Monday, 17 December 2018

My Year At A Glance | 2018


We're fast approaching the end of 2018, and I can't quite believe that another year is over! It feels like for me this year just went from winter - heatwave - christmas, and I'm not quite sure what happened to Spring and Autumn! 2018 has definitely been one of the years that has passed by the quickest for me, and I know exactly why. I spent a lot of this year clinging onto time and wishing things would last longer, which of course meant that time passed ten times quicker than it usually does. I did my best to enjoy every moment as much as I could however, and as a result I feel like this year I've created some of the best memories I've made in a long time. Just like last year, I thought I would write a post of my year at a glance, sharing some of my favourite moments from the past twelve months and also have a look at how well I did with the goals I gave to myself!

I have to of course start with the biggest thing that happened this year, which was GRADUATING UNIVERSITY. The first half of the year didn't include much besides me just working day in and day out on my degree, and enjoying my time in university as much as I could before it all ended. I finished my work around the end of May and then graduated in July, and I loved every single second. I think university became such a huge deal to me because it pretty much became my dependancy when I was going through a really difficult time. Those people, those lectures and that routine became what I adored and relied on every single day, and it was incredibly difficult to have it all end. Graduation was such an incredible day though and a memory I will cherish for a long time.

Once I graduated university, I then had potentially THE BEST SUMMER I've ever experienced. I promised myself that after I graduated I would give myself until the end of August to enjoy my last summer holidays before my life in the full-time working world began, and I filled it with days out with my friends, nights out celebrating, travelling, and as many new experiences as I could. I experienced my first ever spa day, I went on a city break to Bath, and this summer we also brought home our new puppy Daphne! The glorious heatwave that we had this year also meant that I could spend my days at home in the garden sunbathing with a good book in hand, and I've never read so much so quickly in my life, or got a tan as good as the one I got this summer. It was just an absolutely wonderful time. 

After this incredible summer had ended, I unfortunately did have a few months in which I became very lost, very panicky, and very unsure as to where my future was heading. I spent a while doing a fair bit of soul searching, and back in October I finally landed on the decision to begin TRAINING TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. This was something I'd had on my radar for a while as it directly links to my degree and it gives me lots of options in terms of whether I want to travel, pursue work at a language school, or teach online. I've been working on my course for just over a month now and I'm enjoying it so far. Whether it's something that I continue with long term, I'm not sure, but it's currently working for me and I'm looking forward to seeing where it could take me!

In terms of my goals for this year, I think I've done pretty well. I gave myself five things that I wanted to work on and achieve throughout this year and I'd say I solidly managed three out of those five, and half managed the other two!

  • GRADUATE WITH A FIRST - tick! *yay*
  • GO TO BED EARLIER - tick, but now I want to push this even further! I went from going to bed around 1am to around 11.30pm, but now I'd like to go even earlier and be in bed by half past 10 if I can!
  • TRAVEL ABROAD - I didn't manage to achieve this unfortunately, BUT, I did travel in England and therefore still managed to give myself a holiday, it just turned out to be a city break instead of a trip abroad.
  • READ 20 BOOKS - tick! I read 22 books this year and I'm so happy with that. Most of those were read within the second half of the year, as like I mentioned this summer I spent many days reading in the sunshine, but fingers crossed I can read just as many, if not more, next year!
  • BUILD MY CONFIDENCE - I'll give this half a tick! For the first half of this year, yes, absolutely! I pushed myself, I worked hard on my fitness and my mental health, and I definitely felt more confident in myself, not only physically, but also in my belief that I can do well and achieve what I set my mind to. However, I would say that I have slacked on this goal for the second half of the year, for numerous reasons. Thankfully, I'm still ending the year on a positive as I have found something to work towards and pursue for 2019, but I wouldn't say I'm in the same place that I was at the beginning of 2018. Hopefully this is something that will change in the new year!

Last year, I wrote that 2017 was the year of rebuilding for me, and it honestly was the perfect description. 2018 is proving a little more difficult to summarise, but I think I'm going to go with the year of self-fulfilment. The first part of the year was spent working hard to fulfil my goal of graduating with my desired grade; the middle was spent allowing myself time to properly relax and focus on myself, fulfilling any goals or desires that I wanted to do but couldn't because I had been busy in education; and the final part of the year was spent allowing myself to search for something that works for me, and not pressuring myself to figure everything out quicker than I was doing. I'm still doing that in a way, as even though I'm now focusing on TEFL, I'm still searching for different avenues I can go down which I may enjoy more.
Maybe next year will be the year of self-discovery, where I finally decide what works for me and where I want to go. For now, I'm just going to take things one day at a time, and even though I currently have no idea what my life is going to look like in 2019, I can't wait to see what the universe will send my way!

Samantha
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  1. This was such an uplifting post to read, so glad that your 2018 was filled with so many happy memories! Let’s hope 2019 will provide you with many more. x

    Teresa | outlandishblog.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Wishing you all the best for 2019 <3 x

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  2. I am wishing you all of the best for 2019, I hope it is amazing for you sweetie!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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