A new year is here and I’ve said my goodbyes to 2017. It’s been a weird year to be honest. I underwent a lot of changes and learnt a lot of different things along the way. So, I thought I would share some of the highlights of my year with you.
2016 was the year I restarted my blog, which you can read about here. However, 2017 was the year that I decided to migrate from Blogger to WordPress, get a new theme and get a brand new logo. I couldn’t be any happier with how my blog is at the moment, I’m so proud of the way it looks now. The migration from Blogger to WordPress has done wonders for me as well. Everything feels so much more organised and put together. The migration made me feel like I had more of direction with my blog and I’ve been so much more motivated to post and put the effort into my blog. It’s genuinely one of the best decisions that I made in 2017.
I also went to my very first blogging event this year! I attended the reopening of the Lush store in Swansea which I did a post about. It was such an amazing experience. I blog because I love it and it’s a great creative outlet for me. To gain this kind of opportunity from it is crazy for me to think. It was such an amazing evening and I got to meet from of the bloggers in the area that I’ve only been able to talk to online. So, this was definitely something I won’t forget.
I decided to start a YouTube channel in September which was a huge step for me to take. It was an idea that I had been playing with for a little while but I just never took the leap into actually starting it up. I’ve been in love with making videos since I’ve started though. I’m really hoping to grow my YouTube channel over the next year and I’m really looking forward to the content that I’ve got planned out for 2018.
2017 was the year I finally got to fulfil a childhood dream of mine with my sister and finally visited Disneyland Paris. Its honestly been one of the best trips that I’ve ever taken. The entire experience was jus so magical. Being able to experience all of that with my sister was the best part. It’s the second trip abroad where it’s just been the two of us and it was just as enjoyable as the first. I’m ready to go back to be a Disney princess again!
This year I made my 101 in 1001 list. 101 things that I want to do in 1001 and one days and I’m pretty happy with the dent that I’ve made in it. It’s been forcing me to do things that I would have otherwise put off and I’m beginning to step outage my comfort zone to do those things.
2017 has definitely been a year where I learnt a lot about myself. It’s definitely been a year where I’ve started to put myself first and look after myself. I removed a lot of toxic people from my life and started to get closer to the people who care for me and are there for me. It’s been the best set of decisions that I’ve made. I’ve really seen things start to turn around for the better and that’s something I’m really wanting to carry on into 2018.
Some people may think that it sounds vain but this September I started to care a little bit more about myself in the way that I look. I spent five days a week for seven years in a uniform and not really having a chance to wear what I wanted unless I was going out on the weekend. And when I started to work on the weekend, even that time was limited. When I finally finished sixth form, I redid my wardrobe and I’m starting to wear the things that I’ve always wanted to wear. At 19, I finally developed my personal style and I’m loving every minute of it.
Sixth Form & University
One of the biggest highlights of 2017 was finishing sixth form and getting into university. The first few months of the year contained a lot of stress and tears as I heard back from all of the universities I had applied to and worked towards the grades they wanted from me. The end of sixth form also bought a lot of laughter along with it and I realised how incredibly happy I was that I made the choice to go there instead of college. I met some amazing people there and made memories that I’ll always remember.
August rolled around a lot quicker than I thought and I got into my first choice uni to study Medical Engineering. Results day was a bit of a blur of a day but I loved every minute of it. With the first semester of my degree done, I can honestly say that I’m just as in love with it as I hoped I would be, possibly more so. The hard work and the endless hours of revision as worth it because I’m doing something I love. Unlike a lot of school and sixth form, I mostly look forward to going into uni, I love my modules and even revision isn’t too bad because I enjoy what I’m learning. Going into 2017, university was the thing I was most worried about. To now be on the other side of it all is such an amazing feeling!
I threw myself into different things this year. Between small things like trying new foods and changing my clothing, it’s made an impact in my life. If I had to choose the biggest thing though, it would have to be the fact that I’ve been voted in to be a student trustee in the charity my university runs. The role doesn’t officially start into January but it was crazy to have people vote for me to be a part of a team that runs this charity. I did my speech when I was in a really bad place with my mental health which is why this feels like an even bigger achievement. I’m so so excited to start this in 2018!
All in all, 2017 was a pretty crazy year and it was filled with a lot more than I thought. But I want 2018 to be so much bigger and brighter this year. I’ve got big plans for the next 12 months and I’m starting the ball rolling on them from today. Wish me luck!