It’s been a long time since I’ve been on WordPress.
Yeah, that’s an understatement, but in my defence, it’s been a pretty hectic year. I didn’t realise quite how hectic until I made this post.
- Firstly, I started this blog this year. Even though I haven’t used it that much, it marks a turning point in my life, from when I changed my mind from pursuing science, which is what everyone around me wanted, to pursuing English, which is what I wanted.
- I got my first group of Beta Readers this year. Admittedly, they’re not the best, but we’re all busy, and they give some great feedback, and most importantly, give me someone to talk to about my characters and storyline. I never thought anyone would even volunteer.
- I started learning to drive this year, and am going to take my practical driving test next February.
- I got my first job, and earned a little money, yet thanks to driving lessons and Christmas, I am now totally broke.
- I visited universities for the first time, and decided that the university of Nottingham is (hopefully) the place to be.
- I completed my UCAS application, and wrote a personal statement, and received all 5 of my offers (they are all insanely high)!
- I took over as head editor of the college newspaper, and have just secured some funding from the college to print 30 copies, when last year there was only an online version of the paper.
- I’ve edited a third of my novel, and whilst it’s slow going, I’m really hoping to finish it by next year. I hope. A-levels are really stressful…
- I started my own etsy shop! After making candles for my friends, and selling some inside college, I took my business online- very exciting.
- I used ebay for the first time… That was… An experience.
- I started going zero waste, cutting down my own plastic use by a third, I now take my own reusable straw and bottle everywhere, and limit my unneccesary plastic consumption, even when going out.
- I was offered a partnership with a zero waste company on Instagram who said they would contact me in the new year about becoming a beta tester for them.
- I finally bought my dogs bandanas. This is the most important one so far. They look so snazzy. We even gave them bowties to wear for my sister’s wedding.
- Oh yeah my sister got married!
- I dyed my hair purple at one point.
- I volunteered for an autistic charity.
- I started volunteering for my local library.
- I actually started wearing makeup on a day-to-day basis and have now accumulated way more eyeshadow than any normal person needs, and yet still have no concealer…
- I came out! How could I forget that? Yep, I hosted a massive gay party at my house, where my friends and I made rainbow paper chains for my parents to come home to. I love my friends.
- I went to see Dara O’Brien live with my parents literally the night of my coming out. It was wild.
- I went to my first proper get-drunk-and-wear-amazing-costumes party where I went as the corpse bride in my mother’s wedding dress. It was amazing.
- I played dungeons and dragons for the first time- it was honestly kind of amazing.
- I started listening to my body and mind more, so I’m starting to recognize when my body is at breaking point, or what is triggering me. It’s not perfect, but I’m getting there.
- I got screwed over by a nursing company and wrote my first strongly worded email.
- I wrote an EPQ and learnt more than I ever need to know about forensic linguistics.
- I donated blood for the first time which I’ve wanted to do for years! And almost passed out… it was an interesting experience.
- I volunteered at Keech Hospice for a little while.
- I went on my first stag night and had the best steak I’ve had in my entire life. Like seriously.
- I went to more parties than I ever have in my entirely life… And drank way more too.
- I started to like tea!
And that’s a wrap. This doesn’t include the mountains and I mean mountains of studying I’ve done this year, and some of the mental turmoil I think we’ve all gone through, but I’m still proud of everything I’ve done.
I really recommend doing this if you haven’t already. At the end of a year it might seem like you’ve achieved nothing, but I promise when you write it down you’ll be amazed at all you’ve actually accomplished.
By the way, I’m really sorry I disappeared. I kind of forgot I promised myself I’d do this.