We’ve reached that moment where we begin to wonder where the time has gone to and how 2017 has come to an end already. One minute it’s January 2017 and we’re excited for the fresh new start; then 12 months pass like a flash and we realise we’re about to go through the experience all over again. Not that I’m complaining because if anything it’s a relief! Let me explain.
2017 didn’t have the greatest start for me: I was unemployed, depressed and not far off being broke.
Convinced that I had hit rock bottom, it was time to admit that I needed help and by April I had moved back in with my parents and been put on antidepressants by my GP. I felt like an absolute failure but looking back now I can see that I’m stronger than I gave myself credit for. Also I’m lucky enough to have my parents, boyfriend and friends help bring me back to reality when I need them the most.
So despite all of that I did manage to turn things around and make it a not-so-bad year. I recently had a read through my goals for 2017 and surprised myself with what ones I ticked off the list!
Figure Out What My Next Career Move is
I had been in and out of temp roles for so long that I had lost sight of what I wanted to do long term. It wasn’t till I start my now job back in June that I discovered what I genuinely enjoy doing! Now I go to work every day knowing that even a challenging day will still be a good day and I’m excited to see what 2018 brings career wise.
Also did I mention that I passed my 6 month probation last month AND got a pay rise?
Start Saving Money for Future Plans
Now that I’m living with my parents again, I’m in a fortunate position where I can afford to put some money aside each month. Since having a regular income I’ve been using the 50-30-20 budget rule and so far it seems to be working okay. Whether I’ll need to use what little I have for a rainy day or if I can spend it however I choose to is still debatable but it’s good to know that it’s there.
Put My Mental Health First
This was my most challenging goals for the year yet the most important one for me to get right. Allowing myself to have a day of doing nothing whilst not feeling guilty about it was difficult; so was being honest with friends and family when cancelling plans because I was having a bad mental health day. Even being put on antidepressants made me feel conflicted at first but I knew it was the right thing to do.
I would like to add that this is not me saying that I have got this to a T. There are some days where I feel overwhelmed with everything and want to hide from it all. I still have a long way to go and I’m happy that I’m in a better position than I was this time last year!
Then we have the unplanned moments of the year that couldn’t have gone better if I tried. The ones that make all the downfalls seem that bit more minuscule.
- I was invited to my first London restaurant review in February which turned into a date night with the boyfriend.
- I went up to Leicester for the weekend to stay with Emmie from Carpe Diem Emmie and had the best time! We even met up with Dee and Kirstie which made me realise how important my blogger friends are to me.
- Speaking of Dee, she surprised me one day with tickets to see The Cursed Child which was such a magical experience! After the show we met with the cast at stage door and managed to snap a few selfies before calling it a night.
- The boyfriend and I went on our first trip away to Copenhagen and fell in love with the city! So much so that I’m even planning to go back this year and see my friend Sofie again.
- Ali Caitrin went through a rebrand to better represent what I want to achieve as well as a few more changes along the way.
So there we have it! 2017 is now behind us and we can now begin with a new fresh start. Whether you’ve set yourself some goals for the year or decided to go with the flow, I hope we all achieve some amazing things in 2018! I for one am glad that 2017 is over and rooting for this year to be the one for me!
Good Riddance to 2017 and Welcome to 2018!
Portrait Photography by Kaye at Fordtography