Goodbye 2019!

I can’t believe it’s nearly 2020, though I’ll be writing 2019 for at least a couple of months still when I have to sign things. I’d normally do a post looking back at the goals I set myself this year, but if I’m honest I sort of forgot them half way through and this year has not gone as planned. I will be setting myself goals for next year though.

It’s been a weird year for me, a mix of the good and bad, some of it great, and some of it just odd timing. I’m not where I hoped I’d be at the beginning of the year in some ways, I bet that’s true for a lot of us, but in other ways I’m doing better than I expected. I also realised that, when I was looking through my photos on my iPad for pictures in this post there are very few and about 90% of them are my pets. Anyone else find that, when they’re looking back at the digital photo albums, they’re pretty much our animals? Or just me?

I can’t believe how much I’ve done this year when I actually think about it. One thing I guess is I had my 30th birthday. It wasn’t a big thing and I’m never bothered about getting older, but it feels like something I should mention! Also saying about anniversary birthday things I have been blogging for five years. Sometimes it seems longer than that but I guess WordPress knows better than I do!

Early in the year I flew for the first time and went to Fuerteventura, definitely somewhere I’d go back to in the future as it was amazing. If you want to read more about it there’s a blog post here with photos in it.

This is a weird thing to post about in a way but my mum and aunt decided it was the time to sell my grandparents’ house. Grandma is in a home and Grandpa died over two years ago now so it seemed the right time, before it started needing things doing to it, and houses never do well when they’re empty. It’s weird because it seems like selling the house sort of made me realise that he’s gone. It’s odd how different things happen and it isn’t necessarily straight away that you realise these things. The whole grieving process has sort of been there this year, so I’ve not always felt like posting on the blog or doing things.

On a slightly lighter note, in a way, unfortunately my last gerbil Merry died, he was old but it made me think of giving gerbils a break for a bit and I ended up getting two chinchillas instead. They’re cute and fluffy and full of character. Definitely not the cuddliest animals out there but they’re fun to watch and I have plans for chinchilla proofing my room so they can run around properly and not be confined to the bathroom for out of cage time.

As far as the blog goes I have been so bad at updating it. I’ve been focusing more on trying to get a job and the work experience side of it and trying to set up as a freelance designer have taken up my time. I do pan on getting back into it in the new year and finally do that makeover I’ve been saying about for years properly rather than placeholder images.

Norbert is still exploring, he got moved to the floor so he can get back in when he gets bored, definitely seems to have made him more adventurous!

I started this year saying I’d try new things, do things I’ve never done before or never thought of trying. I have to admit one thing I didn’t think I’d have started was online dating. To be honest it wasn’t the biggest success to start with but it worked out in the end and now I’m in a relationship, another thing that may have distracted me from my blogging sometimes.

I might be planning a couple of posts on online dating, though I’m not an expert I haven’t found much about online dating with invisible illnesses and I know it’s something that’s discussed a lot in the groups I’m part of so though it might be interesting to share my experiences. Nothing too personal but just what I found that worked and that kind of thing. Luckily no horror stories for me but a lot of the usual things that come up in online dating. Anyway, this is going off topic.

Stormy has grown up into a dog, he’s not the little puppy this Christmas!

I’m sure there’s been more that’s happened this year that I should write about but I can’t think of it and my brain is not exactly working at 100% as I managed to get a few different illnesses at once to finish the year off.

How has your 2019 been? Has it been a good year or are you glad to see the back of it? Here’s to hoping everyone’s 2020 is a positive year!

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