Dear 2017

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This year has been an extremely life changing year. I began the year completely lost, confused, heartbroken and I had no idea where my life was going. It's safe to say that the very beginning of 2017 was not fun at all. It's hard to believe that that was even me when I look back now, or that it even happened at all.

It didn't take long before I saw all the positives; that I had a 'second chance' at being young (at least that's how it felt). After coming out of a seriously bad relationship, it was only afterwards that I realised how much of my freedom had been restricted, so to celebrate my new freedom I fully appreciated the last of my final year at University. I made so many new friends, went out and had fun as much as I could and enjoyed myself. At the same time I was very conscious that I didn't want to let this affect my University grades and so threw myself into my work. I spent so many nights partying with friends, as well as movie nights and pizza, day trips and coffees galore, cosy days in the library and gossip sessions in the kitchen, when spring came around we had breakfast together in the garden and sunbathed by the river with ice cream- that is how I will remember University.

There were times when I fell apart at night and cried my eyes out, but I didn't see it as a weakness or being broken, I saw it as natural and a part of the healing process; I needed to cry out the pain and go through those feelings to get over it. The sadness became less frequent and less intense. I went to counselling which I strongly recommend if you're considering it. It allowed me to talk about my thoughts and feelings out loud and often ended by coming to my own conclusion myself. It really helped.

I spent time abroad on my own to relax, think and absorb some sun. I celebrated the end of University with my friends at the Final Year Ball and ended the night with the traditional SU Friday. I got my degree, I did it! I went for an interview at Oxford University and saw the dining room from Harry Potter! I grew friendships for life. I moved on, found inner happiness.

After University ended it was like I could breathe again. Finally I had finished! It was an extremely intense final academic year, I remember one week we had an assessment due every single day- it was stress central. It finally ended when I handed in my Translation Projects once and for all. I have to admit, it took me a while to adjust. The first half of the year was so intense that once University finished, I just needed time to breathe. In that time I also had decided and prepared for my next step, including interviews, revision, tests, travelling and work experience before it was finally set in stone. My next 'step' didn't begin until September so I spent the Summer alternating between BBQ's, sun, books, YouTube, family, friends, sea and beaches- my absolute favourite things.

As Summer ended I became more and more apprehensive about my next 'step' (which I will explain further in a separate blog post but I can't talk about it just now). I didn't feel like I had any other realistic option, so in September the new venture began and from then, my life has well and truly been engulfed. Three months down the line and I'm still sticking it out. I've appreciated the Christmas holidays so so much! There is nothing better than being able to relax after months of constant stress and sleep deprivation. I somehow managed to get my Christmas shopping done with a few days to spare...although I didn't actually finish for Christmas until the day before Christmas Eve! I have well and truly made the most of the festive period. I've eaten to within an inch of my life, caught up with Vlogmas at every possible opportunity and spent all my money!! Woo...

Now the year has come to an end; the part which I always forget about as I count down the days until Christmas. I look forward to Christmas virtually as soon as Summer ends and the New Year always seems to take me by surprise. It feels like it appears out of nowhere and suddenly the year is over, everyone wakes up in January and before we know it a new year has began. It's only when you look back at each defining moment that you realise how fulfilled the year has been, so jam-packed of life changing moments that you didn't even realise at the time. I hope that 2018 is as rewarding and life changing.

What were your greatest moments of 2017?

Victoria

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  1. So glad to hear you are doing better, your uni experience sounds perfect! 2017 has been a pretty good year for me overall, my favourite memory by far was getting my little puppy hehe. I am so glad I stumbled across your blog also, well done you on all your hard work with it! x


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    1. Ohmygosh a puppy <3 wow!! That's literally my DREAM to get a puppy!! :D x

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