With just 5 full days left of 2017 it’s a good time to start reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to 2018. I love reading everyones reflections on 2017 but they always seem to be so happy and successful. I’m hoping that perhaps that will be my reflection of 2018 post. So if you haven’t had the best year then don’t worry, not everyone gets to.
For my New Year’s resolutions this time a year ago, they were curbing my spending and start daily running in January. I have curbed my spending and saved a chunk of money which I am pleased about. However I got a really bad cold in January and didn’t even begin to start running until the 10th. So that kind of failed. 1 out of 2 was a good start.
2017 did have some good points of course. I went to Glastonbury, went to Tenerife for the week, it was my cousins wedding, quad biking in Crawley, visited some amazing places in Bristol courtesy of blogging and so many other fun things. I’m also taking my Mum to Brussels on Friday and going to London on Saturday.
Negatives of 2017 began when I actually applied for a new job and got it in February. However I didn’t go for it as I wasn’t sure if the job was that permanent, something I definitely needed to buy a house with. I was looking at buying houses in the beginning of 2017, even got to the point of putting an offer down on a house in August. It just wasn’t meant to be and somebody else beat our offer.
Then I started looking at flats with my boyfriend in October after getting fed up of house buying, but then we broke up. So over the course of 2017 I went from saving every penny for a house deposit, looking at buying houses, putting an offer down on a house, to then moving into a rented flat to then moving home just this month. I feel like I’m back to where I was this time last year. Which makes me feel like I haven’t made any progress with life. I’m in the same job, living at home, doing exactly the same as last December except now I am single.
It’s easy to get sucked into that mopey lifestyle for sure. But this is why I am focusing on 2018. I’m currently going to the gym 6 days a week and making gym buddies, I’m visiting friends more, I’m even making new friends, applying for a new job and I’m also looking at a flat/house share. So hopefully next month I’ll be moving back into Bristol with 3 others, living it up in Bristol. Also I completely forgot how nice it is to talk to someone and get the butterflies feeling and ending up babbling like a right idiot? Need to work on that for 2018 haha.
I’m not one to talk about my relationships or family matters online, I don’t think it’s fair and I also don’t like sharing, so this will be the only time I talk about it. Sometimes you don’t realise how draining a relationship can be. Only now that we’re broken up I can see how much time I spent worrying or feeling unhappy. Letting go of all that worrying is pretty much like waking up without any weight on your shoulders. I am so relieved to feel so carefree, it can be really draining.
So overall, my 2017 has been a complete shocker, it did not go as I wanted it to. I thought that when I would be writing this it would be from my new house in a new job. Funnily enough I am so much happier now and I’m actually really excited for my future, something I was quite unsure about this time last year. I’m looking at visiting my friends in Australia, moving into a new flat with friends, getting my first tattoo, going on Trek America and exploring Canada, getting a new car, getting a new job and generally just feeling like a 24 year old moving to the big city eh.
We don’t all get to have great years every year. Which is why I’m looking forward to January, a new start and can let 2017 and it’s crappy shenanigans behind. It does feel sort of nice for everything to fall apart so late in the year, it means I can wrap it all up and start January afresh. So 2018, be nice.
Did you have a great year or are you looking forward to 2018?