Firstly, HOW WAS YOUR CHRISTMAS?! I hope you all had a wonderful time spending with your loved ones ! <3 Okay, I’m actually so confused by this new WordPress block system lol… But I’m getting the hand of it and I must say… I think I kinda like it ! So much easier to edit everything and just have photos side by side hahha. As per, I’m sorry for taking so long for this post to be live. With Christmas and exams all at the same time, it’s been pretty difficult keeping everything on track, so as per, I’ve had to concentrate on studies (but i love it so i’m not complaining!)… But I am so happy to be back and finally get blogging again ! Although it can be hard to sit down and write, it’s also so nice to be able to get my thoughts out on ‘paper’ ! I can’t believe that 2018 is over… Where has this year gone?! It literally feels like January was just yesterday and before I knew it, my first year at uni has flown by and I’m now half way through my second?! What is this ?! Hahahaha 😉 . They always say if a year has flown by then it means you had a good one… You know what, yep I totally agree! It hasn’t been all smooth sailing, but let’s be real… Does anyone have a smooth sailing year?!
So with that in mind, I wanted to think about this years achievements and to share my goals for 2019! (Okay let’s be real… I have loads of goals, but I want to concentrate on the ones that matter hahahah 😉
Achievements… What have they been?! So firstly, I guess completing my first year of uni must be one… Despite having the struggles with my mental health at times, I managed to finish with a high 2:1… Which I’m so happy about ! Something that you’re proud about doesn’t mean that you’re being vain or bragging; it simply is a way of appreciating yourself and realising that you are actually good at what you do and you should remember that you are going to achieve! (So there’s a mini motivational speech from me hahahah 😉 .) Secondly, I’ve upped my blogging game, from getting a photographer to take my photos to being more consistent (well trying to be 😉 ) when it comes to posts. It sounds funny but doing these things have 1) really helped me with uni by giving myself time to relax which means I perform better and 2) enjoy blogging a lot more! I’ve also got so many lovely comments from you lot on both Instagram and my blog and it’s so lovely to know that people do like my content ! I guess the third thing is being more open and real about my mental health; both behind closed doors and on the net. I wanted to be open about my experience with mental health with the hope that it can help you guys remember that 1) you’re not alone and 2) that it is GOOD to get help and mental health should be normalised.
Another thing I realised is that in order for myself to get better (which I have been) is that I need to be real and honest with myself. I can’t hide behind the shadows anymore becasue it’s not good for me and definitely not good for the people around me. The only way I was going to get better was to accept what I was going through and to be honest with myself. There’s no point lying to yourself because it will just come back to bite you later on!
This is what you all really came here for, to find out what my 2019 goals are! Coming up with new goals every year is something that I love doing. Giving yourself something to strive towards means that you push yourself to do better and to branch out of your comfort zone! I’ve always been a believer of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone because how else are you meant to learn? How are you meant to grow as a person if you’re not trying new things?
Something I want to push myself to do more of next year is to understand why people act in a certain way and say certain things. I’m a very sensitive person (if you know me well then you’ll know that 😉 ) , I often take what people say about me as either a criticism or take it very personally. Most of the time, peoples actions and comments were never meant to be malicious, but being who I am, I overreact and end up thinking the worst. Firstly, it’s not productive, and as someone who is very confident, I should have the confidence to realise that my thoughts are not true ! So something I’m going to try very hard to do next year is to rationalise my thoughts and try to understand why people say certain things and NOT TO TAKE IT PERSONALLY!!!!
The second thing I want to do is to try and get a first at uni… I know uni goals are something you might not be interested in, but uni is so important to me and I can’t help but want to do well! I got a high 2:1 last year, which if you think rationally means that I might have a shot at getting a first. Yes, that means working hard and pushing myself to achieve. But that doesn’t mean pushing myself to breaking point which would result in not achieving. Something I’ve definitely noticed and I’m sure others are the same is that I always do better when I’m relaxed. Yes, it’s good to put a little pressure on yourself but it’s not good to pressurise yourself so much that it’s destructive ! That is both for you and the people around you.
The final thing I want to mention on here is more self love and less negativity! Self love doesn’t mean bragging to everyone about yourself, or thinking that you’re the most amazing thing alive and are the only human on the planet. It means loving yourself for all the small things as well as learning to love your flaws. This is something I definitely find hard and it would be difficult to believe that I’m the only one ! How to learn to love yourself? I’m not sure… I’m still figuring that out ! But I do think it all starts with accepting who you are and what your flaws are. When you’ve accepted them, you can then start to learn to love them for what they are and could ! There’s always potential in everything! There are things we can’t change about ourselves, such as height, ethnicity , upbringing, but why hate them? Why not learn to love them and overcome the internal battle? I think everyone would be much happier if they did ! <3
So… what were your greatest achievements of 2018?! What are you 2019 goals?! I would love to hear ! If you’re struggling to find some goals for next year, hopefully my blog post has been of some help to you ! After all… I started this blog to share my views on life and to help others out !
So with that said… I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the LOVELIEST of New Years!
See you in my next one, Izzy xxx