This year has been a complete whirlwind. I swear that time goes quicker as you get older and now I’m in my thirties, it’s whizzing by. In time for the new year, I’ve given the blog a new look and I’m really happy with it. There’s still a few small tweaks to make, including a new header but, for now, I’m pleased with how it’s come together.
At the end of a year, it’s pretty standard to reflect on the past few months and start to focus on your goals for the future. I thought I’d share a few thoughts and a catch-up on my year so far, including my blogging journey.
I’ve been a rubbish blogger over the past 12 months. Blogging is still very much a hobby for me and due to my workload and other commitments, I’ve had little time to write in this space. I really miss regular blogging so I’m determined to get a couple of posts written each week. I don’t own a camera at the moment, so if you have any suggestions let me know. I’m thinking of maybe going back to Canon.
I feel very lucky that I get to work as a freelance writer, work from home and make an income. I know so many people that hate their jobs, so I’m fortunate to do something I love. I write posts on freelance writing over on my other blog Diary of a Freelancer and I have lots of posts planned for the new year as well as a Facebook group for job opportunities and how to get started in the industry.
Going out of my comfort zone
As someone who struggles a lot with panic attacks and anxiety, going out of my comfort zone is incredibly challenging. This year, I started driving lessons, which is something I’ve been putting off for years due to my fears. I won’t lie, I was pooping myself during the first few lessons, but I as it turns out, I love driving and I’ve got my test in February. I’m looking forward to buying my own car and having the freedom to go to wherever I want without relying on public transport.
This year, I decided I needed some help with my mental health. I currently take anti-depressants and beta blockers , but I’ve felt for a long time that I’ve needed help with getting to the route of what’s causing anxiety and how I can deal with it effectively. Earlier this year, I had some counselling sessions which were really helpful. I’m currently undertaking CBT but its something I feel I continually have to work on. I really feel that with mental health issues, you’re given medication, put on a waiting list and left to drift along. However, I’ve found the charity MIND very helpful and I’d recommend them to anyone struggling with their mental health.
Heath & fitness
In summer, I had a health scare and it made me realise how little I look after myself in terms of health. I’ve also put on half a stone this year, which doesn’t sound like a lot but as I’m only short, it feels like more. A combination of being content in a relationship, eating crap and little exercise has left me nursing a muffin top and extra love handles. Next year, I’m thinking of hiring a personal trainer and going to the gym to shift my extra pounds and get toned up. Mostly, I think it will really help my overall mood though and help me to be more positive.
Travel and other projects
The furthest I travelled this year was Blackpool. I’d love to spend a few weekends away next year, depending on my money status. I’m hoping to move into a nice house with my boyfriend next year so we’re going to be doing a lot of saving, however, there are some lovely places in the UK to visit so even a few small trips would be great.
I have quite a few projects lined up for next year as well as starting a masters degree in mental health science. I don’t know if I’m crazy to be taking on so much but I enjoy being busy. I also have a little somethin’ planned in relation to this blog which I’ll mention more of in the new year.
It’s almost my five year blogging anniversary and after a few name and platform changes, I’m starting to feel on my feet. I have a few free resources in the pipeline which will be handy to both new and old bloggers. I’ll write a blog post as soon as the resources are launched!
I hope you have a wonderful new year and that 2017 brings you lots of happiness.
What are your goals for next year?