Dear me, hasn’t 2017 just flown by? Well, it has and it hasn’t – a lot has happened in the last 9 months, and I thought today we could take a brief look back at the past 3 months.
July was a bit of a blur, what with working full time in the office. It was rather hectic to say the least. I was going to Weight Watchers every week, and was loving having a bit of routine back in my life! However that routine was making it difficult for me to actually get blogging half the time. Rachel was interrailing, I was working, shopping, sleeping, and just praying that I’d make it to the 27th July to head off on holiday! However, weekends were spent with family, and I did manage a break across the water for less than 24 hours to catch up with some friends! You can find out more about my Turkish holiday here.
August was a strange month. Once again, I welcomed in a new month in a bed that wasn’t mine. We were on holiday in Turkey, and that was a strange holiday. I got half way through writing that post when we got home, but you can find the link above. While in Turkey, we shopped, sunbathed, swam, and just tried to relax for a while. While we were away, Rachel stayed home and had quite a bit of hassle between one granny being ill, the other being around quite frequently, and Baron’s health went downhill very quickly. So we were speaking to her every other day to keep up with her and what was going on back in Northern Ireland. We took a day trip to Rhodes, where we explored the old town, and I managed to burn through some of the euros I had been saving for Paris… whoops! The holiday was a good break, especially with working full time this summer. However, we got back in the early hours of Friday 11th August, and had to have Baron put down that day. Mum and I came back to a very busy week in work, and there was so much needing done that we both ended up working all the extra hours we physically could before collapsing into our seats in front of the tv each night. We were back less than a week when Rachel’s A Level results came in and on 1st September she moved to her new flat in Edinburgh Napier. So between 17th August and the end of the month, we were all busy trying to get her ready to move, and get me ready to move too. Oh! Another thing I forgot that happened – the night we got back from Rhodes, I got a message from the girl I was meant to be sharing a flat with to say the flat had fallen through and I needed to find somewhere else to live. Let’s just say I was rather annoyed and leave it at that. Thankfully, I found a flat fairly quickly, and am now living alone in a 2 bedroom place – just what I’d hoped for at the start! Also, with no longer going back to university (hence the new tagline) I was looking at full time jobs, and will be starting a new course in the college in February, only if I don’t completely fall in love with my new job! Everything was changing and I was so excited to see where this new chapter would take me! Even if the financial side of it all is still terrifying me…
September marked a new start for me. On the very first day of the month, the 4 of us piled into the 2 cars a bit like the Hillbillies and set off for Scotland – one car to Glasgow, and the other to Edinburgh. I got moving into my new little flat, had an early birthday night with Jordanne, and began to panic about how this would all come together. The next day, we moved stuff in and the flat began to feel a little more homely. However, I didn’t have long to get used to it before I headed to Dundee to catch up with the Scottish half of the family! Following this, I had mum and dad staying for 4 days to help me get moved in. They left on the Thursday, and by Saturday I was ready for my birthday! It was great! A little odd not seeing any family, but Jordanne and I went to see Blood Brothers, and we had a great night. And the next day? Oh yeah, we flew to Paris for a mini break to Disneyland Paris! Loved every minute of it! When we got back to the UK, I had Rachel over for the weekend as her birthday is the 18th September, and by the 19th I was exhausted. However, the job hunt was ongoing in the background of all this! On the 23rd, I had Mary, Nuala and Jason over for a mini flat warming, and then the rest of the month passed pretty quietly (except for a few interviews), but I think it was certainly needed! All I can say is the job hunting paid off – I have a job! Start date being confirmed!
I don’t think you’re missing anything… are you? I’m pretty sure you’re fully caught up. Some of you may remember, I set myself some goals back at the start of the year. They’re different to my monthly goals, and I am slowly but surely working on them. Shall we see how I’ve been getting on?
- Lose 2 stone in weight. That’s 28 pounds across 12 months. 2 and a half a month roughly. Perfectly doable.
Okay, so you might remember that I decided I wasn’t going to look at the figures, and that if I’m happy then that’s all that matters. However, as I mentioned above, I joined Weight Watchers at the start of June and since then, within the last 18 weeks, I have lost a total of 43lbs! I have completely surpassed my expectations, and am so excited to see what I’ve lost by Christmas, and even the end of the year!
- Save money.
Well to be honest this kind of fell apart when I had to furnish a flat, took a trip to Turkey, Rhodes, Disneyland Paris, Ibiza, and everything else in between! But 2018 is a new year, and we can try again. That’s the whole point in mistakes, we learn from them and fix them the next time.
- Become more confident.
Can I judge this? I don’t know. But for the first time in forever (anyone else singing? Cos I sure am now!) I am beginning to feel okay again. Plus, I can now get 3 days out of a hair wash! That’s made me so happy. I can wear clothes I once thought were destined for the charity bag, and I’m just feeling better in myself in general.
- Read 12 books.
We’re now three quarters of the way through the year, so for me to be on track I need to have read 9 books by now. My count rate so far? I’ve read 16! You can find their reviews by clicking on any of the titles: You Are A Badass, The Mirror, The Twelfth Day Of July, Where She Went, Melancholy Mind , Happy: 50 Mindfulness and Relaxation Exercises To Boost Your Mood Every Day (no review written), Me Before You, Letters To Eloise, The Devil’s Poetry, Bullied For Being Me, After You, A Dog’s Purpose, Lyrebird, Victoria, By The Sea, and The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side. I’m running behind on reviews, but these will go live this month, I promise! Either way, I have surpassed my reading goals for this year! Anyone else curious to see just how many more I can read before 2018?
- Post 2 times a week.
I have been trying to stick to a rough schedule, however recently I have been awful at getting these blog posts written. Sorry! I will try harder for the last 3 months of the year.
- Try and keep to a schedule of posts.
Again, I have been able to stick to this plan most of the time but I missed a few in January and quite a few in February. March has been the best month so far for sticking to my ideal schedule! Although I genuinely think August has been my worst month to date.
- Reach 350 followers by the end of the year.
Well, the last we checked in on how this goal was going, I had 411 WordPress followers, 8 email followers, and 131 Bloglovin’ followers!
Now? Well now I have 452 WordPress followers, 9 email followers, and 152 Bloglovin’ followers! That’s a total of 613 followers and I honestly can’t tell you all how honoured I am that you come on and read my posts! So thank you.
- Interact with more blogs and their authors!
Bloggers Tribe has introduced me to some amazing new bloggers and their work, and I love interacting with everyone!
- Pass this year and get into 3rd year.
Whoops… well this one crashed and burned. Who knows where life is taking me?
- Keep on top of work.
I tried my best, and that was all I can do.
- Ask questions if I’m confused or need help.
Well I did do this when I felt I needed to. MAybe should’ve asked more… Ah well!
- Visit one new country.
Well, if you remember from my post back in April, I talked about how Rachel and I were just back from Lanzarote, and Mum and Dad had just booked for the 3 of us to go to Turkey! While we were away, we also travelled to Rhodes for the day from Turkey, so that makes 2 new countries!
- Meet up with Francesca!
Haven’t managed this yet… we’ve both been so busy with university and everything else that’s been going on, but I’m sure we can meet up sometime soon!
- Go on more adventures or days out
So I think we can definitely say I’ve visited new places, gone on days out, and just generally made the most of the last 9 months. Between Kirkcaldy, Aberdeen, Dundee, Cumbernauld, Lanzarote, Southampton, Portsmouth, Leeds, Marmaris, and Rhodes I’ve certainly been travelling around the place a lot considering I was a full time student and living on a student loan. And all that was just in the first 9 months! Now, I am currently in Ibiza, and thankfully (for my bank balance anyway) I have no more adventures planned.
So that’s you up to date! How has everyone else’s year been so far? I want to hear how your goals are going!