What was my 2017 like?
Did you do something 2017 that you've never done before?
This was a year of big new challenges where I started my own company, freelanced and went on exchange in Dublin. Otherwise, a big moment was holding my one day old cousin's baby, Caspian.
Did you go through any big changes?
Both in terms of work and studying I made changes, but mostly it was on a personal level during the autumn where I felt like I could accomplish things on my own again.
Did any of your friends become parents this year?
Yes! My cousin Krista had a little Caspian.
What dates from year 2017 will you always remember?
I rarely remember dates, but the 3d of September when I moved to Dublin, that day this spring when I finished my project and when #metoo happened.
Did anyone close to you die?
Which countries did you visit?
England for my cousin Mercedes's wedding and Ireland between September and December.
Other than everything for exchange, easily our Moccamaster.
Did anything make you really happy?
When a childhood friend messaged me about coffee and woke a sleeping relationship I'm so grateful for. When Daniel visited me in Dublin.
Did you miss something during 2017 that you want in 2018?
An income to give some freedom; I want to visit friends in Malmö and Stockholm, save for a house and possibly laser my eyes one day.
What do you wish you'd done more?
Worked. Done more during the summer and photographed everything in the light of the summer half of the year.
What do you wish you'd done less?
Worried and doubted myself.
Favourite programme on TV?
I rarely watch TV, but my favourite show this year has been Outlander,
Best book you've read this year?
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.
Biggest musical discovery?
Rediscovered Sam Smith.
What was your biggest accomplishment at work in 2017?
Job offers through previous work and delivering products that my customers have been happy with.
Biggest accomplishment privately?
Waking a resting self confidence that is so good to have back. The feeling of being a confident individual is one of the best ever.
Worrying about things I can not change and those things that always work out in the end.
Were you happier or sadder this year compared to previous years?
It's never that black and white, but I remember being so damn happy but also so stressed. The feelings of powerlessness and fear have also been around.
What did you spend most of your money on?
Anything you wished for and got?
Campus accommodation at UCD.
Something you wished for and didn't get?
Belief in my own ability.
What did you do for your birthday 2016?
I was woken with a gift and coffee, went to the gym, had a project meeting, ate lunch with mum and Iain, opened more gifts with Daniel and then made the girls dinner.
- First half of my birthday
- Second half of my birthday
Is there anything that could have made your year better?
Better support and help for people with mental health problems.
What made you feel good?
Friends, family, Daniel. Accomplishments. Good food. Sun light.
Who did you miss?
Everyone I don't get to see for months at a time, both family and friends.
The best new people you met?
An old new friend is Agnes, we hung out as children and thanks to her message about coffee we see each other now. Otherwise it's all the people I met during exchange, a mix between internationals and Irish.
Most proud over?
The effort I put into my project this spring, that I started my own company despite it being 100% outside my comfort zone and that I gambled on my behalf and went to Dublin.
Biggest wish right now?
That I remain healthy, that my last semester is successful and that I find a great job.
What are you doing differently next year?
Going to therapy for my self-esteem. It's the root to all worry, nervousness and uncertainty, which leads to doubt on all levels: personal and professional. I'm tired of not trusting and believing in my own ability when I know I can, all I need to do is look back and see what I've accomplished in life so far.
I hope you have a nice end to this year and that 2018 brings happiness, health and love to your lives. Thanks for being here, commenting, supporting and encouraging. I appreciate you so <3