This year really has been a whirlwind hasn’t it? I think that it’s safe to say that everybody wants to delete this year from their memories and start fresh on January 1st.
However, personally, this year has affected me in really different ways.
I’ll start with the good; which is always a nice place to start. 2016 was the year that I discovered how bad my anxiety got and I finally did something about it. So yes, I still have the occasional panic attack and bout of anxiety but I have the skills now to help me deal with those issues in a more healthy way. My finances are also looking a lot better through this too; thank goodness!
2016 was also the year I started communicating. Blogging did help, but I was quite a recluse after something personal did knock me back and it took actually talking to people close to me to bring me out of my shell, even if I never knew what was affecting me, talking did help push me out of my bedroom and begin living again.
I actually feel more comfortable in my job now. Back in 2014, I would never have thought that I would be working in mental health. I was a teacher; I’d trained for it and was going to give everything up. But I’ve actually found my feet and love my job. It does have it’s ups and downs, but I enjoy it. Not one day is the same, and I’m working with some amazing people.
I made some amazing friends in the blogging community. You guys know who you are and I love you all. Reading your comments, or learning about your lives outside of a written article is amazing. I never thought that I would make genuine friends through blogging, and it’s made the experience much more enjoyable.
I have actually started a new relationship too right at the end of the year. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying this much as it’s still very new. He is lovely and is proving that online dating can work. He’s actually made me realise how shitty my past relationships did treat me. But that’s all that I’ll say. I may convince him to do the ‘Boyfriend does my Makeup’ tag for Youtube one day!
This year has also had some sadness. My family had to say goodbye to my Granddad who died in September. This did come as a massive blow to everyone, and although we have had to move on and live our lives, we do still feel sad sometimes. But knowing my Granddad, he would want us to remember all the good times and live our lives to the fullest.
I know that everyone wants to forget all the rubbish that has happened over the past year; all the death (personal and celebrity) and the very bizarre leadership choices and so many other shit things, but all that I would ask you to think about is all the good that has happened this year. 2016 may have been the dark horse of the 2010’s but there will be a little spark of goodness in among the awful stuff.
What I would like everyone who reads this to do is write a comment under this post and share something amazing that has happened in their lives this year. Let’s all find some good things that happened in 2016.
Here’s to a brilliant 2017!