A reflection on 2017

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First of all, I would like to start by saying a very happy new year and I hope you all had an amazing Christmas! 2017 was without a doubt the biggest whirlwind of a year. It was a year full of emotions and about 90% of it was spent crying and doubting myself but it was also the best year of my life. When I look back on the past year, I realise just how much I have accomplished and I extremely proud of everything I have done.

One thing I truly realised this year, is how easy it is to put yourself down. If I am honest, this year has made me realise that I am my own worst enemy when it comes to not believing. By coming to realise this however, I was able to push through my fears and accomplish so many amazing things. It would be very easy for me to look back on the year and think about all the things I didn’t accomplish but I refuse to do that. Instead those few things are on my list of goals to achieve in the first quarter of 2018.

I started off 2017 by working with a local lifestyle magazine, which was pretty amazing. As of result of this, I wrote a leading article on international women’s day and got to meet some truly inspiring women. I guess you could say that the year started off on a pretty good note. Unfortunately, after this final year crunch time really kicked in and the ‘whirlwind’ begun.

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A million mental breakdowns and around 30,000 words later, I was finished with university. All I had to do now was wait for what felt like forever to find out my results. This was the most painful time of my life. As I had all of my work still saved on my laptop, I of course decided to wind myself up and go over and over all of the mistakes. As I said, I am my own worst enemy.

Therefore, I knew I needed to do something to take my mind off of my results. Although I had been blogging for a while, my heart wasn’t really in it. At most I’d get 1 out a week and I’d usually skip a couple weeks at a time. So I decided to really give it a go by putting out a couple a week and being more active online. I genuinely couldn’t believe how quickly my followers and engagement went up. The more my blog was growing, the more I wanted to stick at it. Now I am at point where my career goal is to be a full time blogger because I love it so much. All be it, I am no where near ready to quit working, I cannot wait to see what 2018 will bring for me.

Finally it was results day, and I was more nervous than I have ever been before. I think my entire body was numb until I knew the answer. I was actually travelling back to my mum and dads on this day so I was getting my results through my phone. The lack of internet driving down the country roads was driving me insane as I kept refreshing the page. Finally, the results were up and I actually think I screamed so loud I threw Leo off of his driving. I had achieved over 80% in my dissertation and I am unbelievably proud of that accomplishment. So the results were in and I was ready to graduate, which was truly one of the best days of my life. Apart from the fact that I tripped on stage whilst walking to Dawn French but hey she pretended she didn’t see.

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During all of this, my relationship with Leo just kept on growing as he supported me every step of the way. At some point during all of the chaos, we had decided that wanted to live together and it now it time to actually plan the move. Multiple trips up to Bath and a few bad decisions later and we had done it. I have to say the past couple of months have been quite stressful as when we finally thought we had settled in, we realised that our flat is maybe not the place for us. Therefore, we are now starting the New Year on a property hunt but moving to Bath with Leo was truly an amazing decision.

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So an awful lot happened this year and although is was stressful and emotionally draining, it was truly an amazing year!

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