2016 | A Reflection

I cannot believe that it's the end of another year. It's gone so quick, and I imagine next year will go even quicker.

For the last two years, I've written a post like this (2015 & 2016) and they've been a really good way of allowing me to evaluate what's happened and what I want to achieve next.

This year, I've been a lot happier than last. I've been a lot more settled within myself. I don't really know what happened but at the beginning of this year, something clicked in my brain and I grew up. It was probably turning twenty, but they say age is just a number.

For the first few months of the year, I started to discover who I am, as an adult. I'm still a young adult, let's be certain of that, and I have a lot to learn, but I'm making baby steps in progress when it comes to adult-ing.

During this year, I've found my own style. I've always had an interest in fashion and what the latest trends are, but I haven't always been the best at working out how to pair those clothes with my wardrobe. This year, probably thanks to Pinterest thinking about it, something suddenly clicked and I found my style. I like denim. I like it a lot.

It's been a bit difficult transitioning into the colder months as I think my optimum season is spring, but I've got plenty of time to figure out outfits.

I've definitely started to learn about who I am as a person, what floats my boat, and what makes me run a mile. I've learnt that it's okay to be a bit weird and not follow the trend of what everyone else likes to do. I've learnt my weird and crazy ways are why my friends love me, so I'm not going to go changing that anytime soon.

I have had a few meetings with anxiety this year. It's something I'm still figuring out, and still working out how to handle it when it comes about.

But that's okay. I'm not going to let it get be better of me. Most of the time when I experience anxiety it's in the form of me being in an uncomfortable situation, perhaps one I can't control or worries that I've inflated in my head and it feels like an end of the world situation. But it's not!

What I'm thankful for, is that quite often, once I've had a good experience in a situation I'm uncomfortable with, I am generally pretty okay. It can still be tough, but I'm learning to manage it.

I don't want to turn this into a whole post on anxiety because 2016 has been pretty good!

I turned 20. Big milestone, and a scary one too. Growing up, I always wanted to be a teenager. When I was about 7 or 8, I couldn't wait to be 12. It was like my lucky number back then. Then, I turned 12, and I was like well this is no fun, I want to be a teenager! Then I always looked forward to being 17. Another lucky number. Both these ages have well and truly been and gone and suddenly I'm almost 21!

I never had any concept of being older than 19, so now it's happened and I've experienced it for nearly a year, it's safe to say, it doesn't feel any different. At all. I occasionally have pangs of "I can't say I'm a teenager anymore" and then carry on to strop for five minutes in my head. But ya know, it's pretty alright after all. Not looking forward to getting any older mind you. Who wants to do that?

Another thing I've really ticked boxes with this year, is getting out and exploring. It has been so much fun. I passed my driving test late last year, so have been getting out in the car whenever I can since.

I've been camping in Hastings with my friends, I've driven all the way to Birmingham (and left my lights on, there for running my battery flat - not my finest moment), I've driven to Leicester, and I've been to a few lovely places slightly nearer to where I live. Heaven Castle for example, was a personal highlight for this year.

It's so much fun just getting in the car with some friends and going half way across the county, and I can't wait to do it more next year!

What else has happened this year? Not one, but two holidays. I am very, very grateful that this year I was lucky enough to go on holiday with my parents and Jim's parents. With Jim, obvs. In July we went to France, and I don't think I've ever been so chilled. The location was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and everyone was happy. Jim came with me and we bought some family friends along too. It's up there with one of the best weeks ever. Ever!

Then in September, I went with Jim's family on a long weekend break to Menorca. It was a short stay but a lovely way to end the summer. I actually got a tan for once (crazy) and we spent most of our time dipping in and out the pool. It was a really lovely time.

I've also been really lucky to spend a lot of time with my friends this year. Not only have we be able to go a little further afield this year, due to more people being able to drive, but we've also made more time for the simple things. Film nights, picnics in the summer, coffee shop visits, dinner here and there. Mexican Monday has become a permanent fixture in my calendar. I love it.

I think that sums up my 2016 pretty well. There have been some ups and downs, but it's all swings and roundabouts, hey?

This post is actually a lot longer than I expected it to be; so I will do another with things that I'm going to aim for in 2017. I don't want to bore you with this really long post!

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