“Roll on 2017, 2016 was terrible.”
“I can’t wait for 2016 to be over.”
How many times have we heard statements like this, especially over the last couple of weeks? I can’t deny that on many levels 2016 was awful. From political results and terrible news from around the globe to the loss of numerous icons, it really put it through the ringer didn’t it? Like many others this week, the new year has made me think about 2016 on a personal level. And I had a pretty darn good year!
I landed my first ‘proper’ (read: paid) job in February, in the industry I was working so hard to break into. I may have been made redundant at the end of the year but that job meant a lot to me, and I’m excited to see what comes next. Through getting this job I was able to move in with Ali after 18 months of long distance. I’ll be forever grateful to his parents for letting me move in at the drop of a hat.
One of my best friends got engaged last Christmas. We went up to Leeds for a big knees up in March and she asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! I’m so excited!
2016 was the year I discovered my wanderlust. Moving to a new city meant having somewhere to explore on my doorstep. Nottingham is a fantastic place to live and I want to stay here long term. Ali and I spent a sunny weekend exploring Scarborough when I reviewed Ox Pasture Hall.
We visited Paris for the first time together, which was everything I wanted and more. We may have been evacuated from the Eiffel Tower, but I got to see so many amazing things. Exploring it with Ali and spending our two year anniversary there made it all the more special!
A lot of my extended family live all over the globe, but I got to spend my birthday with them this year at my cousin’s wedding. Some of them I hadn’t seen in years so it was such a special birthday for me! As well as this, 2016 saw my dad finally get his knee replacement and my sister start her university course.
Being made redundant was obviously pretty rubbish, but it gave me lots of free time in the run up to Christmas. I spent Christmas away from home for the first time this year, so having the time to be able to have a lengthy visit home beforehand was a huge bonus for me. Christmas itself was a retreat holiday to rural Wales, and I had the best time!
Looking forward to 2017, there’s a lot I want to achieve. In July I’ll be turning 25, and it will be four years since I graduated (holy crap) so I want to find stability. A new job and saving towards a house deposit are two big main aims of 2017, but I also want to do and be more.
I want to grow.
I’m not making any set resolutions for 2017. What I am doing is committing myself to being the best me I can be. Laughing more. Loving more. Trying new things. Learning new skills. Saying yes. Being silly. Walking in the rain. Running. Dancing. Switching off the internet. Reading. Painting. Creating. See new things. Visit new places.
2016 was a year that set me on a path to the life I want.
2017 is going to be the year to make me the person I want to be.