Hi guys! So we’re coming to the end of 2018, and this is the time where we all reflect over the past year and think about resolutions for the new one. So here are my highlights, what I learned and my resolutions for 2019!
January & February
I started the new year dancing on a table in Sheffield’s Bungalows and Bears with my housemates and their friends, drinking overpriced G&T’s and generally having a great time.
From the 2nd I was in the library, mostly 8am-5pm every day. I had to walk down the hill to there every day in the ice and fell many times, and I spent a lot of time in the library cafe getting £1 coffee.
January exams finished on the 25th January, and lectures restarted on the 5th Feb, so I went out and celebrated a lot in between.
I started going back to lectures and concentrating… until the snow and UCU strikes started and it all got called off.
On my birthday (14th) I went to Birdhouse, then for cocktails. On the 15th I got a whole group of my best friends together for a pub quiz, then to revolution for shot sticks and danced in West street live.
On the 19th I went to a friend’s house party and managed to give myself an awful knee bump/ bruise playing the cardboard box game. We walked home in the snow. It took weeks to heal – oops!
I went home the weekend after for part of the Easter holidays.
I spent most of April doing coursework; creating a huge maths poster and a computer programming project involving ships. Yeah.
I also booked my trip and flight to Berlin on the 13th.
It finally got warm and I spent days convincing myself I could study in the park. I really did nothing but get burnt.
On the 28th I had the maths ball. It was nice to have a night off revision before exams started.
I spent a lot of time procrastinating and sat in the library. This was not a fun time of the year: I felt fed up and very ready to finish.
I went to a gin festival. I think this is when I decided it was my favourite and now pretty much all I drink.
On the 12th Arctic Moneys had a pop up for their new album. I think I bought it all! My favourite album of 2018.
On the 7th June I finished Uni forever. We sat, drank cider and enjoyed the sunshine. I’ll miss almost everything except the actual exams – I had 12 in 3rd year.
The days after this were spent shopping, having nights out, seeing friends and generally saying goodbye to Sheffield (didn’t realise I’d be back!) and my uni friends. I moved home on the 17th.
On the 30th I went to barista school.
On the 10th I flew to Lisbon with a friend for NOS Alive festival. My highlight was watching Arctic Monekys headline. We then spent a few days in the city itself. Read more about that here.
On the 18th I graduated! It was so lovely to see everyone, and we went to the Botanist for food after. The cap and gown were fun to walk around in.
That weekend was Tramlines festival. There was a lot of chanting ‘Yorkshire’ and I bumped into loads of people I knew.
On the 25-28th we went to Padstow and camped with a gorgeous view.
My sister also got Bam-Bam the Maltipoo puppy.
August – September
On the 2nd I flew to Berlin for my Internship. I’ve done loads of posts about my time there. I met 28 amazing people and a few friends for life. I flew home 28th September.
October – December
I went on an anti-Brexit march on the 20th Oct.
27th Oct -3rd November I went to St Ives for a week. We’ve been here almost every year since I was small.
On 20th October I applied for a job. After 3 interviews, I accepted it on the 29th November. On 11th December I went to their Christmas party.
I went to Sheffield quite a few times to see friends and signed for a house.
And of course I spent time with my family and dogs! This is probably the longest I’ve been at home in 4 years, so it’s been nice to spend time in Nottingham again.
And of course I watched a lot of TV and drank a lot of hot chocolate over Christmas!
What I learned this year
- Your best friends aren’t necessarily the ones you see everyday. Just because you don’t see someone for a while doesn’t mean you’re not still close. Also, don’t be afraid to be the person to reach out – some people are just really busy and just haven’t got round to texting you, it’s not that they don’t want to be friends anymore.
- Do what makes you happy and don’t be afraid to change your mind! I went to Berlin expecting to stay for a long time, but I ended up coming home after 2 months. Much as I loved it, I wanted to come home and there’s nothing wrong with that.
- Everything turns out okay in the end; if I hadn’t come home when I did, I wouldn’t have got this job! Then I wouldn’t have signed for a house with some lovely girls.
Looking forward to next year – my resolutions
- I move back to Sheffield on the 6th January to start my new job on the 7th. The company seems really cool and I’m excited to start! My resolution for this is to throw myself in, do the best I can and enjoy the present without overthinking my future!
- I also found a cool ‘urban yoga’ studio near my new house so one of my resolutions is to try that! I’m fed up of the gym at the moment and feel I need a new focus.
- I also want to restart and complete Couch to 5K!
- I want to budget properly for the first time in my life and pay off my overdraft! Or at least a sizeable chunk of it.
- I plan to blog at least once a week and connect with more similar people.
- And finally I want to make more time for reading! These past few months I’ve really got into reading again and using it to relax.
So this was my year and resolutions! Have you made any? Do you plan to? Let me know!