorgeous day. Each Monday choir starts my week off positively and I’m so grateful it’s part of my life.

I had a girls weekend in Milan

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Looking out over beautiful Milan 🌃💃🏻 a cold glass (or three) of Italian Prosecco on a gorgeous rooftop bar was a very welcome treat after a morning of travelling from Cambridge, but we’re here! 😍🙌🏼💫 very excited for our first full day of exploring, we’re heading out in the 36 degree heat 🥵☀️ to see the Duomo di Milano 🏛 what are your plans for this weekend? 💫 enjoy the hot weather! 💫💖✨#yearofesther

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Spontaneous trips are always the best, right?! We booked this trip a few weeks before we flew into Milan and it was incredible. We drank wine on rooftop bars, ate freshly cooked pasta in glamorous restaurants and nearly got stranded in Lake Como. We also celebrated 2019 Part Two (I explain all here). There really was no better way to say goodbye to a crappy six months.

I spent time in Greece with family

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🍉 I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my mum for holding up my watermelon dress 👗 my brother for being the guinea pig 🙌🏼 and my dad for being the photographer 📸 it wasn’t easy, but it was a hilarious half an hour trying to get this shot right 😂 I’ve wanted to recreate this for absolutely ages! 🍉 I hope your Monday hasn’t been too blue, let me know something you’re looking forward to this week! 💫💖✨ #yearofesther . . . P.S head to my story to see some of the ridiculous outtakes of this photo 😂🙌🏼🍉

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For a while now Greece has been one of my favourite holiday destinations. I love everything about it, the food, the people, the sunshine, and this trip to Crete was no different. We spent just over a week in a stunning villa in the Cretan mountains, the infinity pool had the most amazing view. I got to spend some quality time with my family and finally read some books! Something I haven’t done in a long time.

I watched my childhood best friend get married 

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Wedding glam 💍👰🏼🍾🥂 still beaming with joy after yesterday’s gorgeous wedding 🙌🏼❤️ carrying on the celebrations today with a big family BBQ 🍗 🔥 enjoy your Sunday! 💫💖✨#yearofesther

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One of the happiest days of my life, my cousin Josh and his beautiful wife Mary tied the knot at their gorgeous wedding up North. The venue was idyllic and the happiness between them put a huge smile on everyones faces.

I climbed three mountains in one day

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Yep, you heard – three mountains, one day. Now I’m a pretty active girl, I go to the gym once a week and try and walk frequently. But nothing could have prepared me for this challenge. In support of the Alzheimer’s society I took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. 25 miles, 57,000 steps, 370 floors, and 1585m of ascent in 11 hours 22 minutes. By far the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but so worth it.

I moved house

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New page, new chapter, NEW BOOK 🙌🏼🏡🌻📚four months ago I moved back to my family home in excruciating pain with a completely broken heart. I set myself some goals: join a choir 🎶 get back into ballet 💃🏻 raise money for charity💰challenge myself physically 💪🏼 travel 🧭 and move out by September 📅 I’ve done all of those things and so much more! 🙌🏼💫 yesterday I climbed three mountains in one day and tomorrow I move into a brand new, gorgeous flat 💖🏡 Now I look back four months ago, at that poor girl and it’s like looking at a different person, like it’s not me in the memory…💭 I can honestly say I love the person I’ve become. Strong, positive, empathetic and independent 💪🏼🙌🏼 life certainly doesn’t always go the way you want but if you embrace every single challenge that comes your way you can take positives from even the toughest times ✨💫 now it’s time for me to get packing, I can’t wait to show you around my new home! 💫💖✨ #yearofesther

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And now here we are! I’ve recently moved into a stunning new flat near the centre of Cambridge ready to start a brand new chapter of my life.

There have been extremely difficult times and amazing times over the last few months but I already look back at this period with so much positivity as I see how much I’ve achieved and learned. And I’ve had SO much fun!

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#YearOfEsther doesn’t stop there, I’ll be carrying on my adventures and sharing my journey so feel free to come and say hello on my Instagram page!

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5 responses to “Year of Esther, a six month update”

  1. So proud of you girl! And now you are inspiring me to make my Year of Claire really count as it is coming to an end so soon x

  2. Harriet says:

    Love this, Esther! So many amazing things you have achieved while finding time to rediscover what makes you happy. Bring on 2020! xx

  3. So proud of you girl! What a year and I have been right there on the rollercoaster too….you have reminded me that we need to make the most of what is left this year. I need to up my game for Year of Claire!

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