Welcome all to 2017! I know that a lot of people were REALLY looking forward to 2016 being over, and although I can empathise with making the most of the new year, a lot of great things happened in 2016 for me.
2016 was my first full year of being employed (yay!), and my first full year out of education (even if I am now studying for a graduate masters degree…). In November, Matt and I reached four years of being together, which was such a great milestone to celebrate with one another. I also was lucky enough to go on some absolutely amazing holidays this year, including skiing in Slovenia, two visits to Barcelona, and our amazing trip to New York and Austin back in September. I’ve had some lovely weekends away, in Brighton, London, and various Cotswold getaways. Honestly, 2016 has been a pretty good year!
However, I think that the thing I’m most thankful for from the past year is stability. Although I wouldn’t ever change my time at university, and wouldn’t dream of giving up any of the amazing friends I found during those three years, it played havoc with my head. I’m definitely the kind of person who needs a routine to function effectively, and university just didn’t offer that for me. This past year, I’ve been in a reasonably secure position at work, I’ve had the constant support of my family and Matt, and I’ve generally had less outside influence on my life, which has given me the space to just concentrate on myself and those closest to me. I really value that, and I can honestly say that I’m a lot happier than I was this time last year, and definitely happier than I was 18 months to two years ago.
This coming year, I’m going to be a massive cliché and say I’d like to concentrate on being more healthy. Not necessarily getting really into exercise and stuff, but just treating myself better in terms of what I’m eating and drinking, and how active I’m being. I’ll be making the time to really concentrate on studying, and giving priority to that as much as is possible – I hate being rushed and submitting work which isn’t my best, so I want to make sure that I take the time and care that the qualification merits. Finally, Matt and I will – fingers crossed – be moving into our very own house during the first few months of the year!! I’m unbelievably excited about it all, and I want to put my all into making it a happy home for the both of us. However, I also want to make sure that I continue to spend quality time with my family back home. I think that living a bit further away will mean that, although I see them less often, the time spent with them will be much more meaningful.
I hope that your 2016 wasn’t all bad; if it was, then congrats on getting through, you did it! And we can all look forward to new beginnings in the new year, however glad you are to see the back of 2016. Happy New Year to you all, and remember, as Robbie Williams sings, << I am not my mistakes >>, so get out there and show 2017 who’s boss! ?