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2017: WRAPPED UP // 021

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2017 has to be one of the craziest years of my life. It was odd, to say the least. I have never felt so happy and so low all in such a short space of 12 months. SO many things happened in 2017 that completely changed my life.

First of all, I finished sixth form. I absolutely hated sixth form, it was without a doubt the worst 2 years of my life. It drained me of all my energy and each day I would go home feeling a little more lifeless. It was an extremely stressful 2 years, particularly year 13. It felt like I was in my own bubble and nobody could understand how I was feeling. Constantly asking for help and not receiving it is frustrating, especially when you’re wanting nothing but to be the best you can possibly be. It was hard and I’m so glad its over. Onward and upwards.

Next, the Manchester attack. I never in a million years would’ve thought I’d be involved in one of the largest terror attacks… especially not at my favourite artists concert… like what??? even now I’m in shock. Still doesn’t feel real. Each and everyday I still think about the events that happened that night and I still have that hole in my heart. I don’t think its going anywhere anytime soon. However, I do try to make light of the situation. I have without a doubt come out of it a better person. I am much more grateful, respectful and happier. What’s the point in dwelling on the past? It has definitely taught me to have a ‘just do it’ kind of approach on life.

One of my 2017 goals was to get a part-time job and I did just that! I finally found a job and I am honestly so happy with it. I love everyone there and it just makes me super happy! The pay is good, the staff discount is amazing and I wake up excited to go! I love it.

I also got my first car! My Granddad was kind enough to give me his car for my 19th birthday and I could not be any more grateful. I am still sorting out insurance and tax but hopefully I will be on the road by the end of this month! exciting times!

Putting the attack aside, I saw Ariana again! Twice in the space of 2 weeks, it was incredible. I adore her and just watching her perform makes me so happy. I am the happiest when I attend her concerts. One Love Manchester was very emotional but seeing her again after what happened and seeing what she did for Manchester made me so proud.

I also went to a few other concerts. I saw Drake in February and got upgraded to standing for free, which make the experience a million times better and then I saw Zara Larsson in October. I must say she is an incredible performer and she has a huge career ahead of her. I also met her after the show, she is SO nice and we spoke and laughed with her for a bit.

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Overall, 2017 was a weird year but without the terrible experiences I had, I wouldn’t be the person I am now. So thank you 2017 but 2018 is going to be my year! I can’t wait.

Let me know in the comments what your goals are for 2018!

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36 thoughts on “2017: WRAPPED UP // 021”

  1. Sounds like a big year for you!
    So sorry to hear about the attacks, it was absolutely awful and I hope you’re doing okay.
    Must have been great going to the concerts! I’m going to my first concert in May!
    Best of luck with the driving, very kind of your Grandad to give you the car.
    Happy New year!

    1. It was a crazy year! I’m coping i guess, i’m physically fine but mentally i’m a bit ehhhh but i’ll be fine! I hope you enjoy your first concert, the atmosphere is amazing honestly! Who are you going to see?

  2. Wow, you’ve really have gone through so much in the last 12 months and it is a credit to you that you can still reflect on the positives of such a year! Huge congratulations on getting your job and car, those are such big things – I hope you’ll be on the road very soon! Wishing you nothing but the best for 2018!

    Abbey x

    1. Thank you Abbey! It was a whirlwind but i can’t wait for what 2018 will bring! I can feel that this year is going to be a great one! Best wishes! x

    1. Thank you Hels! I still don’t think its properly hit me yet to be honest with you! Obviously i wasn’t expecting it to happen though! Hope you have a great 2018! Best wishes!

  3. Wow those are some crazy ups and downs! I can not imagine being present at an attack like that – how terrifying. Brave of you to show up at her next show. 2018 is definitely going to be your year! You’ve got wheels now! 🙂

    1. I’ve been a massive fan of her since 2012 and have attended all her tours in the UK, i felt after what she did for the city and how she raised that much money showed nothing but bravery and i had to go and support no matter how terrifying it was to go back to somewhere so similar so soon! Thanks for your kind words! Hopefully this year will be a good one!

  4. I’m in tears as I reached the end, you are so incredibly brave, you should be very proud of yourself. I remember the attack, watching the news, I felt absolutely heartbroken but for you to have experienced it first hand and come out stronger, you are amazing.

  5. Sounds like a right whirlwind you had last year and so sorry to hear what happened to you in Manchester. I do hope you’ll have a great and amazing 2018 filled with lots of good memories and love.
    Lea, xx

  6. The Manchester attack was one of many really disruptive and disturbing aspects of this year. This is why we need God to make all things right, humankind is struggling trying to make the world a better place without Him. I’m glad you made it out safe. and congrats on your new job- a job that actually makes you happy. That is something money cant buy.
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  7. The sixth form thing is something I can really relate to, as I got messed around a lot and struggled too! Sorry that you had to experience that in Manchester! Hope 2018 treats you well x

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    1. It’s awful isn’t it, sixth form really is hard and when life throws another massive thing like manchester at you, it all gets a little much! Thanks for reading x

  8. Woah, what a year!
    Congrats on finishing (escaping from?!) sixth form, I imagine that was a major weight off your shoulders and you’re right – onward & upwards!
    I can’t even imagine what being in that attack was like. I’m sorry you had to go through that but glad you’ve managed to find some positivity in such a sad situation.
    I think we’ve different taste in music but going to gigs is something I love too and there’s nothing better than getting to meet whoever you’ve been to see after the show! So exciting!
    I hope 2018 is a great year for you, hopefully with less turmoil, more driving and more fantastic concerts!

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    1. Crazy right? Like i said though i don’t regret experiencing those things! It’s made me a much better person and i’m happy about that! I hope your 2018 is great too, hope u attend quite a few gigs, they really are just such good fun!

  9. Every year definitely has its’ ups and downs, the important thing we get through (:
    Well for me, my goal this year is to be independent, like totally move out of my parent’s house.. Find my own way and all which is important cause i am clocking an important age i think hehe this 15th.
    So excited cause this would be another challenge that would bring so much joy when i scale through.
    Wish you a wonderful 2018 by the way.

    1. Good luck with that! I really want to move out too and find my own independence but first i want to get into a much more stable job and have a steady income where i can live comfortably. I don’t want to move out into the tiniest flat and struggle to live! Good luck with 2018, im sure it will be a great year for you!

  10. Wow, what a year you had. 🙁

    I hope you are getting support for what happened in Manchester. It was devastating to hear and witness on the news. You need to know that if ever you start feeling anxious about things, reach out. Don’t bottle up how you’re feeling. You went through a traumatic experience and if it didn’t affect you, you wouldn’t be human. Just remember to breathe.

    Have to say that I had a terrible time at 6th form too. I didn’t complete my A levels and went onto college instead after my AS levels. I got 1 A and 3 Us, so it was clear what I needed to go and do at the time! Haha.

    What are you planning to do now?

    For 2018; I am looking at setting up my own business with the support of the princes trust. It should be exciting, but due to my physical and mental illnesses, it’s quite challenging. I’m determined to succeed though!

    Thank you for sharing your year with us, and being so brave!!! Xx

    1. Thank you Erica, it’s still hard and i don’t really have any professional support, i just don’t know what to do i’m just coping on my own really!

      Sixth form really isn’t for everyone, i used to love academic stuff, revising and working on projects but sixth form just completely ruined that for me. It was definitely the place though, i feel like if i went to a different sixth form i would’ve had a completely different experience. I went to school the day after the attack, no sleep because of the events of the night before and my head of year told me to “see how i feel” before i go home. Not a great school! As for your grades, it doesn’t matter, they really don’t define you (cliche but true) plus, you got an A which is great as it is! I’m really not sure what i want to do now, i’m quite happy in my part time job for now but obviously i can’t do that forever, i want to blog a lot more because i want to go into the media industry!

      I wish you all the best with your business ideas and i hope that it’ll all work out! Your illnesses can only limit you so much and i hope that you can make it work! Do you have a twitter where i can follow you and see how you get on with that this year? i love seeing people succeed!

      Thank you for reading and more importantly thank you for your kind words and actually caring! It really does mean a lot x

  11. Goodness, what a year for you. I’m so sorry to hear you got caught up in the Manchester attack but your attitude towards it is inspiring. Hope 2018 is wonderful to you xxx

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