Blogmas Day 16!
I am not one for making New Year resolutions but I do like to set myself goals that I hope to achieve by the end of the year. Last year, I posted a list of goals that I hope to achieve for 2017 so I thought it would be a fun idea to look back at those and see whether I managed to do what I had set out to.
My first goal was to become more organised. My brain is one giant mess that I am constantly trying to wade through the mess to find the information that I need so I really needed to improve my organisation skills. During university, my organisation improved a lot and I never missed a deadline, however, I feel that I have started to slack again so this is something that I will always need to try hard at. To work on my organisation skills, I would create lots of lists, both mentally and physically. I would set reminders on my phone and also ask others to remind me of things that I needed to do.
My next goal was to graduate with a 2:1 with honours and I did just that. In September, I graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) in Media Production. It wasn’t easy in the slightest but I worked so hard to graduate with a good grade and I am proud of what I achieved. I had the best time in the final year of university and as strange as it is, I actually enjoyed writing my dissertation. The thought of writing 10,000 words terrified me as I had barely started this time last year but somehow I managed to interview the head commissioner of BBC Three and receive a first. I loved graduation and seeing all of my friends walk across the stage after three years of hard work. I miss everyone so much.
My third goal for 2017 was to stop stressing so much and I think I will always be someone who stresses a lot. I have become a lot better at taking things as they come rather than worrying about every little detail. I have been caught up in some bad situations this year so I have had some stressful times but during my final months of university, I was pretty chilled and surprisingly not as stressed as I thought I would be. I am proud of how I managed my work in my final semester and how much I have changed through living independently and overcoming my fears and anxieties.
My next goal was to start freelancing. I have done a couple of freelance jobs this year, however, I hope to do more in 2018. I started off by freelancing as a videographer for the Lincoln Japan Festival 2017 and have since done some work for Norwich Fitness Club. I love working as a videographer so, in 2018, I will be working on properly starting up as a business and getting some clients.
My fifth goal was to save up for somewhere to live after graduating. As a student, I had no extra money as I had to put money towards my Peru trip and it was totally worth every penny. I started working in August and once I started receiving enough money to live off, I made sure to put some money into my savings every week. I am not that great at budgeting or saving money so I am actually really pleased with how much I have saved up and hopefully, I will have enough saved to move out in 2018.
My final goal was to relax and enjoy life more. I do love a good moan but I do feel that I have enjoyed 2017 a lot more than previous years. This may be due to having cut out toxic people in my life and being with people who I actually enjoy being with. There were a couple of months earlier in the year where I struggled due to being surrounded by someone who made me feel so uncomfortable and unwanted. Fortunately, I was able to get out of this situation and I have been in a much better place since moving back to Norwich. This year, I spent a month teaching a year in Peru and it was the most amazing experience. I enjoyed every single day that I was there and I was so incredibly sad to go home. I do feel that this trip changed me and I have grown as a person since returning to England. I hope that 2018 is an even better year.
Have you achieved your goals for this year?