Friday, 23 December 2016

2016; An Odd Year (Top Achievements & New Years Resolutions)

We are just over a week away from the New Year, which yet again has flown by quicker than ever. Another year for people to set unrealistic resolutions, another year older and another year that we have survived. By 'we', I mean us mentally unstable individuals who didn't think we'd make it through the first year of our struggles yet here we are, several years later and still soldiering on. New Years are a hard thing to get your head round when you're unwell. Despite trying our hardest to believe that this event is a time of celebration and positivity, we always have our doubts but we stick to the hope that maybe this year will be our year, just maybe.

I am sure that I am not the only person who has had a very up and down 2016; one day being incredible and the next crashing down. I know that this year hasn't been my best, but it also hasn't been my worst. I managed to achieve some amazing things and believe it or not, even some resolutions. I wanted to talk mostly about the highlights.. I know that some of you are probably wondering about the lowlights which of course, there were a few too many of but we cant change the past, so why dwell on it?

I have spent this entire year with my boyfriend and I know that I wouldn't be where I am today without him, he has helped me more than he could ever known and I am so blessed to have created so many memories with him. I have managed to find some wonderful new friends and have equally cut contact with a few which had turned toxic and became negative aspects of my life. I have even got better at doing my make-up and if that isn't an achievement, then what is? I have improved my alcohol tolerance and have started new therapy as well as binge watched Dance Moms and Orphan Black. There are so many little achievements that go unrecognised when in reality, they are the little things that we should hold on to. So, lets get into my top ten achievements of 2016 (in no particular order as we all know that I am indecisive):

  • I managed to get my AS results after two years and passed both of the subjects that I sat, getting Cs in Creative Writing and Health & Social Care. I could have done better, but for my state of mind, I was shocked with these results.
  • I met Olly Murs for the second time and it was an incredible moment of my year.
  • I started up my blog after years of putting it off due to feeling anxious.
  • I worked up the courage and braved going clubbing and actually enjoyed myself.
  • Booked a skydive for myself and Elle in order to raise money for MIND; the mental health charity.
  • I started my YouTube channel even though I am still getting to grips with it.
  • I have found a job that I enjoy and have been there for over a year now which is the longest that I have had a job for.
  • I went on my first two holidays with my boyfriend.
  • After much practice, I managed to finally become more comfortable when using public transport, especially bus and train journeys.
  • I managed to find a flock of friends and I now have much healthier and happier relationships than I used to.
Like all of us, I have many (admittedly, some unrealistic) resolutions which I hope to achieve during 2017. My top five of these are:
  • Completing my A2 levels with results that I can be proud of and finally being able to leave Sixth Form.
  • Quitting smoking without turning to an e-cig.
  • Being allowed my provisional licence and learning to drive.
  • Saving money to buy expensive things as well as having money in my (non-existent) savings account.
  • Continuing my recovery and being able to manage and cope with my illnesses better.
I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year, here is to a happier and healthier year. Are any of you celebrating the New Year, or the end of the Old Year? What are your resolutions for the year? I would love to hear them.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

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