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2018 Resolutions;

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is victory.”

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We’re officially into our second week of 2018 and I hope the year is treating you right so far!

Today I want to talk about New Year’s resolutions. If you made any, how are you getting on with yours? If you didn’t, how come? I’m interested to know!

It’s been a long time since I set up any proper resolutions for myself. The last one I made was years ago and it was, predictably, to lose weight. Obviously, that didn’t happen and I’m awfully glad it didn’t! I’m incredibly happy with who I am now and what I look like. Not only that, but it’s helped me to find a new way to create realistic ambitions for myself every year. Picking one “Word of the Year” is so much more freeing and versatile.

Last year, I lived by the word “Courage.” It led me to book a tattoo appointment (Okay, yes, I didn’t go through with it and I lost my deposit…but at least I booked it and tried!) I also got the courage to face failure at university and subsequently won that battle, I attended my first protest, I grew 10x in self-confidence, and got back into the dating game.

2018 is the first year where I have no idea what’s in store for me. I’ve left full-time educated, I’ve graduated university, I’m tragically single, I have a part-time job, and plenty of free time during weekdays. I have so many options open to me and it’s kind of terrifying to think about.

After spending December thinking about how I want my 2018 to be, I came up with the word “Satisfaction.”

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I don’t know what this year holds for me, but I thought that I should be satisfied with whatever I do. I want to fulfil and achieve my wishes and wants as much as I can and see what comes of it.

My first foray into creating a satisfying year for myself was taking another step towards becoming a teacher. I applied for a diploma course in Early Years teaching. I’m not confident I’ll get in because I don’t have the GCSE Science grade they want, but at least I’ve tried to achieve a dream.

I also have in mind to work further on my novel, connect more with the people I love, take more time to blog, revel in the things that make me happy and appreciate what I have and what I can do.

Thanks for reading today and I hope you’re all having a satisfying year so far too!

Bethany xo

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From Shakespeare’s Stratford to mine…

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“Britain is a world by itself…”
Cymbeline. Act 3, Scene 1.

I don’t like travelling but I do love literature.

So, when my parents and some extended family booked a staycation to Stratford-Upon-Avon for us all, I was rather torn. But now the holiday is over I wish I was still there. I wish I was still enjoying the night air by the River Avon, still going to bed eager to explore more of Warwickshire the next day, and still getting to geek out about Shakespeare without people looking at me like I’m a nutter.

To prolong my holiday vibes, I thought I’d share with you what we got up to!

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Nine months of silence.

Hello again!

It’s been nine months since I was last on the blogging scene and that’s because Life got very busy very quickly, but also because I forgot the login details of my last blog! (Oops.)

Here’s a quick over-view of the last 9 months:

  1. I finished university!

Three years went by far too quickly for my liking. I’ve met some amazing people who I hope will be in my life for a long time to come – they made my university experience something I’ll never forget!

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Not only have I met these two gorgeous people in the photo above, but after a lot of hard work, tears, and a gratuitous amount of cheap booze, I managed to write a first class dissertation. Then I pushed my overall degree into a BA with first class honours with my other two portfolios – a feat I never thought I’d achieve at my emotional rock bottom three years ago!

2. I turned 21

Now, I’m not usually one for birthdays. If I’m totally honest, my birthday usually fills me with dread because there’s so much pressure to have a good time. This year, I was determined to do what I wanted to, not what I thought I should be doing.

I don’t like parties, I don’t like going to clubs, I don’t like a lot of things if we’re totally honest. But this year, I did all the things I do like doing.

I sank myself into a pink, rose-scented bath, I went to a french restaurant for breakfast, I wore a dress way too over-the-top with lots of tulle and sequins and I went to the garden centre with my parents. We watched TV, ordered a takeaway for dinner and watched my favourite film. The only thing slightly out of the ordinary and unexpected was the surprise visit from my wonderfully eclectic Aunt.

Low-key suits me just fine and I think I’m going to stick with that philosophy!

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3. Started going to the gym.

Admittedly, I don’t go as often as I want to and I haven’t been this summer because of other commitments that I’ll get to in a minute. But I do go to the gym.

I would like to lose weight in the hope that my health conditions will improve – not because I’m unhappy with the way I look. In fact, I got most of my confidence from being fat and I embrace that completely, but if I can make my health problems better and keep my self-confidence then that will be a huge win!

Weirdly, I love going to the gym too! There’s something incredibly attractive about being up with/before the sun and spending some time moving, on your own, with plenty of space and time to be with your own thoughts and ideas.

Here’s to a future healthier me!

4. Began taking some online courses

For a long time now I’ve wanted to be a teacher. So now I’m taking a level 3 CPD course in being a teaching assistant! Weirdly, I’ve missed studying so this is something I’m really enjoying doing in my own time.

I’m also taking a course in British Sign Language which is both interesting and fun to learn – I’m hoping it will make me look more appealing to future schools who might need SEN teachers.

5. I’m working on a novel

As I mentioned earlier, my dissertation was awarded a first-class grade with the comment that my work was “close to the standards of professional publications in the field,” which spurred me further to turn my dissertation into a full length novel!

It’s a mystery-drama novel with supernatural elements and a fairly complicated plot and structure (at least for my type of writing it is!) So this novel is certainly going to be a labour of love. That being said, I can’t wait for the day I finish it and can share the final version with the world, whether it’s from self-publishing or through a publishing house.

I’ll take whatever opportunities come my way!

6. I found a job!

After two years of searching and applying, going to interviews and being rejected, I finally have a job! It’s not glamorous – aprons, hairnets, and baseball caps isn’t my best look, I admit. It’s not overly impressive – making and serving pretzels and cleaning isn’t what I wanted to do after getting my English degree, but it’s a job. It gives me the money and the time to be able to train to do what I want to and that is enough for me right now.

Now I just need to learn to stop burning myself on the oven…

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So far, I really like the people that I work with and that makes things a little better, even if my heart isn’t fully into the job.

I haven’t been in this job long and so far I’ve been training, but starting next week I go part time so I can focus on the projects I mentioned before. Which also means I’ll have more time to focus on blogging too! I can’t wait to get back into the blogging circle and I hope you’ll enjoy what I write!

Happy Autumn everyone, I hope you have a blessed season and I’ll see you all next week 😀

Bethany xo