When New Year’s Eve comes, there’s one thing you can always guarantee. You’ll scroll through Facebook and it’s filled with people reflecting in their 2017 and promising to themselves, once again, that the next year will be better. There are a number of cliches that always pop up in these posts: “2017 was a rollercoaster!” or “the year had its ups and downs!” or even more commonly, “new year, new me!”. Ugh. If that were truly the case, some of my Facebook friends have reinvented themselves 18 times by now!
I can safely say that 2017 has been a crazy year. It’s had its fair share of highs and lows. (There’s the cliche for you. I couldn’t resist.) In this post, I’m going to do a quick look back on 2017 and then share a few of my goals for this year.
A Look Back at 2017
One of the most important things that happened in 2017 was my job. After I graduated in 2016, I started working as a self-employed virtual assistant with Taskerly. I couldn’t believe my luck – it was the job I’d wanted for months! Then, in August 2017, Taskerly employed me full-time. I’m now working from home 9-6 every day doing a job that I adore with amazing people. (I’m looking at you, Jo and Siobhan!)
Working with Taskerly has not only developed my skills a hell of a lot, but I’m learning new ones (like learning to code), working with some amazing people and businesses, and the job has helped my sister and I move into our own place. I’m still stunned that everything’s gone so well, especially considering I only graduated 18 months ago.
Moving out of your parent’s home and into your own place is always a big deal. It’s scary to begin with because there’s so much to think about, but it’s so exciting! I think Emily (my sister) and I already had plenty of experience of moving out because we both went to university miles away and lived in student houses for a couple of years. It was still daunting though, and still is – having a place to ourselves is a lot of responsibility!
If you were around in about July, you might have seen my blog post about how moving out didn’t go as smoothly as we’d hoped. There were a few problems with the place we moved into, but it was all sorted in the end.
However, here’s some news for you: we’re moving again! A couple of weeks ago, we went to view an adorable flat not far from where we are now and reserved it straight away. It’s so much more modern, light, and airy than our house now, which is dated and a bit stuffy. We’ll be getting the keys on 5th January and I can’t wait!
One of my favourite weekends of the whole year was in July, when I went to YALC (Young Adult Literature Con). I met up with one of my wonderful friends, Sarah, and we stayed in London for 3 days. It was manic but SO much fun! We got to meet so many authors, get our books signed, and we took home three times the number of books that we went with. I wrote about my YALC haul here, and you can read Sarah’s guest post all about our highlights here. Here are a few pictures from the weekend!
My Dog, Jessie
You know how I said 2017 had low points as well as great ones? Well, this was one of those low points. Sadly, towards the end of the year, my family’s dog Jessie died. She was 16 years old and it was just a matter of knowing when the inevitable would happen. Jessie was part of our family since my sister and I were kids, so it was hard to lose her. We still have our adorable little cats to look after us, so we’ll be cherishing them as much as we can!
RIP, Jessie. <3
So many things happened that I can’t remember them all right now! If I think of anything else that really stands out as being an important event of 2017, I’ll come back and add it.
I try not to set myself too many goals for each year; I prefer to see how the year plays out without stressing about things I haven’t done. There are a few things though that I would like to try and achieve.
- Read 52 books. That’s one a week. I read 45 in 2017 and I had a couple of months where I hardly read anything at all, so if my motivation stays high, 52 books should be a doddle!
- Get up and walk more often. It sounds simple, but with my job, I tend to sit at my desk all day without moving. It’s so bad for my health and fitness, so I need to get up and go for a walk. When we live in our new flat, there’s a park right behind it so that’ll hopefully motivate me to go for a quick walk every day!
- Lose some weight. This probably links to the fact that I don’t move. I’ve put on weight over the past year that I’m not very happy with. So this year, I want to go on a mission to eat better, get daily exercise, and lose some of it. I want to feel happy about myself by the end of the year.
- Start writing a book. The problem with this goal at the moment is that I had a grand total of zero substantial story ideas, so this year I need to sit down and find something I want to write about. I have a few very small, undeveloped ideas, so I need to flesh them out and start writing.
That’s it! I hope you’ve all had a great 2017, and if you didn’t, I really hope you 2018 is better for you. Let’s all try and make this year a wonderful one! If you’re interested to see my wrap-up and goals post from last year, you can read that here.