Don’t stop till you’re proud
I find it hard to believe we’ve reached the end of 2017. I’ve been in a relationship nearly 6 months now, I’m only 4 months away from finishing my degree. How has the time gone so quickly? In only a couple of weeks I’ll be 21, honestly, I swear every year feels like it’s going quicker and quicker.
I keep getting questions about what I’m going to do after university and right now I don’t know…it all depends as to what I can achieve with my blog as to if I’m going to take it full time in 2018
the dream or if I’m going to move home for a couple of months until I can find a job that pays enough to move out and get my own place and continue blogging on the side. All I know is that I’m not going to let things get to me in the same way I did in 2017.
There’s no stopping me as we go into 2018, I’m going to make it my year and I’m going to make myself proud…because all that matters is what I think of myself and I should only aim to make myself proud. Making others proud is just a bonus.
January was a month of heartbreak, deadlines and my 20th birthday. Not long into the New Year I went through my first ever proper breakup and I was heartbroken, to say the least
although looking back on the relationship now he was a bit of an arse…but rose-tinted glasses and that. Sure it was a pretty crappy start to the year and took me nearly 4 months to pull myself together and get my shit sorted, but in January I neglected my blog quite a bit and only had 2 posts go up. I also had 2 essay deadlines, both of which I could have done a hell of a lot better in, but alas I didn’t. Overall I didn’t get the greatest start to 2017.
February was very much a month of reflecting and changing, I’d figured out I’d been weak in the past and gave in too easily and it’s something I needed to change or else I wasn’t going to get anywhere in life. I also spent my 20th Valentines alone…not a surprise fingers crossed 2018 isn’t so lonely. I did start to take blogging a bit more seriously than I had previously and started to put a bit more effort into my photography than previously
although the photos are terrible compared to now.
The month I decided to take blogging seriously, I’d been doing it nearly a year and was still loving…it wasn’t something I was looking at giving up anytime soon. I was also spurred on by the arrival of an invitation to my first ever invite event.
I’d previously gone to a couple of Blogosphere events and this made me super excited and I met some super amazing people at this event, most of which I still talk to currently. I was also finally starting to get my shit together after my breakup.
April, time to coach off to Croatia. This was my first time leaving the country since I was 10…yep that long without a proper sunny holiday. Going on Tour really brought me out of my shell quite a bit, and I created bonds with my rowers that can’t be broken they know too much but if you get the opportunity to go on a sports tour, I’d highly recommend it. As well as this I also decided to have a dabble in fashion blogging.
In May I attempted every day May, but because I’d been extremely busy and this wasn’t changing anytime soon so I soon gave up and instead posted 3 times a week most of the month. I also finished my second year of university, and while I knew I hadn’t achieved the grades and instead I would need to work my arse off in third year to get a decent grade, I was prepared. I also celebrated my blogs first birthday in May and I can’t believe I’m only 5 months away from celebrating a second…it feels like I only started blogging the other day.
June was a pretty uneventful month, I moved back into my Mum’s for the summer, travelled up to Doncaster for Debra Bow’s birthday and generally just relaxed and spent some time to myself just doing nothing since I didn’t have any responsibilities. I also popped back to my dance school for a few classes and to catch up with both my friends and teachers. Although I did finally get taken off my anti-depressants for the first time since February 2016, and I’m still off them so that’s a positive.
July is probably one of my favourite months in 2017, right at the start of the month I had my first date with Sam and we hit it off right away
I must be doing something right since he’s stuck around. I also jetted off to Turkey for an all-inclusive week and laying in the sun, it was a month I just needed. It was full of happiness and new adventures, it was the jump start I needed to try and make 2017 my year again after such a bumpy start.
I’m extremely proud of how often I managed to post in August since I spent every weekend and every Wednesday with Sam…leaving only 3 days of the week to get stuff done. I did though, and I didn’t hit post on anything I wasn’t proud of. In August I also made a little
massive purchase to up my blog quality, I purchased an Olympus Pen E-PL7 and holy crap it’s made my photography look so much more professional and I look forward to shooting photos now…especially outfit shots.
Back to London, I went, it was time to get back to university and crack on with my third and final year. Luckily my workload didn’t really kick in until October, so I still had one month left in which I could spend blogging and relaxing slightly…although I don’t think I ever really relax when I’m at uni. I find it almost impossible to switch off since I live, sleep and work all in the same room.
Even with a hectic workload I still managed to keep blogging in October, which is something I failed at in 2016. It’s crazy to think that it was 2 months ago, when it still feels like I’ve only just hit published on some of those posts. While I may not have managed to do Blogtober, I still managed to get 6 solid posts up…something I’m extremely proud off.
The stress was starting to build up in November, my classes were becoming less taught and more tutorial based which meant deadlines were nearing. I used my blog as a place where I could get away from my deadlines and could write about something that wasn’t dance related. I also had a couple of exciting events in November which I was super excited to attend and I always love getting glammed up for events
even if they are after a long day at university.
December has completely flown by and it’s been an absolute roller coaster journey. I had 2 dance exams before Christmas, 2 essays to write over the Christmas holidays, I also spent Boxing Day with Sam and his family. I almost feel like I’m in a dream. I’m currently writing this post back at university
I should be writing my second essay but I thought I’d get this done first and after 2 amazing days with Sam, I cannot wait to start 2018 and take on whatever it has to throw at me and turn any negativities around in my favour.
What is your favourite memory from 2017?
Love you lots like jelly tots x
All photos within this post were taken by my mum on my Olympus Pen E-PL7 in natural lighting. They were then edited on Photoshop CC 2015 and VSCO.