Happy new year everyone! I am back after…way too many months…oops. The past few months have been a rollercoaster of healing, working, revising and general ‘getting my life together’ing to the point where I have pretty much no time to breathe let alone take 20 minutes (plus some on a writer’s block day) to write a post.
If you’re wondering why I left it to the seventh to post and not the first, I gave myself a 7 day grace period after the New Year in which I treated the first week of January like they don’t exist. Yep…bear with me on this one. I spent the new year up North with my family for winter break but, as I will discuss in another post, the persona I have there versus the one I have in the West where I have set up my own new home alongside university are very different. I didn’t want to start the New Year and my new years’ resolutions in a place where I don’t really consider home and to be honest none of my goals can be completed up there anyway. I decided to let the first week of January pass without much thought so I could focus on the coming weeks and months where I am happiest and at my best.
So my new year technically starts tomorrow for me and although it is also my first exam of the season (yep, no rest for the wicked or scientists apparently) I am so happy to be home with my university family, friends and back in my own home.
I have SO many 2018 goals and resolutions and for once I’ve actually made a plan to accomplish them. With the New Year brings a lot of excitement and also anxiety as this year is also the year where my university family leave for their year abroad. The fact that this time next year I won’t be able to see them hurts and while they have their own adventures and excitement overseas I’ll be completing my final year in university and considering where to go from there. The years go fast…but I’m not too upset and just knowing I have another year after this one to enjoy my student life to the max is more than enough to help me power through the difficulties of exams, assignments and general adult/student life’s challenges.
My main goal for 2018 is to work harder on my blog, so please expect plenty of news, updates and more coming soon about that. I’m still working on the specifics such as posting days, blog layout, content and other small issues that come with blog upkeep so I apologise in advance and I hope you guys will be patient with me as I figure those things out as quickly as possible.
I hope you all have had a positive start to the New Year and if not I hope you gain the strength to restart positively and continue to work hard with whatever you are currently aiming towards. To those struggling with the start of the year for any reason please be patient and try to be positive, difficult situations always ease and will soon end as long as you work hard and stay as positive as possible. To those feeling down about resolutions and the ‘New Year, New You’ fad, ignore any and all adverts at this time. Corporations are force-feeding media with diets, weight shaming and the expectations to somehow get your life together in the time between the holidays and the New Year. Don’t listen. Do everything at your own pace and rather than focus on giving up things like chocolate and coffee and focusing on that diet they’re shoving in your faces instead focus on being more positive, getting help for any mental or physical illnesses, working on your own self-esteem and enjoying life. Try that course you’re unsure about, learn that language so you can travel, move away from your toxic family and focus on your own happiness. Make 2018 YOUR year to find something that makes you happy to be alive and find something that makes you passionate and fills you with excitement. Let’s work hard to make 2018 the year of healing, self-discovery and change. I love you all, please continue to live and grow and never give up.
Be happy, healthy and hopeful,