Well, that’s the first week of 2018 done and dusted. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the following seven days after New Years feel like a transition period where we’re all still getting used to the idea that we have a whole other year stretched out in front of us. It definitely still feels like 2017 to me anyways. And I don’t know about you, but I know for sure that I’m going to be crossing out ‘2017’ every. single. time. I write the date until at least March.
This is why I feel like I can justify writing a ‘Happy New Year!’ post a week after the year actually started… but better late than never, right? After all, it’s only a week late! Here it goes:
When I was younger, at the end of each year, I started writing down a list of things I’d loved about that year in my journal – I did 13 things I loved about 2013, then 14 things about 2014 etc. – you get the picture! I thought it would be fun if this year I wrote this list up on my blog as well. Usually they’re all super personal things that only really mattered to me but this year I tried to include some good things that happened on a more global scale. Although this year (or last year as it is now!) has not been the most amazing, exciting, best-ever year I’ve lived, there was still a lot that made it pretty awesome:
17 Things I’ve Loved about 2017
- Getting cats! I have wanted cats for as long as I can remember and finally getting them was seriously like a dream come true. They have made my life so much cuddlier and cosier and warmer and aghhh I love them so much
- Having a subscription to frankie magazine! This may sound a little silly but getting a frankie delivered every two months was like getting a little present and always made me feel happy
- Going to Margaret River twice yay! Margaret River is a small town south of Perth, tucked away in lush green jarrah forest (this sounds like an advertisement but it is soo pretty). When we went there we feasted on bread from the local bakery, went for lots of long bushwalks through the forest and drank tea while huddled around the little fire…
- The Giant Panda and the Snow Leopard were officially announced to be no longer endangered! I think that this such a big step forward for humanity’s treatment of the environment and hopefully it means we’re on the right track of becoming friendlier towards the environment
- In other environmental news, the hole in the ozone layer has shrunk to its smallest size since 1988! This sort of stuff reassures me so much – we must be ding something right! If you want to know more about helping the environment, check out my other post
- Going to Melbourne – my first time visiting another Australian state! I went here as part of a school camp and although none of my close friends came, it was an amazing experience. Melbourne is so cool! (way cooler than Perth!)
- Going to Canberra! This was another school camp and this time all my close friends came. Canberra was no where near as exciting as Melbourne but is was just really fun hanging out with my friend for a whole week aaand I guess we did see Parliament House, which was pretty cool
- Seeing snow! This was a part of the Canberra trip but I loved it so much it needed its own bullet point! Although it wasn’t the first time I’d seen it, it was the first time I saw snow covering trees and icicles hanging off buildings and ahh everything was just so pretty. I also tried skiing! (and I’m soo bad at it haha)
- Because I’m a tiny bit of an environmentalist, I’m going to throw another one in here: around the world, over 14.6 billion trees were planted his year. Just think of all those trees, cleaning the air, providing oxygen and future homes for millions of animals! Trees are amazing
- Reaching my goal of running 12 km non-stop! I set this goal when my friend asked me to do the 12 km running part of a team marathon and at the time I was like uh, there’s no way I can run that far! I’m so happy I managed to do it though and I want to run even further now!
- Competing in an adventure marathon with my two best friends! This was different one to the previous point – the running bit was only 5 km but it was still really hard! I really loved the atmosphere of the whole event and I can’t wait to do the next one now…
- Being more organised. This one is a bit boring, but I feel like
thislast year I have just stayed on top of everything a bit more and it’s made me feel more productive and like I’ve actually accomplished something! Hopefully this carries on for 2018…
- Getting a B for my piano exam! I don’t mean to brag in any way but this mark is really good for me and I’m super proud of myself, especially after all those long hours practicing (it all paid off in the end!)
- Discovering loads more good books and authors- if there’s one thing you should know about me its that I love reading (and cats!) and this year I found a ton of amazing books that I could happily read for hours on end… I also visited the Perth Library for the first time and it is AWESOME. If you ever go to Perth, you should most definitely 100% go, you will not regret it
- In December 2017 gay marriage was officially legalised in Australia! This is such a big step forward for equality and it was also about time we finally caught up with so many other countries around the world!
- Noticing and appreciating all the beautiful little things around me. I feel like that if we just stopped and looked, we could find so much beauty in even the tiniest things we do and see and this can make you feel so much better
- Aaand last but not least- starting this blog! I have love love loved writing and sharing posts with you guys and finding and reading all of your amazing posts too. It has exposed me to so much of the awesome stuff there is out there on the world wide web and I have met so many lovely people. I honestly can’t tell you how happy and warm ad glowy I feel inside every time I read a nice comment on here or on my Instagram. I love blogging so much and hopefully mine will continue to grow in 2018!
Since it is the beginning of the new year I though I might share some of the goals I’ve set myself as well (this might make me more inspired to try to stick to them!)
Goals for 2018
- Don’t be so hard on myself – I feel like in 2017 I really beat myself up if I didn’t do everything I wanted to that day, if I skipped going for a run or doing some piano practice for just one day or if I wasn’t entirely happy for a mark I received. I need to be a bit more flexible and realise that life isn’t perfect sometimes…
- Go for longer runs more regularly – this might be a bit ambitious but by next year (2019) I want to run a half marathon!
- Get a part-time job – I wanted to try and get one last year but it just didn’t happen, hopefully I’ll have better luck this year!
- Keep up with blogging! This year I want to post more often and more regularly, so look out for lots more posts heading your way soon!
I still can’t quite believe it’s 2018 already and soon I’m going to be starting Year 11…everything is happening so fast!
Do you guys have any resolution and goals for this year? I hope you all manage to stick to them 🙂