Looking Back at 2017

I feel I should start this post with a bit of an apology for the lack of posts the past week. I planned on doing daily posts for the Twelve Days of Christmas Ciate Calendar but it felt a bit forced and they’d be so short but I’m going to be doing them on my Instagram for the rest of the twelve days if you’re interested and then a final post on everything as a round up. Christmas always takes up more energy than I think it will so there’s been a lot of resting and a trip out to the Lush sales, the haul will be coming soon.

Everyone seems to be looking back at the highlights of 2017 and it got me thinking about the year. I have to say it definitely wasn’t the best year, a couple of the things that happened weren’t great at the time but did have positive longer term effects and I think I’ve ended 2017 more motivated than I started the year. I think that probably happens for everyone every year so maybe it’s me remembering differently.

So let’s begin the look back at 2017. I feel like there should be some wobbly effect on the screen and some kind of music like in TV series saying that.

At the beginning of the year, and throughout the year at different times, I did set myself goals so I thought it’d be interesting to see how well I’ve done with some of them. I have a feeling that a lot of them fell by the wayside at various points, we recently realised there was literally eight weeks this year where it was calm and normal for us, so a lot of them will personably turn out to be goals for this year too. I’ll be doing a goals post in the new year some time. I tend to do them rather than New Years resolutions, they just never work and my goals are more flexible and achievable and can be updated throughout the year.

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January wasn’t the best start, a family member in hospital and my health was not good at the start of the year, but my yearly goals started then and I think I was feeling optimistic with some of these. I remember saying I’d post three times a week, this did change to five at one time and then back to three, which I’ve been ok at doing. I also said I’d give my blog a makeover, which has yet to happen, and not long into the year I started my new diet. I actually did decently well, with that, I pretty much stuck to it and felt the health benefits. Unfortunately this is the first thing that falls to the side when I’m not feeling good health wise but I’m sticking to it fairly well and have been enjoying the meals and new foods so that was definitely a positive even if it took a lot of effort to start on.

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A family wedding was a lot of fun in February, even if I didn’t have the energy to dance I enjoyed it anyway, and March was when I actually started to walk every day. I managed to stick to this throughout the year apart from when my body told me it was too much so that was a goal I pretty much stuck to from then on. It’s one of those things that I knew would ha e a positive effect on my health but it’s hard to make yourself do it every day at times, especially when our dog was diagnosed with a heart condition and isn’t allowed long walks any more so we don’t have him to take with us and remind us to go.

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I have to say that April, May, June and half of July are pretty much a blur with having a large ovarian cyst removed and the recovery but the positive effects of this have been amazing. I didn’t realise how much of effect it would have on my health having it removed or how long I’d probably had it and it had just been missed but I’ve had a lot more energy since and a lot of other symptoms I thought were from my chronic illnesses disappeared.

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September on has also been pretty much a blur, either because of family things or just doing things. I’m not sure where this time has gone and it still doesn’t seem real to think that my Grandpa died, even staying in their house without either of them there and going to see grandma in her new home it hasn’t really hit me I don’t think. We had some nice trips away, I loved Ireland and going round Edinburgh to see the Harry Potter things was lots of fun even if it was cold! Hopefully next year I’ll be up to more trips away, even if they aren’t that big. Well definitely be going back to Bletchley, our ticket is valid for a year so we’ll get the most use out of it!

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Some time in the middle of all that I found a part time job to apply for. I didn’t get it, I didn’t get to the interview stage, but it’s definitely made me think more about searching for part time jobs with low hours and seeing what I am not only physically able to do but also qualified for so it’s good in a lot of ways.

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That takes us to December, another month that’s flown by but seeing different family members we don’t get to see often and plenty of meals out I definitely have felt better this year than I did this time last year and could enjoy everything more.

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It’s been a strange year but I’ve loved blogging. I’ve had a couple of unplanned breaks but have come back each time with big plans that I’m hoping I’ll be able to actually do on this coming year. It’s been great to be able to reply to you guys who comment, I missed that in 2016, and I think I’ve got a bit more of a solid idea on what this blog is about this ear. It’s only taken three years but I’ve got it I think!

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A couple of things I found interesting, looking back on the WordPress app, is how few of the popular posts this year, or the most viewed anyway, were actually written this year. Six of the top twenty are from 2017, the rest from 2016 and the home page. A lot of my views come from people finding my pages on google, I didn’t realise until recently how far up in the results some of my pages come in different countries. Hopefully some of you guys who read the posts from there stick around, it’d be interesting to know how any of you reading this found me.

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Anyway, I think that’s it for the round up of 2017, thpugh it kind of turned into a round up of my instagram from this year as well. It’s been an odd year, great in some ways but rubbish in others. I hope you’re having a good evening, I’ll be staying up and watching the TV I think, and that 2018 is good for everyone! 🥂

One thought on “Looking Back at 2017

  1. Health comes first! I’m glad your surgery has improved your quality of life! 🙂 My friend had ovarian cysts removed and she was like a new person.
    Happy New Year and I hope 2018 is the best one yet!

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