Looking Back at 2015

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So back in January, I published my list of goals and resolutions for the year; there were a few things that I really wanted to achieve this year and I’m really pleased that I managed to fulfil most of my ambitions for the year, including the biggest one of all – buying our own home.

It’s been a wild year, full of ups and downs, and I thought I’d take the time to look over what I set out to do in 2015 and what else I’ve got left to achieve before I outline my 2016 goals next week.

1. Buy A Home

So, we definitely ticked this one off the list! Back in May we got the keys to our first real home, and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. We’ve decorated pretty much every room in the flat and now, eight months on, it feels like we’re really comfortable here. Of course, we won’t be here forever (it’s only got one bedroom, after all) but it’s been a great experience and a fantastic achievement to finally own our very own flat!

2. Make The Right Decisions For Me

This is one that I’ve tried very hard with this year, but in the context that I gave it (i.e. work) it’s been very difficult, as I don’t always get to make the decisions that affect me. But I have tried incredibly hard, which has resulted in some great things happening this year, and even better things on the horizon for 2016. I’ve tried to own my life and take charge wherever I can, and it’s starting to pay off. It just goes to show that the easiest things aren’t always the most rewarding, and those scary conversations can really be worth it in the end.

3. Be Braver In Decision-Making

This definitely ties into the above, but I wanted to apply it to my whole life. I think I’ve definitely improved at this in 2015; I made a decision on buying a flat, on where we would live, and many other things besides, including some incredibly exciting decisions that will affect our whole lives in the coming years. It’s been empowering to be bolder, and it’s something I will continue to work on to make sure that my life is going where I’d like it to.

4. Make Friends

Now, this one I have failed miserably at. I can safely say that at the end of 2015, I have not made a single new friend – however, I have reconnected with some of my old friends, which is better. We’ve seen a lot of our friends this year, which has kept me busy, but again, this is something I’m definitely going to continue working on in the new year.

5. Start Serious Work On My Novel

NOPE. Not even a little bit. Life got in the way and I’ve only managed a chapter or two this year before leaving this by the wayside. Must try harder.

6. Focus On The Blog

I’m very proud to say that I feel as though I’ve succeeded at this one; this little corner of the internet is doing better than ever before and I am absolutely loving creating posts for it. I have a lovely readership, and have finally been brave enough to share this with friends and family too. Now I’m starting to be offered some fantastic opportunities and it’s hugely exciting – I can’t wait to see where 2016 will take me!

7. Put My Own Happiness and Health Higher On My List

In an unfortunate kind of way, this really has been a priority this year. And as such, I’ve definitely put it higher on my list, so in an odd kind of way, I have succeeded with this one. I joined a gym to help with my anxieties, and it’s boosted my mood and made me feel generally better overall. I also ended up having to take a CBT course this year, which has definitely helped me to understand my anxieties and learn how to manage them better. It’s a long road but I’m feeling in a much better position than I was this time last year.

8. Grow My Nails!

Consider this one ticked off – finally!

9. Travel More

Unfortunately, resolution/goal number 1 has meant that resolution number 9 was almost entirely impossible. I went to Amsterdam for two days over my birthday, but that’s about all we’ve managed. Thanks to work we’ve had several trips to Glasgow, but travel-wise, our plans have been pretty stunted this year. Never mind, there’s always 2016!

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