A Year in Review: 2017
So it's a New Year, and like every other person out there I decided to have a look back on the year that's just gone. I know I'm not the only one to say that 2017 was challenging, to say the least. But, as with everything, there are always those bright spots to look to.
Looking back there are a lot more good things that happened than I realised, or even appreciated at the time. One of the biggest highlights would probably be having successfully hosted Christmas for the family in our little home, it was so lovely to have almost everyone together and sat around our little table!
Making a Home
R and I have been living together, for about 2 and a half years (officially anyway), first with housemates and then just the two of us for the last year and a half. This year though was the year we took steps to make our house more of a home. We changed the room set up, creating a proper living room, started re-decorating and had the floorboards sanded. We also invested in a new coffee table and rug, and had a wood-burner installed. It's really starting to come together now and become a proper home. I absolutely love our house, it has been a place of comfort and solace and one of my favourite places.
A Change of Direction
This year I took a risk and changed my career completely. I left the Museum sector and moved to a company where I can develop new skills and work with a much bigger team. This move has also meant my commute has been cut in half which has been such a great step and has left me so much happier. It's been a scary process, as big change always is, but I'm looking forward to discovering new things and a new challenge.
A really big highlight of the year was obviously R passing his PhD viva, graduation and gaining his new title of Dr. Both my sister and dad also got new job roles, and mum continues to shine in her work. My other sister and her partner have been incredible with working all week and touring most weekends with his family music show- which is brilliant!
Some Time Away
I managed to read 24 books in 2017, which is no where near the very ambitious target I had set myself. For 2018 I hope to reach 30 books by the end of the year, a more realistic target (hopefully!). Another highlight of the year was our long weekend away in Edinburgh, which is one of my all time favourite cities, and it was great sharing it with R.
I'm not a big one for resolutions, but this year I plan on making sure I create new opportunities for myself. I want to continue to create a life I am happy with and to learn to always be the best version of myself, which is not always easy.