It’s finally coming to the end of the year, and what a year it has been. I was recently flicking through photographs and old journal entries, and on reflection, couldn’t believe how great this year has been. So I thought I’d write a post about everything that made my 2017 as amazing as it was.
My Year Abroad
How could I not begin with my year abroad? I spent the majority of this year on the continent, in either Spain or Portugal, and I had the absolute time of my life. I am still so heartbroken that it is over, but the memories I have taken away from spending my year abroad are precious and irreplaceable. As are the friends that I made! I have walked away with not only memories, but with lifelong friends who I know I can always count on, which is definitely something to treasure. On reflection, who wouldn’t have had the time of their lives when spending the majority of their year in hot countries? I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity.
I know that this sort of links into my Year Abroad, but I actually had the opportunity to travel at leisure this year, when previously I hadn’t traveled extensive amounts and I was limited to having only visited a couple of foreign places. This year I saw the majority, if not all, of the Spanish provinces, of which I can’t choose a favourite (all too beautiful!) and most of mainland Portugal, which was already my favourite country to begin with. I feel super lucky to have done this, I walked away with amazing memories, an extensive postcard collection and many, many travel posts on my blog.
Speaking of my blog, 2017 was the year I finally put my years of ideas and dreaming into practice, and really developed my blog! I’m super proud of how it turned out, and while I know that improvements can be made, I really love my blog and the work that I’ve put into it. I had previously never had the courage to start one, nor the confidence to post my writing on it, as I feared judgement from others and what they would think/say, but I learned to conquer that fear and just do it! I’m so glad that I did.
My Final Year of University
I’ve reached the end of my degree at the University of Manchester, and while it is extremely tough, I’m trying my hardest to treasure every moment of this final year, because I know reality will kick in once I have graduated! I’ve started working for my university as a Spanish & Portuguese Ambassador and have met some really great people through my job (I wish I’d have done this sooner!) and in all, I have grown so attached to Manchester. Being away for a while made me miss the city and made me realise just how much I feel at home here.
In July I took the decision to become a vegetarian, and I am so happy that I did. It’s definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. In honesty, it was always in my plan, I’ve never been a major meat eater as it was, never eating red meat and sticking to mainly chicken/fish, but being someone who has always had compassion for animals, I decided 2017 was the time that I would act on it. So one day I just decided I wouldn’t eat meat again, and I’ve never looked back since. It’s resulted in me loosing a considerable amount of weight, which is always something I have wanted to do, and so I’ve found myself feeling so much happier in myself. But also, it’s improved my education of the environment, and the effects that the meat industry is having on the environment. I plan on writing more posts about this, but I’m so happy/proud of myself for finally taking the step!
And so there we have it, a few things that made my 2017 so amazing. I’m hoping for an equally fantastic year in 2018, Happy New Year to everyone and I hope you have a prosperous 2018!