Happy new year! I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and New Year and that you’ve had the time to be thankful for everything you achieved in 2017.
For me, 2017 has been a huge year for personal growth. Over this year I have surprised myself by stepping outside of my comfort zone and saying Yes to more opportunities. In this post, I wanted to highlight the bits of the past year that I’m most proud of, not only for me to look back on but to hopefully inspire you to set bigger and better goals for 2018.
- Finishing my A-Levels
Summer of 2017 consisted of many hours slaving away at the library revising for my exams. I stressed myself out more than ever to push myself further and further in order to achieve my best. A lot of stress and tears went into those exams and I honestly believe I did the best that I could. I was relieved, to say the least, when on results day I got into my first choice of University. It just goes to show that the hard work really pays off.
2. My first flight + first time abroad
One of my proudest moments was travelling to Berlin with my boyfriend in August. Having never been abroad before I was terrified at the airport but, at the same time, it was the most exciting experience I’d ever had. Berlin was beautiful and I had an incredible time. I’d love to travel more in 2018!
3. Moving Out
Once I’d got into university, I decided to apply for Halls. Meaning that I’d be moving out to live in shared accommodation. Although it was difficult for my parents, especially as I had absolutely 0 cooking skills (couldn’t even fry an egg), I settled in quickly enough and was lucky enough to be put in a flat with some really amazing people.
4. Surviving Freshers Week
My main concern when starting Uni was how I would cope with Freshers week. I’m not a massive drinker and I was scared that I’d be left out, however, I was so lucky to find people who were understanding rather than pushy and allowed me to still go out and have fun, but within my own personal limits.
I promised myself that when I started Uni I would involve myself in all that the Uni had to offer, even if it was outside of my comfort zone, and I’m so glad I did! I applied for roles of responsibility and tried out new societies. Although they didn’t all work out, the experience was a lesson worth learning.
6. Completing my first term
This December the first term of Uni ended. I learnt a whole lot of new information, made new friends, went to many socials and wrote my first academic essays. It has been an insane learning curve and I can’t wait to work even harder in the second term.
There are so many other things that have made me proud in 2017, like my friends getting into university, the work I’ve done on my blog, going to my first festival, going to my first Pride, seeing my favourite artists in Concert etc but these 6 were just the few that really made me the happiest to think about.
It’s so important to take time out at the end of the year to reflect on how hard you’ve worked and how much you’ve achieved because of it. You deserve to feel proud! I hope this has allowed you to reflect on your 2017 and think ahead to 2018 – Happy New Year Everyone!