Wednesday, 20 December 2017

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It would be fair to say 2017 has been an all-round good year for me. The last 5 years have been, well, completely fine in the grand scheme of things, but this year I’ve felt a definite shift in my thinking, and I think I’ve achieved some great things because of it.

We bought our first home at the beginning of the year, but in the second half of this year things were particularly great; I won my first national blogging award, I turned the big 3-0, I got my first two gorgeous nephews within the space of a month, I finally broke into an industry I love (leaving shitty admin behind for good!) & met some amazing people along the way! There are also a lot more minor events that probably wouldn’t mean anything to anyone but me, but that have just as equally contributed to a great 2017!

I think the most significantly positive part of 2017, though, is the change that I see in myself – more and more every day… I don’t know if it has something to do with turning thirty, or whether it’s something that has been a long time coming, but it’s growing – whatever it is!

It’s almost that I’ve become drawn to change, and that I’m actively seeking out chances to turn my life on its head. Not in a self-destructive way (like I definitely used to), but in ways that would enrich my life in one way or another. I feel like I’m permanently excited lately – it’s the best feeling ever, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!


Ordinarily, I look forward to a new year, but I have to admit that deep down I always feel quite daunted by it, because it feels like a new year always has a lot to live up to. People always say, “This is going to be my year!”, or even “This years’ going to be the best one yet!” – Usually I cringe and cannot relate to these comments in any way, but I’m really starting to think that 2018 is going to be the year I allow myself to reach out and work for everything I want, and that it could quite possibly be the best yet for me too!

I recently made a new friend who has completely inspired me. Even though I’ve only known them for a short time, they’ve made me realise so much about my life, just by hearing about theirs. This new friend is a generally great human; they’re free-spirited and completely open minded, and the more I learn about them, the more I learn about myself and the changes I need to make to be sure I’m living a life that makes me truly happy.

In saying this, I don’t want it to seem that I’m unhappy with my current life - I’m definitely not. I’ve spent a lot of time this year ridding myself of things that make me feel bad, or that don't totally make me satisfied. I now encourage more of what I love and I’m in a great place. I suppose 2018 is going to be a year for more of the same!

I need to keep up the traction, and let my new way of thinking seep into more (and hopefully all) aspects of my life. I want to be sure all future choices I make (or don’t make) are always with my happiness in mind. I need to revise decisions I’ve made in the past, and really get my head around living the most satisfying life possible. It’s so important to me that this is never at the cost of others’ happiness wherever possible, but ultimately my own journey has to be my first priority.

I guess this means that's I have no real resolutions or specific goals for the new year - only in that I want to continue to be true to myself, and stay in touch with how I'm feeling. It may mean radical changes, or it may not - all I know is I'm so excited to find out!

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas, and that 2018 brings great things for you!


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