It’s amazing how so much can change in a year. A year ago my blog was about 3 months old, I was coming back from Uni for a sixth form reunion, and, although I was beginning my whole “self-growth” journey, I was in no way as solid as I am now. A year and 2 days ago, on the 22nd March 2017, I published the This Time Next Year tag, in which you list 5 goals you want to have completed in a years time, and then come back to it a year later and let people know how you did…
I haven’t looked at it since first publishing it because I’m a sucker for nostalgia and I wanted to do this properly, so I’m actually really excited to see how I’ve changed since the first post. Have I completed my goals? Am I a better person? Who knows; I honestly don’t remember what I wrote, so let’s get this started…
1) Have my drivers licence…
Essentially, my story with driving is that I pretty much learnt how to drive at 17, but then stopped lessons because I hadn’t done my theory and I was really overwhelmed with work. Therefore, my plan is to do a crash course in driving this summer. To this day, I still have not done my theory… But it may be something I’m doing in the very near future…
So funny story… My plan was to do it on the summer, and I ended up busy with holidays and work. So then, I was going to do it at Uni (I’m in a house instead of halls this year, so it’s easier), and I’ve ended up travelling between London and Bristol for events more than I care to admit… I don’t have time this summer, and my next term is looking to be just as hectic as this one, so… eventually? I guess? We’ll see? It’s not as much as a priority as it was before, but I do definitely want to finish it.
2) Still be blogging…
I’m really enjoying blogging, it’s insanely therapeutic and I have met some amazing people from the blogging community! It’s amazing watching my website grow and producing content that I’m proud of – it’s only been around 3 months (3 months exactly tomorrow!) and I’ve already received so much more love than I thought I would have so who knows where I’ll be blogwise a year from now? I’m pretty excited to find out.
This is one that I can definitely say I completed! I love how 3 months in I was already hoping I’d be doing it in a years time; it just goes to show how much I genuinely love this. I’ve probably been more consistent with blogging than I have with anything else in my life and it’s honestly so great to see, let’s hope I have many years to come! I’m so much further blogwise a year in! I’ve had brand deals, and communicate with companies, and regularly attend blogging events in a variety of fields (One of which I was at 2 months ago – post coming soon). I seriously can’t believe that this is happening, and, more importantly, that I made this happen. Will I be further on in a year? Who knows, but I hope I’m still enjoying it.
3) Be further on in my book…
I started writing a book. I mean, I used to write all the time but I haven’t properly written in years, and I started back up again about a month ago. I’d love to see if I can actually keep this up.
This… Is actually… Very far in and very exciting and I sure did complete this goal. More to come on this soon, so stay tuned…
4) Keep up my current mentality…
By the time this is up, my post on body confidence should have gone up, and as I wrote in that, I’ve been a lot better with self-confidence and acceptance recently. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s blogging, or my current support system (much love to my amazing friends and family), or maybe its just me, but this is the most confident and happy that I’ve been with myself in over 4 years. Hopefully in a years time, I’ll still feel like this.
Okay, I am seriously so proud of myself for keeping this up.
Of course I’ve had down days, and of course every so often I have doubts, but I’m so happy and confident, and continuing to document that on here! I write for my Uni’s newspaper about mental health and confidence, I wrote a piece about this last week
, and an open and honest piece about my relationship with food on this amazing website called The Health Diary,
and honestly, I hope to keep writing about body positivity for as long as I feel this positive.
5) Be doing Youtube?
Don’t hold me to this – this is a bit of a pipe dream and I don’t know if I have the confidence or the skill to actually follow through with this. However, I’m really enjoying being a content creator and I’d love to expand to different medias (while keeping up my blog obviously) I don’t know? Ahhh the Youtube world seems scary… We’ll see.
Surprisingly, this actually happened!
I have been posting to a Youtube channel for just about 2 months now, and I’m really loving it!
It started off with vlog style content documenting blogger events and (later on in the year)
my travels, and now I also do sit down chatty videos each Tuesday about different issues. I’m having so much fun with it and really surprised with how it’s going and honestly I’d love all the support I could get… So, if you feel like helping a girl out, head over here
and subscribe and, I don’t know, maybe like and comment on some stuff if you feel like it… Lots of love xxx
So, out of the 5 goals I set myself last year, I’ve managed to complete 4 of them! Honestly, I’m very proud of those statistics! This last year has been incredibly transformative, and who would have known that a little blog would have granted me as many experiences and new friends as it has! This was so great and I’m glad that I did this a year ago. If you want to check out my original post, you can check it out here,
and I advise anybody reading to try this for yourself
, whether it’s on a blog or privately as I found it very rewarding.
Hope you enjoyed this! And let me know one thing that you want to have done by next year!
Lots of love,