This time last year I had just started blogging; I was trying it out and a little lost in life and honestly, most of the time I wasn’t happy. So, I had this brand new platform to express myself and I decided I’d try and do something about my happiness, and created Project 2017 – an attempt to document how I remained positive throughout the year. Now, as the year comes to an end, I thought I’d round up whether it worked…
I feel like every year I set myself New Years Resolutions and by the time it gets to February I’ve forgotten that they exist… That is why this year I’m not setting myself specific goals, I just want to be… better.
It worked. I’m in no ways perfect and I never will be but I’m definitely better than I was last year and that’s something to be proud of.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually quite like who I am as a person right now, but I want to grow and I want more for myself. There are certain things I miss about life before serious exams, like reading books for fun and actually being excited about learning new things and I want to get back to that. This year (Wow… isn’t it weird that 2017 is now “this year”?!) I want to get back to enjoying what I do.
The reading books for fun still hasn’t quite happened yet… I’m hoping to really get into that in 2018, but I am a lot more excited about learning this year! I like my courses and I have more passion for them and I’m keeping up and actually getting decent grades. The enjoyment have made the tougher moments and poorer marks easier to deal with and for that I am incredibly grateful.
A lot of the time I feel like I’m just going through the motions: my life revolves around studying for exams to get qualifications that allow me to get other qualifications that will one day hopefully lead to a “good job”. I miss the days of enjoying what I did and learning because I found it fun to have this new wealth of knowledge instead of learning for exams. However, I’ve been thinking about it recently and there’s no reason why I can’t do both. You can choose to enjoy things, and if you’re not enjoying things, give yourself reasons to: set yourself challenges, take time out of what you’re doing to do things that you love! A lot of the time we forget (or, at least I do) that it’s our life and we have a certain amount of power to change things.
I have got so much better at not just going through the motions! Like seriously, I forgot how bad I was at that last year! I’ve been focusing on the fun and the “living in the moment” and happy experiences while still retaining my work ethic, and you know what? It’s actually improved my work ethic! I’ve had this new lease of life this year and I’ve been making things happen for myself. I joined my school paper, I got a Digital Marketing internship, I maintained this blog and I started writing a book. On top of all of that, I’ve visited some amazing places and had some great experiences because I wanted to, so I did, and that’s been pretty amazing.
So, I guess my resolution for 2017 is to make it a more enjoyable year? I want to get back to what I love, because if we only have a limited amount of time in this world we may as well fill it with more ups than downs.
And I did. I had a much more enjoyable year and that all came from getting back to what I love. I have my passion back, I’m surrounded by amazing people, and of course there were downs, there are always downs, but the good moments overshadowed the bad. All in all, that’s all I could really ask for.
I hope you enjoyed my little Project 2017 journey if you’ve been following it, honestly it really did make me a better person! Good luck for the New Year!
Lots of love,
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Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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