This time every year I am thinking about what I can improve about myself or my life and the steps in which I can achieve these. Usually its a pretty mundane list with the New Year resolution cliches making up the majority of the list. This year I have spent most of January thinking about realistic goals for the year and planning appropriate steps to conquer these goals. The goals I have chosen are not for creating a whole new me or vastly changing any aspect of my life, but simply building on achievements that I made in 2017. So here goes…
- Saving money. 2017 was the year where I actually began to save some money and not spend every penny I own on material goods. Having goals for what I wanted to spent my savings on really helped me focus on not splashing out and I want to continue this mindset into 2018.
- Continuing to run. I made so much progress with running last year from being able to run a 5K with difficulty to being able to run 100km in a week. Running is so good for me to clear my head plus get some fresh air that it’s a definite must to keeping up with in 2018.
- Getting a job. I got my first full time job in 2017 after finishing university. My goal is to be able to get a full time job in radiotherapy after I come home from travelling and to begin my professional career.
If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while now then you will know that one of my best gals got engaged. After what felt like a very long wait, finally the day of the hen party had arrived.
We all met at Rebeccas flat before heading down to the canal at Fountainbridge. The first part of the day was sailing down the canal on a boat. Hanah’s bridesmaid had organised all sorts of games and a makeshift Photo Booth which was brill. Everyone turned up in their best sparkly outfits and we were given little parties bags which had little chocolates, wine and sashes in it.
After the boat it was time for some dinner. We had preordered dinner off a set christmas menu, I had a nut roast followed by some christmas pudding washed down with red wine.
After dinner we went to bohemia which is a bar in town and ended the night in The Shack which is a club playing retro music.
All in all, great day/night with great company. Gutted I can’t make it to the wedding.
This christmas was incredibly quiet, just with the parents and my sister. Sometimes the quiet ones are the best one though.
I started off the day with a baileys hot chocolate because why not? It was christmas. Then we got stuck into opening presents. This year I just was angling for some money and various little things which I could take away with me travelling.
One of my best presents was actually a massive jigsaw puzzle which I have just finished. I spent part of the day watching Home Alone and Scrooge and trying to make progress with this jigsaw. Alfie was very lucky and got a new jacket from Santa which he loves and looks unbearably cute when he struts around in it.
One of our traditions is the christmas walk with our dog Alfie. This particular christmas had unbelievably bad weather so only half of us braved the lashing rain. On the walk I picked up holly complete with berries, ivy and fern branches to decorate the table with. It’s amazing how much a bit of foliage completes a table!
This was my first year having christmas dinner as a vegetarian and I was very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting to be majorly depressed looking at the pigs in blankets, gravy and delicious turkey but in reality it didn’t even slightly bother me. I had a nut roast which was so delicious. In between courses we played a christmas trivia game which was really fun but I was terrible at.
And that was that, christmas over for another year.