My 2017: Uni, Growth & Goals


I can't quite grasp on to the fact that we are already in December and that 2018 is so close.. where did the time go?! I remember January as if it were only yesterday, yet 11 months have passed and a lot has changed. 2017 has been a whirlwind and it will forever be the year that I experienced many first-times and took life a little more seriously.
University
Like most people in their early twenties, I have been in education all of my life. After finishing college in 2014, I went straight to university. I remember being so reluctant to go and wanting to get work experience instead but my college teacher kept telling me I would get nowhere without a degree and shed no light on alternative routes. With all the pressure from teachers, society and knowing all my friends were going or wanted to, I quickly found a course I liked the sound of. I applied through UCAS and received an unconditional offer a few weeks after finishing my college course.

After my first year I changed course and in my second year I realised I didn't enjoy university as much as everyone else. Even though I enjoyed my course and some of the modules, overall I felt I was there because I had to, not because I wanted to. After doing a placement in April, I started to feel more positive as I was doing something I actually had an interest in and being told I did a great job when finishing it made want to gain more hands-on experience. As the months went on, things weren't going the way I had planned and I made the decision that I would not go back to university this year, fortunately I am able to go back and finish my degree.

I think going from school and college where I was doing very creative and practical classes, straight to university where it was 90% academic took it's toll on me after 3 years. Of course classes being heavily academic was to be expected but on top of that I still felt the effects of rushing to go to university and not being 100% on making sure it's what I wanted to do.

At times I have my doubts and question if this is a major step back, but after just a few months of not being in university, my mindset has changed; I'm feeling more motivated and less anxious everyday. I know I'll be happier knowing I've taken the time to figure out what it is that I want. As of right now, I just want to focus on being practical and getting work experience. And when I'm good and ready I'll finish my degree.
Growth 
2017 has been such a progressive year for me, just a collection of little things have made such a big difference to my life and it feels lovely looking back on. A few highlights..
                   
 - After years of having an expired passport and with an old name, I finally got all the documents I needed and renewed it.
- I went on my first plane and holiday
- I got my first tattoo
- Attended my first Sofar Sounds
- Started blogging again
- Turned 22
- Celebrated my 1 year anniversary
- Got a new job
- First time being financially stable without relying on student loans
- Did a big chop and went natural
- Lost 25lbs
I can't believe what a year this has been, if you had told me a year ago that I would get a tattoo, lose weight or go on a plane I would have never believed it! It's been such a wonderful year and one of the best in the last few years. I feel like I've really matured and am becoming a better person.

I'm also very grateful for all the people I have in my life that have been supportive and loving this year. As for the romantic side of love.. I am so grateful and happy to have my boyfriend in my life. It's so wonderful spending everyday with someone who is so naturally caring, who loves and supports myself and everyone in his life and still finds the time to work hard and achieve his own goals. This year he's helped me be a better me, from supporting all of my decisions, showing me what to do in the gym and helping me lose weight to introducing me to all things Spanish and taking me to Spain to see his city and meet his family. I can't wait for more adventures in 2018!
Goals
I'm one of those people that see a new year as a fresh start and a way to motivate myself to set goals for the future. I'm not sure what to expect from 2018, but here are a few goals I have in mind:
Improve Spanish: Although I've already started learning Spanish and can say and understand the basics, I'd really like to get to a level where I can speak almost fluently as well as read and write too.
Learn to cook: I'm definitely not the worst cook in the world, I know how to cook but I'd really like to improve and be a bit more creative with recipes.
Bullet journal: About a year ago I discovered Bullet Journals, I became obsessed and purchased my very own, although I gave up mid through the year, I'm still very much obsessed with them. I've purchased a new journal for 2018 and I'm super excited to start again, I want to be consistent with it month-to-month and let my creative juices out.
Blog more: When I went to university in 2014, I thought I'd have all the time in the world to blog but I was very, very wrong! Now that I have more free time, I would really like to start again as I find it so therapeutic and rewarding.
Do more: In 2018 I want to do more of the things that I've always wanted to do but have told myself I can't because of reason x, y or z. I don't exactly want to travel the world, but I just want to start spending my time and money on different and exciting things.
Save: And if I want to start doing more of what I want then saving is probably what will help to get me to achieve that!
Learn to code: And lastly, a bit of a random one but I've really enjoyed coming across new codes that can subtly improve my blog layout and I've also enjoyed changing up the theme from time to time. I think it would be really cool to learn how to code and make a theme of my own, it will take a lot of time but it would be cool to learn

Thank you so much for reading this post, I wish a happy new year!


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