This is the first of five “2017 in review” posts that will be coming your way over the next 3 weeks. Each post is about a review of one particular thing so I hope you enjoy this little mini series!
For this first post, where better to start that with a review of stuff that’s happened in life this year that doesn’t fall into any of the other categories I’ve written about.
I don’t even know where to start with reviewing this year! It’s been completely mental but in a good way. There’s been plenty to celebrate and plenty of memories made and ultimately that’s what life is all about isn’t it? Making the most of every opportunity, having things to look back on fondly and just being happy. And I can honestly say that 2017 has been an absolute cracker of a year for me!
As I was approaching the end of 2016 I had a weird feeling that 2017 would be a good year. I already knew that there would be plenty going on, because as you may have read on previous posts, my mum and my dad both turned 60 this year and my nan turned 90. With huge family birthday celebrations planned, how could it not be a good year?! At the start of this year though, I hadn’t got anything actually planned for these celebrations, I just had some vague ideas.
Anyway after a lot of planning, time juggling and holiday juggling, the birthday celebrations were all a major success and each one of them was something to be remembered and treasured for a long time to come! And that was all I wanted really, something for each of them to remember and look back on with wonderful memories. Job done.
Another huge area of life that’s important to all of us is your career. And from a job perspective 2017 has been very up and down. My company was sold at the end of 2016 and so as I’ve progressed through 2017 there’s been a lot of uncertainty about whether I’d still have a job come early 2018. That’s always a bit of a worry because you need to pay bills right?! And to be honest, I really love my job and I know I’d find it difficult to find something else that I would enjoy as much.
But after a bit of a rollercoaster year I’m chuffed that I can say I’ve been confirmed as having a role going forward, which is great news. Sadly not everyone has been so lucky so I’m counting my blessings for sure. And knowing I’ve got a job for a little while longer yet means I’ve been able to plan stuff for next year. I don’t know whether my job role will be exactly the same as it is now, but that’s something to work out as 2018 progresses.
It’s certainly been a big mental challenge, trying to still do a good job whilst having a lot of uncertainty and potential doom hanging over me. It’s fair to say that my positive side has been severely put to the test this year, but I’m really pleased with how I managed to keep the positivity going during the tough times. The truth is, you never really know whether a situation, one that’s out of your control, will work out better or worse for you. It is what it is, as I have said many times so what’s the point in getting down about it. I truly believe that you have to try and find the good in every situation, otherwise you’ll be consumed with anger and resentment which is just bad for you.
Positivity definitely won the day this year as far as work goes!
And then, of course, there is my house. Making the decision to sell my house and buy a new one was a huge thing. I didn’t really appreciate how huge until I’d embarked upon the journey, especially because due to the way things worked out, I ended up moving out of the house that I owned and back into my mums for a few months. Not quite the way I planned it, but I think it’ll actually work out much better for me overall.
Selling the house, buying a new house and moving out has been all consuming for weeks and weeks and it’s been such hard work. I’ve written several posts about it over the past few weeks because to be honest, it’s been my whole life for all that time! And no matter how prepared you think you are, you’ll never actually be prepared. You’ve just got to suck up the pressure and get on with it. I’ve been lucky that everything has gone pretty smoothly for me so far. And the end goal is of course my gorgeous new house, and I can’t wait to move in. It’s so exciting!!
And of course, I have to mention the fabulous blogging journey I’ve been on. I’ve loved every minute of blogging this year and sharing my thoughts with you guys. If you’re following my blog then I thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing an interest in what I have to say. And even if you’ve just stopped by for a quick look then my heartfelt thanks to you.
I was apprehensive about blogging and I know I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go if I want to be any sort of a success as a blogger. But the fact that you’ve chosen to follow my blog is just lovely. I hope you feel the click on the follow button was worth it! Lots of hard work ahead for me but I’m really looking forward to it.
In amongst all of the family celebrations, the moving house, the blogging and the job uncertainty there have been so many other highlights that I simply can’t mention them all. There are of course all the amazing travel adventures I’ve been on as well but there’s a separate review post coming soon about that, so watch this space!
Basically, 2017 will stand out for me as one of the best years of my life so far! So much to look back on and be thankful for, so many personal lessons learnt, and heaps of happy times!
2017 YOU. HAVE. BEEN. EPIC. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope you can all find something positive to take away from 2017 too! Thanks as always for reading. Much love! x